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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management solutions. Through this project, both the Foundation and WPL exemplify ethics of minimal disturbance to land and water. The project is heralded as one of the first in the nation to deploy such a unique energy and water independence. WPL served as the landscape architect, civil engineer and land surveyor for this project. Their services included master planning, site design, land planning, site and environmental analysis, civil engineering, land surveying, arboricultural planning and design and stakeholder design stipulations. A Plan for Stormwater WPL's site analysis included an investigation of the ecological function of the site, emphasizing the site's potential to filter stormwater from beyond its own boundary. Through their design, WPL ensured that all rainwater gently disperses throughout the property and filters its way through vegetation and soils, never flowing through pipes untreated into the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Rainwater from all roof areas is collected, filtered, disinfected and treated to provide total water supply within the building. This includes drinking water, which was a major goal for the design team. Excess rainwater from the roof and graywater from the building move into separate rainwater and graywater gardens. These gardens treat their respective incoming flows and infiltrate water into native sandy soils. Above: On the various walkways near the Center's building, pervious pavers rest on sandy gravel-type soil. Any stormwater that falls is absorbed into the ground, or it filters into bioswales and rain gardens. January 2019 39

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