Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2017

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148 Landscape Architect and Specifier News s t e w a rd s h i p MKSK Studios, out of Columbus Ohio, donated design services for the Meditation Garden and Master Plan at the Van Buren Center, the largest homeless shelter in the city of Columbus, Ohio. Installation took place as part of a weeklong community service event in which volunteers provided all labor. Representing a wide variety of height, texture and color, the grasses and perennials were selected based on their hardiness and ability to thrive with minimal maintenance. Landscape Architect & Specifier News (ISSN 1060-9962) is published monthly by Landscape Communications, Inc., 14771 Plaza Drive Suite A, Tustin, California 92780 Phone: 714-979-LASN (5276); Fax: 714-434-3862. Online version (ISSN 2150-9123). Copyright 2017 by Landscape Communications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission. Periodicals postage paid at Tustin, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscription Inquiries: Send new or renewal notices or change of address (send both new and old addresses) to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Subscriptions: Licensed/Registered Landscape Architects free of charge. Others, Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii & Canada: 12 issues, $34.95, 24 issues, $55.00, Mexico: 12 issues, $65.00 per year. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting LASN at or 714-979-5276 ext. 144. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. The Community Shelter Board of Columbus, Ohio, owns and operates the Van Buren Center, the largest homeless shelter in the city. The center provides clean sleeping accommodations, healthcare and hot meals to less fortunate men, women and children in separate and safe facilities on site. In 2014, the board called on the design services of MKSK Studios, a Columbus, Ohio, based collaborative design firm specializing in landscape architecture, urban design and planning. The firm designed a passive entrance garden, giving residents a place to reflect outdoors. The garden design included minimal hardscaping and lush vegetation to reflect "separate but open" zones conducive to both passive interaction and private relaxation. Strong linear lines, wide paths, and mass plantings were utilized to ensure a quick and easy installation. The garden's plant beds provide the most visual interest. All design services were provided pro bono. After the initial work on the Center was complete, in an effort to maintain a chohesive continuation of the Center's landscape, the Community Shelter Board and MKSK partnered a second time to develop a comprehensive master plan for the entire Van Buren Center property. The Van Buren Center Comprehensive Master Plan identifies site improvement projects that will accommodate potential growth and program needs as they adapt over the next 10 years. If you have a project where landscape architectural design services were provided pro bono, you can submit your Stewardship proposal to: Story Ideas? The Meditation Garden & Master Plan at the Van Buren Center By Andrew Soto, LASN PHOTO: MKSK STUDIOS

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