Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2017

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50 Landscape Architect and Specifier News National led the project design team. Powrtek Engineering performed the lighting design and electrical engineering. While traffic flow and parking were given close attention, vehicular flow took a backseat to placemaking and pedestrians. The streetscape is shared space. Curbless streets provide a contiguous building-to-building plaza. Heavy-duty modular concrete pavers alert motorists that pedestrians have priority. One-way streets and parking facilitate counterflow bicycle circulation. Reverse angle parking and bold pavement markings were introduced. The design also incorporated Silva cells and specialized soil blends to optimize growing conditions for street trees and planting beds. In-ground planters add color, texture, traffic- calming and break up the pavement expanses, reinforcing a village scale. Custom wayfinding signage informed the overall design. The Ken Saiki Design team created the wayfinding attachment and mounting details to derive an overall contemporary aesthetic. A new water feature adds sound, accent lighting and planting interest. A new construction phase will include renovation and expansion of pocket park sized open space parcels. Special credit goes to the city of Wauwatosa Streetscape Selection Committee, elected officials/ staff and the Village of Wauwatosa Business Improvement District for their continuing efforts toward completion of this multiyear renovation of downtown Wauwatosa. Complete Team List Client: City of Wauwatosa Project Manager and Civil Engineer: GAI Consultants/R.A. Smith National Lighting and Electrical: Powrtek Engineering. Public Engagement: Martinsek Associates Landscape Architecture: Ken Saiki Design General Contractor: Zignego Company Inc. Landscape Contractor: Breckenridge Landscape Lighting Contractor: Pieper Electric Wayfinding Signage: fd2s (Concept Design), Sign Effectz Inc. (Construction Documents), Graphic House Inc. (Fabricator) Left: Custom benches and paving patterns are set in contrast to the European village theme. The design goal was to make pedestrian accessibility and the city life a core focus, rather than vehicular traffic alleviation. Middle: These custom paver color blends were selected by the design team and specially produced by Unilock for this project. Right: A water feature with custom seat top and accent lighting anchors the pedestrian oriented plaza. Plantings, street furniture, lighted bollards and a LED "canopy" unify and define the plaza, which can be closed to traffic for special events. Parking lanes are designed to be converted to "parklet" spaces for additional outdoor seasonal restaurant seating and merchandising. (See Parklets article on p. 78.) Wauwatosa Continued from page 48

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