CYP Studios and MorrisTerra Use Cloud Computing to Revitalize a Parkway and Honor Dayton’s Past

Posted by Julie McClure on 11/1/13 10:55 AM  |  2 min read time

Vectorworks Landmark users CYP Studios and MorrisTerra recently teamed up to deliver a ½-mile pedestrian corridor that communicates Dayton, Ohio’s rich history. Called the Patterson Canal Corridor and funded by the State of Ohio’s Cultural Facilities Commission, the $2 million project is based on a “beads on a string” concept that includes new landscaping, lighting, historical signage, sidewalks, and crosswalks along a five-block section of the Patterson Boulevard Canal Parkway.

The City of Dayton's Patterson Canal Corridor is pedestrian-friendly. Here, bronze medallions, reflecting an updated Patterson Canal logo, appear on a 55-linear-foot limestone seat wall, providing respite for visitors.
Photo courtesy of CYP Studios and MorrisTerra.

Now fully constructed, a new pedestrian promenade—the string—is punctuated by a dozen 12-foot-tall vertical pylon elements—the beads—that provide strong visual cues for pedestrians that they are in the corridor. Ohio-based HistoryWorks, LLC provided the final history content for 90 interpretive exhibit panels, complemented with maps and historical photos, which are displayed on the pylons to educate passersby about Dayton’s history and cultural heritage.

Vectorworks Landmark software, cloud computing, and a few late nights with team members on FaceTime enabled the successful outcome. “Anytime one of us made changes, the Vectorworks files automatically synchronized to our private cloud storage,” said Todd McCurdy, FASLA, Principal and Director of Landscape Architecture + Planning at MorrisTerra, noting how easy it was to make decisions together using Vectorworks Cloud Services. “Using a cloud-based workflow in this way also saved us time because, for example, we were able to push desktop processing that we needed to create renderings to the cloud.”

The team is complimentary of the high-quality, photorealistic renderings they achieved with Vectorworks Landmark, noting that the resulting images they produced included believable shadows and reflections. Image courtesy of CYP Studios and MorrisTerra.

“Other software programs don’t speak to the graphics and presentation needs of our business the way that Vectorworks does,” added McCurdy. “It helps our practice, and it helps us be competitive.”

Learn more about this exciting project on our Success Stories website.

Topics: Firm Profile, HistoryWorks, MorrisTerra, Patterson Canal Corridor, Success Story, tate of Ohio’s Cultural Facilities Commission, Todd McCurdy, Case Study, Cloud, CYP Studios, Landmark, Landscape, Project Highlight

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