Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2017

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70 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 7 9 In 2016, Hewlett-Packard approached its construction management company for ways to reduce landscape spending at its Boise campus. Landscape architecture firm Stack Rock Group developed a team of biologists, rangeland ecologists, engineers, the Bureau of Land Management, the MK Nature Center of Idaho Fish and Game and HP Inc., to collaborate on reducing water consumption. Hewlett-Packard's Boise Campus Is First to Earn SITES Certification in Idaho Hewlett-Packard announced its Boise Idaho corporate campus was just awarded 'Gold' certification under the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) rating system. SITES ( www.sustainableSITES.org ), it bears repeating, is a comprehensive program for designing, developing and maintaining sustainable landscapes. It was developed through a collaboration of the ASLA, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. Botanic Garden. The rating system can be applied to developments with or without buildings and draws on the experience gained from a two-year pilot program involving more than 100 projects. SITES is owned and administered by Green Business Certification Inc. ( www. gbci.org ). The campus encompasses 200 acres. The natural land is xeric shrub within the Snake River Plain. The campus was built in the early 1970s on farmland. Prior to redevelopment the site had 87 acres of hardscape, 40 acres of Kentucky blue grass, 36 acres of farmland (for livestock feed), 30 acres of open field, 20 acres of mature trees, 4 acres of planters and 3.3 acres of ponds. HP collaborated with over 10 groups on this project. The turf was left to die, then removed, composted on site and used to amend planter beds. In the place of the turf is now native seed mixes and native vegetation and perennials, all requiring less maintenance and attracting pollinators. Stormwater on site is now pumped to underground holding ponds, and the water pumped back into the landscape to irrigate the vegetation. It's estimated the campus will save 82,900 cubic meters of water annually, reduce emissions by 90 percent and landscaping costs by nearly 50 percent. The project will reach full maturity by summer 2019. "HP understands that a green environment extends beyond the four walls of a building," said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council and GBCI. HP's Boise project is the first to earn a SITES certification in Idaho, and the first corporate campus in the world to be certified using the SITES v2 rating system.

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