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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The Brawley Walkway in downtown Charleston, West Virginia has a screened wall of 4'x6' 'Lumishield' polycarbonate resin panels with 40% recycled content. Interspersed in the fencing are stainless steel columns filled with decorative river stone, in keeping with Charleston's river city identity. Custom- designed, semi-translucent graphic panels are atop the gabion columns. Their light-diffusion material allows light to be evenly distributed across the matte finish. The graphic panels are internally lit by 6" 'Halo' LEDs. This crisp light (4000K temperature) fills the columns and provides secondary lighting to the walkway. PHOTO: GAI CONSULTANTS April 2018 51 Charleston, West Virginia's Slack Plaza and Brawley Walkway function as a vital pedestrian corridor linking Charleston's historic business district to the city's major retail and entertainment amenities. The walkway debuted in 1983, and went without major renovation for more than 30 years. By the early 2000s, the three-block walkway had fallen into disrepair. In 2014, the city selected GAI Consultants' Community Solutions Group (CSG) to develop a master plan for revitalizing the corridor. The resulting master plan incorporates several thoughtful applications of inventive lighting solutions—and the first of two project phases is now complete. Phase I is primarily a linear pedestrian spine linking Charleston's historic downtown core to the east with the city's entertainment and retail districts to the west. To respect the city's beautiful historic district, the lighting design gradually transitions from traditional to a more contemporary theme as it approaches the shopping and entertainment district. The walkways are lined with unique lighting displays and artful paving patterns across the entire corridor to unify the two districts. At the historic end of the corridor, existing Sternberg acorn light fixtures were refurbished with new textured globes, an upgraded lighting source (LED or halogen) and the poles received new black powder coatings, creating a cohesive, inviting entry as the corridor terminates into Capital Street "The design team's primary challenge at this end of the corridor was to stay out of the way and provide a gentle transition onto Capital Street," said Dave Gilmore, PLA, MBA, GAI, CSG's director of landscape architecture. "It's one of the most beautiful streets in the country, and a textbook example of perfect urban scale." As the walkway moves away from the historic district, the design team had more latitude to incorporate a more contemporary style fixture. Single post top Eaton Arbor Invue fixtures were selected as a pedestrian-scale streetlight at the western end of the corridor in an effort to establish a new fixture palette that can be used for future streetscape projects around Charleston. The highlight of the corridor is a graphic screen wayfinding wall that provides a cohesive link between the two urban anchors. To keep the graphic screen wall from becoming too visually dominant, the design team introduced custom- designed translucent panels fabricated by Lumicor. These provide visually appealing graphics, and are anchored between "It's one of the most beautiful streets in the country, and a textbook example of perfect urban scale." - Dave Gilmore, PLA, MBA, GAI, CSG's director of landscape architecture Walkway Brawley Reconnecting Downtown Charleston, West Virginia Landscape Architecture by GAI Consultants' Community Solutions Group David Gilmore PLA, MBA, Director of Landscape Architecture

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