Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2019

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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116 Landscape Architect and Specifier News s t e w a rd s h i p Left: EPS Group donated services to establish a landscape for the Phoenix-based office setting of the Arizona Burn Foundation, providing plantings that represent the calming effect of the organization. Right: Not only did EPS Group offer pro-bono services to design and install the landscape, but they also returned the following year to freely give time and resources to maintain and beautify the area. 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 2019 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. The Arizona Burn Foundation is a nonprofit organization associated with Maricopa Integrated Health System's renowned Arizona Burn Center. In 2012, the Foundation purchased a strategically located piece of real estate in central Phoenix to house their administrative offices. The entire design and construction team from EPS Group, a local landscape architecture and engineering firm, volunteered countless hours to this project. It was their way of giving back to the community and helping so many that have been devastated by burn injuries. The original intent was to simply repair damaged areas to the existing building and update finishes to provide a contemporary environment. However, upon further assessment, the design team concluded that the existing floor plan could not meet the Foundation's needs. The solution was to preserve the floor slab and exterior block walls, and rebuild the structure to better organize the interior functions. The site was also upgraded with desert-adapted plants such as aloe, which has been traditionally used for treating burns. The aloe matches the building's metal panels painted a similar soothing green. One year after the project's completion, representatives from EPS Group returned to the site after learning much of the landscape had been destroyed through vandalism and foot traffic. Their landscape architecture department assessed the damage, and then worked with local companies to secure donated plants and decorative rock. Hearty native plants and cacti were selected, along with boulders, to restore and beautify the site. The firm also supplied the labor; seven of their landscape designers donned boots and work gloves and spent a day planting ocotillo, yucca, agave and totem pole cactus – not to mention digging up dying plants, moving boulders and realigning irrigation hoses. If you have a project where landscape architectural design services were provided pro bono, you can submit your Stewardship proposal to: Story Ideas? Healing a Landscape by Jean Tracz, EPS Group, Inc.

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