Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2016

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60 Landscape Architect and Specifier News (Continued on page 62) Goldsboro (Continued from page 58) Bosque elms in Phase 2; Willow oaks were planted in the median to provide a high shady canopy in the warm summer months. Phase 2 Planning for Phase 2 of the Center Street Improvements began in 2013. The construction documents were completed in early 2014. Allison Platt & Associates teamed with The Wooten Company engineers to design two blocks of improvements that included intersection roundabouts and a continuation of the Phase 1 design. In fall 2013, while construction drawings were being prepared, the city was awarded a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation under the 5th round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. The award of TIGER grant funds was based on the success of the first phase, leadership by the city's elected officials and staff, and many other city initiatives to revitalize the downtown. With this award the city was able to add a third block and the granite fountain to the plans. The design for the Phase 2 work differed from Phase 1 in that the wide center median was narrowed between bulb outs to allow space for head-in angled parking, which store owners favored. The design features patterned brick sidewalks, three traffic roundabouts finished with recycled sandstone pavers, a 12-ft. granite fountain designed by the landscape architect in the center roundabout, as well as designated locations for two additional sculptures on the other two roundabouts. Other features include granite bollards; pedestrian lighting with SiteLink poles; speakers on the light poles to provide a continuous stream of music and available PA broadcast by the city; free Wi-Fi throughout Center Street; and a unique pedestrian park located at the center of each of the four blocks in the project area. The completion of these four blocks has stimulated renewed interest in downtown living and businesses, including a recent purchase immediately south of the 200 block of south Central Street for a $10-15 million mixed use residential/commercial project. Based on the success of these improvements, the annual North Carolina Main Street Conference was held in Goldsboro for the first time. Project Team Client: The city of Goldsboro. Project Completed: Phase One, November 2012. Phase 2, Preparation of CDs completed August, 2013, Construction began in August, 2013 and was completed in November 2015 Project Cost: Phase 1: $1.8 million, Phase 2, $7.6 million Project Landscape Architect: Allison Platt & Associates, Goldsboro Master Plan, Streetscape design and construction documents, fountain design, allisonplattandassociates.com Engineers and Allied Professionals, Phase 2: The Wooten Company, Civil Engineers; Hydro Dramatics, fountain mechanical design; HMC Consultants, structural engineering; Irrigation Innovations, irrigation designer; Nite Lites, low voltage lighting design and installation. Construction, Phase 1: Daniels & Daniels Construction, General Contractor; Landscape F/X, Landscape Contractor, Irrigation Innovations, irrigation design. Construction, Phase 2: T.A. Loving, General Contractor; Fred Adams Paving, brick installation; ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, fountain, cobblestone and furniture installation; L.R. Griffin & Associates, Landscape Contractor. Brick Manufacturer: Pine Hall Brick Granite Supplier (fountain and bollards): Cold Spring Granite Street Light Manufacturer: Holophane Other Suppliers: Stalite Company, structural soil; Jericho Nursery and Plantworks, plant materials suppliers. Awards: 2015 Great Main Streets in the Making, NCAPA; North Carolina Main Street Program Honor Award for Best Outdoor Improvement, 2016; others pending. Left The sculpture in the roundabout at N. Center Street and Mulberry near City Hall is "Natural Embrace" by North Carolina artist Paul Hill (paulhillsculpture.com). This sculpture is constructed of Corten steel and fused glass, and represents the Venus Flytrap, a native plant of eastern North Carolina that is endangered. Since it was necessary for the roundabouts to have mountable curbs to accommodate truck turning radii, the idea emerged to use sandstone cobblestones to complement the sculptures and add interest to the intersections, which otherwise would have been a very large expanse of pavement. PHOTO: ALLISON PLATT

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