Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2018

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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74 Landscape Architect and Specifier News at the intersections provides ample lighting levels for the sidewalk, street, and intersections. The fixtures chosen were reminiscent of the historic acorn fixtures that existed downtown during the 1930s. Receptacles are located within the planters to allow for seasonal light displays on the trees. Plant materials chosen for the planting beds included a combination of native grasses, shrubs, and wildflowers that are known to perform well in tough urban conditions. Canopy trees are located within the corner nodes, and ornamental trees are located in the planting beds between the intersections. City employees plant annuals during the summer in the raised pots and seasonal displays during the fall and winter. Paving materials consisted of traditional concrete on the main sidewalk thoroughfares and clay pavers in the furnishing zones located at the back of curb where the benches, lighting, planter pots, and landscape beds are located. The paver colors are contextual with many of the historic buildings that exist along the Main Street corridor. A Place For Downtown Entertainment A shared-space was created on 4th Street, immediately adjacent to Main Street, that acts as a performance area during events and celebrations. The pavement was installed without curbs; however, lighted bollards separate the sidewalks from the street. A removable stage is stored within a building in an adjacent parking lot for easy setup and takedown. Planter beds were demarcated using salvaged granite curbs that were removed as part of the project. The street can be closed off with removable Top: The streetscape project covered more than five blocks of Main Street. The sidewalks increased in width to improve the walk for pedestrians. The narrowing of the roads allows pedestrians to cross at a shorter distance. The lights on the street turn on automatically when the photocells that detect outdoor light levels fall below a certain threshold. Above: Corner nodes and stop signs are situated at each intersection. Clay pavers accompany the concrete in these areas. Also located at the curbs are gathering spaces with bench seating, landscape beds, trash receptacles and signage. Continued on page 76

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