This 2.8-acre site in Carson City is near the Carson-Tahoe Hospital in Carson City. Site amenities include a large patio on the west side of the building that overlooks the existing Silver Oak golf course, and entry courts on the north and east sides of the building. Landscaping proposed complies with the landscape standards for Carson City while at the same time blending with the overall hospital campus plantings. Plant selection was based on low water use plants that grow quickly and are rabbit resistant. Shrubs and perennials proposed include many aromatic plants that rabbits will avoid. The planting plan includes plants in masses and elongated drifts that reflect the simplicity of the building structure. To soften the block retaining walls on the north and south property lines honeysuckle vines are proposed at the top of walls so that the vines drape over the walls. Honeysuckle is also proposed for the street right of way to establish a large green swath that substitutes for lawn. Mulches include fractured rock, decomposed granite in areas with minimal grade and bark mulches below the honeysuckle, which eventually will be covered over with the vines. The landscape area is irrigated with a low water use drip system. The overall project will use a little over an acre-foot of water annually.
Lumos & Associates provided landscape architectural design services for this recently completed dormitory project at Sierra and 11th Streets. The initial planning for the hall included conceptual outdoor spaces, planter and walkway layouts. Planning was focused on the creation of a variety of outdoor spaces for student studying, eating, relaxing, play and circulation to other areas on campus. A small quad with lawn area and surrounding concrete stairs/seat walls was planned for multi-purpose and special events. The quad establishes a high quality, attractive and comfortable campus setting. The inclusion of plant material that conforms to UNR standards for attractive but low maintenance plants and mulches was utilized. Planting in the quad was completed in formal rows radiating from two central points. . Large oak and maple tree species were selected to articulate the desired Jeffersonian theme that the UNR campus was modeled after. Benches, bike racks, and bollard lights were placed to encourage student interaction and make the area safe and useable during the evening hours.
Along the West project edge, Sierra Street includes a landscaped front yard between the building and existing sidewalk. Street trees proposed are vertical to fit between the building face and existing power lines to remain. The trees will eventually shade the building windows from the west sun during the summer months. Shrubs and ground covers were planted along the street frontage in informal patterns, with boulders and rock mulches on the slope between sidewalk and building façade. The South project edge is utilized for service and utilities and was adequately screened from Sierra Street and the adjacent residential units within Sierra Hall.
The project conformed to the requirements of LEED Silver certification but was not registered with the organization. The landscapes featured low irrigation water use, drought tolerant plantings and the use of on-site bio-swale features. The 130 thousand dollar landscape project was completed in August of 2015 in time for student move-in.
The latest addition to the northeast section of the campus was completed in 2009. Student amenities include an exterior patio, with solar access and views to the mountains. The project sought LEED certification and includes drought-tolerant planting, state of the art irrigation system and additional open space with native vegetation. A large lawn panel on the west side is meant to be temporary until the next phase of the building is constructed. An existing group of 22 pines trees were transplanted to the east side of the building with the addition of the fire access road.
The ReTRAC Enhancement Project was located in downtown Reno; south of Fourth Street, east of Virginia Street, north of Second Street, and west of Aces Ballpark. The project was constructed for the City of Reno. Funding was through a Federal grant administered by the Nevada Department of Transportation.
A downtown study (ReTRAC Enhancement Project Phase I) preceded the development of this design/construction project. The Phase I study had identified areas of priority and items of improvements. The streetscape enhancements were to incorporate recommendations from the City of Reno Redevelopment Agency Streetscape Masterplan standards.
The items of improvement were limited to wayfinding signage, landscape and irrigation improvements, stamped concrete sidewalks, street trees with tree grates and decorative lighting. The improvements had to address and meet the pedestrian accessibility needs of the downtown (ADAAG/ANSI requirements), as well as promoting the foot traffic between the Bowling Stadium and Aces Ballpark areas. Additionally, the design team was to coordinate placement of the new trees and tree grates with the new decorative lighting and improved electrical facilities.
The design teams’ scope of work included obtaining topographic information, developing construction documents, and providing construction administration and testing. Lumos was also tasked with the certification of the Public Rights-of-Way and both private and public utility facility locations.
Lumos & Associates was selected for Phase V of the North Valley’s Regional Park and Sports Complex in October of 2013. The plan will follow the recommendations for improvements of the park master plan that was approved by the public in 2013. Construction documents are being developed which include a variety of development options, since funding is limited to 1.1 million dollars. Options include a Little League field, Babe Ruth field, graded flat pad, and upper/ lower parking lots. Future elements shown on the drawings are a restroom/concession area, trails to the future dog park, picnic shelter, field lighting and score boards. Currently plans are at the 50% construction document phase and under review by the Community Development Department. Lumos is also preparing a special use permit for site grading, which will require County Board of Adjustment approval.
This master plan updated the 1980 plan for this 530 acre shooting facility in Palomino Valley, Nevada near Pyramid Lake. The facility needed range modifications to comply with the current NRA standards for shooting. The primary plan goals included range safety, providing ranges for military and law enforcement, ADA access, planning for long term expansion, additional safety berming, construction of the back berms for lead removal, and proper gun safety training facilities. User groups were interested in improving the existing ranges before any new ranges are developed. Major modifications were proposed for the 500 silhouette range, 1000 yard range, and the International Practical Shooting Competition range. The public range was expanded outward and included a training course shooting area for students and instructors. Other improvements included an expanded rangemaster facility, pro-shop, camping area, caretaker’s residence, consolidation of storage units and associated landscaping. A future phase identified a clay shooting sports area and expanded 1000 yard range with the purchase of existing adjacent land parcels. Increased staffing levels for the rangemaster were proposed, along with the use of trained volunteers for range safety and pro- shop staff. The 3.5 million dollar cost estimate for new improvements will be form a variety of grants, donation, and in-kind labor for construction. The plans were approved by the Board of County Commissioners in July of 2011. Lumos also designed the first landscaping phase of the plan, which was 100 tree plantings associated irrigation system. The irrigation system was installed in the fall of 2011 by County crews, with tree planting slated for spring of 2012.
Lumos recently completed master planning for this rock art site east of Sparks in the Truckee River Canyon. The objectives behind the plans included protection and interpretation, improved site access, recreation and development of a potential educational destination. A variety of access options by car, bike, foot and boat were studied and recommended. The former rest stop was converted to a learning center, with interpretation and outdoor education below the existing trees. At the rock art site rocks were recommended as trail delineators, with small classrooms backed by sound walls. Vandalism control at the rock art would be augmented with an on-site caretaker and pole mounted cameras/lights. An interpretive signage package was completed by a sub-consultant specializing in site education and interpretation. Meetings with tribal members, the general public and the steering committee were conducted, with additional public input gathered via an on-line survey. Lumos coordinated with the Tahoe Pyramid Trail planning group for a proposed bridge location over the I-80 freeway to the classroom area on the east side of the site. The resulting master plan included plans, phasing, cost estimating, and potential funding sources. The cost for full improvements was over $2.8 million, including the freeway ramp opening. Plans were approved by the Washoe County Parks Commission and Board of County Commissioners in late 2011.
Phase 1 plans for this park were completed in July of 2011 and construction finalized in October of 2011 on 275 acres of recreation land along the Carson River, just east of Dayton in Lyon County. The land was dedicated to the County as part of open space floodplain by the adjacent River Ranch subdivision. The park greatly improves vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle access to the Carson River from the surrounding homes – historically such access has been difficult due to the amount of land along the river held as private property. Improvements include two trailheads with parking, picnic, and outdoor education classroom space for the adjacent elementary school. Walking trails constructed of dirt and aggregate base follow existing trails in the area to a large extent, while still keeping an adequate buffer space from the existing homes. Trails along the river include overlooks with seating and eventually interpretive signage. The existing swimming beach below the dam was improved with the addition of picnic tables, trash receptacles and pedestrian access. The west side of the park includes a disc golf course, most of which was constructed by local sports groups. Improvements were coordinated with the ongoing Carson River Bank Erosion Control Project.
This project began as a parking lot removal and quickly transformed into a much needed “front yard” pedestrian plaza. Fire access to the two existing dorm buildings was critical, as was keeping car and truck loading away from the building entries. Lumos provided concept sketches and landscape architectural services to DCS architects, who detailed all of the hardscape treatments.
The design intent was to create an area that was free of parking, where students could socialize, recreate, hang out, listen to live music, and of course study when time allows. A turn around loop was proposed to the west of the plaza, with removable bollards for emergency access. The plan included a fire access loop with concrete pavers bordered by a large central lawn area. There were secondary existing lawn area and planters at the building edges that were retained during construction. Trees were planted around the plaza perimeter to provide shade and soften the overall look of the surrounding nine story halls and parking garage.
At the entryway on the west side, plantings were added to buffer the west winds that predominate. Additional bench and wall seating were a constructed for students waiting for friends or sitting and listening to music. Pedestrian lights replaced the large overhead parking lights that caused glare in the upper floor windows. An under pavement heating system was also added to the north side of Nye Hall to alleviate the severe icing issues in the winter. Lumos coordinated with DCS to complete both the initial conceptual site plan and the final landscape/irrigation plans. Eliminating parking on a college campus is never popular, but this project was the exception, given the fantastic student space it created. The plaza opened at the end of August in time for dorm move-in and was home to a recent block party for new freshmen and students returning for the current school year.
The newest dormitory structure at the UNR campus is the Living Learning Community Building. The five story, $3.5 million project for 320 students encourages student participation in “floor communities.” It is one of the few such facilities in the US, and it combines both classrooms and faculty offices in the same building. Students are assigned to the same floor based on core classes they have in common, and faculty offices relevant to this core classes are in close proximity. Because of these innovations, students are able to study and interact more effectively than the typical dorm room, which can be isolating. The building is LEED certified for long term energy savings.
The exterior layout encourages student interaction, with a sunny courtyard sheltered from the wind, grouped benches, and central lawn area. Lumos prepared preliminary sketch plans for several options in the pedestrian courtyard including bike racks, benches, and raised planters. Large street trees along South Virginia Street were planted to bring the massive building scale down to a more pedestrian level feel. The trees will eventually shade the large glass classroom windows on the east side of the building. Plant types were coordinated with UNR staff and maintenance personnel to ensure they are able to properly care for the landscaping. There are minimal lawn areas with an emphasis on rock mulches and low maintenance plants around the building exterior. A dry stream bed was designed on the north side of the building to convey drainage away from the building to North Virginia Street, where a settling basin slows the water down and infiltrates before the excess water enters the storm drain. The building opened to its first class of students the last week of August, and has received very positive comments from both students and UNR staff.