Architect: Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. –
D. Haigh, RLA, ASLA (www.kimley-horn.com)
Owner: City of Boca Raton
Contractor: Arazoza Brothers/ Burkhardt Construction
This project entailed the
reconstruction of four streets and the design of beautifully landscaped and
intricate concrete paver pedestrian connections between the Plaza Real South
and Mizner Park mixed-use areas. Prior to the improvements, the lack of
adequate sidewalks and high-speed traffic on Palmetto Park Road formed a
barrier that prevented safe pedestrian connections between these two downtown
The design team looked to the "Complete Street” philosophy to
provide safe, attractive, and comfortable access for all users. The design of
all four streets put a special emphasis on providing an inviting pedestrian
experience and retaining on-street parking and providing wider sidewalks for
pedestrians and outdoor dining.
main intersections within the project limits were demolished, raised to create
flush connections at the crosswalks, and resurfaced with decorative brick
pavers. Its design encourages drivers to
slow down without overly intrusive signage, excessive signalization, or speed
humps. Sidewalks were demolished from
right-of-way to right-of-way and replaced with decorative pavers and planter
spaces between on-street parking spaces. Throughout all of this, the design
team worked closely with the contractors to keep businesses open and quickly
getting vehicular and pedestrian traffic patterns back to normal. Some civic
leaders and business owners compared the construction effort to open heart
Avenue, the main North-South portion of the Promenade, is a true example of a
Complete Street. This street features a
flexible roadway space that can be configured as paved open space for community
events. Retractable bollards and lighted traffic bollards can re-route traffic around
the area and transform intersections and large stretches of roadway into safe,
festive town squares for street vendors, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Removable, lighted bollards enable safe use of the roadways by pedestrians
during special events where simply repositioning them reroutes traffic and
allows entire blocks to be closed off to vehicles.
project also included the design of streetscape features for Boca Raton Road, a
small street with retail and offices.
Sidewalks were widened with a decorative paver treatment and large
twin-trunk Montgomery Palms were specified in on-street parking dividers to tie
into the promenade.
design team worked closely with the City of Boca Landscape Architect and
irrigation specialists to develop a plant palette that features large palm
species, colorful shrubs and groundcovers, and a low-volume and
satellite-controlled irrigation system.
Trees and palms were selectively placed to provide shade and keep views
to business signage open. These trees and palms are also uplit for nighttime
security and ambiance. The results show
a dramatic change to a portion of downtown in need of a fresh look.
finished product is a comfortable, pedestrian-scale environment connecting all
parts of Downtown. The City credits the firm’s creativity and personal
dedication as the primary contributor to this project’s success. Residents
benefit from reduced congestion, a non-stop pedestrian route between the Plaza
Real South and Mizner Park retail/business districts, and safer, versatile
roadway corridors that now serve the dual purpose of local arterial and
The improvements have signaled to the community that their
downtown is again a "happening” place. In addition to being a catalyst for
redevelopment and job creation, the final result is a versatile, festive
community space that can alternately be used for civic events and still serve
as a primary arterial through the City.
Manager : James
Sumislaski, P.E. - Kimley-Horn and
Analyst : Kimberlee
Misek, ASLA - Kimley-Horn and Associates,
Analyst : Carlie
Buchan, E.I. - Kimley-Horn and