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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48 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The surrounding natural open spaces remain preserved and protected as a part of the city's plan, which includes an additional 10 acres of California coastal sage scrub habitat on the north and west sides of the park. The beautiful natural topography creates elevation changes that bring interest and depth to the park and enhances the vistors' experience. Sustainable Elements From a sustainable perspective, the park incorporates many energy-efficient and sustainable features: LED site lighting; use of recycled water for irrigation; thermal solar panels to help heat the water in the pools; energy-efficient pool pumps and water quality units; photovoltaic panels in the parking lot—all focused on reduce energy use and offsetting maintenance costs. Consultants As mentioned, in 2011 the project transitioned to a design-build format. As a result the general contractor was required to assemble a team of design consultants to recertify and implement the most current building codes into the previously completed construction documents. This partnership between the city, WYAC (as original designers) and the general contractor was very successful because the city retained WYAC's services throughout construction, ensuring the park's design intent was followed through to completion. Skate Park Another key feature of the park is the challenging and much-loved skate park, with two separate deep bowls (one 6-ft. max. and one 8-ft. max.), along with a dynamic layout Below Photovoltaic panels in the parking lot will produce approximately 380,000-kilowatt hours of electricity a year, bringing the park close to zero net energy. solar thermal panels at the Aquatic Center preheat the pools. Photo: CitY of CArLsbAD Above, Right & Below, Right Alga Norte skate Park, located in view of the playground on the edge of a large native area drainage basin, is a boomerang like shape design. the design was led by former pro skateboarder Kanten russell of stantec's Action sports Group (original team member), with Charles strawter Design, inc. (design-build construction phase team). there are two bowls (one 6' deep, and one 8' deep), along with a dynamic layout of urban street components for more skilled skateboarders. the skate park was designed to accommodate beginners and experienced skaters. there beginners' area is closest to the playground. the skate park has pedestrian-scale sports lighting. the ornamental steel security fencing is 'Montage ii' (Ameristar fence Products). (Continued on page 50)

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