Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 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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Continued on page 16 14 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The concept for Baytown's first urban park/plaza was conceived of by the city administration and city council to convert city- owned derelict land in the historic downtown area into an attractive venue for family and community events and eventually to help draw businesses back to the downtown area. In light of that directive, the city of Baytown Parks and Recreation Department's staff envisioned a new park for events and recreational programming in the downtown area. Preliminary concepts were developed in-house and presented to landscape architects at Knudson LP, who together with city staff, developed the schematic site plan. Landscape architect Bryan Janhsen, RLA, headed up the design work and developed construction plans and estimates, working with Midtown Engineers on the civil portion of the project. The project also included the redevelopment of one block of Texas Avenue and the development of the adjoining block of land into the Town Square urban park. Construction began on the downtown plaza during August of 2015 and continued into 2016. The park, located at 213 West Texas Avenue, is the first public investment in the historic downtown business district. The final construction cost was approximately $2.2 million dollars. The focal point of this attractive facility is a 25-foot multi-level fountain, surrounded by an open plaza of cast pavers in novel patterns juxtaposed against colored concrete bands. The whole plaza is enclosed with brick seat walls, raised landscape planters, grassy lawns and connecting walkways. A small amphitheater is centered in the south side of the park with great views and lawn seating h a rd s c a p e s by Bryan Janhsen, RLA, Knudson LP Town Square Park – Baytown, Texas The landscape architects at Knudson LP brought to life the vision of the city of Baytown, Texas to develop Town Square Park from a run-down site to a venue for family and community events. Two prefabricated buildings on site serve as a restroom and a concession area. A performance pavilion (Poligon) was included for musical and theatrical uses. The brick and concrete used for the pavilion tie it into the design motif of other features and structures within the park.

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