Additional Urban Design & Planning


Marquette Park Lakefront East, Gary, Indiana

Marquette Park, situated along the South Shore of Lake Michigan, is one of Northwest Indiana’s most admired yet underutilized lakefront parks. Upon completion of the Master Planning Phase, Bauer Latoza Studio is providing architectural services for the Phase 2 implementation as well: restoring and renovating the Recreation Pavilion, the Gary Bathing Pavilion (Aquatorium), the Father Marquette Statue, and designing ancillary park structures.

  • Client: City of Gary
  • Project Address: Located in Gary, Indiana on the southern edge of Lake Michigan at the termination of the Calumet River
  • Project Size: 240 acres (Pavilion: 18,050 square feet/Aquatorium: 19,570 square feet)
  • Construction Cost: $28 million (Phase I and Phase II)
  • Services Provided: Master Plan, Architectural Assessments, Programming, Historic Restoration, Architectural Design Documents, Construction Documents, Construction Administration
  • Awards: 2010 President’s Award from the Illinois Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects (ILASLA)


Edward R. Ladd Arboretum Master Plan, Evanston, Illinois

Bauer Latoza Studio developed a master plan to provide overall planning for future development for the Ladd Arboretum. Through community input and site analysis, Bauer Latoza Studio envisioned a coherent design vocabulary for the arboretum to increase biodiversity; incorporating unified site furnishings, a consistent planting plan, enhanced entrance nodes, and an updated circulation system.

  • Client: City of Evanston
  • Project Address: 2024 McCormick Boulevard, Evanston, Illinois
  • Project Size: 23 acres
  • Services Provided: Master Planning, Site Planning, Project Management, Landscape Architectural Services


Burnham Park Framework Plan, Chicago, Illinois

Bauer Latoza Studio led a team of consultants through site research and analysis, coordinating with local governmental and environmental groups, to prepare the Framework Plan and Guidelines for Burnham Park. We developed a master plan for future architectural and landscape planning and development, as a long-term resource for park improvements.

  • Client: Chicago Park District
  • Project Address: The four-mile expanse of Chicago’s lakefront that borders the Museum campus to the north, and Promontory Point (55th Street) to the south.
  • Project Size: Four-mile expanse of Chicago’s lakefront
  • Construction Cost: $200,000 (fee)
  • Services Provided: Architecture, Landscape Planning and Development
  • Awards: 2000 Honor Award, Illinois Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects (ILASLA)


Garfield Park Framework Plan and Community Gardens, Chicago, Illinois

Garfield Park was elaborately designed for the growing city population of 1871 by prominent Chicago architects. Prior to the framework plan, the historic park was underutilized, bisected by numerous roads, and in need of updated programming. Bauer Latoza Studio led a team of eleven consultants in a two-part revitalization project, incorporating new community gardens with a long-term master plan.

  • Client: Chicago Park District
  • Project Address: 100 N. Central Park Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
  • Project Size: 26 acres
  • Construction Cost: $1.5 million (Phase I)
  • Services Provided: Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration
  • Awards: 2002 Merit Award, Illinois Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects (ILASLA)


City of Gary Comprehensive Plan, Gary, Indiana

The year-long comprehensive plan for the City of Gary identified both long- and short-range cohesive goals focused on six sub-areas. Bauer Latoza Studio, along with a team of consultants, facilitated the process addressing land use, streetscapes, historic resources, environmental factors, infrastructure, and economic development opportunities.

  • Client: City of Gary/East Chicago/Hammond Empowerment Zone
  • Project Address: City of Gary, Indiana (57.24 square miles)
  • Project Size: City of Gary, Indiana (57.24 square miles)
  • Construction Cost: $326,935 (fee)
  • Services Provided: Development of a Comprehensive Plan