City of Newport Beach
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Balboa Boulevard Beautification

Project Location:

Balboa Boulevard between W. Coast Highway and 22nd Street in the City of Newport Beach, Orange County

Project Description:

Welcome to the beautiful new Balboa Peninsula entrance!  As residents and thousands of visitors pull off West Coast Highway and head toward the iconic peninsula, the wide roadway of Balboa Boulevard has blossomed into an inviting green promenade.  The design team worked with a citizen’s advisory committee to re-imagine the unattractive jumble of residential and commercial buildings that loomed over this “sea” of mostly concrete and asphalt.

Project Justification:

The Newport Beach Public Works Department provided the oversight and support to implement this challenging project on such a busy thoroughfare.  Obstacles involving the new medians and sidewalks, utilities and infrastructure, paving and right-of-way boundaries were all overcome to implement the remarkable beautification of Balboa Boulevard.  This street enhancement program, a two-mile stretch of street, was focused on an aggressive landscape planting scheme that would transform the aesthetically challenged street into a beautiful and pedestrian-friendly promenade.  Three million dollars of street redesign, median installations and red curb area tree planting pop-outs were all built with minimum traffic flow disruption.  The utilities and irrigation infrastructure relied on horizontal drilling under the many driveways and alley ways along the street.  The results of this engineering feat are beautiful to see.  An outstandingly beautiful green street has replaced an ugly paved thoroughfare.

Special Circumstances:

As previously mentioned, the project was created in conjunction with a citizen’s advisory panel consisting of the public residing in the area.  This demonstrated a close working relationship the City established with the community to deliver what the neighborhood envisioned and would take pride in.  It was unanimously the improvements to the overwhelming amounts of concrete and asphalt with lush landscaping to provide a welcoming feel, was needed.

The community’s visions were achieved, but not without obstacles.  The location of the project was within an established community where right-of-way to construct enhancement was extremely limited.  Furthermore, Balboa Boulevard has a high volume of pedestrian traffic due to its proximity to the beach.  The team introduced creative, yet sturdy, elements that would withstand frequent use without compromising parking and accessibility.  Some of these elements were achieved by installing slim vertical landscape elements, constructing planter bulb-outs, and building in previously striped-out right-of-way.  The results were exactly what the citizens wanted. 

Project Attachments:

The citizens of the neighborhood felt disconnected from the many beautiful public places that make Newport Beach a special place to live and visit.  The pedestrian experience along this concrete and asphalt thoroughfare was terrible.  The emphasis of the project was to enhance the pedestrian experience and to install interesting plants to create a beautiful tree-shaded boulevard with a subtle tropical, beach-oriented feel.  This plan resulted in neighborhood-defining signs and new “found” sidewalk edge plantings, hundreds of new street trees, decorative tree grates, and several new planted medians along the two miles leading to the Newport Beach Pier commercial area.  Attractive concrete planters and decorative core-ten steel panels adorned with flowering vines add a distinct look to the area.  These new amenities and design details make for a very pleasant drive, or stroll, down the promenade.  The improved neighborhood image has garnered praise from the media and the community.

Award Citation::

The Balboa Boulevard Revitalization project is a two-mile stretch of roadway, focused on an aggressive landscape planting scheme that would transform the aesthetically challenged street into a beautiful and pedestrian-friendly promenade.

Suggested Award Summary:

The Balboa Boulevard Revitalization Project is a two-mile stretch of roadway, focused on an aggressive landscape planting scheme that would transform the aesthetically challenged street into a beautiful and pedestrian-friendly promenade.  Three million dollars of street redesign, median installations and red curb area tree planting pop-outs were all built with a minimum of traffic flow disruption.  The utilities and water-efficient irrigation infrastructure relied on horizontal drilling under the many driveways and alley ways along the street.  The results of this engineering feat are stocked with water-friendly landscaping.  An outstandingly beautiful green street has replaced a worn asphalt thoroughfare.

Project Awards

Burris Pump Station Project, Phase 1Skimming the Waters of Newport HaborSunset Ridge ParkLake Forest Sports ParkCoyote Creek Class I BikewayThe Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) Corona del Mar Water Transmission MainSanta Ana River Interceptor (SARI Line) Relocation ProjectState Route 57 Northbound Widening (Central Phase)20 Story Office Tower and 8 Story parking Structure @ 650/670 Newport Center DriveTustin Ranch Road ExtensionBalboa Boulevard BeautificationPark PlaceSR 57 Widening North SegmentAnaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC)Irvine Regional Park Maintenance Building Replacement ProjectSand Canyon Avenue Grade SeparationSR-57 ImprovementsNewport Forcemain ProjectEmergency Roof Stabilization, Tustin Hangar 1Lower Santa Ana River Reach 9 Phase 2B ProjectNewport Beach Civic Center & ParkCity of San Clemente Recycled Water Expansion ProjectGroundwater Replenishment System Initial ExpansionCerritos Avenue Reconstruction and Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project Bristol Street Improvements Phase IINew Ocelot Exhibit at the Santa Ana ZooNewport Beach's Harbor Litter Removal ProjectBrookhurst Street Widening ProjectI-5/SR-74 Interchange Improvement ProjectOso Creek Multi-Use TrailPCH/Del Prado Street ImprovementsMarina ParkNewland, Edinger, and East Garden Grove Wintersburg Storm Channel Confluence SystemGobernadora Multipurpose BasinLincoln Avenue Widening over the Santa Ana RiverGilbert Street ImprovementsLAGUNA BEACH FESTIVAL OF ARTS FAÇADE/ENTRANCE PROJECTALEGRE AFFORDABLE APARTMENTSCow Camp Road Design – Phases 1A & 1BWest County Connectors ProjectWaste to Energy - Bowerman Power ProjectGlassell Yard Campus Stormwater Low-Impact Development Retrofit ProjectEsencia, Rancho Mission ViejoIrvine Boulevard Pedestrian BridgeOrange County Water District La Palma Groundwater Recharge BasinStanton Central ParkJeffrey Open Space Trail Emerald Bay Entrance WideningPeters Canyon (Wash) Channel Water Capture and Reuse Pipeline Project 91 Express Lanes Pavement Rehabilitation and CMS ReplacementMemory Lane Park, Santa AnaLa Pata Extension Project SR-91 Westbound WideningNewport Beach Country Club Clubhouse400 Spectrum Center Drive Soil Nail WallMyra 3 Stormwater Pump StationSunset/Huntington harbour Dredging and Waterline ProjectHuntington Beach Senior Center In Central ParkNewport Boulevard WideningCrown Valley Park Channel Entry ImprovementsAnaheim Convention Center Betterment VIIMackay ParkTesoro Zone II and Zone B Water FacilitiesPark Avenue Bridge over Grand CanalI-5/La Novia RoundaboutDairy Fork Wetland and Habitat RestorationJeffrey Road Park n' Ride Lot Expansion ProjectTustin-Rose Grade Separation Project, Part of the OCTA OC Bridges Grade Separations ProgramArgyros Girl Scout Leadership CenterWagon Wheel Creek Restoration and Stormwater ManagementOCTA OC Bridges ProgramABC Green Home 3.0 ProjectLaguna Beach Festival of the Arts Grounds RenovationOrtega Highway Emergency Repair ProjectThe Tracks at BreaBaker RanchCity of Buena Park Fire Station No. 61Arlington Drive Bioswale & Dry Weather Diversion ProjectAltair IrvineVillage Pond Park/Veterans Park RenovationMid-Basin Injection: Centennial ParkAgua Chinon CorridorTarbut V’ Torah Phase III & Phase IVRancho Mission Viejo Joint-Use PavilionI-5 HOV Improvement Project between Avenida Pico and Avenida Vista HermosaOrange County Great Park Sports ComplexCrawford Canyon Road Drainage Improvements & ReconstructionSouth Cove DevelopmentGreat Park Ice & FivePoint ArenaLido House HotelBroadcom Corporate Campus (now FivePoint GatewayWest Orange County Water Board Feeder No. 2 RelocationNewhope-Placentia Trunk Sewer Replacement Project State College Boulevard Grade SeparationLos Patrones ParkwayRancho Mission Viejo Multipurpose Path Urth Caffe - OrangeSR91 Widening from SR-55/91 Separation to SR-241/91 SeparationEdwards Lifesciences Parking Structure

Candidate Awards

Natalie A. Meeks, P.E.Tasha M. Kamegai-KaradiYazdan (Yaz) T. Emrani, P.E., Byron Tobey, PE, QSD, LEEP APEric WalkerGidti Ludesirishoti Victoria PilkoPratanu GhoshSteven R MarvinPhil Jones, PE Joshua Nelson, PEVictor AguirreKenneth H. Rosenfield, PEGeorge A. Jurica, PETom BogardRavi Shah, PE, QSP/QSDAmy Choi, EITElizabeth Ruedas, EIT, ENV SPMujahid ChandooRoxanne FollisAmir Aghakouchak, Ph.D., M-ASCE, P.E.Fred MinagarJeffrey Okamoto, PEHarvey GobasChloe GhariosKevin Onuma, P.E.Ryan ChamberlainDr. Adrian MooreMichael Pierce, A.M.ASCERemi Candaele, PE, MS, QSD/QSP, M.ASCEThomas A. Broz, P.E., S.E, F.ASCEKaren Cervantes, S.M.ASCEIsamar Escobar, A.M.ASCEKevin Kondru, P.E., M.ASCEDouglas J. Johnson, P.E., M.ASCEJeremy Redman, PhDChristopher HaireMojgan Hashemi, P.E., M.ASCEOC Report Card Executive CommitteeSteven J. Huff, P.E., M.ASCEWilliam Bennett, P.E., M.ASCEBruce Phillips, P.E.Brad Dybel, PEBryant WongGyssela (Jazzy) Quinabo, E.I.T.Nestor Godinez, PEProfessor Joel LanningElizabeth RuedasDave LoweWei KooBill LawsonAmber GanapathyBob KallenbaughState Senator Josh NewmanGary UrbanDr. Sudarshan KurwadkarClint Isa, PEJason Fix, PEChirath "Chuck" KarunathilakeAmber ShahAshlyn AlexanderJohn C HoganMarionne Philline LapitanDr. C.T. Bathala, PhD, P.E.Kevin Du Mont, P.E.Ziad Mazboudi, P.E., D.WRE, MBADavid Frattone, P.E.Lisa BartlettJennifer BohenGyssela (Jazzy) Quinabo, E.I.T.Andrew Pham, PE, City of IrvineMatthew Cugini, PE, CaltransFarzian Zareian, Ph.D.Thomas T. Kim, PEDon Hoppe, PEDoug Staley, PERavi Shah, PEMark Vukojevic, PEDavid Naish, PhDLacy KellyGary L. Miller, PEKenneth RosenfieldAndrew Easterling, EITSteven L. King, PESteven R. Marvin, PEJose G. Jimenez Jr.

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