Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2015

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56 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The Great Lawn (Continued from page 54) Above, Left The curved precast seat wall and the aluminum cable guard railings are the setting for an outdoor classroom to view a typical Florida wetland. The plaza here is defined by an outer band of cobble-style pavers and interior Dekor plaza pavers. The 1-inch fa├žade for the base of the seat wall is the same 'Malt-Carmel' color blend of brick pavers that highlight the walkways. Right Pocket-park seating areas are located in the periphery garden spaces. In addition to the laurel and live oaks, the landscape trees include bald cypress, Slash pines and Paurotis, cabbage and Buccaneer palms. The standard flat brick pavers here are in a herringbone pattern with inner single course bandings of charcoal colored pavers. Below, Right & Inset A colorful running bond of plank pavers in various sizes cuts across the middle of the Great Lawn. According to the manufacturer, Wassau Tile, these hydraulically machine-pressed concrete pavers produce higher strengths than precast pavers and more consistent finishes. Custom precast pedestal seating is also located along this main axis. Challenges The success of the Great Lawn project depended heavily on master planning, detailed construction plans, project management and communication. The primary challenge for this project was the narrow construction window due to the university's limited summer off-season. The space needed to function as a major hub of campus activity and circulation immediately starting in the fall semester. A dedicated and highly skilled team of consultants, contractors and project managers allowed the Great Lawn project to successfully meet the client's goals, maintain exceptional installation standards and reach optimum performance and functionality upon immediate occupancy. Experience The Great Lawn has elegantly united both form and function, and has continued to receive positive feedback from its users. The space now supports a diverse range and scale of activities, with greater functionality and capabilities. The project has set a standard for future expansion throughout the university. Most importantly, the revitalized Great Lawn provides a desired place that evokes emotion, pride, and possesses the spirit of the campus. Materials Hardscapes Wassau Tile: Plank Pavers TriCircle Pavers: Euro Cobbles & Standard Bric Furniture Wassau Tile: Custom Pedestal Bench Lighting Sesco Lighting, Inc.: Light Poles & Pedestrian Bollards Reinforced Turf Grid Invisible Structures, Inc.: Grasspave2 Firelane

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