Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2018

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monitored from a smartphone, the fountain features 137 jets with varying functions integrated with LED lights. While the jets are powerful, they are safe for those who dare to run through them. The center jet can shoot upwards of 30 feet making for quite the statement. Adding yet another component, the center of the fountain can pool water to extend to a 24' radius, creating a splash pool for kids. Additionally, the park includes a multi- purpose lawn, custom district street lighting, moveable furniture, a public art program, tree groves, plantings, turf, festoon lighting, and a food truck zone to create a quintessential destination. Plantings specified for the area included 11 Mexican sycamore (Platanus mexicana) trees, 49 cathedral live oak (Quercus virginiana 'Cathedral') trees and 28 Allee Elm (Ulmus parvifolia 'Emer II") trees – all in the 100-gallon size. As the lead designer, Clark Condon worked directly with the City of Sugar Land, hired and managed the supportive design team, which included a fountain consultant, MEP and civil engineering, and oversaw the project from the master plan through detailed design and construction administration services. According to principal and owner Sheila Condon, PLA, FASLA, once they were brought Top, Right: Here the fountain is in its "everyday mode" but the jets can shoot upwards in varying heights allowing different effects throughout the day. There is even an interactive water component available at the push of a button for bystanders. Plantings include Mexican sycamores, cathedral live oaks, Allee elms, a number of different types of shrubs, perennials and groundcover. The paver grates around the trees are from Ironsmith. Bottom, Right: In "show mode" jets reach 30' tall and are accented with dramatic lighting from integrated LED lights that can illuminate the fountain in a multitude of colors. July 2018 59

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