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The City of Brigantine, NJ, a cherished beach community located just north of Atlantic City, recently received grant funding from New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) to improve the streetscape of the central business district. Brigantine Avenue, the focus of the improvements, features generous sidewalks along the storefronts, however a lack of shade and pedestrian amenities have left the space feeling bleak to visitors on foot.
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Our firm drew on its experience designing pedestrian scale public spaces to develop a more welcoming and engaging streetscape. A design featuring new street lighting, resilient shade trees, decorative paving and ample seating opportunities will help enliven this five block stretch throughout the year. Additional features such as decorative painted crosswalks and holiday lights will punctuate the business district as a local destination spot. Given the harsh coastal environment, much consideration was given to selecting resilient salt tolerant plants and corrosion resistant site furnishings. The careful planning and design by Cairone & Kaupp, Inc. will ensure that the center of Brigantine is a highlight for many years to come. Construction is scheduled to begin Spring 2016.

Typical improvements include street lighting, decorative paving, shade trees, benches, trash/recycling receptacles, bike racks

Typical improvements include street lighting, decorative paving, shade trees, benches, trash/recycling receptacles, bike racks

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Trail improvements have recently been completed along a two mile stretch of Park Blvd. in Cherry Hill, Camden County, NJ. Cairone & Kaupp led the redesign of the trail, detailing new timber railings, landscape plantings and incorporating sustainable stormwater management techniques such as porous pavement and specially designed curbs to capture road runoff.
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Porous asphalt, native vegetation and a unique curb design help to absorb stormwater run off from the right of way.

Porous asphalt, native vegetation and a unique curb design help to absorb stormwater run off from the right of way.

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Natural water bodies can be attractive park features for people and wildlife, but without proper protection and management healthy wetlands can quickly deteriorate. The ponds of Cape May County Park in Cape May County, New Jersey hold special significance within the community as a public park and picnicking area. In recent years, the ponds have fallen into poor health due to stormwater runoff from adjacent sites and issues with resident geese populations. Cairone & Kaupp, Inc. has teamed up with Amy S. Greene Environmental Consultants to develop a plan to improve water quality by restoring native wet meadows and shoreline vegetation. The project also aims to improve the existing picnic grove with the addition of ADA accessible paths and a new overlook where visitors can take in views of the pond.

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Improvements to the picnic grove include new ADA accessible paths, newly framed views from existing seating areas and a proposed shoreline overlook to present views of the beautifully restored ponds.

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Restored native shoreline vegetation will reduce erosion, remove pollutants and deter destructive geese activity.

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Cairone & Kaupp, Inc. (CKI) recently presented the Cooper River Gateway West Vision Plan to the Camden community, and local and state officials. The Vision Plan lays out a strategy for social, environmental and economic vitality of the river and surrounding neighborhood well into the future.

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Characterized as an intimate New Jersey coastal plain stream, the Cooper River meanders through a series of Camden County municipalities and neighborhoods for almost 16 miles, eventually discharging into the Delaware River.

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Offering the residents of Camden as well as potential visitors from the neighboring tri-state areas a rare opportunity to experience a water oriented, recreational, educational resource, all within walking distances of established neighborhoods, the Cooper River Gateway West can serve as a public open space model for urban centers to emulate.

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Its fresh water tidal wetlands, tidal basin and unbroken stretches of river corridor offer compelling visual, was well as, physical experiences for visitors of all ages. In addition to its ecological and educational value, the Gateway West Vision will promote important and critical community wide transportation linkages including biking, jogging and strolling as part of the larger vision of the East Coast Greenway.

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Cairone and Kaupp, Inc. (CKI) recently collaborated with Ewing Cole on the 38th Street Garden, part of the new Advanced Care Pavilion at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The Garden will be a combination public green and private garden for visitors, patients and hospital employees to enjoy. Included in the design are terraced lawn areas providing outdoor event spaces for the hospital, and lush native plantings that lend soothing scenery to patients receiving treatment at the new Infusion Center. A pair of rain gardens, collecting roof and surface runoff, is integrated into the design and intermingles with a series of granite seatwalls to shape the intimate private garden. CKI is excited to move forward toward construction of this great addition to the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and the surrounding neighborhood.

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Cairone & Kaupp, Inc. (CKI) is proud to be partnering with EwingCole to design multiple new schools at military bases along the East Coast. These designs explore modern concepts such as 21st Century Learning, Natural Play and Outdoor Learning to help create engaging educational landscapes.

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The new Hanscom Primary School at Hanscom Airforce Base, MA will be replacing the existing school, located along the Shawsheen River in northeastern Massachusetts. The goal of the landscape design is to create connection opportunities for outdoor learning spaces. Ultimately, this will achieve a seamless connection between the indoor spaces and the outdoor environment. The design includes play areas for Pre-K school, Kindergarten/1st Grade, and 2nd through 5th Grade age children. Along with modular play structures, each area offers outdoor classroom spaces so teachers and students can take the lesson plan outside.

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Interpretive native plantings visually tie the site into the surrounding landscape and, along with a deck overlooking nearby wetlands, provide an opportunity for hands-on science lessons. Tree plantings along the street will supplement the existing woodland vegetation, consisting of native oaks, black gum, and maples, to reestablish a forested buffer between the school and the street. The military base context presents unique challenges, especially in providing Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection. The planting design around the school intends to minimize potential concealment of a 6” x 6” package by using low groundcovers and single-stem trees. The design portion of the project will be concluding in summer 2014 and construction will begin summer 2015.