Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2015

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40 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Natural Resources and Reducing Energy Reduction of energy and natural resource usage was also a focus of the project. Specified for the facility are light reflector shields to reduce light pollution. Some of the Gamecock Park systems are tied to the university's energy management system, monitoring and reducing energy and water use. Solar light wells for the restrooms introduce ample natural light. "The project time constraints, along with LID techniques and state-of-the-art design elements, created a unique and challenging project. It took the entire project team working together to make it a success," said Brad Stutts, construction manager for LAD Corp., which was responsible for the project's construction. Along with the design team, LAD Corp., and the university staff were determined to complete the project on time and do so in a way that created a valuable open space that was predominantly green. The addition of this large new park space in the heart of an area that was previously covered in impervious surfaces is having a positive impact on the neighborhood. The addition of pervious, stabilized turf parking surfaces, underground storm drainage collection and filtration basins will make a significant impact on water quality benefitting the region. The response to Gamecock Park has been very positive. Surrounding neighbors have reinvested in their properties, and construction activity in the area is on the increase. The university continues to invest in the neighborhood with construction of new outdoor practice fields. A new indoor practice facility is currently under construction. This fall the university will unveil improvements to the grounds of Williams- Brice Stadium, underscoring their commitment to become a premier college football venue. Above, Left A flexible use open space, Garnet Way hosts many activities on game days such as pickup ball, Frisbee play and inflatable kid fun. Above, Right Paved dedicated tent zones for 'tailgating' are segregated from vehicular traffic by aluminum fencing ('Echelon' from Ameristar). These highly sought after patron parking spaces have electrical/CATV hookups and are sold and assigned each year, generating a significant income for the university ($275 to $400, depending on the lot). Right Prior to construction, the site was the South Carolina State Farmers Market, 50 acres of buildings, concrete and asphalt. The concrete and other building materials were crushed for onsite reuse and/or sold for reuse offsite. The asphalt was milled and mixed into the soil for added structural support in the grassed parking areas. There are more than 900 tree species on site, the most prominent species being scarlet and southern live oaks, and 'Autumn Brilliance' downy serviceberries. Gamecock Park (Continued from page 38)

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