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Tom Lee Park

The redesigned Tom Lee Park will anchor the Memphis waterfront and cultural districts, helping revitalize the area for locals and visitors.

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Project Details

Project Partners
Studio Gang Architects
Owner
Memphis River Parks Partnership
Location
Memphis, Tennessee
Completion Date
Project Awards

Honorable Mention, The Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Awards, Unbuilt – Landscape Category, 2019

Tom Lee Park in Memphis. Courtesy Studio Gang Architects
Tom Lee Park in Memphis. Courtesy Studio Gang Architects
Tom Lee Park in Memphis. Courtesy Studio Gang Architects
Tom Lee Park in Memphis. Courtesy Studio Gang Architects
Tom Lee Park in Memphis. Courtesy Studio Gang Architects
Tom Lee Park in Memphis. Courtesy Studio Gang Architects
Tom Lee Park in Memphis. Courtesy Studio Gang Architects
Tom Lee Park in Memphis. AllWorld Project Management
Tom Lee Park in Memphis. Studio Gang Architects
Tom Lee Park in Memphis. Thornton Tomasetti

overview

Located in the growing downtown area of Memphis, the redesigned Tom Lee Park will anchor the Mississippi waterfront and cultural districts, helping revitalize the area for locals and visitors. The park will offer landscape and ecological diversity along with a network of paths and trails that connect the park to the city, a series of signature architectural pavilions and a collection of hardscape surfaces and gathering plazas.

We are providing structural design services to Studio Gang Architects for three architecturally significant components of the signature Tom Lee Park including a steel and timber canopy over the activity courts, timber-pole pavilions for event and back-of-house space, and future plans for an elevated trail extending out to the Mississippi River.


    “An engineering marvel that no one has ever seen in Memphis before.”
    —  Contractor

    highlights

    • Providing design and detailing of large mass timber girders up to 130-feet-long for exterior exposure, working closely with our architectural and timber fabrication partners.
    • Structural layout, foundation systems, and surcharge onto the Mississippi dike wall were coordinated with and approved by the Army Corps of Engineers.
    • All project design decisions were balanced against construction budget and schedule, as construction has required the temporary relocation of the wildly popular Memphis in May festival.