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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Charleston Civic Center Charleston, W.Va. GAI's Community Solutions Group has assisted in leading the master plan and landscape architecture for a major renovation to the downtown Charleston Civic Center, as well as the associated adjacent streets and waterfront. Their work focused on the urban experience of arrival, parking, outdoor gathering, and adjacent urban development. This work was completed in several components of landscape architecture and urban engineering. The team's proposed renovations and updates presented a modern vision by updating exterior and interior aesthetics, designing additional spaces, and tying the site to the downtown core. The work included several distinct areas of improved visitor experience around the new Civic Center. East End Park, Charleston, W.Va. The East End Community Park was planned on a 2-acre tract of land that was acquired by the city of Charleston. The site has a history of both residential and industrial uses going back more than 100 years, both of which had adverse effects on the property. After acquiring and clearing the land, the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority hired GAI's Community Solutions Group for remediating the brownfield issues, providing landscape architecture and engineering services, and transforming the community blight into a neighborhood and citywide gem. The effort was broken into phases, the first included a grand entrance to the park that boasts a steel and masonry arch, spelling out the words "East End Community Park." After passing under the arch, guests are invited to walk along a 100-ft by 24-ft linear plaza that is divided by raised planters and lined with LED lit benches and vegetation. October 2018 71

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