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bagby street improvement project

G2LD is proud to be a member of the design team for the ambitious redesign of Bagby Street in downtown Houston. Lead by Jones|Carter and SWA Group, the design team seeks to turn an uninviting, paved entry corridor and transform it into a pedestrian and bike friendly connector between many of downtown's most important parks, civic buildings, and performing arts venues. G2LD is responsible for the design of street, pedestrian, landscape, and special interest lighting along the 12 block stretch.

New street lighting, in addition to pedestrian, landscape, and feature lighting, is planned for the 12 block corridor.

The current Bagby Street passes by downtown public and private landmarks such as Sesquicentennial Park, the Aquarium, the Hobby Center, City Hall and Hermann Square, the Central Library, Sam Houston Park and Tranquility Park, yet fails to connect them.

The corridor along the edge of downtown Houston connects numerous important public and private destinations along with civic buildings and the Theater District.

Initial schematic design prepared by SWA Group calls for new, 21-foot-wide sidewalks, native plantings, interpretive signage, improved crosswalks and a two-way bicycle lane, which will vastly change the usage and feel of the major downtown artery. The client and the design team are looking to lighting for not only safety and security along the vehicular and pedestrian thoroughfare, but also to create a sense of place. The goal is to create a stretch which is an enjoyable destination with landscape lighting and feature lighting.

In addition to the landmarks along the corridor, Bagby serves as a primary entry point for those approaching downtown Houston from I-45 or I-10--two of the three major highways which encircle downtown.

When completed, Houston will have the first part of the Green Loop, a five-mile transportation and recreation network that will connect downtown, inside and out.

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