With the advent of construction of a new elevated rapid transit line, the City of Coquitlam had an opportunity to transform a single-use arterial road into the signature avenue of its emerging downtown. The city’s goal was a multi-modal corridor that invited people to walk and cycle in a pleasant and attractive environment which also served as a visual reminder of place.

As Pinetree Way still needed to accommodate heavy traffic volumes, including truck traffic, the multi-use zone and plazas required careful treatment. At the invitation of the project landscape architect, ISL Engineering, we provided ideas and inspiration for using design to foster feelings of comfort, safety and sociability along the corridor. These concepts helped guide the subsequent design and development stages of this project.