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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Granite treads from the original courthouse steps demolished in 1966 are used as architectural weirs to bridge swale crossing. A large remnant concrete slab has been repurposed as a seating platform in the proposed corner oak grove. The city has many programs to encourage residents to reduce their indoor and outdoor water usage. The outdoor programs include paying people to remove water-thirsty lawns, giving rebates for gray water reuse systems and rainwater harvesting systems, and education people and businesses about "water wise" gardens. The city hall project will allow the city to "walk the walk" when it comes to the water conservation and stormwater measures it requests of residents and requires of developers. "This garden is a great way to show people that there is a choice," Vice Mayor Robin Swinth said. "They don't have to choose between green and brown; they can actually make a third choice that is beautiful and great for the community." Team Landscape Architects: Gates + Associates Client: City of Santa Rosa Rainwater harvesting system: Andrew Bolt, Architectural Solutions Landscape Contractors who specialize in ecological restoration: Baelin, Inc. Above: Gates + Associates worked with the city of Santa Rosa and its community to convert 34,000 square feet at the front of city hall into a demonstration garden modeling sustainable features. Water saving features include a drought tolerant and low-water use plant palette, high-efficiency irrigation, a cistern for rainwater harvesting, vegetative swales with granite weirs, bioretention areas and permeable hardscapes. Above: The demonstration garden design was a collaborative effort that began with a design charrette involving local landscape architects, nonprofit organizations, private industry experts and Sonoma city staff. The $1 million project was mostly funded by a state grant. 74 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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