Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2017

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Visitors are offered unimpeded access to the water along stepped retaining walls and the pondside promenade. Aquatic and riparian plants, including soft rush, Blue Flag iris, red Turtlehead, and Pickerelweed, enliven the gently sloping western shoreline. River birch shade a small lawn area with boulder seating, providing a quiet escape within the busy campus core. Redbud, dogwood, fringetree, and magnolia add spring flowering accents to the pond's hillsides, and pockets of bald cypress punctuate the riparian landscape. Site furnishings and materials specified to maintain continuity with the larger campus landscape include concrete pavers, light fixtures, and coordinating benches, picnic tables and trash receptacles. Unique to the pond's landscape are materials such as wall textures, bluestone slabs accenting the paving of the pondside promenade, cast iron tree grates, and the lighted stainless steel guardrail surrounding the weir plaza. The redesigned Library Pond and surrounding landscape, with its contrasting linear and natural sides, has been returned to its rightful status as a signature destination on campus. Opening the space and bringing walkways to the water's edge encourage visitors to be more engaged with the pond, promote formal and impromptu gatherings, and provide quiet and intimate escapes. 56 Landscape Architect and Specifier News UMBC Library Pond Project Team Landscape Architect and Civil Engineer: Site Resources, Inc. Architect: Grimm and Parker Structural Engineer: ReStl Designers, Inc. Electrical Engineer: Paulco Engineering, Inc. Environmental Consultant: Eco-Science Professionals, Inc. Geotechnical Engineers: Schnabel Engineering; Froehling & Robertson, Inc. Survey and Utility Designating: AIDATA General Contractor: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company Hardscape Contractor: Chevy Chase Contractors Landscape Contractor: Ecological Restoration & Management (ER&M) Red twig dogwood (Cornus alba "Sibirica") Oakleaf Hydrngea (Hydrangea quercifolia) New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angilae) Winterberry (Ilex verticillata) Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) Switch grass (Panicum virgatum) Left: A grand staircase and landing area formalize the corner entrance into the pond's landscape. Sinuous walkways traverse planted hillsides on the pond's western and northern edges. The renovations are in keeping with UMBC's pedestrian-oriented culture.

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