Hamilton Anderson Associates David Campbell Memorial Terrace

In commemoration of former board member and McGregor Fund President, David Campbell, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy wanted to create an iconic and functional public space which provides public performance opportunities for the people of Detroit. Initial concepts were developed, and the design team completed development of the design, documentation and observation of construction. The project was completed in fall 2016.

Located along an existing rails-to-trails greenway, the design provides accord between the new gathering space and existing recreational programming. The space creates a dynamic environment that engages users on a daily basis while providing opportunities for performance and other special programming.

Through the integration of landscape and architecture, the stratified yet curvilinear design embraces themes common to music, such as harmony and change over time. A series of sinuous concrete walls run parallel throughout the space, forming seating terraces, a performance stage and landscape beds.