Park Lane Pedestrian Corridor Enhancements
Kirkland, WA

When the City of Kirkland decided to transform a part of its downtown business district into a pedestrian-friendly plaza, it turned to Perteet for a number of design and construction management solutions. The City’s goal was to enhance economic development, increase walkability, and create a new community hub for gatherings and events. During construction, the City wanted to address the impact of the project on local businesses and stakeholders. The project also required a fast-track approach to retain federal and state funding.

 

Project Highlights

  • Roadway design
  • ADA upgrades
  • Stormwater improvements
  • Water main replacement
  • Environmental documentation
  • Construction management
 
The goal: a pedestrian-friendly corridor in the heart of Kirkland’s downtown.

The goal: a pedestrian-friendly corridor in the heart of Kirkland’s downtown.

 
A curbless design makes for an easily walkable plaza.

A curbless design makes for an easily walkable plaza.

A Place for Kirkland to Come Together

Perteet handled a wide range of design elements for the project, including roadway design, ADA upgrades, stormwater improvements (permeable pavers and bio-retention cells), LED lighting, replacement of a water main, and coordination with resource agencies regarding environmental documentation (NEPA/ECS), SEPA Checklist, Biological Assessment, and Hazardous Materials Technical Memorandum. Our team supported the City in Advisory Committee meetings throughout the design phase.

 
Bollards provide separation from vehicles, allowing flexible use of space for markets and festivals.

Bollards provide separation from vehicles, allowing flexible use of space for markets and festivals.

 
 

Addressing the Impact of Construction

Perteet also assisted the City in an extensive and integrated public outreach effort to address the needs and concerns of business owners and interested stakeholders affected by construction. Before ground was broken, the Perteet team and the urban designer joined business owners for a walking audit of the project site. This was followed by multiple meetings and open houses at key milestones to ensure business owners stayed informed and had a voice in the process. We also assisted the City in identifying utility impacts and coordinating relocations prior to street construction.

 
 
 
 
 
The community has fallen in love with the concept of having a street that is walkable. Until they actually experienced it, they didn’t know how in love with it they were.
— Barbie Collins Young, Director, Kirkland Downtown Association
 

A Vibrant place for kirkland to gather

 
 

A Thriving Community Hub

 

The new Park Lane has quickly become a focal point of the Kirkland community, playing host to everything from the Wednesday Market to outdoor concerts and car shows. As Kirkland neighborhood services coordinator Christian Knight recently told Kayla Roberts of the Kirkland Reporter, Park Lane is “the city’s living room, a place to eat, shop, relax and enjoy active leisure. Ultimately, it is the community’s gathering place.” The Perteet team is proud of our work on the Park Lane project. We’re honored to help the City of Kirkland get the most out of their investment, and to enhance the quality of its citizens today, and for future generations.

 

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