Town Center Project
Railroad, River, Roadway
KPG was selected by the City of Snoqualmie to design infrastructure enhancements for their historic downtown. Working with the residents and business owners, KPG creatively shaped their downtown to improve the streets and streetscapes to be more attractive as a destination for visitors travelling through town to Snoqualmie Falls. A primary concern of stakeholders was losing their core identity with any new changes, so it was crucial that design elements integrate and enhance the many attributes of downtown including the Northwest Railway Museum, the Railroad Park, the downtown building architecture and the parks along the Snoqualmie River.
KPG created a vision, public outreach and final design through two phases of roadway, utility, streetscape, and economic development enhancements to four streets, including Railroad Avenue/SR 202. KPG also negotiated variances to obtain Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) channelization plan approval for this federally funded project.
Project elements included utility undergrounding and joint trench design, new stormwater, ADA facility upgrades, new illumination, and angled on-street parking. Placemaking features included decorative illumination, boardwalk patterned sidewalks, custom concrete crosswalks, a block long boardwalk that preserves the historic Legacy Trees, a shared use trail, custom benches, banners, flower baskets, and integrated historic artifacts, integrated public art, and interpretive signs.
Town Center won the American Public Works Association (APWA-WA) Project of the Year award and an Appreciation Award from the City of Snoqualmie.