Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2013

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14 th Street Redevelopment Downtown Denver's "Ambassador" Street Team List Lead Designer: studioINSITE, LLC Landscape Architect of Record/Firm: Dennis W. Rubba, ASLA / studioINSITE, LLC Client/Owner: City & County of Denver and Downtown Denver Partnership Consultants: Admin./Roadway Engineering: PB World (Parsons Brinckerhoff) District Formation: CRL Associates, Inc. Irrigation Design: HydroSystems-KDI, Inc. Lighting Design: Clanton & Associates, Inc. utility Location: goodbee & Associates Wayfinding & Signage: ArtHouse Design Contractors: general Contractor: Concrete Works of Colorado Electrical/Lighting: WL Contractors Kiosks/Monuments: DaVinci Signs Landscape/Irrigation: guild and Associates Sealing, Concrete Sawing: Reliable Stone Work, unit Pavers: Colorado Custom Rock Hardscape: Concrete unit Pavers: Bogert Products Concrete Sidewalk/Street Pavement: Aggregate Industries granite Pavers, Benches: Cold Springs granite Company Paver grate units: Ironsmith Truncated Dome Detectable Warning Pavers: Stonebilt Irrigation: CPS Distributors Lighting: In-grade Lights (mfr.): Lightwild Local Electrical Supplier/Dist.: Rexal Pedestrian Lights (mfr.): Selux Site Furniture: Bike Racks (mfr.): Madrax Planter Pots (mfr.): Escofet 1886, S.A. (Spain) Plants: Branch Out Partners, LCC Topsoil (Amended): Colorado Materials 38 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Landscape Architecture by studioINSITE, LLC Denver's largest streetscape project in over three decades presented a "once in a generation" opportunity to revitalize and rebrand 14th Street, a major downtown avenue. The design, led by a partnership between indigenous landscape architecture firm studioINSITE and city and county agencies, established a new cultural core for the downtown area, welcoming visitors from around the world to the Mile High City. Twelve blocks of vehicle-dominated street were transformed into a flexible, pedestrian-oriented, Greenroads-certified multimodal transit corridor that virtually every person arriving – whether by car, bus, light-rail, bicycle, or on foot – meets as their "ambassador" to downtown Denver. Program/Scale/Budget Before starting the design work, studioINSITE sent staff members to visit selected cities across the country and abroad to study firsthand how streetscape precedents could relate to 14th Street. They returned with the inspiration to transform a forgotten corridor into one of this nation's great streets and evidence to demonstrate lessons learned from around the globe. As the lead designer and public face of this extraordinary project, studioINSITE facilitated a highly collaborative and extensive seven-year design and construction process with the offices of the mayor and city council, public works agencies, the Downtown Denver Partnership, 14th Street property owners, and a multidisciplinary project team. The landscape architecture team, led by Dennis Rubba, ASLA, coordinated all public meetings, collected feedback from hundreds of stakeholders, designed and detailed all hardscape and softscape features, and assumed design oversight for all roadway, lighting, and wayfinding components. Right Denver firm studioINSITE led a $14 million transformation of the Mile High City's 14th Street, a dozen blocks of downtown corridor from Colfax Avenue to Market Street that the city considers its "ambassador" to new arrivals. Stone pavers (Lyons red sandstone, black and red granite), modern 21-watt LED luminaires ('Olivio Candelabra' on 'Rotterdam' poles, both from Selux) and six LED illuminated wayfinding kiosks on granite bases are just the introduction to the transformed streetscape. PHOTOS: WILLIAMSON IMAgES/STuDIOINSITE, LLC

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