Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 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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60 Landscape Architect and Specifier News onboard, one of the first ideas was a fountain that served a civic role and was a showpiece. "A performance fountain seems to go hand-in-hand with a performance space," she relates. "And on a day- to-day basis, it's an everyday sprayground for the community." Clark Condon subcontracted engineering firm, GPSI, to help with the design. "Their expertise is the effects of water," says Scott Slagle, PLA, ASLA, another principal and owner of the landscape architect company. "If we want this, what does it take" Michael Webb, GPSI's director of engineering who really helped overcome resistance to the project from the city council with a fly-around 3D animation, says that the water feature was designed to the budget, which was established early on. "We knew from the beginning what the park overall would cost," he recounts. "And Sheila and her crew came up with an idea of how much they wanted to put into the water feature, the mechanical/ engineering/plumbing portion, which was our primary task, and we maximized everything." Complete team list. Owner: City of Sugar Land Developer: City of Sugar Land Architect: Martinez & Johnson Architects Landscape Architect: Clark Condon Aquatics Consultant: GPSI MEP: DBR Structural: Huitt Zollars Civil: Huitt Zollars General Contractor: Linbeck Aquatics Installer: GPSI Top, Left: The customized interlocking pavers throughout the fountain were embedded with ground seashells and blue glass; more than what is usually offered by the manufacturer for extra sparkle - from the water, sun and the lights at night as well. Pavers imprinted with wave patterns were also specified. Water feature engineering firm, GPSI, modified some of the nozzles used in the project. Bottom, Left: The fountain includes spray and mist features, and its drainage grate is cast stone. Right: An early concept study for the plaza/park development illustrates the theme of concentric rings to evoke sound waves. Clark Condon worked directly with the City of Sugar Land on the project and oversaw the design from the master plan through detailed design and construction administration services. The landscape architecture firm was also in charge of hiring and managing the design team, which included a fountain consultant, mechanical/ engineering/plumbing and civil engineering.

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