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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62 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The original single-story, modular headquarters was a cluster of 22 buildings that included a plain parking lot. This was all replaced with a state-of-the-art, 23,862 square foot, multi-story facility and a relocated, revamped parking lot, complete with multiple bioswales on a 3.5-acre site. The design intent was to build upon the resources that this site presented and celebrate the unique character of the mountain landscape. As a result of the improvements, approximately 100 employees are able to comfortably operate in a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facility. Operations within include public affairs, emergency response, financial accounting and engineering services for the U.S. Forest Service. Role of the Landscape Architect During the entire process, the landscape architects were sub consultants to the architectural prime consultant. Darren Rector of MIG was the lead landscape architect and he facilitated workshop charettes with the U.S. Forest Service in order to develop a native planting palette and overall site design in conjunction with the development of the architectural plans. The plant palette was carefully selected to utilize only plant materials found in the San Gabriel Mountains and accompanying San Gabriel River watershed. The design team prepared site conceptual plans and plant palettes for presentation to the U.S. Forest Service representatives for their final approval on all plant selections and overall scheme of the landscape design. Additionally, the landscape architects prepared construction documents and provided construction support service to ensure the natural character goal. The site design by lead landscape architect Darren Rector.

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