Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2018

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Equestrian needs required accommodating horse traffic, large trailer turning, pull through parking areas and special considerations for parking area surfacing (stabilized decomposed granite) and site drainage. The site-specific design features required the expertise of multiple specialty contractors. The restrooms and ramada structures alone had multiple complex angles and January 2018 69 Baileya multiradiata Desert marigold Castilleja exserta exserted Indian paintbrush Dyssodia pentachaeta Dogweed Eschscholzia californica California poppie Gaillardia aristata Blanketflower Oenothera speciosa Pinkladies planes, varying slopes on tops of walls, window pop outs and cantilevered site furnishings. The site evaluation, planning and design have integrated into the desert landscape over 180 parking spaces, an equestrian staging area for six equine trailers, restrooms, a shade ramada and access to numerous trails. The design directly addressed the challenges of site sensitive planning, grading, pedestrian and automobile access, maximizing but blending parking areas into the site, equestrian trailer movements, wash preservation, desert revegetation and pavement preservation and storm water harvesting. The attention to detail epitomizes the site ethos of "take only memories, leave only footprints." Design Team Owner: Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department: Natural Resources Division General Contractor/Construction Manager: Valley Rain Construction Corp., Tempe Prime Design Firm & Civil Engineer: J2 Engineering and Environmental Design, LLC (J2) Ramada and Restroom Structural Engineer: NSB Group of Gannett Fleming, Inc. CMC Steel (steel I-beams); Basic Metals (shop fabrication); Caliente Ironworks (field installation/field fabrication). MEP Engineer: Applied Engineering Geotechnical Engineer: Ricker, Atkinson, McBee, Morman and Associates Electrical Engineer: Wright Engineering Restroom Building Interior Architect: Swan Architects Restroom Building Interior Structural: Campbell Engineering, Inc. Above: Over 520 plants were inventoried in the project area; 29 of those plants were salvaged and relocated. Only 19 trees had to be removed; many of those were in serious decline. That deadfall was placed in habitat areas as part of the revegetation work.

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