Urban Design is the multi-disciplinary process of shaping the physical environment for life in cities, towns and villages. It is the art of making memorable places on an urban scale, no matter the size of the community. It involves the design of buildings, groups of buildings, spaces, landscapes, and the streets and sidewalks that move people through them.
QK is skilled in helping create urban design projects for both public and private clients and for the public and private realm. Our urban design experience includes Hanford’s Downtown East Precise Plan, Woodlake’s transit center, downtown streetscape, and city event plaza, urban design guidelines for the three Central Valley cities of Fowler, Selma, and Kingsburg along the Golden State Corridor, new mixed lot size communities in Fresno, a Commercial Development Plaza Plan for Downtown Delano, and a new gathering place for a farmers market in Arvin.
Our collaborative team melds design, urban planning policy, landscape architecture, transportation planning, and civil engineering to create urban places where people can live, work, shop, play, and relax. As a result, we can bring design experience and sensibility to the form of cities. Because of our multi-disciplinary approach to urban design, we have the ability to create sustainable city environments and enduring places of beauty that improve everyday lives. Our urban design capabilities include:
- Civic centers and public plazas
- Infill Development
- Form Based Zoning Codes
- Transit-Oriented Development and Transit Centers
- Urban Design Guidelines and Downtown Development Codes
- 3D Visualization
3D Environment Modeling & Visual Simulations
3D modeling, photosimulations, and quality hand-drawn graphics help our clients see a realistic picture of a proposed project. Clients building controversial projects, or projects that require support from the community or local/State agencies need the help of QK’s high-quality visual graphics tools to show stakeholders how a project will look once completed.
Land development firms and local agencies have seen the benefits that photosimulations can provide during local public hearing presentations or community workshops in order to grow a project support base. The ability to “pre-sell” a proposed project to approval agencies in the early stages of development can be crucial.
QK helps clients create 3D models and photo simulations for a wide range of projects, such as environmental view assessments, streetscape improvements, downtown revitalizations, bridge designs, and other projects where visualizations are critical to sell an idea or gather community support. These tools generate a real world visual of the finished proposed project from the very beginning.
QK’s landscape architecture team helps clients with a broad range of landscape design services under the same guiding principles as our other disciplines. Our professional staff has over 25 years of experience successfully helping clients realize their vision. No one is better at identifying projects needs and turning ideas into practical and creative design solutions that address present and future requirements. The result is the creation of lasting inviting environments where people work, play, and visit.
Our team is up-to-date on the current Model Water Efficiency Landscape Ordinance (MWELO), as part of a statewide effort to reduce water waste. Landscapes designed by our professionals incorporate designs that meet the new MWELO requirements.
How we help clients with Landscape Architecture
- Public Parks
- Site Planning
- Planting and Irrigation Design
- Paved and Grassy Recreation Facilities
- Sports Parks
- Skate Parks
- Tot Lots and Pre-teen Playgrounds
- Pedestrian Malls
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Trails
- Picnic and Barbeque Facilities
- Disc Golf Courses
- Decorative Lighting and Fencing
- Splash Pads
- Existing Park Renovations
- Accessible Playground Design
- MWELO Existing Irrigation Evaluations
- Visual Impact Assessments (VIA) for EIRs