Dover, Kohl & Partners introduces a "21st Century car-optional neighborhood" in Chattanooga

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During a presentation yesterday evening, the public received a first look at the proposed redevelopment of 112 acres of Chattanooga riverfront. The program was held on Riverfront Parkway inside the blue high bay buildings (formerly known as Alstom), which are within property owned by Urban Story Ventures. The vision depicts Chattanooga’s next great neighborhood, where people can live, work, and enjoy themselves along the Tennessee River. Dover, Kohl & Partners was selected to draft the initial concepts together with a multidisciplinary team of experts that included Horsley Witten Group, VHB Engineering, Hall Planning & Engineering, and Partners for Economic Solutions.

The concepts outline a highly walkable, bike-friendly “car-optional neighborhood,” which does not mean eliminating cars but instead expanding the choices for getting around. Tree lined streets and green public spaces will restore balance and help heal the land, which was once home to heavy industry. A fanned street grid will connect people to Riverfront Parkway and guide them toward the Tennessee River.

The plan calls for mixed-use redevelopment of the 112 acres with varying house types and workplaces as well as recreation and entertainment. The convenience will make daily life more practical, but we also want the neighborhood to be packed with charm, to make it a fun place to be. The concept calls for salvaging materials from the old factories, incorporating cool elements of Chattanooga’s combustion history in the architecture, and continuing the waterfront revival with the strong emotional connection to the river and nature.

To create that sense of place, the draft design recommends maximizing variety in the architecture, but also setting up basic common elements that will let the individual buildings work together in an ensemble. The most important of these elements is that all the buildings will be street-oriented.  This way the architecture and street network can help re-stitch this section of Chattanooga together and tie it to downtown. For visitors and residents, visual cues and landmarks throughout the district will establish that they are in a unique and defined neighborhood. To preserve Chattanooga’s history, the design proposes keeping some of the steel frames of the old factories, stripped to their metal structures, letting them span between new buildings and over the streets and parks under them.

Since the Tennessee River is an essential feature of the new neighborhood, the plan advises keeping the vast majority of land along the riverbank as a linear park. The designs also expand on the Tennessee Riverwalk with a series of public spaces. Building on the river connection, the plan seeks to bring the river experience into the land through canal features, spaces for recreation and innovative stormwater devices that double as landscaping and water features. All of the new greenspaces and trees will help treat stormwater before it flows into the river.

Above: Chattanooga Park Aerial View

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Above: Chattanooga Headquarters Aerial View

Draft Illustrative Masterplan

Draft Illustrative Masterplan

Catch Up on the Mining Issues in SE Lee County

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In 2008, DK&P and Spikowski Planning Associates prepared the Prospects for SE Lee County report, leading to adopted policies protecting the delicate balance of limerock mining, rural settlements, agribusiness, and environmental restoration in the “DRGR” area. A big (literally, groundbreaking) idea is that limerock mining for construction materials is economically vital, but the quarries are also environmentally traumatic--  so therefore, enough mining should be permitted to satisfy demonstrated need, but remain limited. The policy requires a Limerock Capacity Analysis to be undertaken and updated every seven years, to determine whether new mines are really justified. Now that crucial environmental policy is being questioned. The whole saga is a case study on the deep value of planning ahead, and about the fragility of environmental protections, lately. Read the latest in Bill Spikowski’s peer review of two such analyses, just published. Read more about our DRGR work here.

 

Construction Completed on 300 Block of Clematis Street

A ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration took place on Thursday, November 1, capping off 5 months of construction on the 300 Block of Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, FL. Dover, Kohl & Partners led a public design process that resulted in a vision for a street focused on people. DK&P collaborated with Kimley-Horn on the final design for a slower, safer, curbless, shared space, with more shade, more seating, and more space for dining, bike parking, and walking.

The next phase of the project will extend the new street design to the 100 and 200 blocks of Clematis Street with construction expected during the summer of 2019, followed by the 400 and 500 blocks in 2020. DK&P is looking forward to continuing this important partnership with Kimley-Horn, working with the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), the City of West Palm Beach and the Downtown Development Authority.

Pamela King promoted to Studio Director at Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning

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We’re pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Pamela Stacy King, CNU-a has been promoted to Studio Director at Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning. This is in recognition of her newly expanded role, in which Pam will oversee the production of plans, reports, and codes to ensure they are easily understood and embody DK&P’s best practices.

Pam is now paired with Studio Design Lead Kenneth Garcia to manage the workflow, matching DK&P’s growing staff to our diverse roster of projects.

For twelve-plus years as a project director and town planner at DK&P, Pam has helped dozens of cities and towns around the USA form a clearer vision for their future. She works with multi-disciplinary teams of professionals who collaborate with stakeholders, business owners and residents to produce the tools that will give life to those visions. Pam brings her knowledge of urban design-- and her track record for thoroughness and collaboration-- to every assignment.  In addition to directing projects, Pam has co-authored reports, crafted form-based codes, drawn up neighborhood designs, reviewed plans, and made policy recommendations for a wide-ranging clientele. Pam has been instrumental in building our firm’s Comprehensive Plan portfolio by putting the work on a firm schedule, helping devise the plans, and editing them with a sharp eye. She is often the lead designer on illustrative plans for neighborhoods, working closely with developers and citizens to envision more walkable and sustainable places.

Pam’s background includes urban design, architecture, transportation, development regulations, and working with construction managers. Her skills span the whole range of built environment design, from the scale of the individual lot to that of the city; her writings, plans and diagrams have appeared in numerous national publications. A resident of South Miami, Pam holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Miami School of Architecture, is certified by the National Charrette Institute, and is accredited by the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Kenneth Garcia promoted to Studio Design Lead at Dover, Kohl & Partners

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We’re pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Kenneth García has been promoted to Studio Design Lead at Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning. 

This is in recognition of his great work over the past eleven years. In addition to leading challenging urban design and town planning projects, Kenneth has contributed to groundbreaking work in hand-drawn illustrations, digital visualizations, street designs, and publications. He played a vital role in helping complete the book Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns. Kenneth has worked directly with citizens, developers, elected officials, and national experts, applying best practices in planning and urban design. He has participated in more than sixty on-site, multi-day interactive planning workshops, facilitating hands-on design with clients and members of the public as part of the visioning and policy making process. He has worked at the whole range of scales, from detailed design proposals for a single block or street, to revitalization plans for cities and neighborhoods, to large regional plans affecting millions of citizens. In his new position, Kenneth oversees the design efforts by staff in our Coral Gables studio, trains our team members, and assists firm principals and project directors with assuring the best quality in the work we do at Dover, Kohl & Partners.

Kenneth grew up in Costa Rica and Mexico. He received both his Master of Architecture and his Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Andrews University, a leading center for the study of New Urbanism. He is CNU-Accredited by the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), has been certified by the National Charrette Institute, and is a member of the American Planning Association. Kenneth joined Dover, Kohl & Partners in 2007. In addition to his skills in architecture and urbanism, Kenneth is a prolific photographer and watercolorist.

Rethinking the FIU Bridge Collapse

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Following the deadly collapse of a pedestrian bridge under construction adjacent to the FIU campus, Victor Dover and Kenneth Garcia published a pair of articles in Miami's Community Newspapers about the tragedy, showing how Eighth Street could be reimagined as a street that makes safety a priority and puts people first.

"Why did a pedestrian bridge seem needed in the first place?" Because "Eighth Street is, after all, a dangerous, ugly highway that repels one from choosing to walk, bike, or use transit."

The underlying problem is a street that's dangerous to cross on foot or bike. The following animated sequence shows how Eighth Street could evolve from a street that is solely dedicated to single-occupant car trips to an true inter-modal street that supports walking, biking and transit.

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West Palm Beach City Commission Unanimously Approves Redesign of the 300 Block of Clematis Street

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Slower, safer, curbless, shared space, with more shade, more seating, and more space for dining, bike parking, and walking – these are all features of a new design for the 300 block of Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dover, Kohl and Partners teamed with Kimley-Horn on this important street design adventure, working for the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), and with important partners like the City of West Palm Beach and the Downtown Development Authority.

“I am incredibly proud of the entire Clematis Streetscape design team,” said Mayor Jeri Muoio. “The designs they presented are thoughtful, putting people first, but also maintaining a balance of multiple interests. Through collaboration with area merchants, residents, community members who work or play downtown, and other stakeholders, they have created a beautiful space. I know with certainty these improvements will create greater quality of life for all - and will be the launching pad for continued enhancement to other City streets.”

Through a series of meetings and public engagement opportunities, we worked to visualize and present concepts for Clematis Street that reflect the community’s vision. The recommended street design will improve the public realm on Clematis Street through:

  • A curbless street which prioritizes the pedestrian
  • Wider sidewalks
  • An addition of 20 shade trees that will create comfortable space for people
  • Narrower traffic lanes that slow travel speed
  • Additional dining and seating areas
  • A new high-quality palette of materials designed with heat-absorption, permeability, longevity, maintenance and aesthetics in mind

We look forward to construction of this project starting this summer.

Dover, Kohl and Partners received Mizner Award in the Urban Design category

This past weekend Dover, Kohl and Partners had the pleasure of attending the Sixth Annual Addison Mizner Awards held at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. At the ceremony, principals James Dougherty and Joseph Kohl were honored to receive a Mizner Award in the Urban Design category for South Main in Buena Vista, Colorado.

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The South Main plan seeks to fulfill the founding developers Jed and Katie Selby’s dream of permanently and beautifully extending the Town of Buena Vista’s public access to the Arkansas River. The plan was formulated during a week-long design charrette, where local residents, town leaders, the developers, and the design team worked to form design concepts. Key ideas that were incorporated into the plan include maintaining public access to the river, creating a high-quality riverfront space, establishing visual and physical connections with Main Street and downtown Buena Vista, and creating a walkable environment through a mixture of uses and network of pedestrian connections.

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Today, South Main’s Riverfront Square is surrounded by mixed-use buildings and provides a gathering space for residents and visitors. Neighborhood streets are oriented to frame views to the mountains and riverfront. The developers have delivered on key principles established by residents during the charrette: maintaining public access to the river; creating a high-quality riverfront space; establishing visual and physical connections with Main Street and downtown Buena Vista including a dramatic view of the historic courthouse cupola with background mountains; and creating a walkable neighborhood through a mixture of uses, network of pedestrian connections, and human-scale streets.

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A Dover, Kohl and Partners team member, Adam Bonosky, was recipient in the Emerging Classicist category for his Master of Urban Design Project, Guadalupe Hirian; A New Town for Hondarribia. Situated in northern Spain, historic Hondarribia is located across the Bidasoa River from France and is host to a now defunct hilltop fort. The design incorporates methods of traditional urban design and architecture as exemplified by Camillo Sitte and Leon Krier to develop a new settlement in the tradition of hilltop towns. The plan is designed to be flexible and accommodate a variety of development patterns utilizing a series of building types that were designed based on a study of existing vernacular buildings in Hondarribia. A variety of public spaces are formed by public and private buildings, granting a mix of experiences for visitors and residents. 

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Adam Bonosky. Hondarribia, Spain

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Florida Chapter founded the Addison Mizner Awards program in 2012 to celebrate new work in the classical design tradition. The awards program celebrates the achievement of the finest practitioners in the fields of Architecture, Interior Design Landscape architecture, Urbanism as well as Craftsmanship and Construction.

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The awards are named for Addison Mizner, the architect whose civic and domestic works defined the standards of excellence in composition and craftsmanship for classical and traditional design in the early years of urban development in Florida. Addison Mizner’s introduction of the Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean style left an indelible mark on the architecture and urban cultural history of Florida and, to this day, delights those who visit his buildings and urban places.

Thanks go out to the Florida ICAA, the Addison Mizner Award Committee, and the members of the jury for their time in organizing this wonderful event.

Dover-Kohl Earns Silver Designation as a Bicycle Friendly Business

Dover, Kohl & Partners is now a League of American Bicyclists recognized Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB)! 
 
Dover-Kohl joins a cutting-edge group of nearly 1,350 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace.
 
“As we celebrate National Bike Month and Bike to Work Week, the League of American Bicyclists is excited to recognize a new class of businesses that are making their communities safer, happier, healthier, and more sustainable through bicycling,” said Amelia Neptune, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. “We applaud this new round of Bicycle Friendly Businesses, including Dover, Kohl & Partners, for leading the charge in creating a more bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

Learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Business program

Bicycle Friendly Business is a Service Mark of the League of American Bicyclists; used with permission.