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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74 Landscape Architect and Specifier News determine the status of potential, current, and future funding streams. Public Involvement A major component for the success of the revitalization effort was public involvement and community buy-in. To encourage community support, NV5 developed a conceptual plan for the "Shoshone Spring demonstration project." This project was completed as a first phase to provide an example to the community of what the avenue plan and its various urban design elements would look like. NV5 assisted the city's project manager with presentations of the project to the city boards and commissions. This involved preparation of presentation materials, participating as a technical consultant and holding public open houses. NV5 also had the responsibility of contacting and meeting with property owners along the project corridor. The involvement of stakeholders was continued throughout the project to gain agreement on the design, keep communication open and accurate on all issues, maintain momentum, support and enthusiasm for the project and maintain coordination with affected businesses during construction. Public involvement was further extended to include bi-weekly project progress meetings with the Manitou Avenue Liaison Group (MALG), which included city staff, representatives from the city's stakeholder boards and commissions, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and affected utilities. Design Challenges The Manitou Avenue revitalization project had no lack of challenges and issues. The avenue lies between Fountain Creek and the side of a mountain, so there were areas of the project that The first streetscape phase completed was the Shoshone Spring demonstration project, which gave residents an example of the improvements that would transform the downtown. New sidewalks were divided into a minimum 6-foot wide "pedestrian zone," and a 5-6-foot wide "amenity zone." The pedestrian zone is paved in a light red colored concrete to simulate sandstone slabs historically used for Manitou sidewalks. The city codes specify this color for the historic district. The double loop-style fencing is steel with a black powder coat, which is historically used throughout town. It was custom constructed by a subcontractor to the general contractor. (Continued on page 76) After Before

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