We are currently leading the design for a complete reconstruction of UNK’s Cope Fountain Plaza and water feature. Located in the center of the UNK campus, the plaza is a busy outdoor activity center and central gathering place. Chroma Design identified this project as one of the highest priorities in the 2013 UNK Landscape Master Plan. The project is out for public bid and will be constructed in 2019. Design team members include Olsson Associates for civil, structural, and electrical engineering and OLC / Aquatic Design Group for water feature design.
The City of Lafayette’s parks and open spaces have a new look. The first phase of Chroma Design’s sign system has been installed and a second phase will soon follow. The sign’s industrial steel framework provides a sense of the city’s mining history. Their bright colors celebrate today’s community, and they are rooted in their sites with bases made from layers of Colorado earth-toned concrete.
The recently completed city gateway arches on the Washington Street Bridge highlight Petersburg for thousands of motorists each day. The design was inspired by an interlocking arch pattern on one of the city’s historic wrought iron fences. The warm red color was chosen for its high visibility and to complement the City’s signature red signs. Our special nighttime illumination adds another dimension to the view. Chroma Design’s VA-based design team included DMWP&V structural engineers, Dunlap Partners electrical engineers, Clark Nexsen civil engineers, and HG Design Studio for construction observation.
The second phase of construction of the 2-mile long West Broadway streetscape is almost complete. The streetscape design follows the master plan prepared in 2015 by Chroma Design as part of the HGM engineering team. The specially designed kit of urban design parts provides a unique civic character to this commercial corridor. The corner monuments, buffer fencing, streetlights, and pedestrian lights were all custom designed for this installation. Full reconstruction of the corridor is planned to be complete in 2021. The project team includes HGM as prime consultant, civil, and structural engineer, Chroma Design for urban design and landscape architecture, and HDR for electrical engineering.
Monday October 16th was the grand opening celebration of the South Crater Road Gateway at Interstate 95’s exit 45. Chroma Design’s spires of blue glass and stainless steel are the main visual attraction. The project was part of The Cameron Foundation’s Southside VA community gateways initiative, the brainchild of foundation president Todd Graham. Cameron financed the design phase of the project and shared the construction costs 50/50 with the county. The gateway and connecting streetscape are a public improvement effort to help rejuvenate this commercial hospitality zone by attracting visitors and improving the area’s image. For local news coverage of the event, click here (opens in new tab in your browser).
Wednesday October 18th was the construction kickoff meeting for a new public demonstration garden on the Town Hall campus. CoCal Landscape has been contracted to build Chroma Design’s “xeriscape garden.” The garden will be the second phase of improvements to the campus. It is designed to showcase a water saving approach to landscape design while offering a new public destination to enjoy in all seasons. Junoworks will fabricate the sculptural central feature, an arbor made from painted steel rebar in the form of a Sego Lily flower.
Bids are in for the West Randolph Road community gateway and a contract will soon be awarded. The project will provide significant improvements to the gateway’s landscape and the base for a 50-foot tall stainless steel sculpture designed by artist Ralph Helmick. Construction is scheduled to begin this Fall and installation of the sculpture and surrounding landscape will be completed in the Spring of 2018.