Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2017

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January 2017 55 Tying the park together is a section of the 125-mile Erie to Pittsburgh (E2P) Trail that connects downriver to the Great Allegheny Passage, a multistate trail linking Pittsburgh with D.C. The design team opted for a palette of common and cost-conscious yet high quality materials: galvanized steel; crushed limestone, sandstone and granite river rock, white concrete and porous asphalt; and native field grasses. Ipe seating, LEDs (puddle, globe and spot lights), native wildflowers, ferns and shrubs were also specified for special event areas. Rock-filled gabions were added as retaining walls, and grading produced mounds, hills and rippled and waved landforms. Sustainability From the beginning, sustainability was the guiding design principle, the connective tissue that holds the park together, from its programming, landscaping and material choices to its maintenance, finances and operational considerations. The park exemplifies sustainability through the redevelopment of a brownfield of "moderate contamination" on site, and at three neighboring properties. The master plan identified appropriate development strategies for each contaminated area. The site of a former incinerator in East Park was capped by a circular boardwalk, atop which is a set of chaise-style benches, making for a sunny respite perfect for sharing river views or reading a book. Above: The master plan divided the park into east, middle and west sectors. Railroad trestles cross under the Highland Park Bridge across the Allegheny, then diverge and run through West Park. Middle Park offers a service marina, a welcome center, public washrooms, bike/kayak/ canoe rentals and a kayak launch. An event lawn will be installed during the final construction phase. A section of the Erie to Pittsburgh (E2P) Trail runs across the park along a sewer and utility easement that could not be vacated. E2P is a 125-mile greenway that connects downriver to the Great Allegheny Passage, a trail linking Pittsburgh with D.C. PHOTO CREDIT: EPD, LLC . . ."experience and sustainability" . . . the foundation stones to successful placemaking design. - Environmental Planning & Design Project Team Park Owner: Aspinwall Riverfront Park Inc. Landscape Design: Environmental Planning & Design, LLC – Pittsburgh Architecture: studio d'ARC architects – Pittsburgh Contractor – Phase 1: Eichenlaub Inc. – Pittsburgh Contractor – Other Phases: Eisler Landscapes – Pittsburgh Engineering: Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering, Inc. – Coraopolis, Pa. Illustration/Graphics: Zanetta Illustration – Pittsburgh Programming Advisor: NIPPaysage – Montréal, Quebec Public Survey/Market Research: 360 Intelligent Marketing – Pittsburgh

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