Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 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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Gira Center for Communications & Information Technology, Frostburg State University Frostburg, Md. A central development theme for the 4-acre, Frostburg-located Center for Communication & Information Technology was environmental stewardship. Storm water management strategies were crafted to allow students to move through a central courtyard and literally walk over the site drainage. This flow initiates on the building's green roof, showcasing sedums and sedges arranged in sweeping arcs around two observation platforms and a curvilinear walkway. Downspouts direct roof rainwater to the base of the building and then daylight the water into narrow open concrete runnels. The central oval runnel features two discharge "waterfalls" that cascade drainage into a vegetated micro-bioretention facility. The highly visible and interactive nature of the design helps the university fulfill environmental education goals while providing thoughtful storm drainage. Gilchrist Center Renovation Towson, Md. Outdoor sanctuaries for the Gilchrist Care Center were fashioned using more than forty different selections of trees, shrubs and perennial herbaceous species nestled amongst the hardscape to form small individual "alcoves" furnished with tables and chairs to encourage casual social interaction across the 5-acre site. A meandering walkway links each outdoor space for a fluid pedestrian experience along the entire length of the building's backyard. October 2018 83

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