LK Architecture was retained by the City of Wichita to design transit and pedestrian improvements for the Douglas Avenue corridor between Market and Washington. These improvements included bulb-outs at the street intersections to create areas for transit stops which would also include custom designed transit shelters. Additional bulb outs at opposing intersections and non-transit intersections were also designed to improve pedestrian safety and walkability along the corridor.
The edict for the design was to enhance Wichita’s “postcard image” for Douglas Avenue. The transit shelters were a significant design element which reinforces both the historic nature of corridor and Wichita’s identity. The final design relates to both with a transit shelter that evokes historic elements while providing modern amenities and technology in a seamless structure.
Additional elements of the project included custom designed lean rails which double as supplemental bicycle parking at the transit stops, mid-block bicycle racks, period benches and trash receptacles. Each intersection was unique in existing pedestrian hardscapes which required special attention to paving material and design choices to ensure a cohesive pedestrian experience.
As part of a separate project, LK Architecture was retained by the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) to explore design options for adding decorative planters along the Douglas Avenue corridor to improve the pedestrian environment. LK provided several design options for planter styles, sizes and locations as well as estimates of cost for initial installation and on-going maintenance of the planters.
City of Wichita