Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 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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October 2018 123 Patriot Plaza Conception Design Towson, Md. Above: This is a concept plan package submitted in response to the RFP for the renovation of the Patriot Plaza located in the heart of Towson, the governmental seat of Baltimore County, Md. The plaza is situated between two court buildings and two urban streets. The mostly paved granite plaza, sitting atop underground governmental offices, featured a fountain in the center and landscape berms along the perimeter. The county's goals for this project were to remove the water feature and to create a softer, park-like setting for the year-round use of employees and residents and for special events or festivals, while providing cost-effective and sustainable solutions to the water leakage of the underground offices and drainage issues of the plaza. Visual and physical accessibilities were also crucial issues to be addressed. Purple Line Light Rail, Montgomery County and Prince George's County, Md. Below: This project's goal was to provide urban design and landscape architectural design services for the mitigation and intervention of the impacts the construction of the Purple Line Light Rail may have on adjacent properties in Montgomery County and Prince George's County, Md. PELA prepared the Station Location and Vicinity Maps, preliminary landscape plans, design narratives and various graphics to illustrate alternative design concepts for 10 transit stations and 8 miles of light rail corridor. Issues addressed in the preliminary design included ADA compliance, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, forest preservation and mitigation, integration of green infrastructure into the streetscape, a multi-modal complete street, steep slope stabilization, mitigation of neighborhood impacts, streetscape improvements, hardscape design, appropriate site furniture selection, at grade, aerial and underground transit station concept, pedestrian amenities and screening the unsightly.

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