Landscape Architecture

Streetscape and Corridor Design

At McGill Associates, our streetscape and corridor projects incorporate economic revitalization, land use, landscape architecture and development strategies to create attractive and vital community assets aligned with contemporary consumer and investor preferences. Whether it is a main street in a small town community or a corridor along a city’s primary arterials, our projects are designed to foster economic vitality that supports long term growth and sustainability. Our team evaluates a complex set of factors such as traffic patterns, business landscape, residential usage, transportation routes, utilities, public space improvements, street lighting, ADA Compliance, sidewalks and crosswalks, decorative plantings, traffic signals, traffic flow and parking to redesign community environments so that they once again serve as desirable locations for new investment and pedestrian activity. Our designs and capital improvement recommendations support new investment, economic vitality, improved transit access and enhanced pedestrian activity.

case study

CLIENT: Town of West Jefferson, North Carolina
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: McGill Associates assisted the Town of West Jefferson as the lead engineering / landscape architectural firm with design and construction administration services for downtown streetscape enhancements at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Main Street, and a second intersection at Jefferson Avenue and Ashe Street. Each intersection was completed as a separate phase. The streetscape designs include brick and concrete bumpouts. Streetscape enhancements included concrete curbing and brick pavers, trees, and landscaping, as well as decorative street lights and stop signs that complement the character of the historic downtown area. The concrete and storm drainage portion of the project was funded by the NCDOT through an agreement with the Town that allowed the NCDOT to remove traffic signals to create four-way stops at most of the downtown intersections.

Awards and Promotions:
Best Streetscape Design – NC Main Street
Great Main Street Award – NC-APA
Used as Prototype for NCDOT Complete Streets Design Manual

at a glance
  • Comprehensive Streetscape / Corridor Revitalization Planning and Design
  • Open Space Planning
  • Pedestrian / Bicycle Planning
  • Downtown Master Plans
  • Streets / Sidewalks / Parking
  • Traffic Calming
  • Curb Extension
  • Crosswalk Enhancements / Intersection Treatments
  • Pedestrian Amenities
  • Lighting / Utilities
  • Seating
  • Street Furnishings
  • Decorative Plantings
  • Signage / Wayfinding / Banners
  • Gateway Monuments
  • Façade Improvements
  • Public Art
  • Community Kiosks
  • Transit Shelters
  • Special Opportunity Areas
  • Innovative Stormwater Techniques
  • Decorative / Permeable Pavement Alternatives