Park Design and Master Planning

Rick’s Place, Fayetteville, NC

Rick’s Place, Fayetteville, NC

Rick Herrema Foundation

Coaly Design was contacted in the fall of 2014, to design a park in Fayetteville, North Carolina, specifically for military soldiers and their families living at or near Fort Bragg. The park is named after Sergeant 1st Class Rick J. Herrema, who lost his life during an April 2006 Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment. The park will be a 26-acre active and passive recreation center. The park will offer such amenities as horseback riding, lake fishing, family gardening plots, an indoor/ outdoor playground, a splash pad, nature trails, and camp sites. The park will also include a lodge building featuring a coffee shop, conference center, dining area, and an art studio. The mission of the park is to provide special memories, activities, and experiences for military families to strengthen their relationships and provide a venue for connecting with family upon return from deployment. Coaly Design partnered with obs landscape architects to design the park and is currently in the design development phase of the concept plan.


Village of Whispering Pines Open Space Village of Whispering Pines

Village of Whispering Pines, North Carolina

Recreation and Open Space Plan

Coaly Design was the lead consultant facilitating the production of the Recreation and Open Space Plan for the Village of Whispering Pines, located in Moore County, NC. The team worked closely with the Village’s Recreation and Open Space Committee and Village planning staff. The process began with a site analysis of the Village’s natural landscape, existing land use patterns, and an inventory of open space and recreation facilities in the Village. The consultant team led an initial community meeting to gauge the resident’s preferences and feedback. The final plan was approved by the Village Board in 2012.

Town of Siler City Cropped rendered site plan Draft Master Plan with Aerial

Town of Siler City, North Carolina

Downtown Master Plan

Coaly Design contracted with the Town of Siler City to develop a downtown master plan. Coaly Design held a community meeting and facilitated a survey to assess the community's needs and desires. The master plan focuses on aesthetic improvements to the downtown such as streetscape design, building façade improvements, and suggesting improvements to the Town's Code of Ordinances. Coaly Design along with the steering committee developed a list of priority design projects as part of the master plan process. Coaly Design presented design concepts for each priority. The master plan and priority concepts were approved by the Town Board in March of 2013.


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Town of Cooleemee, North Carolina

Cooleemee Mill Renovation and Town Plan

In the spring of 2013, Coaly Design contracted with the Town of Cooleemee, NC, and ORA Architecture, to develop a Master Plan for the town and the renovation of the site and buildings for the town’s historic cotton mill. The Master Plan included pedestrian connections to existing parks, town community buildings, new town entrance signage, and recommended infill development. A detailed site plan was completed for the Cooleemee town square and mill. The former town square, built at the turn of the century, was removed after the mill closed. The renovated mill site and town square provide a community gathering place for informal picnics on the green, farmer's markets, outdoor movies, and outdoor seating areas for retail and restaurants in the mill. The Town is currently acquiring funding for the first phase of the renovation.




Greenway and Pedestrian Planning

Siler City Pedestrian Plan

Town of Siler City

Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan

Coaly Design partnered with Alta Greenways and Planning to develop a Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan for the Town of Siler City. The project was funded through NC DOT and the Town, with a citizen project steering committee guiding the development of the plan. Our consultant team held a series of community meetings, facilitated a survey (in English and Spanish languages), and engaged the public at several public outreach events. The survey assessedt he Town's needs, priorities, and opportunities for improving the pedestrian environment. Feedback from residents through the survey and public outreach events was key to the development of a successful pedestrian plan. The draft plan was presented at the National Night Out event held in August of 2013, where town residents had the opportunity to review and comment on the plan. Priority projects were chosen and intersection or road improvements were addressed through Code revisions, programs, or graphic representations. The final plan was adopted by the Town in October of 2013.

Arcadia Ridge Greenway Concept Layout

Town of Apex, North Carolina

Arcadia Ridge Greenway

Coaly Design has contracted with Parkside Developers to design a greenway for the Arcadia Ridge housing development and the Town of Apex, in Apex, North Carolina. The greenway is a neighborhood connector which joins the Town’s regional greenway system and connects the Town’s proposed Nature Park along the Beaver Creek greenway west to the American Tobacco Trail. The greenway traverses wetlands and includes a small open space at the high point of the neighborhood which provides views of the flood plain and creek area. The Town approved the greenway in December of 2015, and it is currently under construction.

Rocky River Nature Trail Concept Layout

Town of Siler City

Rocky River Nature Trail

Coaly Design completed a site analysis, feasibility study, and conceptual layout plan for the Rocky River Nature Trail, located in Siler City, NC. The proposed trail is approximately 1 mile long and parallels the Rocky River. Coaly Design hiked the area during 3 field investigations and used GPS to locate unique flora, fauna, topographical features, and amphibious wildlife. We also used GPS to field locate a potential trail, trail spurs and connectors, and trailheads. The data was collected and assembled using GIS software. The deliverables were a field analysis, feasibility report, and conceptual trail layout.

Greenway Design - Henderson, NC Construction drawing of greenway layout

A.L. Harris Estates Wetland Greenway

Henderson, NC

Coaly Design has contracted with the Black Family Land Trust, the Conservation Fund, and Gateway Community Development Corporation to design a greenway for the A.L. Harris Estates conservation subdivision in Henderson, North Carolina. The greenway will showcase the wetland's biological diversity, including two boardwalk crossings of the wetland and educational activities for local schools.

Affordable Housing

Town of Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Wilkes Habitat for Humanity
Bryant Village

Coaly Design has contracted with Wilkes Habitat for Humanity to design an affordable housing community in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The community is the first of a kind for Wilkes County and will include Habitat for Humanity homes and housing guidelines, while also offering a few market-rate homes.

The site is 6 acres and includes 23 single family lots. The site incorporates traditional neighborhood design principals such as narrow lots, large front porches, sidewalks, and a narrow road section. The property is located on a ridge overlooking downtown Wilkesboro with an internal greenway connecting to a proposed Town greenway, Cub Creek Park - the Town’s destination park, and to downtown.

The Town Board approved the master plan in late 2015, and Coaly Design is currently producing the construction drawings.

Kimberly Wicker presenting project to the community of Spring Lake

Conservation Based Affordable Housing

Balsawood Circle, Town of Spring Lake, NC

Coaly Design contracted with the Town of Spring Lake and the Kingdom Community Development Corporation to vision, plan, design, and produce construction documents for a conservation based affordable housing development. This project follows the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria 2008.

The site is 4.88 acres and has 28 lots (single family and town homes) centered on a community green space with a central greenway connecting to a 100 acre future park for the Town of Spring Lake. The site layout conserves 40% of the site for open space and incorporates innovative stormwater management controls.

A two-day charrette for the project was held in the fall of 2009, with Coaly Design leading the site design portion of the charrettes. The attendees at the charrette were local politicians, Town staff, residents of the existing Balsawood Village mobile home park, neighbors, and local business owners. The first day was spent on visioning for the project to determine the character of the development and the second day was a hands-on design workshop to layout the physical aspects of the site. The project was approved by the Town Board in 2012.

Hillcrest Senior Housing, Wilmington, NC Bunting Ridge, Mooresville, NC Hager Grove, Charlotte, NC

Hillcrest Senior Housing,
Wilmington, NC

Ravenwood Crossing,
Rocky Mount, NC

Bunting Ridge,
Mooresville, NC

Hager Grove,
Charlotte, NC

Coaly Design is working with The Woda Group and Tightlines Designs to master plan affordable housing communities in North Carolina. The master plans are in the initial phase of funding approval through the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. Hager Grove and Hillcrest are senior housing facilities located in close proximity to commercial services and provide onsite amenities such as walking paths and community gardens. Bunting Ridge and Ravenwood Crossing are multifamily townhome developments which provide an affordable and safe community for families. Onsite amenities include a playground, picnic shelter, and a community center building.

Site Design

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Bellview aLoft Hotel, Raleigh, NC

Streetscape Design

Coaly Design contracted with the Bell View Partners, LLC, to design the streetscape environment for a 7-story aLoft Hotel, located on Hillsborough Street, in Raleigh. The site is located adjacent to North Carolina State University’s iconic bell tower and streetscape in this area serves as an important pedestrian connection for the public and students. The streetscape design follows the pattern established along Hillsborough Street, while also responding directly to the unique location of the site adjacent to the University. The streetscape design includes 10 custom concrete bands in the sidewalk angled towards the bell tower. The art work in the bands was designed by Coaly Design to represent the 10 Colleges at NC State in the concrete. Materials were used to create impressions in the concrete to form the art work. The hotel opened in the fall of 2015.

Carrboro Town Commons Rendering

Town of Carrboro, North Carolina

Carrboro Town Commons

In the fall of 2014, Coaly Design contracted with the Town of Carrboro, and partnered with obs landscape architects, to redesign the Carrboro Town Commons. The Town Commons are the venue for numerous town events throughout the year, such as Carrboro Day in May, the July 4th Celebration, the Halloween Parade, and the Carrboro Film and Music Festivals. The most intense use for the site is the extremely popular bi-weekly Farmer’s Market. The redesign of the commons allows for additional venders, parking, and usable open space for non-farmer’s market hours and the other events. The plan also promotes adequate bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The concept plan was adopted by the Town Board in December of 2014. Coaly Design is currently partnering with McGill Associates to produce the construction documents with construction planned for early 2017.

Greenville Transportation Activity Center Greenville Transportation Activity Center, Greenville, North Carolina

City of Greenville,
North Carolina

Greenville Transportation Activity Center, Greenville, North Carolina

Coaly Design has partnered with ARK Consulting Group and the City of Greenville to design the Greenville Transportation Activity Center. The site is located in the Uptown District and will be a bus transfer station for city busses and also house a police substation. The site is also the beginning of the 8th Street connector, which will connect this site to East Carolina University. The site includes a courtyard design, incorporating outdoor seating areas for transit users, a sculpture area, and coherent pedestrian connections to and from the site. The Center will begin construction in the fall of 2016.

Construction drawing of Christ the King Lutheran Church Playground - Cary, NC Christ the King Lutheran Church Playground

Christ the King Lutheran Church Playground

Cary, NC

Coaly Design has contracted with Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cary, NC, to redesign the church’s on-site daycare playground facility. The playground facility is used by children in the 2-5 year old range. The playground will be expanded by 3000 sf and include a paved circular track for riding bikes, vegetable boxes, a sand play area, water elements, acoustic elements, an “imagination station” to stimulate creativity, and a variety of play equipment.

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Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina

Stones Warehouse

The Stones Warehouse site is a 2-acre historic property located in downtown Raleigh. The project includes a renovation of an historic building over 200 years old, 14 new townhomes, and a new multi-purpose building. The intent of the project is to transform the site into a creative production hub for locally grown food and business entrepreneurs to promote local food awareness and availability. The food production spaces will be arranged around a multi-use community hall and outdoor community gathering space available to both tenants and the neighborhood. The food production bays will be open to encourage visitors to learn about the foods and how they are produced, and to allow the local food producers to directly engage the broader community. Coaly Design has contracted with The Transfer Company to design a unique streetscape environment that seamlessly connects the neighborhood with the community space. The design of the community space is flexible, sustainable, and inclusive to the city and neighborhood for which it will serve. It also focuses on edible landscape material. The project is currently in the design phase with construction expected to begin in 2017.

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Resource Conservation Plantings and Wetland Stormwater Pond Planting Plans

Apex, NC

Coaly Design has completed planting plans for over 12 projects for resource conservation areas and constructed wetlands. These plans include streetscape buffer plantings to enhance and conserve the existing trees with native plants. The wetland pond planting plans establish hardy wetland plants in constructed ponds in subdivision developments to permanently control stormwater. Typical plants include Arrow Arum, Pickerelweed, Softrush, and Sawgrass and are planted to NC's Division of Water Quality's Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual.

Landscape Design of a new entrance road and entrance courtyard for the WRAL studio in Raleigh, NC Construction drawing of Analog Garden and HD garden High Definition


Raleigh, NC

In the spring of 1999, while under the employ of OBS Landscape Architects, Kimberly was the lead designer for a master plan of WRAL's campus along Western Boulevard in Raleigh.
The focus of the master plan was the design of a new entrance road and entrance courtyard for the studio. The redesign led to the creation of the Transmission and Terrace Gardens. The Transmission Garden's focal point is a reincarnation of WRAL's famous fountain. The fountain is the point at which bands of pavers radiate outward representing analog television signal patterns.