Design: Transportation, Streets and Public Spaces
Guthrie Green: A High-Performance Park Powering a Renewed Urban District
Lead Landscape Architect: John L. Wong
SWA Group Team: Elizabeth Shreeve, Sergio Lima, Rick Story
Client: George Kaiser Family Foundation
Guthrie Green transforms a 2.6-acre former truck loading facility into a lively new urban park offering gardens, interactive fountains, a lawn amphitheater, an outdoor stage with vine-covered “green rooms”, and an 11,200-square foot cafe pavilion. Located at the heart of Tulsa’s emerging Brady Arts District, the project uses sustainable practices to inform design and push innovations in energy generation. Supported by public-private funding and ARRA and State Energy grants, the park incorporates a 500-foot deep “geo-exchange” wellfield to provide heating and cooling for non-profit tenants in nearby buildings. Photovoltaic panels on the pavilion roof provide electricity for the geo-exchange pumps, and a new stage supports a robust program of community performances, films, public markets, exercise classes, and exhibits. Guthrie Green provides a model for high-performance landscape, demonstrating the ability of city parks to power the revitalization of neglected urban districts.