Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2014

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84 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Murphy Avenue (Continued from page 82) Bottom Left This before image shows an outdated streetscape, since the redesign the basic asphalt street has been replaced with cobble concrete pavers and the sidewalk with integrally colored concrete and interlocking pavers. PHoTo CrEDiT: rHAA Bottom Right A reorganization of the sidewalks has enabled greater outdoor use for sidewalk dining, merchandise display, and social seating. PHoTo CrEDiT: MiCHAEL TArr The master plan shows the pedestrian-oriented design for the one-block section of Murphy Avenue, which is bound on the north by the Caltrain Station at Evelyn Avenue, and the Washington Avenue Town Center Mall to the south. CrEDiT: rHAA As the numerous utility covers were located in the sidewalk zones, the sidewalk was primarily paved with integrally colored concrete, with limited bands of interlocking pavers. Gateway Sign & Wayfinding Signage The Historic Murphy Avenue gateway sign was created by Square Peg Design and fulfilled the community-identified need for greater visibility and promotion of the historic district. The columns, which stand 18-feet tall, are made from aluminum and steel and sit in two concrete bases, one on each side of the street. Grills on the columns are waterjet cut and internally illuminated with LED floodlights. The "Historic Murphy Avenue" signage is fabricated out of aluminum and internally lit with LEDs. Square Peg Design was also responsible for the wayfinding signage throughout the streetscape project, which includes trailblazer identity and directional signs. Project Challenges Coordination of the new and existing underground utilities replacement was particularly challenging, given the density of connections within the block, which included water, electrical, gas, sewer and grease trap interceptors lines, all served from the business frontage on Murphy Avenue. Additionally, the project preserved all 37 of the mature London plane and Scarlet Sentinel 'Scarsen' maples. Custom tree grates were used to minimize root impacts. Another challenge for the project was the need to construct the street in phases, allowing all businesses to remain open and viable during construction. While no vehicular traffic was allowed on the street during construction, broad temporary pedestrian walks with wayfinding signs were in place, either in the sidewalk zone or at the street center with connections to businesses. The master plan by RHAA took nine months to complete; construction drawings took 10 months, and construction and installation took nine months. Murphy Avenue Evelyn Avenue Washington Avenue Caltrain Station

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