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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76 Landscape Architect and Specifier News (Continued on page 78) Manitou Springs (Continued from page 74) presented significant topographic difficulties, especially while trying to meet ADA standards. The project area extended from the face of the buildings on one side of the street to the face of the buildings on the opposite side for approximately 2,900 lineal feet. As with many older downtowns the first challenge is working within the existing environment of historic buildings, walls, and features and utilities. Walkability was a major challenge because of narrow, broken sidewalks and obstacles in the walks, such as utility poles and trees that further restricted the walkable space. A preponderance of overhead utility lines, some of which were no longer in use, adversely impacted views, especially of the surrounding mountains. Once phases were identified and funding acquired, NV5 prepared for the first phase of the redevelopment to be completed, the Shoshone Spring demonstration project. This project gave the public an example of the improvements that would transform their downtown area. For this portion of the project, NV5 provided the inventory/analysis (administration, data collection), surveying, preliminary design, design development, final design, contract documents and construction administration. Scope of the design addressed issues such as: • Lane geometry • On-street parking • Walkable sidewalks • Bus stops • Pocket parks for public gathering and rest areas • Signage, street furnishings, street and pedestrian lighting Above The pedestrian lighting is refractive acorn-style luminaires with 100-watt high pressure sodium lamps atop 'Washington' pedestrian poles. The sidewalk benches ('Classic' series) and trash receptacles ('Steelsites' series) are form Victor Stanley. The 60-inch square tree grates are from the 'Metropolitan' collection (Neenah Foundry Co.). Top and Bottom, Right The Cheyenne Spring pocket park now offers planting buffers, seat walls, new fountains and paving. 'Spring Snow' crabapples are left, and existing green ashes (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) right. From 2006 through 2011, the various phases of the Manitou streetscape garnered eight awards, including the 2011 Governor's Award for 'Downtown Excellence for Best Public Space." After Before

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