2014-2016 | St. Albert, AB
In realigning St. Anne Street, the City of St. Albert wanted to build amenities that would reconnect people to key downtown destinations, stimulate economic development, and embody a cohesive urban design vision. McElhanney was hired by the City as the Prime Consultant to provide a vision for the assignment at its inception and then manage, design, and provide full construction inspection services through to completion.
McElhanney provided a promenade to better connect Taché Street to St. Anne Street and create a more walkable downtown. In creating this promenade, McElhanney was also to provide design options for its intersection with St. Anne Street that would fit within the geometrically constrained area. McElhanney reviewed the scope of work against the existing infrastructure to provide the City with the following innovative and sustainable project features:
- a single-lane modern roundabout designed and fitted around existing utility, roadway, and City infrastructure, within very tight physical constraints
- creation of place for special events and festivals
- Silva Cells that help intercept storm run-off and reduce further stress on an already-maxed stormwater management system
McElhanney successfully combined integrative landscape architecture, engineering, and construction management to develop and deliver the St. Anne Street Realignment with distinct character and charm one month before the scheduled completion and with a construction amount well below the City’s original budget. The project is already making lasting improvements to civic life in the City of St. Albert, with more people getting outside to make use of new green space, a reduced collision rate, and greater pedestrian safety.