Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2014

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46 Landscape Architect and Specifier News population increase of 35 percent to the residential community since 2010. City Creek Center was named 'Best Retail Development in the Americas' by International Property Awards, placed in the top three in the World's Best Retail Development category, and earned the Building Stone Institute's Stone Project of the Year in 2012. The project also received the 2013 Coverings, Installation and Design Grand Prize in the 'commercial' category, and was a finalist for the 2013 ULI Global Award for Excellence. In 2014, City Creek Center earned a Pinnacle Award from the Marble Institute of America. City Creek Center has played a critical role in Salt Lake City's sustainable design projects to revitalize the downtown. The six years of planning, design and construction for City Creek Center have proven well worth the wait. Left To soften all the hardcaping, 627 trees were preselected for five different nurseries in oregon and Idaho a year and half before project installation. The dominant site trees are Populus tremuloides (Aspens); betlua occidentailis (native birch) and Prunus virginiana ('Choke' cherry). The soil depth for the trees varies from 3-5-ft. deep. In paved areas, structural engineered soil was also used to support the paving and protect the tree roots. PhoTo: oUTSIDE ThE LInES Middle outside the Line tower-craned in about 1,950 tons of boulders for the stream. PhoTo: oUTSIDE ThE LInES Right The site slopes down 37 feet from its northeastern to southwestern corners, which gave the developers the opportunity to run a 1,450-foot stream down the middle of the site. The stream is a historic reference to Salt Lake's City Creek, a 14.5-mile long mountain stream arising about 8 miles up City Creek Canyon northeast of downtown. Melting snows and natural springs keep the stream flowing year around; it still supplies drinking water for northern parts of the city. The creek was the reason the Mormons stopped here to settle in 1847. In 1909, a culvert under north Temple Street took the stream underground to the Jordan River. Some locals erroneously believe the stream is just diverted water from the real creek, but the stream and the six fountains each have their own recirculating water systems, and the water supply is municipal tap water. The stream flow rate is about 500 gpm. There is 27,000 sq. ft. of concrete and waterproofing for the pond bottom and shoreline. PhoTo: bILL TAThAM, SWA GRoUP

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