In March, 2012, the disadvantaged Lowell neighborhood in Fresno, California received a long-awaited community garden; due in part to the volunteer efforts and other support from Quad Knopf, the City of Fresno, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), PG&E, the leadership of the Fresno Community Garden Coalition of the Fresno Metro Ministry and other local businesses.
According to the Coalition, which provides structural, technical and network support to communities who have or wish to start community gardens, “community gardens bring people together in the effort of growing their own food.” Fresno ranks number two in the nation as a food-insecure city. For the City’s disadvantaged communities like Lowell, the ability to grow one’s food can make the difference between a happy or hungry home.
The Lowell Community Garden, located in Fresno’s mid-town Tower District on Caltrans owned land that the City leases, features 30 variously sized plots and ADA compliant raised beds. The garden was modeled after two other Fresno Metro Ministry gardens and was planned in collaboration with City officials.
Quad Knopf provided the site plan design, grading plan, irrigation plan, site survey and construction staking; as well as supporting public outreach efforts, encouraging residents to participate. Neighborhood residents participated in the aspects of development, and will continue to participate through fund raising efforts, education, garden maintenance and upkeep, and future planning.
|Lot - Rough Grading||Lot - Garden Layout|
|Garden w/ Freeway in the Background||Individual Garden Plot|
|Ribbon Cutting||Family Gardening|
|Gardens and Path||Garden Party|
In support of a much-needed program to improve traffic circulation in the City of Visalia, the City identified the Santa Fe Avenue Overcrossing of SR 198 as a high priority project to undertake as part of its Capital Improvement Program. The new Santa Fe Avenue Overcrossing Bridge would provide a gateway image to downtown Visalia. Additionally, the corresponding ease with which pedestrians and vehicles would be able to travel from neighborhoods south of SR 198 into Visalia's East Downtown would energize this aging area.
Constructed between March 2009 and April 2010, the $7.6-million Santa Fe Avenue Overcrossing project (Project) connects Noble Avenue and Mineral King Avenue, across SR 198, a distance of 320 feet, via Santa Fe Avenue. The Project replaces an abandoned railroad bridge with the five-lane Santa Fe Avenue collector from a half block north of Mineral King Avenue to a block south of Noble Avenue. The project construction was fully funded by Tulare County's Regional Measure R, a 30- year, one-half-cent countywide sales tax for transportation projects.
The Project consisted of demolishing and removing an existing railroad bridge, and constructing a new, five-lane vehicle overcrossing and pedestrian walkway. As primary consultant to the City of Visalia, Quad Knopf prepared plans and specifications, right-of way acquisition maps, and a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan; and performed land surveying, utility coordination, and construction staking for the project. Additionally, Quad Knopf designed traffic signals for each end of the overcrossing, along with signage and pavement delineation.
In selecting a color for the new overcrossing structure, the City surveyed community members for preferences. Project team member, Taylor Teter Associates, prepared renderings of the planned structure and associated aesthetic features, including light stands , a steel arch, entrance towers, brick facing, median enhancements, landscaping, and color palette, for display at public meetings.
|Roadway - Before||Bridge Exterior - Before|
|During Construction||During Construction (continued)|
|During Construction (continued)||Roadway - After|
|Bridge Exterior - After||Bridge at Night|