Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2017

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Continued from page 14 h a rd s c a p e s 16 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The exterior of the site was transformed from one continuous asphalt parking lot into an arrival garden with an accessible walk. Monumental granite stairs connect the building's new main entrance to an upper parking lot. A unitized paver walk connects ADA spaces to the front entrance. A raised planter filled with groundcovers, bulbs, and shrubs frame views out to the river. The paved plaza is sized to hold events. An ornamental rail is repurposed and expanded at the edge of the terrace. Between the upper and lower lots, a steep slope of evergreen junipers provides a contrast to the warm purples and red tones of the pavers. The plantings at the school have been selected to change throughout the seasons, and showcase color and texture during school events. The landscape and hardscape float over a bevy of utilities—each carrying their own clearance and protection requirements. The placement of steps, walls, and pavements had to be orchestrated to avoid impacting the town's sewer main just 18" below grade. As a project within the floodplain, each square foot of fill for the accessible walk had to be replaced with compensatory storage on site. Overall the project reduces the square footage of impervious surface on site—transforming much of the asphalt into permeable paving and garden areas. Several stormcepter treatment devices treat sediment and oil coming from the upslope parking lots and improve water quality downstream. Team List: Landscape Architect & Civil Engineering: Berkshire Design Group: Rachel Loeffler, Rick Klein, Chris Chamberland, Greg Henson Architect: DRA Architects: Angela Cahill, Jim Barrett General Contractor: O & G: Lee Donaldson, George Givens, Mike Brennan Site Contractor: Richards Corporation: Tyler Doyle, D.J. Doyle Landscape Contractor: Laurel Land Design: Christian Gombos Above: The site of a former gristmill, historic elements were kept in the renovations of the building and hardscapes. This millstone was found on site and is believed it be one of the originals from the mills in 1690. It was laid into the 'Town Hall' brick-style Unilock pavers. Roughly 2,600 square feet of the 'burnt clay' and 'old oak' colored pavers were used in the courtyard. Top, Right: 'Richcliff' pavers from the same manufacturer in a 'Dawn Mist' color create a border for the brick. A 'Rivercrest' wall with a ledgestone top creates a planter for daffodils, tulips, and dwarf red osier dogwoods. The retaining walls extend 170 linear feet. Bottom, Right: The stairs and the floral medallion set into the pavers at the school's front entrance are granite. The stairs connect the front entrance to an upper parking lot, while an ADA-accessible ramp reaches the lower parking lot to the right. The project was completed in August 2016.

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