Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2015

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 Scope of Work In 2001, the city of Carlsbad selected the landscape architecture firm of Wimmer Yamada and Caughey (WYAC) to develop a master plan for a 32-acre community park in one of the city's newer developing communities. Carlsbad (pop. 110,972) is a well-healed seaside community along a seven-mile stretch of Pacific shores 35 miles north of downtown San Diego. Throughout the next 18 months, the WYAC design team and the city's parks and recreation staff worked closely together with local residents in a collaborative effort to design the park. Public meetings and "hands-on" workshops were held in an effort to gather input and build consensus on the community's desires and needs, and then incorporate them into the design of the park. In 2002, a final master plan was created by the team, and in turn was approved by the city council. Acting as prime consultant, WYAC selected and worked with a talented team of design consultants and city of Carlsbad staff to create the final design and produce construction documents. The design disciplines included the architect, public artist, aquatic design firm, skate park designer, civil engineer, electrical/mechanical/ plumbing engineers, structural engineer, and kitchen designer. Within two years, a full set of construction documents were prepared by the WYAC team, approved by the Carlsbad City Council, and put out to public bid, only to be placed on hold, one of the many development halts during the 2009 economic downturn. In 2011, the city council was ready to move forward again, this time under a modified design-build program that allowed for incorporating state- of-the-art features. During the design-build phase, city staff was heavily involved in the construction administration and updating the design. WYAC provided design oversight, ensuring the park was built according to the original design intent of the master plan and original construction documents. Aquatic Center Being a community park in size and scale, the design for Alga

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