PLAZA DRIVE INTERCHANGE

TYPE:  TRANSPORTATION
LOCATION: VISALIA, CALIFORNIA
OWNER: CITY OF VISALIA / CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
PRIME: TRC SOLUTIONS
ROLE: PROJECT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
AWARDS:  2014 ASCE LARGE PROJECT OF THE YEAR; APWA 2014 Project of the Year $5mm-$25mm.

SCOPE:  Inventory and analysis of existing trees; Tree mitigation plan development; Public Outreach, Conceptual Design, Construction Documents, Construction Support.

NARRATIVE:  For years the Plaza Drive intersection has been used to mitigate the removal of oak trees within other projects in the area.  Thus, the proposed traffic improvements affected many of these trees.  Following local and state guidelines, Architects at Designlab252 developed a mitigation plan for the project which, included the replacement of many of the oaks within the site limits and along the Plaza Drive alignment.  Many trees were protected in place while future projects were reviewed so the proposed locations would not be in jeopardy in the future.

Goals of the projects were to:
•    Determine the number of trees to be removed
•    Assess the mitigation value and rate
•    Stage contracts for tree mitigation
•    Provide plans for irrigation infrastructure
•    Work with Structural Engineers to incorporate aesthetic elements as prescribed by Caltrans.

STATUS: Project in Construction.  Images below from the TRC Solutions and the City of Visalia.


 

Cartmill Avenue Grade Separation

TYPE:  TRANSPORTATION
LOCATION: TULARE, CALIFORNIA
OWNER:  CITY OF TULARE
PRIME:  PETERS ENGINEERING GROUP
ROLE:  PROJECT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
AWARDS:   TCAG LOCALMOTION AWARD

SCOPE: Public outreach and public meetings: formation and identification of stakeholders, coordination of workshops to identify city goals for aesthetics; structural, planting, and irrigation design, construction supervision.
NARRATIVE:  In 2008, the City of Tulare contracted with the design team to provide PS&E documentation for the grade.  Designlab 252 provided public outreach and worked with city staff and stakeholders to develop conceptual designs.  Design renderings were created and displayed for public review.  The team then when through the complete PS&E, bid and construction support phases.  This project has been recognized for it superior design.
Goals of the projects were:
•    Landscaping to meet MWELO requirements.
•    Ease of maintenance
•    Design to Caltrans general specifications.
•    Slope protection and stabilization
•    Infrastructure for future public art installation opportunities.

STATUS:  Complete


BUTTONWILLOW ROUNDABOUT

TYPE: TRANSPORTATION
LOCATION:   REEDLEY, CALIFORNIA
OWNER:   CITY OF REEDLEY
PRIME:  PETERS ENGINEERING GROUP
ROLE:  PROJECT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

SCOPE: Streetscape, planting, irrigation and hardscape design; construction documentation; construction supervision.

NARRATIVE: In 2008, the City of Reedley contracted Peter’s Engineering and Designlab252 to provide design services to replace a traditional four-way controlled intersection with a traffic circle.  Landscaping has a very functional role in the use and safe operation of a traffic circle.  Ensuring clear sight distances in some areas and controlling view in others aids in the proper use of this facility that’s gaining popularity all over the country.  Years of education at Caltrans allowed for functional and aesthetic design ideas to meld with the city’s desires.  Such goals of the projects were to:
•    Design to a high level of aesthetics
•    Increase safe use of proposed traffic circle
•    Design for ease of maintenance
•    Design for low water use
•    Sync proposed irrigation system to existing central control platform

STATUS: Complete


FRANKWOOD AVENUE

TYPE: TRANSPORTATION
LOCATION:   REEDLEY, CALIFORNIA
OWNER:   CITY OF REEDLEY
PRIME:  PETERS ENGINEERING GROUP
ROLE:  PROJECT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

SCOPE:  Streetscape design, Develop conceptual alternatives for various traffic calming scenarios.  Prepare graphics for public review and comments.  Prioritize pedestrian movements along Frankwood Avenue between adjacent neighborhoods and the public schools.  Provide a maintenance estimate and scope of work to be used for the procurement of contract services by local contractors.  Hardscape, planting and irrigation design; construction documentation, construction support.

NARRATIVE:  The Frankwood Avenue Project was awarded to Designlab 252 as a Corridor Revitalization / Streetscape design project.  The vision of the city was to reconfiguration this vital road with a design for the separation of traffic and make it more pedestrian oriented for school traffic.  Designlab 252 worked with city staff to develop creative solutions to the auto/pedestrian conflicts on Frankwood Avenue.  Exploring nationally used traffic calming devices led to the creation of conceptual alternatives.  Three options were presented, a final alternative determined and taken to completion. 

Goals of the projects were to: 
•    Design to a high level of aesthetics
•    Increase pedestrian safty
•    Design for ease of maintenance
•    Design for low water use
•    Sync proposed irrigation system to existing central control platform

STATUS: Complete