Revitalizing a Community Along
the Lake Michigan Waterfront

Award-Winning Project

Challenge

The community wanted to reconnect to the shores of Lake Michigan, and optimize the recreational potential surrounding nearby Wolf Lake.

Solution

The SEH team collaborated with the Hammond Port Authority and the City of Hammond, involving multiple stakeholders and multiple design disciplines to reconnect the community with the shore of Lake Michigan. The end result was a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired pavilion as well as a new pedestrian boardwalk, an enhanced recreation area and environmental and shoreline improvements. The project was part of a larger redevelopment effort in Northwest Indiana.

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Awards

  • 2011 Engineering Excellence Honor Award | American Council of Engineering Companies of Indiana (ACEC/IN)
  • 2011 National Recognition Award | American Council of Engineering Companies
  • 2011 Merit Award | American Institute of Architects, Northern Indiana

Project
Wolf Lake Regional Park

Location
Hammond, Ind.

Client
City of Hammond, Hammond Port Authority

Park Features

  • New playground areas and splash pad park
  • Conservatory and formal gardens
  • Improved access to Wolf Lake
  • Native plantings and shoreline restoration
  • Continuation of lakefront bike and pedestrian trail

Pavilion Features

  • 5,300-sq. ft. multi-use performance pavilion for concerts and outdoor events of various sizes
  • Innovative rotating panels protect performers from wind and direct sound towards the audience
  • State-of-the-art sound and lighting systems
  • Improved access to Wolf Lake
  • Native plantings and shoreline restoration
  • Continuation of lakefront bike and pedestrian trail