United States Tennis Association
Working alongside architects Rossetti Associates, MPFP was challenged with the open space development for this $250 million, 42-acre complex which will accommodate crowds of 20-35 thousand during the two week U.S. Open event. The facility is designed to create a park-like setting, open to the public for the remaining 50 weeks of the year.
The facility includes three major arenas, and new site facilities including 15 tournament-class field courts, 20 practice courts, a food court, concession areas, and a grand plaza as the forecourt for Stadium #1. The design took advantage of the existing Beaux Arts layout of Flushing Meadow Park and capitalizes upon axial arrangements created for the 1964 World’s Fair.
The project required intensive interaction with numerous City agencies during the design and permitting process. Due to the presence of contaminated soils on the site, special care was taken during the design of site improvements to mitigate the creation of excess fill. All planted areas were capped with clean fill as part of the remediation measures taken.