Landscape Architect & Specifier News

APR 2018

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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April 2018 45 for Port Angeles, Victoria, British Columbia—The Olympic Peninsula Hub "Points of Light" HBB Landscape Architecture Writing credits: Dean W. Koonts, ASLA; Principal, and Rachel Dotson, Senior Associate, HBB Landscape Architecture As a gateway to the Olympic National Forest and to Victoria, Canada, Port Angeles is an important hub connecting northern Olympic Peninsula communities. Much of Port Angeles' civic, historic, cultural and economic identity is tied to its downtown waterfront. The steady stream of commuters, visitors and outdoor enthusiasts arriving at the waterfront by way of ferry, the Olympic Discovery Trail and the U.S. scenic route 101 were the driving force behind the Waterfront Transportation Improvement Plan (WTIP), a master planning effort to revision Port Angeles' downtown infrastructure and public spaces. HBB was part of the multidisciplinary team of planners, engineers, architects and artists focused on developing the WTIP. The final plan distinguishes the waterfront as the focal point of the downtown core, integrating art with civic pride and stimulating economic development and property improvements. The WTIP involoved extensive public participation to identify common goals and program elements, including public access and views to the harbor, wayfinding, welcoming visitors, venues for seasonal activities, encouraging economic development and incorporating sustainable design. As a framework for future design, the concept of "Points of Light" emphasizes lighting and light fixtures as the main project component. Intended to create a distinct waterfront identity during the day and a unique attraction at night, lighting is used at focal points, as accents, for This is the view of the upper tier and streetscape of the downtown Victoria, British Columbia waterfront esplanade, showing the alternating rain garden bays and parking (right) and the ferry pier in the background left. The LED columns on the brushed stainless steel bases are the eye-catching light elements along the waterfront. LED BEGA 2916 wall lights in the concrete seat walls also illuminate the paving (see inset). PHOTO © 2017 DOUG SCOTT

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