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4 Metro Public Works’ Complete Street Projects Receive Honors for Landscape Design


3 local landscape architectural firms and Metro Public Works project team partners honored

The Tennessee Chapter of The American Society of Landscape Architects announced the winners of the 2015 Professional and Student Design Awards and 4 Metro Public Works Complete Street projects brought home top honors. These awards honor top public places, residential designs, campuses, parks and urban planning projects from landscape architects across the State of Tennessee.

“Complete Streets are a vital part of healthy, livable, and attractive communities, and we are committed to the continued reimagining of our approach to designing and building them,” said Mark Macy, Public Works Director. “I am pleased that these 4 projects were honored and I am thankful for our project partners and especially for the critical and excellent work of the landscape architects.” Public Works projects winning awards include:

  • The Gateway to Heritage Project: This project was awarded the Cultural Honor for transforming the Interstate 40 underpass into an area that celebrates the African American history of Nashville and Jefferson Street. Improvements include the Heritage Plaza, native landscaping, and a series of Heritage Columns located along Jefferson Street to commemorate the significant history and culture of the area. The project was a joint effort by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee State University, the Jefferson Street United Merchant Partnership, Metro Public Works and the Metropolitan Housing and Development Agency. Landscape Architect: EDGE Planning, Landscape Architecture & Urban Design.
  • The Korean Veterans Boulevard Project: This project was awarded the Transportation Honor for the public investment of a boulevard and roundabout. The boulevard extends from 4th Avenue to 8th Avenue South alongside the Music City Center. The project included the city’s first dual-lane roundabout in a reconstructed intersection with 8th Avenue South and Lafayette Street. Hailed as the “new front door” to Nashville providing additional access and a direct east-west route between I-24/65 and the SoBro area of Nashville. This project included bike lanes and racks, wide sidewalks, transit accommodations, landscaping, rain gardens, recycling receptacles and LED lighting. Project Team: Metro Public Works Engineering Division, Civil Constructors, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Hawkins Partners. Landscape Architect: Hawkins Partners, Inc.
  • The 5th Avenue South Project: This project was awarded the Urban Design Honors for an innovative shared space public street that features a raised pedestrian table, a contextually sensitive streetscape and feature event space that is an extension of the Music City Center and the Omni Hotel/ Country Music Hall of Fame campus. The project extends from Church Street to Union Avenue, and enhances pedestrian safety and access. Project Team: Metro Public Works, Civil Constructors, Roy T. Goodwin, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Hawkins Partners, Inc., Landscape Architect: Hawkins Partners, Inc.
  • The 46th Avenue North and Murphy Road Streetscape Project: This project was awarded the Urban Design Honor for which landscape architects worked with Sylvan Park business owners and residents to create a bikeable and walkable corridor that connects residential neighborhoods with a prominent Nashville commercial district, community center, golf course, public park, and elementary school. The project included new sidewalks, a roundabout, decorative energy efficient street lighting, native landscaping, and art tiles made by local third-grade students adorning the entry columns. Project Team: Metro Public Works Engineering Division, Metro Parks and Recreation, Metro Water Services, RPM Transportation Consultants and Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. Landscape Architect: Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

“Metro’s Complete Street Program has added value to bicyclists, pedestrians, and driver’s experiences in these award winning projects,” said Jennifer Smith, Metro Public Works Horticulturist. “Attractive, coordinating features such as lighting, wayfinding and signage, street furniture, tree-lined streets, and recycling receptacles are Complete Street signatures. In addition to these tangible benefits, these Public Work projects soften the urban streets and buildings, adding to our city’s beauty and green infrastructure,” said Smith.

Construction began September 2015 on the Division Street Extension and Bridgeproject, the newest addition to Nashville’s growing inventory of green and Complete Streets. The project runs from 8th Avenue South to 2nd Avenue South and provides traffic benefits, community and economic benefits, and environmental benefits. The project is expected to be complete in winter 2016.