Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2017

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Continued from page 14 h a rd s c a p e s 16 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The interior of the park needed to provide delivery truck access. Detailed studies by the design team ensured the paving could accommodate the turning radii of a vehicle. The park also needed to replace a failing retaining wall at its southern entrance. The paving pattern pays homage to the former uses of the siteā€”the repetition and banding mimics the patterning of rail ties of a rail line. Within these bands of light gray, dark gray, red, glacier white and dark charcoal, curvilinear blocks of color create abstract patterns of a river's flow, referencing the adjacent Hoosic River. Wausau Tile curved precast concrete benches in porcelain white create areas to "pull off" from the flow of the walkway. The paving works with existing drainage patterns on site. Existing cobblestones were gathered and reused on site as a series of grass terraces near the southern entrance. Versa-Lok products rebuilt the failing retaining wall. The southern entrance to the park was graded back and planted with varying colors and textures that provide interest through the seasons, including yellow crocus, liriope, and sugar maples with stainless steel tree grates from Hendrick Screens. The result opens views into the park and is more welcoming. Mirroring the hybrid nature of North Adam's arts culture, the park inserts contemporary uses and works of art into a historic urban fabric. The patterning of the paving expands the park's usability for future tenants while juxtaposing modern art against old rail buildings. Completed August 2015, the park provides a central promenade for ease of access and delivery. A plane of continuous paving flows through the park, framing the surrounding buildings and providing continuity for an otherwise fragmented series of internal sightlines. Left: The "Prest" pavers in 6"x12"x3", 24"x24"x3", and 18"x18"x3" sizes. Their layout aligns with existing drainage patterns on site, and integrates easily with the stainless steel tree grates (Hendrick Screens). Among the trees planted are sycamores, gingkos, sugar maples and birch. Top, Right: Inspired by the area's railway history, and the nearby active railway, the paving was designed in glacial white stripes that mimic the patterns of rail ties. Curved blocks of red, charcoal, light gray and dark gray are reminiscent of the flow of the adjacent Hoosic River. Bottom, Right: Curved precast concrete benches (Wausau Tile Company) were specified for their likeness to a river eddy, designed to be an area to pull away from the flow. Some of the existing cobblestones from the previous paving were reused as terraced steps in the grass next to the new retaining wall (Versa-Lok) that replaced a deteriorated wooden wall.

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