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Frederick Douglass Plaza

Floura Teeter provided landscape design services for the plaza commemorating Maryland-native, Frederick Douglass on the University of Maryland’s flagship campus. The plaza is located entirely on the at-grade rooftop of the existing Hornbake Library.

The project includes replacement of existing paving, installation of new seating, lighting and planting, a larger than life statue and significant quotes by Frederick Douglass. It is a small but important space on campus as it presents a clear message of inclusion and diversity; its location within the historic academic core reinforces this importance. It establishes a new outdoor room which provides a place of reflection, meditation, and celebration for students, visitors and staff.

Goals for the project included:

  • Creating a thoughtful and contemplative environment on a busy campus
  • Designing a meaningful space within a larger meaningful space
  • Managing constraints of occupied space below, specifically drainage
  • Meeting expectations of multiple constituencies

Frederick Douglass Square was honored with a Merit Award from Maryland ASLA.

Project Category: Education

Client: University of Maryland, College Park

Engineer: Wallace Montgomery

Landscape Construction Costs: $250,000

Awards: MD ASLA Merit Award, 2017

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