plan-and-design

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT

Park Redevelopment Creates Civic Rejuvenation

Golden Associates was the landscape architect on one of the most monumental reconstruction projects the City of Oakland has undertaken in the past decade. The 12th Street Reconstruction Project has transformed the southern end of Lake Merritt into a major civic park. With a 47-million- dollar budget, this project reduced the existing twelve lanes of traffic to six lanes, and increased the size of the shoreline park around the southern end of Lake Merritt by 3.5 acres.

This urban design and revitalization project has greatly improved the pedestrian experience and provides a strong pedestrian connection to civic buildings, such as the Kaiser Convention Center, Laney College, and the County Courthouse.


Country Club Concept Planning

A country club in the midwestern United States was looking ahead to future expansion and hired Atwell to provide some conceptual and preliminary space planning consulting.

Atwell delivered services that supported the client’s growth initiatives and engaged key stakeholders. Atwell also supported ongoing renovations with services that included a master planting design incorporating hillside erosion control, as well as ADA compliance consulting and landscape architecture for a new pool complex


Boulevard Safety & Streetscape Redesign

Spanning nearly 3 miles of blighted industrial roadway between the cities of Livermore and Pleasanton, this $10,000,000 streetscape project is Alameda County’s largest green street project. Designed by Golden Associates, this was the largest certified Bay Friendly Landscape Project in the Bay Area. The Stanley Boulevard Safety and Streetscape Project is designed to improve aesthetics, safety, recreation, habitat, and water-quality.

Spanning nearly 3 miles of blighted industrial roadway between the cities of Livermore and Pleasanton, this $10,000,000 streetscape project is Alameda County’s largest green street project. Designed by Golden Associates, this was the largest certified Bay Friendly Landscape Project in the Bay Area. The Stanley Boulevard Safety and Streetscape Project is designed to improve aesthetics, safety, recreation, habitat, and water-quality.


Therapeutic Design for Dementia Patients

Atwell designed a therapeutic garden for an assisted living facility. Located in the mid-western United States, the facility serves a diversity of patients, including those suffering from various forms of dementia. The garden was designed in two sections to accommodate the unique needs of dementia patients who, for example, tend to walk in circles.

The design created multiple sensory experiences through sound, smell, feel and color, and provided an environment where residents can plant flowers, herbs and vegetables. The garden showcases a variety of perennials and grasses, with plant material selected to provide four seasons of interest at this facility.


Library Garden Provides Indoor/Outdoor Experience

A large library in Northeast Ohio wanted to redesign its reading garden space to better focus on a central sculpture. Atwell designed the environment to draw attention to the sculpture’s features, create visual value even for indoor library patrons, and welcome visitors outdoors to relax in moveable and permanent furniture staged around the garden.

To reduce project costs, site impacts and maintenance efforts, the design utilized low-maintenance plant material with permeable pavement and other recycled materials.