Streetscapes & Urban Design
Over the years expectations of Main Street have evolved. However, the past decade has demonstrated a remarkable return to this multimodal cornerstone that once provided a gathering place for communities across the United States.
Early in the process, by assisting in the identification of funding strategies and sources, our dedicated practice group works with the diverse set of stakeholders involved in these complicated areas to plan, design and implement their revitalization. This effort can often require facade-to-facade demolition and reconstruction, underground utilities being rehabilitated or relocated, overhead utilities being buried, traffic and pedestrian patterns redesigned, and equally important aesthetic improvements woven into every consideration.
By partnering with the best qualified landscape architects for y our specific criteria, our teams focus on:
Building sustainable urban environments
Increasing connectivity between neighborhoods
Improving safety for pedestrians, cyclists, & motorist
Encouraging the use of alternative forms of transportation
Spurring economic development
Our Work in Your Communities
Center Street Streetscape - Goldsboro, North Carolina
45 new businesses opened and 22 properties sold to new investors
Winner of a 2015 NC Main Street Award of Merit for Best Outdoor Public Space Improvement
Winner of a 2015 NC American Planning Association Great Main Street in the Making Award
Winner of a 2018 American Council of Engineering Companies NC Engineering Excellence Honors Award
To address functional, aesthetic, safety, scale and also aging infrastructure issues, in 2011, the City of Goldsboro set out to re-envision one block of Center Street. Due, at least in part, to this demonstration of commitment by the City’s leaders, along with a “Complete Street” design concept, the USDOT awarded Goldsboro a $10 million TIGER grant in 2013, a portion of which was earmarked to build three more blocks of their streetscape project, and the City and its Landscape Architect, turned to our team to help make it happen. This “Phase II” took the downtown to an entirely new level, installing three round-a-bouts, public art, a 12-foot granite fountain, bike lanes, extra wide sidewalks, mid-block crosswalks, underground utilities, Wi-Fi, music, game tables, shade trees and more green and pedestrian space than the street had ever seen. All of this was carefully balanced with design for vehicular movement and infrastructure improvements to ensure the City's new street would last.
As a result, since the 1st block began, 45 new businesses have opened (bringing the downtown total to 240) and 22 properties have been sold to new investors.
Clinton Downtown Revitalization - Clinton, North Carolina
New design draws new businesses and improves pedestrian experience
Winner of a 2013 NC Main Street Award of Merit for Best Outdoor Public Space Improvement
Improving the pedestrian experience and increasing public safety were paramount as the City of Clinton implemented a multi-phased downtown revitalization effort that included new lighting, street trees, open space plantings and street resurfacing designed for improved parking and traffic flow. Led by our community development team, the project covered a 6-block area and also included replacing water mains, installing conduits for Progress Energy power lines and Century Link / Star Vision communication lines, replacing curbs and gutters and replacing the existing sidewalk with a new concrete and brick-accented sidewalk. Additionally, a new parking area overlooking Cattail Branch with a new pedestrian friendly walking trail was constructed, along with the revitalization of another parking lot adjacent a new City art wall and pocket park. During the project we provided engineering services that included the development of the construction documents, bidding and negotiation assistance, coordination with utility companies through all phases of the project, and construction contract administration and construction observation.
Downtown Master Plan - Pembroke, North Carolina
Collaboration with Town leaders helped turn a Vision into a Plan
The Town of Pembroke, NC knew that its downtown has the potential to provide a destination for entertainment, commerce and business to both its local population as well as the student and visiting populations connected to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the many events held there. In addition to a desire to improve the appearance of the area, Town leaders and local stakeholders also sought to incorporate functional modifications to the area and its corridors to promote use and attract people to the area. The Project Team worked with Town leaders to identify goals for the downtown area and scope potential improvements that would serve to promote those goals. Within the study area, potential improvements were developed and presented in phases to aid Pembroke in implementation in a manner which is manageable, both financially as well as functionally. The Master Plan was finalized in September of 2016.