Revitalizing the Douglas Avenue Underpass

The Wichita Downtown Development Corporation was awarded $75,000 from the Knight Foundation Fund of the Wichita Community Foundation in order to derive design concepts that will revitalize the historic Douglas Avenue underpass from its current status into an inviting Downtown gateway. This grant allowed the WDDC to hire LawKingdon Architecture to lead the design team to help in the first phase of the project.

The overall "vision" is to transform the underpass from the eyesore and barrier that it is in its current state, to an inviting gateway into our Downtown that not only serves as a landmark of distinction but also a public space for the community to engage and interact through technology and the arts.

During the design process, two public input meetings (on February 13 and June 3) were held to garner community input, and opinion data was collected from multiple online surveys through the City of Wichita's Activate Wichita website. This input played a key role in the final concepts which address lighting, pigeon mitigation and the inclusion of art and technology in the space.

The final designs were presented at a public open house on August 26 where architects, artists, lighting consultants and engineers were available to answer questions and provide project details. The final designs also incorporated visions set forth in additional Downtown plans including Project Downtown and the Douglas Avenue TOD Study. All three public input meetings were held in the WDDC Design & Innovation Center. 

Click on the "Photos" tab above to see the final design concepts as well as exisiting photos.

“This initiative will be catalytic in Downtown’s development. The envisioned urban space will provide the opportunity to connect multiple districts in our Downtown and also engage and educate the public in an innovative and meaningful way,” said WDDC President Jeff Fluhr. 

The WDDC is currently working on securing funding for future phases of the Douglas Ave Underpass revitalization effort. If you are interested in discussing this opportunity, please contact Jason Gregory, at 316-264-6005 or at jason@downtownwichita.org.

 

 

Douglas Ave Underpass
Douglas Ave Underpass Flythrough
Douglas Ave Underpass - LED Wall
Douglas Ave Underpass - Exterior
Douglas Ave Underpass - Light Columns
Douglas Ave Underpass - LED Wall
Douglas Ave Underpass - LED Wall
Douglas Ave Underpass - Exterior
Douglas Ave Underpass - Exterior
Douglas Ave Underpass - Exterior
Douglas Ave Underpass - Conceptual Artwork
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