Floura Teeter provided landscape design services for the plaza commemorating Maryland-native, Frederick Douglass on the University of Maryland’s flagship campus. Located within the academic core and adjacent to the Hornbake Library, the plaza brings Douglass’ experience directly to students—it is a small but important space on campus as it presents a clear message of inclusion and diversity.
The new design was accomplished without disturbance to existing parking below. The plaza includes new seating, lighting, and planting centered on a larger-than-life statue; significant quotes by Frederick Douglass are embedded in the paving and Corten wall. It establishes a new outdoor room which provides a place for reflection, meditation, and celebration for students, visitors, and staff.
Goals for the project included:
- Creating a contemplative environment on a busy campus
- Managing constraints of occupied space below
- Meeting expectations of multiple academic and design constituencies
MD ASLA Merit Award, 2017