Landscape Architect & Specifier News

DEC 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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100 Landscape Architect and Specifier News s t e w a rd s h i p Located on the CSU San Bernardino campus, STB Landscape Architects donated a small garden that could be used for quiet contemplation in honor of the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist shooting. The firm did not want to create a heavy, "memorial themed" space, so the donated landscape includes simple features such as plantings, boulders, benches and a sitting wall. Landscape Architect & Specifier News (ISSN 1060-9962) is published monthly by Landscape Communications, Inc., 14771 Plaza Drive Suite A, Tustin, California 92780 Phone: 714-979-LASN (5276); Fax: 714-434-3862. Online version (ISSN 2150-9123). Copyright 2018 by Landscape Communications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission. Periodicals postage paid at Tustin, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscription Inquiries: Send new or renewal notices or change of address (send both new and old addresses) to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Subscriptions: Licensed/Registered Landscape Architects free of charge. Others, Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii & Canada: 12 issues, $34.95, 24 issues, $55.00, Mexico: 12 issues, $65.00 per year. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting LASN at or 714-979-5276 ext. 127. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. On December 2, 2015, fourteen people were killed in a terrorist attack consisting of a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. Five of those killed had graduated from the nearby California State University, San Bernardino. As the campus's landscape architectural consultant, STB Landscape Architects, Inc. was approached to create a memorial to those alumni. They chose to repurpose a small, under- used garden space just outside of a study hall in which the students had attended classes. The idea was to create a "Peace Garden" that would honor the lost lives in a reflective setting. While brainstorming with his wife, Shawn Burch, president of STB Landscape Architects, states that she quickly came up with the idea of a "Peace Bell," and the rest of the design fell into place after that. The firm contacted several bell manufacturers to find one that would fit the project's theme and provide the deep, resonating tone that would have the emotional impact they were looking for. Once they had found the right one, they designed the structure that would hold it. It is a five-sided pedestal with bronze dedication plaques for the alumni with the firm's own peace related quote directly under the bell. STB Landscape Architects set the structure in a central location behind an existing concrete seat wall. Working closely with campus staff and the project contractor, the Peace Garden was dedicated exactly one year from the date of the event. Families of the victims, along with major news media, attended the ceremony. The bell was rung slowly fourteen times for each shooting victim. The clapper was then removed to be used only on each yearly anniversary, the third of which was December 2 of this year. Burch states, "In over forty years of working in this field, this was the most emotionally driven project for me." As it was unthinkable for the firm to profit from this tragedy, their services were provided pro-bono. Let Peace Ring Landscape Architecture by STB Landscape Architects To view previous Stewardship columns, visit and search pro bono It's that time of year when people resolve to do something special in the coming year. If pro bono work is part of your 2019 New Year's resolutions, we would love to hear about it! Every month, LASN features a charitable project in the Stewardship column. If you would like to be featured, simply send a paragraph describing your pro bono project, along with 4-5 high-resolution photos, to Allie Lapporte. , 714-979-5276 x139 Story Ideas?

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