Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2017

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58 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Above: Curbside infiltration planters and bioswales line Monrovia Station's adjacent streetscape. Desert Museum Palo Verde trees and 'Dune Sedge' (Carex pansa) buffer the street and sidewalk. Right: Native plantings of 'Alamo' Mexican Sycamores and 'Scarlet Bugler' shrubs, along with 'Dos Rios' river cobbles, decorate the linear granite fountains at one end of the Monrovia Station plaza. AHBE Continued from page 56 Monrovia Station Square Transit About 25 miles northeast of South Park, in Monrovia, California, AHBE designed a transit plaza and adjacent streetscapes for the Monrovia Station Square Transit Village along Los Angeles Metro's Foothill extension of the Gold Line rail system—one of six new Gold Line stations that opened in 2016. Along with being a station stop, the design encompasses nearly three acres of open space that provide the community with a venue for public events. The plaza features a wide promenade with curved seat walls beneath large oak trees. At one end of the plaza, linear granite fountains offer the subtle sound of spilling water for both appeal and noise reduction. More active features include an amphitheater and children's play area. The 1.3 miles of adjacent streetscapes connecting to the station are also new, sustainable green streets that make the pedestrian connection to the station more inviting. Improvements include new paving and LED pedestrian lights. Suspended modular pavements below permeable pavers are also installed adjacent to the street trees to allow room for larger roots and consequently a larger shade canopy. Infiltration parkways built directly behind street curbs allow stormwater to flow from the street gutters into the infiltration planters before infiltrating into the ground. Through AHBE's strategic design of the streetscape and open spaces in downtown Los Angeles and Monrovia, two communities now benefit from a more integrated experience, whether they are residents of one of the high rises or of Monrovia. The successful implementation of sustainable landscape design strategies at both projects serve as a reminder of the great potential of multifunctional use for mixed-use developments and transit stations alike. 'Pigeon Point' dwarf desert bloom (Baccharis pilularis) 'Festival TM burgundy Cordyline' 'Scarlet Bugler' (Penstemon barbatus) Lenca 'Regal Mist' pink muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris) Monrovia Station Square Transit Village Streetscape Team Landscape Architects: AHBE Architects, Civil Engineering and Lighting & Signage: IBI Group Contractor: MS Construction Management Group Irrigation: Sweeney + Associates Benches: 'Camber', black steel/ipe slats: Forms+Surfaces Drain grates 18" x 24" "Title Wave": Urban Accessories Litter receptacles: 'Dispatch', Forms+Surfaces River cobbles: 'Dos Rios'

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