Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2017

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The capital city of Nebraska, Lincoln (pop. 280,364), has enthusiastically pursued the reinvigoration of its downtown. Lincoln is home to the University of Nebraska (Go Cornhuskers!), and the P Street Corridor, located in the heart of the University District, was the city's first catalytic effort to enliven the downtown. The corridor previously served as the "weekday neighborhood" for downtown workers. With 32 restaurants and bars, 14 retail shops, two museums and a movie theater, P Street attracted the mid-day lunch crowd and served the neighborhood with a variety of after work entertainment options. Activity in the P Street Corridor is diverse, but due to the limiting conditions of the streetscape, its vitality is rationed into small windows of time throughout the day and year. Day-round and year-round "activation" was a priority of rebuilding the street. Design Workshop led the project from ideation through to construction documents. In an effort to welcome new visitors to the P Street Corridor, the master plan included a redesign of the streetscape to ultimately make it Lincoln's central spine. The design team set forth four main performance goals that guided project development: improve conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists; enhance roadways for motorized transit; enhance environmental integrity; and encourage local economic growth and investment. Improve Conditions for Pedestrians/Bicyclists To turn P Street into a vibrant promenade, the design team focused on how to return Top, Left: Existing street art from before the streetscape renovation were reused and reoriented to be more visible along the corridor. Bottom, Left: Blue LEDs uplight the native limestone benches, a co-mingling of the elemental and modern in the streetscape. 'Terra Cotta' yarrow is the backdrop to the rugged seating Right: The city design standard changed all street lighting from high-pressure sodium vapor lamps to LEDs. The standard also requires post-top luminaires. 36 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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