Hennepin Energy Recovery Center

Urban Design

Minneapolis, Minnesota


The Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) outside downtown Minneapolis treats 35 percent of all waste generated in Minneapolis. The master plan transforms this industrial complex into a sustainable garden that enhances the site's function, infrastructure, and history. Landscape highlights include new gardens that reconstruct habitats within an urban setting, most prominently seen in a bosque of swamp white oaks set in a mesic prairie, and rows of birch and juniper trees contained in gabion planters that recall the site's lumber-yard past.  In addition, new sidewalks, plantings, lighting and ancillary street furniture along Seventh Avenue further enhance pedestrian, vehicular and public-transportation access to the adjacent Target Field ballpark.

Sustainable strategies further integrate high-efficiency irrigation, regional materials, native plantings, and storm-water management.

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