Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2017

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Years of sediment accumulation, an incised stream outfall, and deterioration of the pond's retaining walls and weir structure called for a complete reconstruction of the pond and the opportunity to re-envision its surrounding landscape. Emphasizing the juxtaposition of the built and natural edges, the rejuvenated pond and its new promenade, walkways, and plaza spaces create a more accessible and inviting destination. Visitors are offered unimpeded access to the water along stepped retaining walls and the pondside promenade. Adjoining these linear pond edges, an aquatic safety bench of natural fieldstone and river stone is visible through the water and when exposed during seasonal droughts. The concrete paver walkways and pondside promenade connect the pond's landscape to the surrounding architecture, open views, and provide new gathering spaces. Redesigning the lowest set of steps leading to the pond from the library quad above created a grand entrance and landing at the corner of the pond. Left: Simple layout of backed and backless benches, elm trees, and stepped walls gracefully ground the library building as it reflects in the pond's surface. Before the pond's redesign, pedestrian access to the water was blocked. After the redesign, access to the pond was made available creating an inviting space for visitors to enjoy the waters edge. Middle: A juxtaposition of built and natural edges can be seen from the southern end of the pond looking towards the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery. A custom lighted stainless steel handrail borders the elevated paver weir plaza. The plaza adjoins the promenade walkway serving as part of the main pedestrian spine through the campus's academic core. Right: The pondside promenade brings pedestrians directly to the water's edge, forming a lower plaza space separated by a large planted area from the busy promenade walkway above. Fieldstone and river stone on the aquatic safety bench is visible through the water. 54 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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