Streetscape Material Options for the New Downtown Streetscape

When designing a new streetscape that will last for generations to come, the design team goes through an intensive process to select materials that will be durable and enhance the aesthetics and functionality of the downtown. The design team complied historical images of buildings in downtown Glen Ellyn and conducted a survey of existing buildings to create recommendations for the new streetscape. Additionally, the design team presented the latest technological and best practices research on materials options to the Capital Improvements Commission (CIC) and Village Board. The result is several sidewalk, parkway and tree planter curb options that will enhance Downtown Glen Ellyn as a destination for residents and business owners. 

Sidewalk Materials (Three options)

Glitter concrete sidewalk

The subtle glitter gives the concrete an attractive, decorative finish.

Plain concrete sidewalk

This is the most commonly used sidewalk material.

Exposed aggregate concrete sidewalk

This technique exposes the decorative aggregate in the concrete.

Parkway Materials (Six options)

Colonial red exposed aggregate

Exposed aggregate is a customizable decorative concrete finish. This color was chosen to complement Downtown’s many brick facades.

Shamrock green exposed aggregate

Exposed aggregate is a customizable decorative concrete finish. This color was chosen to complement Downtown Glen Ellyn’s signs and banners.

Stamped concrete in a harringbone pattern

Stamped concrete with a decorative color and finish to mimic the appearance of brick pavers.

Fired clay brick pavers in a herringbone pattern

Brick is a classic look that never goes out of style. These pavers have a tumbled edge for a vintage look. The pavers are set in an interlocking herringbone pattern similar to many of Downtown Glen Ellyn’s historic facades.

Fired clay brick pavers in a basketweave pattern

Brick is a classic look that never goes out of style. These pavers have a tumbled edge for a vintage look. The pavers are set in a basketweave pattern similar to many of Downtown Glen Ellyn’s historic facades. 

Fired clay brick pavers in a diamond pattern

Brick is a classic look that never goes out of style. These bricks have a beveled edge and are set in a classic running bond. The diamond pattern is inspired by the Glen Ellyn Civic Center.

Tree Planter Curbs (Five options)

Cast-in-place exposed aggregate tree planter curb

This finish provides a refined and decorative look.

Cast-in-place tree planter curb

This concrete curb is poured on-site.

Precast concrete tree planter curb

Precast concrete is factory built to provide consistency.

Granite tree planter curb

Granite curbs have been used by cities for centuries. They provide a classic and elegant aesthetic.

Cast-in-place glitter concrete tree planter curb

This concrete curb has been enhanced by the application of glitter which gives the concrete an attractive decorative finish.