Convention at
a Crossroads

To transform the convention-going experience, the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority asked NBBJ to study ways of converting Goodale Street in downtown Columbus, Ohio, into a dynamic urban space.

Goodale Street, currently an under-utilized corridor used primarily for service vehicles and highway access, holds tremendous potential as the boundary between the Greater Columbus Convention Center and the city’s thriving Short North arts district. To better connect the area’s commercial, civic, cultural and residential assets, the proposal emphasizes three principles:

Enhance: Improved landscape plantings and hardscape treatments would create a sense of arrival at each end of the street and create a more pleasant pedestrian experience. Additionally, a proposed entry drive for the new parking garage — also designed by NBBJ — would reduce traffic backups on the street.

Expand: The proposal shifts the Goodale Street drive lanes southward, in order to widen the sidewalk to the north. This would allow for stronger pedestrian connections and more retail activity between the parking garage and High Street.

Create: Goodale Street would become a destination in its right with two new anchors at either end: a significant mixed-use development to the east, and an iconic sculpture over the intersection with Park Street to the west. New paving and traffic patterns would enable large portions of the street to be closed for festivals, creating large civic plazas where formerly there was only concrete.