Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Cary, North Carolina (pop. 135,234), in the central part of the state, might be called a bedroom community for the cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. It's estimated that less than 30 percent of Cary's population was born here. Cary is growing and prospering. It's noted for having good public schools and for being a safe community. It's bounded by Research Triangle Park, home to over 200 companies, including a large IBM facility, and employs 50,000 workers and 10,000 contractors. The city's east side is the location of the downtown, as well as the oldest neighborhoods and historic buildings, such as the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, a former hotel. The west side is the newer part of town and visibly more wealthy. Academy Street runs through the heart of downtown, and is the signature street of the Town Center area plan to create a vibrant and pedestrian- friendly downtown environment. Clark Nexsen worked closely with Cary town officials to craft a streetscape design that promotes the emerging arts district, and serves as a destination for residents and visitors. Mixed in with the pavers in the plaza on Academy Street in Cary, N.C., are 7.8" x 2.36" x 3.9" SL9 solar accent pavers (the translucent ones). According to the manufacturer, they reach full charge in 3-5 hours and illuminate for up to 12 hours. These solar pavers have 4 LEDs, and capacitors to keep the light level the same over the length of the charge. The solar pavers are designed to withstand up to 55,104 lbs. August 2017 61 Academy Street Improvements Cary, North Carolina Landscape Architecture, Planning and Transportation/ Civil/Electrical Engineering by Clark Nexsen

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