Project of the Year Award — American Public Works Association, Northern California Chapter (2009)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a flood-control solution to contain the Napa River as it runs through five blocks of the City’s downtown. In response, the City requested an alternative design that would respect the engineering requirements while creating a vibrant pedestrian promenade and park system along the downtown riverfront.
The design efforts of The HLA Group included a two-tiered promenade which provides flood protection for a 10-year flood event at the lower level and a 100-year event at the upper level. Hardscape, street furnishings and landscape elements complement the City’s historic and commercial core. A continuous trail runs along the river connects the downtown area to local and regional trail systems. These improvements reflect creative problem solving and adapt an engineered solution to enhance the aesthetics of the downtown urban core.