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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80 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The Murphy Avenue streetscape rehabilitation and utility replacement project in Sunnyvale, Calif., began when the city received a Transportation for Livable Cities planning grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. This grant encourages cities to offer transportation choices and linkages, integrate transportation and land use, maximize community and stakeholder involvement, encourage compact development, and support neighborhood revitalization and place making. When Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey (RHAA) Landscape Architecture + Planning, a San Francisco Bay area firm with more than 50 years experience, won the project after responding to an RFP issued by the city of Sunnyvale, the firm began collaborating with city staff. Six months of onsite organized public workshops ensued, welcoming property owners, residents, focus groups and downtown development representatives to assist in the planning and redesign of the commercial and entertainment core of Sunnyvale's downtown historic Murphy District. In these meetings the design team presented design alternatives, encouraging public discussion and ranking of pertinent components and street layout options, ranging from a fully pedestrian-oriented street, to shared-space, to a flexible hybrid street. The goal of this 76,000 sq. ft. streetscape project was to reorganize the street to better accommodate increased pedestrian traffic, outdoor restaurant seating and civic events. This was accomplished with pedestrian enhancements, such as pavers within the roadway, colored concrete sidewalks, gateway monuments, planters and new site furnishings. Transportation Upgrade As Sunnyvale's Caltrain Station is located nearby, as Above The Historic Murphy Avenue gateway sign, created by Square Peg Design, fulfilled the community-identified need for greater visibility and promotion of the historic district. The 18-foot tall steel and aluminum columns sit in concrete pedestals. The column grills are waterjet-cut and internally illuminated with LED floodlights. The steel and aluminum bands spanning the columns are 35-feet long. The "Historic Murphy Avenue" sign is aluminum and also internally lit with LEDs. PHoTo CrEDiT: MiCHAEL TArr Murphy Avenue Rehabbing Historic Sunnyvale, Calif. Landscape Architecture by royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey (rHAA) By Nathan Lozier

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