Colorado Avenue Esplanade
The $10.7 million proposed Colorado Avenue Esplanade Project for the City of Santa Monica will integrate the Expo Light Rail into the downtown area, streamlining the existing intersection functions and guiding passengers to their business, shopping, cultural and entertainment destinations.
Designed by PWP Landscape Architecture, the project accomplishes urban design improvements at the Downtown Expo Station Plaza and along Colorado Avenue, spanning 1,800 LF or approximately five acres. A distinctive project challenge entailed reconciling the site’s unique pedestrian flow with vehicular circulation requirements. The improvements organize and simplify the flow of pedestrians, vehicles and bicycles, and provide more detailed directional cues such as new signage and green street improvements that clarify pathways, improve wayfinding, enhance landscaping and provide public art.
Drastically altering the street design while tying into adjoining properties at the property lines was the most significant streetscape retrofit hurdle. Fuscoe engineered new street sections and intersection grading to narrow the street and widen sidewalk pedestrian expansions, while retaining access into all adjoining property building entrances and floors as they currently stand. This design required relocation of numerous storm drain inlets and detailed grading of gutters and pavements to ensure proper drainage was maintained.
*images courtesy PWP Landscape Architecture Inc.
Santa Monica, CA
PWP Landscape Architecture for City of Santa Monica