Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Recreation and wellness centers are built to allow people to work on their personal health and wellness. To succeed in such an endeavor, one must be dedicated and put forth the effort and commitment. It's not easy. It's about maintaining a schedule and following exercise regimens. While there is a certain amount of repetition involved, repetition alone cannot help one achieve physical and wellness goals. Variety and creativity in the routine is also necessary to engage different muscle groups in different ways. This mental picture of the way one builds a healthy routine became the overlying symbolism for the sustainable site solution created for the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness. Overview In the late 2000s, the University of North Carolina Greensboro realized they had a problem. They had run out of space. As the institution continued to grow, plans were set in motion to expand the campus just south of the rail line, which had been the southern border of campus for decades. The plan called for a mixed-use village, including student housing and a new state-of-the-art recreation and wellness center on a site formerly occupied by industrial, business and residential properties bounded by city streets. This new recreation and wellness center, the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, is 216,000 gross square feet of recreation and wellness space occupying the majority of the five-acre site. UNCG is committed to fostering a sustainable culture on campus. Its mission statement says in part: "to encourage and support development and implementation of sustainable practices in administrative units of the university and create a The entrance plaza offers granite pavers, Brazilian hardwood (ipe) boardwalks, Mount Airy granite blocks (quarried near Greensboro), Pine Hall Brick clay pavers (fabricated just north of Greensboro), Victor Stanley site furnishings, LED post-top period style luminaires on 12' fluted poles, five 'Red Sunset' maples and native and adapted plantings (see perennial collage p. 48). PHOTO: IRIS 22 PRODUCTIONS 44 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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