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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60 Landscape Architect and Specifier News season. Equally challenging was the necessity of removal and disposal of 2,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil. That and other obstacles increased costs and labor, but the deadline remained. A major constraint to the park and plaza design was the gondola ride dating from Expo 1974. The gondola begins in Riverfront Park, crosses the plaza and continues over the hydroelectric facility to the lower end of the falls. The supporting pylons limited grade changes and the height of the cables restricted tree locations throughout the project. Other challenges included developing land with the detritus of old railway bridge foundations, backfilled with debris from the 1889 citywide fire, and crisscrossed with utilities of all sorts. Street Improvements, Rain Gardens and Pedestrian Access The project also encompassed street improvements, including rain gardens to slow traffic and create pedestrian access to the plaza. This was done adjacent to an Avista substation, a registered historical landmark. Between the substation and a bridge abutment sat a decaying brick battery storage building. Land Expressions was also charged with repairing the building's exterior and designing and installing a grand staircase around it to provide access to a river viewing area, now called Battery Point. Above The Spokane Tribal Gathering Place features an event plaza designed by the staff of Land Expressions, with support of TD& h Engineers, Trindera Engineering, GeoEngineers, Coffman Engineers and South h enry Studios. The plaza features a cut native basalt amphitheater and low retaining wall, scenic overlooks of the river gorge, two water falls, interpretive signage and an industrial-themed 23' tall steel fire beacon designed by landscape architect Dave Nelson with Paul herrington, AiA. The beacon is lit each evening, a reminder that natural gas service helped build and fund the construction of the plaza. The plaza plants— 'blue oat' grass, 'Admiration' barberry, 'blue balloon' Caryopteris, 'Alpine Daphne' and 'Magic Carpet' Spirea, 'Tvurdy' yew, bloodgood Japanese maples and Katsura tree—were designed in blocks to show large areas of color when viewed from the upper floors of city hall (building in background), and also to have a contemporary arrangement to suit the plaza architecture. Pho To: JohN MooRE

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