Village Board Selections

At the Village Board meeting on January 19, 2021 the Board evaluated the project team’s recommendation for materials, public preference, durability, and cost to make the final decision on the materials for the streetscape. herringbone pattern with a tumbled edge was selected for the parkway material as it compliments many downtown buildings and is durable and easy to maintain. The Board chose plain concrete for the sidewalk material due to its ease of replacement over time. The tree planter curbs will be a mix of granite in locations and precast concrete in other locations in order to control cost.

Public Preference Survey Results

We received over 470 responses to our materials preference survey. Based on the survey, the three materials below were preferred. The board will take the public preference survey into consideration as one factor when selecting the final materials for the streetscape.

Preferred parkway material: Fired clay brick pavers in a herringbone pattern (32% of the vote)

These brick pavers have a tumbled edge for a vintage look, set in an interlocking herringbone pattern similar to many of Downtown Glen Ellyn’s historic facades.

Preferred tree planter curb: Granite tree planter curb (65% of the vote)

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

Preferred sidewalk material: Exposed aggregate concrete sidewalk (37% of the vote)

This technique exposes the decorative aggregate in the concrete.

Go Behind the Scenes on the Streetscape Project 

Downtown Glen Ellyn Material Options

The design team selected several attractive and durable material options to enhance downtown’s aesthetics and functionality. Before making the final selections, they complied historical images of buildings in downtown Glen Ellyn and conducted a survey of existing buildings. The selected material options were installed at Crescent and Main and the public was invited to choose their preferred sidewalk, parkway and tree planter curb.

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.