Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2014

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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46 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Top Seating nodes with custom benches (Natural Structures) are separated from traffic with recycled granite curbing and generous planting beds. Clay brick pavers chamfered with lugs (Belden Brick Co., 'City Line' series) surface the gathering areas between concrete sidewalks and the street. Above Layered planters in the roundabout include six circular pots on pedestals (Highland Products, Wausau Tile) filled with colorful seasonal plantings, and lower tiers contain bird's nest spruce, boxwood and fountain grasses. (Continued on page 48) including an online video with testimonials from another upstate city in New York that installed a similar sized rotary in its downtown. The roundabout is 14½-feet wide, including a raised curb or "truck apron" that provides enough room for tractor-trailer trucks. Most vehicles drive on the traditional pavement in the one-lane traffic circle, which is meant to slow down traffic as a safety measure. Features & Amenities The removal of overhead cables, poles and traffic signals in the Courthouse Square provided a significant visual change to the core of downtown, enhancing the architecture of the historic district and reducing the long-term maintenance costs of the many traffic signals at the intersection. Tree plantings and species variety were tripled on Court Street, even though locations had to be selected carefully to avoid sidewalk vaults and a heavy network of existing utilities. Increasing green space and species diversity were also primary considerations of the city's Shade Tree Commission. Perennial plants and seasonal bulbs were installed as self-propagating species that can survive salt spray and provide continuous blooms. Tree plantings consist of species indigenous to the northeast and were selected based on their urban characteristics. Powder coated black iron site amenities, including benches, trash receptacles, bollards and chains were selected to continue the patois of existing period light poles and the historic use of wrought iron. The steel wickets around the curbed and raised planters added character and prevent foot traffic and vandalism from impacting the

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