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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50 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Court Street (Continued from page 48) Top Powder coated black iron site amenities were selected to continue a historic use of wrought iron, matching existing period light poles with modern bollards and chains, benches and trash receptacles. Above, Left Magnum riveted ornamental steel fences (Ameristar) keep pedestrians out of planter beds edged by curbs of recycled granite, which was provided by the city of Binghamton following the demolition of the existing street. Hameln dwarf fountain grass fills one side of the planter. Above, Right A performance space named Peacekeepers Plaza was added to the western edge of the project in a large unused plaza to encourage activity and private investment downtown. HAAS Landscape Architects worked closely with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission to incorporate the statue. plant beds. Clay brick paving and recycled granite curbing and wall caps were selected for their durability and the ability to reflect the city's history. Much of the recycled granite for the curbs came from the existing street demolition, and was also used in the lower planters. Recycled granite slabs from a recently demolished city park also were recycled into the caps for the raised planters. Reuse of these products helped with maintaining the budget. Back-in parking was employed successfully to increase on-street parking for merchants. Raised and flush splitter islands were added to direct traffic and additional safety zones for pedestrians. Large precast concrete planters were used to highlight the center island of the roundabout and are illuminated with recessed LED lighting. The center pot was also modified to accept a large evergreen tree and lighting during the Christmas holiday. Since the project's completion, new investments within the gateway corridor include a commercial green roof, three student housing development infills into vacant structures, numerous restaurants with sidewalk cafes, two microbreweries, boutique shops, and a brick paved plaza with a performance stage, named Peacemakers Plaza for a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The project carried on through many years of delays, budget cuts and staff changes at City Hall. The strong emphasis on pedestrian safety and historic character were maintained throughout the design and construction work.

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