Reclaim Underutilized Urban Open Space to Transform Perceived Barriers

  • Client

    City of Clayton, Missouri

  • Project Title

    Chapman Plaza and Gardens at Shaw Park

  • Location

    Clayton, MO

  • Size

    10 acres

"'Everyone wants to do better. Trust them.
Leaders are everywhere. Find them.
People achieve good things, big and small, every day. Celebrate them.
Some people wish things were different. Listen to them.
Everybody matters. Show them.'"

Barry-Wehmiller Manifesto

Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO, was instrumental in voicing his company’s manifesto which guided the entire design process.

Perforating the urban membrane, the space adds vibrancy and activity to the city.

Project Scale

  • Object

  • Site

  • Community

  • System

  • Region

Temporality

  • On the Books

  • Under Construction

  • Recently Completed

  • Design Study

  • Established

Project Type

  • Parks and Open Space
  • Urban Design
  • Placemaking and Branding

Chapman Plaza & Gardens at Shaw Park in Clayton, Missouri is the first phase in implementing the master plan for the park. Native Missouri limestone set into the hillside guides water toward the reflecting pond, traversing the pedestrian steps and ramp.

The newly-constructed plaza defines the prominent intersection in the heart of Clayton and sets precedence for the remainder of the park to follow. The level of design and materiality that lends to an invigorating yet restorative environment is easily accessible to residents as well as employees of businesses within the district.

A high public profile necessitates a highly-coordinated team and collaborative effort. SWT Design engaged public stakeholders and worked closely with organizational entities such as the Clayton Parks and Recreation Department, Clayton Century Foundation, and project donors.

Chapman Plaza & Gardens serves the public in many capacities, and it serves as a testament to SWT’s commitment to maintaining longevity in relationships. SWT has worked with the City of Clayton for a number of years, completing work which includes the master plan for Shaw Park.

"This corner is a critical intersection of the Clayton Business District, with new commercial development and infill occurring on all sides of the park. The result of this design is an accessible urban park that serves as a new destination for local business professionals and metro-area visitors."

Felipe DeNarvaez

Project Manager, Associate