Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2013

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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Farmville (Continued from page 58) Above the old brick monument sign at North main and 1st streets was upgraded in phase-two of the streetscape improvements. the top portion of the sign is aluminum, attached with a welded aluminum base plate that matches the angle of the brick cap. It is secured with stainless steel anchors. the name panels are painted aluminum and have premium vinyl lettering. Branching out from the town logo on the brick façade are decorative aluminum scrolls. the plantings at the monument base are 'otto Luyken' Skip laurel, 'Henry's garnet' Virginia sweetspire, 'walker's Low' catmint and 'Silver Dragon' liriope. For the crosswalks, the landscape architects selected an easily applied thermoplastic pavement ('trafficPatterns' by Ennis-Flint) with a brick look to accommodate the town manager's request for an alternative to precast pavers to avoid excavating the thick, old concrete. 60 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The initial approach to the downtown streetscape was to break up the monotony of concrete and asphalt paving, better connect the historic building façades and make the higher areas areas safer for pedestrians. The gateway arch is a welcoming identity for the community. Approval of the overhead archway was no easy task. By the size of the footings alone, you would have thought we were building an interstate sign to span eight lanes of traffic. The materials palette was a simple, tasteful selection of pavers, Belgian block and periodstyle lighting, complemented by attractive site furnishings, planters and three customdesigned informational kiosks. Near the end of the project, the town manager asked us to come up with an alternative to precast pavers for the crosswalks, as they required significant construction time to excavate the thick, old concrete. HDLA selected an easily applied thermoplastic pavement product with a brick patterned look. All the old sidewalks were torn out and reconstructed to include brick accent paving and a continuous band in line with all of the new decorative lighting. The brick banding also hides the access to electrical conduits. All ramps and curb cuts were brought up to ADA standards, including tactile warning surfaces. Integral truncated domes were specified in lieu of "stick on" mats. The plaza at South Main Street and 4th Street, home to many town events, is the site of one of the first informational (Continued on page 62)

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