Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2014

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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40 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Completed in March 2012, City Creek Center, Salt Lake City's newest mixed-use development, is a 23-acre redevelopment employing a bold landscape strategy to anchor 536 residences, 1.7 million square feet of office space and 760,000 square feet of retail space. Bisecting three of Salt Lake City's 660-foot superblocks, the new 195,000-square- foot pedestrian realm features a pedestrian sky bridge with a retractable glass roof that connects two blocks. The center's inviting walkways, native plantings, open gathering areas and 5,000 below-grade parking spaces are among the amenities bringing more people to downtown. The expansive project, directly across from the state's most popular tourist attraction— Temple Square of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—has redefined Salt Lake City's downtown experience. Using more than 50 percent of the debris recycled from previous structures, City Creek Center is reportedly the first shopping center to achieve LEED- ND Silver pilot program certification. All four residential towers associated with the development garnered LEED Gold status. The site slopes 37 feet from its northeastern to southwestern corners, which the developers chose to view as an opportunity to create active urban spaces at multiple levels, drawing pedestrians into the project from many locations. CMS Collaborative Inc., of Santa Cruz, Calif., created a replica of Salt Lake City's historic City Creek. The natural looking creek runs through the site, and is replete with Above & Bottom Right The granite was meticulously fabricated with 176 perfectly positioned holes for water jets and light fixtures for WET Design's 'Transcend' fountain. The precision stone fabrication included 49 holes for gas-fueled fire nozzles for the "dancing fire and water performances." Modeling software was used in the fabrication of the massive 37-feet dia. granite disc. Kepco+ of Salt Lake City is said to have installed the granite "to be level at every point within the thickness of a single piece of paper." The fountain is capable of 50-foot-high jets of water. Ingrade luminaires (Lumascape) uplight the space and trees. PhoTo (AbovE): SWA PhoTo (boTToM RIGhT): MARTIn vAn hEMERT

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