By Will Soutter
Phoenix has begun a large-scale refurbishing of the Plaza that surrounds its Hartford, Connecticut, One American Row headquarters called the “Boat Building”. Replacing most of the areas that are brick pavements with planted sections that are friendly on the surroundings is part of the refurbishing plan.
The refurbishing idea is in line with Hartford’s iQuilt Plan, according to which innovative contemporary city designs are put into effect to increase pedestrian connectivity among downtown destinations. Phoenix’s plaza is connected with Riverfront Plaza and Constitution Plaza and is a section of the East Coast Greenway which is a bicycle path from Florida to Maine.
The refurbishing venture was concretized to address practical issues as the plaza functions as the roof of Phoenix’s ground floor offices and was last remodeled over 30 years back. The refurbishing will occur in two phases, wherein the east and south segments will be attended to this year and the west and north segments will be completed during 2013. It is one among various iQuilt plans that are ongoing or slated for commencement next spring.
Bonnie J. Malley, Executive Vice President of Phoenix and also Chairman of the iQuilt Partnership Board, stated hat achieving all the goals of the iQuilt Plan depends to a large extent on active cooperation of various property owners and is pleased that the timing of the commencement of the long-pending plaza refurbishing was perfect to include many aspects of the iQuilt Plan into the project.