As Camana Bay celebrates its 10 year anniversary, OLIN is honored to be collaborating with STUDIOS Architecture on the design of the Block 7 expansion. Our collaborative spirit has resulted in several previous projects with Studios Architecture, including the realized design for Canal Park in Washington, DC. The OLIN team is headed by partners Skip Graffam and Dennis McGlade.
The proposed Block 7 development will anchor the southern extent of Market Street, creating vital connections across the existing Camana Bay Town Center and adding to the vibrant public space previously designed by OLIN. OLIN and Studios are collaborating on the initial master plan to integrate this block into the existing fabric of Camana Bay, while addressing the adjacencies to the new four lane highway that will be characterized by a linear tree park and a wide median, the Camana Bay Town Center roundabout, and the Maris Avenue bridge. OLIN’s history with Camana Bay, which started in 1996 with the original master plan and includes the recently completed Block 5 North, will ensure this new block seamlessly ties into the connective tissue of Camana Bay.
In addition to this new block design, Dennis McGlade was featured in the Camana Bay Times as part of their 10 year anniversary publication. The article, titled The Evolution of Camana Bay’s Landscape Design, discusses the role of landscapes and planting as a means of defining the development of Camana Bay.
In line with founder Ken Dart’s passion for horticulture, sustainable development and green spaces for community use, Dennis McGlade’s vision and designs have guided Camana Bay since the town's initial inception in 1996. These designs include horticulturally defined courtyards, where plants help establish order, create a hierarchy of space, and ease wayfinding through the development. The use of native species became a driver for Camana Bay and Dennis’ collaboration with Sandy Urquhart helped pioneer the propagation of native Caymanian plant species.