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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An oak grove was introduced in the corner plaza as a focal area from the downtown area. The plant palette emphasizes the use of California natives that are also adaptable for homeowners. In keeping with Russian River-Friendly practices, plant materials have been selected both for their habitat value and low maintenance needs. Plants are spaced to accommodate their ultimate growth reducing need for pruning and decreasing "green waste." Place making/Livability As a civic space, the entry to city hall provides a welcoming and comfortable environment for visitors and staff. It will also reflect Santa Rosa's leadership in environmental initiatives. The design connects the central gathering space surrounding urban fabric via a cross axial connector to Santa Rosa Avenue; as well as entries from 1st Street and the parking areas. Multiple opportunities are provided for informal gatherings, quiet contemplation, outdoor classroom participation or a lunch break. Benches, boulders, steps, seat walls, and tables, as well as a hydration station, are provided for public use. A system of interactive signage further enhances the user's approach of the space. The public spaces are designed to feel safe and be visible from surrounding areas for surveillance. The layout of site elements and selection of plant material avoids any "blind" areas. In addition to modeling and inspiring the use of sustainable practice for stormwater management and water-use efficiency, the garden also demonstrates repurposing of materials salvaged from the city's maintenance yard. Rendering Top Left: Six 3" caliber 'Valley' oaks were planted at the entry as a "project statement," explains the landscape architect, to "give the eye a space to rest" and to demonstrate that a place of minimal planting can be equivalent to other lush areas of the project. Above: Facing 1st Street atop a hill is "Bucephalus," a horse statue of steel and wood by Bryan Tedrick. Bucephalus was a horse belonging to Alexander the Great. The name comes from a brand on his haunch depicting an ox's head. Inset: Rendering shows the bioswale grown in. Bottom, Left: The dry creek is a vegetated swale of cobbles and grasses. It mimics Santa Rosa Creek, which is culverted under the Santa Rosa downtown. The 22-mile creek originates in the Mayacamas Mountains in Sonoma County. The swale's steps and weirs are granite, which was salvaged from the demolition of the Santa Rosa Courthouse in 1966. January 2018 73

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