Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2013

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Project Team Prime Consultant/ Landscape Architects MIG, Inc. Architects VBN Architects Civil & Electrical Engineers KOA Corp. Contractor Fast Track Engineers Renovation and transformation of the Long Beach 1st Street Transit Mall into the Long Beach Transit "Gallery" was a project driven by desires to create an artful hub that celebrates community and multimodal transit through downtown revitalization. The engaging Transit Gallery provides a critical connection between the newly constructed pedestrian promenade, the Pine Avenue entertainment area, the Long Beach Convention Center, the new contemporary bike station, Long Beach City Hall, the city-wide bus system and the popular seaside terminus of the Metro Blue Line that links Long Beach with Los Angeles. Transit Mall on First Street into an enhanced Transit Gallery that extends from Long Beach Boulevard to Pacific Avenue. Unique Aspects of the Transit Mall A huge challenge of this project was completing the Transit Mall from concept through design, approvals and construction in one year, as required by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act federal funding. The cooperation and collaboration required between the many agencies, departments, designers and contractors to meet the daunting time frame was remarkable. · Electrical (Shelter): TMAD, Taylor & Gains · Structural: AQX Engineering · Artist (Mosaics): Robin Brailsford Long Beach Transit, in collaboration with the Long Beach Public Works Department, the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (an agency succeeded now by the City of Long Beach) and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), transformed the three block long 48 Landscape Architect and Specifier News As in any renovation project, coordinating the new facilities around existing conditions, particularly through the tangle of infrastructure, was complicated. Some underground basements of older downtown buildings extended into the right-of-way. These

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