Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2015

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46 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The use of a new Calsense ET2000 irrigation controller with radio remote receiver allows the maintenance staff to connect the site with other campus areas, as well as monitor the irrigation system remotely from the district office. HGW's concept for the building, which houses 16 different departments, visually connects all occupants through an open central atrium. HGW and MLA created visual flow from the atrium and adjacent plaza by using the same terrazzo-like concrete banding paving and pole light fixtures in both the exterior and interior spaces. To meet the low-maintenance requirements, interior plants were replaced with dried tall willow branch arrangements and basalt columns set in 18" and 4' diameter pots respectively to reinforce the vertical height of the atrium. Design Features and Solutions Gradual ramps, roll-up curbs and terraces allow the numerous spaces of the upper and lower plaza to flow together. Stormwater run-off is captured in hidden grates under the lower plaza ipe wood performance stage; a drainage system directs all the run-off to a retention basin on the eastern edge of the project, prior to it entering the city storm drains. Adjacent to the performance stage, a hub of impromptu student activity and formal staged events, are landscape concrete seat pods and meandering concrete seat walls that encourage student interactions. Many of the seating areas were designed with slots or gaps to add visual impact and discourage skateboarding. The hundred tons of boulders and rocks used for the site were carefully chosen from local quarries to match the existing canyon textures and colors of Mesa College. Barney Matsumoto, a partner at MLA, said the award- winning effort benefitted from "many quick sketches on napkins" throughout the project with HGW and Snipes Dye

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