Meriam Park, Chico CA
This project consists of a large New Urbanism style subdivision complete with a mix of retail, commercial, office, municipal, residential, and park area, all with varying densities. NorthStar is completing the design for the roadway improvements as well as designing multiple commercial, residential, and apartment buildings on-site. This work includes over 26 streets with varying cross sections, one roundabout, a new bridge crossing, widening of an existing creek crossing, a new traffic signal, and all of the infrastructure work to support the 1,500 homes & 1,000,000 square feet of office & retail. Both on-site and offsite design work is being coordinated closely with the City of Chico following a strict development agreement. Roadway projects of this magnitude and complexity demonstrate NorthStar’s ability to design detail that fits into the overall picture.
In conjunction with other local environmental consulting firms, NorthStar has completed an extensive environmental review of the site including wetland delineation, baseline biological surveys with protocol level rare plant and Butte County meadowfoam surveys; 404 Individual Permit Application, including alternative analysis; and 401 Water Quality Certification Application. Our work includes the preparation of Biological Assessment and consultation with US Fish and Wildlife Service regarding listed species occurring or with the potential to occur on-site, including vernal pool invertebrates, Butte County meadowfoam, giant garter snake, and valley elderberry longhorn beetle.
The Foundation Building
The Foundation Building, located within Meriam Park, was designed by NorthStar’s architectural team and selected to be the first building erected in the Thrive district. The 16,000 square foot commercial office shell was completed in 2018 with infill projects following shortly thereafter. As its name implies, the Thrive district focuses on job creation and the progression of work environments that meet the demands of the modern workforce. The aim is to bolster productivity, infuse economic stability, accommodate the entrepreneurial seedling companies of Chico and the region, and attract company relocation and expansion.
Meriam Park is a truly innovative community where threads of sustainability and collaboration are woven into a cultural center focused on food and health, unique living options, and progressive work spaces, for everyone from artists and makers to established or emerging businesses in the technology and medical industries. This master-planned development blends the best New Urbanist trends with traditional neighborhood design principles to build functional, creative and socially vibrant environments that will be enjoyed by workers, residents, and visitors alike, and that will endure for generations. This development features five identical four-unit apartment buildings differing only in the colored corrugated metal build-outs at the first floor patios and second floor balconies.