Wayzata Bay Center Redevelopment Company

Promenade of Wayzata

Transformative Design

At the Promenade of Wayzata, LHB led an extraordinarily complex political and technical project to create a place that is socially, economically, and ecologically transformative. Once a blighted strip mall, the 14-acre site was strategically divided into six mixed-use blocks, focused on a vibrant public realm, including event spaces, occupiable green roofs, and a hierarchy of streetscapes. Innovative stormwater features throughout the project exceed regulations to improve the quality of water flowing into Lake Minnetonka. After more than a decade of planning, design, and construction, LHB helped the client and community surpass expectations and realize their vision.

Location Wayzata, MN
Completion Date May 2018
Features & Highlights 2020 ASLA-MN Honor Award
2019 ACEC/MN Engineering Excellence Grand Award

Sustainability at the Forefront

Keeping sustainability at the forefront, the design team implemented innovative technologies and strategies throughout the project that included over two acres of green roofs, the nation’s first under-building wet pond, underground infiltration basins and cisterns, Minnesota’s first geothermal energy piles; and–to reduce salt use in winter–the largest network of heated sidewalks and streets in Minnesota.


Watershed moment

The project uses a variety of stormwater best management practices to mimic the hydrology of the 14-acre site when it was a native wetland. In addition to facilities to treat stormwater from the site, the eastern edge of the site features a restored series of wetlands, planted with native woodland species to help manage 20 acres of stormwater runoff from surrounding areas.

The streets and buildings at The Promenade are essentially a land bridge, constructed on energy piles. Stormwater basins and other infrastructure were fit under many of the roads, and there is even a wet pond under one of the buildings.

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