The Commonground at Eskenazi Hospital is a 1.5-acre plaza within a 10+acre hospital campus. The Commonground offers opportunities for engagement and program in the context of a high level of design—a draw for anyone in the Indianapolis area, whether seeking Eskenazi’s services or not. The project includes contemplative spaces focusing on the sounds and micro-climate of water; nutritionally-rich slow-food in a farmers’ market and local-fare café; a site informed by renowned local and national artists; and regionally identifiable landscape attributes. The Commonground embraces the concept of mens sana in corpore sano, with a Sky Farm productive rooftop garden, where each year more than 2,000 pounds of food is grown for patients of the hospital. David also worked with Eskenazi to establish campus guidelines for current and future growth, including the creation of a Wellness Trail that links downtown Indianapolis’ Cultural Trail with the White River Greenway. David designed The Commonground, coordinated the site team, participated on the Art Selection Committee, and was an integral part of the Hospital Foundation’s fund-raising efforts.
There are four landscapes over occupied spaces throughout the hospital totaling 31,800 square feet!
2021, American Planning Association Indiana, Hoosier Planning Awards – Urban Design, Honorable Mention