Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2018

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August 2018 65 Entryways to the two apartment complex buildings were placed in the newly formed Chestnut Way, a wonderfully appointed alleyway sandwiched between the Granite Trust building and the project's Chestnut Building. These entries are on either side of the roadway and provide opportunities for sitting with neighbors or waiting for visitors. Chestnut Way helps the interior court, located in the heart of Quincy, feel miles away from the active city happenings. This is primarily done by the lighting, as it helps delineate Chestnut Way as a separate, more intimate zone of the city. The catenary lights (Marketlite Series by California Accent Lighting) form a ceiling over a section of the street and denote it as a multi-functional space rather than a normal street. As the street paving transitions to concrete unit paving (Hanover's Prest Brick), laid in tri-color, large format, irregular bands, the sounds and bustles of the city are left behind and this relatively small, urban oasis presents varied opportunities for public and private use. Flush curbs and continuity of pavers allow the street to transform for multiple functions and eliminate the worry of tripping over a curb. The paving striations add interest to the floor of the space by breaking up the monotony of an otherwise regular street blacktop. The tree-lined exit drive onto Hancock Street passes under the Hancock Building portal and transitions back into the city fabric. Cast-in-place concrete sidewalks, large shade tree planters and furnishings amend the entire perimeter, setting the stage for the remaining phases of this downtown Quincy redevelopment.

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