Saint Paul River Balcony

Saint Paul, MN
106 Group was part of a multidisciplinary team that developed the schematic design for the River Balcony, which was envisioned in the City of Saint Paul’s 2013 Great River Passage Master Plan. The City is developing the 1.5-mile River Balcony along the river bluff in downtown to connect trails, bikeways, open spaces, civic landmarks, and development sites along the Mississippi River. Working with the City of Saint Paul, the Great River Passage Conservancy, and a design team led by James Corner Field Operations, 106 Group led archaeology and architectural history efforts, and community engagement for the project.
The research and reporting conducted by 106 Group’s archaeologists and architectural historians resulted in a clearer understanding of the project site’s cultural and historical context. These assessments will provide guidance for future phases of site development. Our team also collaborated with the project’s Tribal engagement lead, Sam Olbekson, and the design team to provide captivating visual materials and graphics for use during on-site events.
As part of 106 Group’s community and stakeholder outreach, our team planned and implemented several in-person and virtual community meetings and focus group sessions, and developed surveys to gather broader input that further informed the River Balcony design.