Riverside, CA

VDLA was responsible for project team coordination and preparation of preliminary drawings, design development working drawings, specification sections, landscape and irrigation design and cost estimate for a columbarium project at Riverside National Cemetery. The project provides 10,000 columbarium units along Van Buren Boulevard.  The 5-niche high columbarium provides additional service as a security enclosure to the existing site.

Site design include connecting walkways, semi-enclosed 'arrival courts' with benches for visitors to pause and reflect.  Site constraints include seasonal wind exposure in an inland desert environment; the need for buffering from an adjacent highway; working around existing gravesites; tie-in to the existing gray-water irrigation system and setbacks from an environmentally-protected area.

Van Dyke also prepared computer simulations of proposed ‘desert landscape’ treatment of frontage along Van Buren Boulevard.