Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2017

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Continued from page 14 h a rd s c a p e s 20 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The new Handy Park features a pavement design that plays off the blues themes. At the park entrance, a trumpet pattern plays a note, encircling the W.C. Handy Statue. The statue serves as the focal point from which flows an abstract music staff with notes and symbols. After review by an arborist, two of the five trees in the plaza were removed due to poor health. Eliminating these trees and their accompanying landscape beds created 1,200 square feet of additional plaza space, as well as giving a more open feeling and allowing better sight lines for security. The W.C. Handy statue was cleaned and buffered, restoring its appearance. While most of the existing pavement was removed, approximately 750 square feet of concrete, in 8' x 8' grids, was maintained. This set the pattern for the new concrete. The city had also added a paved plaza area. 770 square feet of these pavers were removed, with 200 square feet reused in the new construction. After concrete contractor Memphis Increte poured 6,300 square feet of new concrete, a local artist drew the free-form musical symbols, which were then scored into the pavement and stained blue (Pantone 295). A lighter blue background (Pantone 295 at 50%) was applied to half the plaza, while the other half was left gray with a clear sealant. Finally, black bands (Pantone Black) representing the musical staff weave through the plaza, helping to bring the design to life. Team List: Project Lead/Landscape Architect: Dalhoff Thomas design|studio Electrical Engineer: DePouw Engineering Contractors: Memphis Increte Wright Construction A-1 Electrical Contractors Top, Right: The existing concrete pavement was laid out in 8' x 8' squares, creating the form for the 6,500 square feet of new concrete. Two-hundred square feet of existing pavers were kept adjacent to the lawn. Two existing trees were removed, leaving three in good health. Above: After laying the new concrete, a local artist sketched the design onto the hardscape, starting at the statue. The design was scored into the pavement, which was then stained with two shades of blue. Accenting bands were stained black, and the remaining concrete was left its original gray and sealed. Bottom, Right: The brick wall, part of the original park, forms an entrance monument to frame the W.C. Handy statue. The entry wall was maintained and enhanced with new lighting features, including static white lights highlighting the Handy Park entrance signage, and 70-watt metal halide lamps along Beale Street. A series of programmable LEDs are mounted on back of the entrance wall to provide a color-changing visual display on the courtyard paving.

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