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Albany Skyway

The first project of its kind to convert an elevated interstate ramp into an ADA-compliant linear park.

  • 50K

    Square Feet Impervious Reduction

  • $10M

    Construction Value

  • Albany, New York

    Albany, New York

Transforming downtown Albany’s waterfront into an ideal urban center

Connecting downtown to the waterfront and the Arbor Hill and Warehouse District neighborhoods, as well as to the Mohawk Hudson Hike Bike Trail, the Albany Skyway addresses the community’s desire to repurpose overbuilt infrastructure to gain more access to the waterfront.

Funded in part by the Environmental Protection Fund from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the vibrant linear park will provide space for social gatherings, festivals, and other events. It will also encourage walking and biking, revitalize the economy, and create the unique urban ambiance so desired by today’s workforce.

Our final design required an extensive amount of analyses and detailed design from numerous disciplines, so that every facet of the conversion of the ramp into an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant linear park was clear. The work of our landscape architects, structural engineers, traffic engineers, electrical engineers, civil engineers, and security experts was critical, as was coordination with several utilities. This level of complexity made the project come to life, creating great interest in the Skyway and succeeding in generating, in a very short time, enough funding for its completion.  

At a Glance

Offices
Client
  • Capitalize Albany Corporation
Award
ACEC New York Diamond Award, 2020
CTASLA Professional Awards Honor Award, Landscape Planning & Analysis, 2020
American Society of Landscape Architects, New York, Award of Merit, 2020
Meet Our Team

Robert Cartwright , Senior Principal, Transportation

I get a great deal of satisfaction from matching our project staff to the client’s specific needs, ensuring successful, quality projects.
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Travis Ewen, Associate

I seek to blend issues of ecology, resilience, mobility and promote access to beautiful and meaningful open space for all.

Steve Kearney, Principal

Working with—and learning from—community members is what excites me most in all of my planning projects.

Barbara Nazarewicz, Project Manager

I love taking the chaotic tangle of divergent stakeholder needs and transform them into one beautiful ribbon.

Gary Sorge , Vice President, Community Development, Discipline Leader (Landscape Architecture)

Designing infrastructure with the ability to withstand natural and human impacts is an economic and social responsibility.
Gary Sorge Vice President, Community Development, Discipline Leader (Landscape Architecture) Read More

Robert Cartwright

Senior Principal, Transportation

Travis Ewen

Associate

Steve Kearney

Principal

Barbara Nazarewicz

Project Manager

Gary Sorge

Vice President, Community Development, Discipline Leader (Landscape Architecture)

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