Haddad Riverfront Park and Boardwalk

Haddad Riverfront Park and Boardwalk Overview

Charleston, WV

GAI Consultants was selected to provide master planning, public participation services, design, construction, and engineering solutions for the renovation of the Haddad Riverfront Park, which is a popular concert, festival, and leisure site in downtown Charleston, West Virginia.

Among the City of Charleston’s project requirements were a retractable canopy to provide protection and visual interest, an overlook plaza and pavilion that extends Court Street to the Kanawha River, an extension of the lower wharf area, a new streetscape design along Kanawha Boulevard, and an event stage for concerts.

GAI was successful in meeting an aggressive 18-month planning, design, and construction schedule. Change orders during construction amounted to less than 0.5% of the total cost. Taking a different approach, GAI presented an initial design that encompassed and connected all four parts of the entire project. The design was highlighted by a grand staircase that would lead to the proposed amphitheater, which serves to open the park to Kanawha Boulevard, making it an integrated part of downtown Charleston.

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