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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July 2014 69 Above The last pool in the garden has a sizeable drop, the water flowing out of the habitats area and under the main garden walkway, emerging to power an 8-ft. dia. stainless steel water wheel (The Water Wheel Factory). The support piers for the waterwheel are Leuders limestone. here, visitors can see how the watercourse steadily moves the wheel and can follow the flow under their feet while standing on a metal grated bridge. The bridge has stainless steel fence posts, rails and stainless steel mesh infill, all fabricated by Big D Metalworks. PhoTo: MKW + AssoCIATes At the bottom of the Cascades, the water runs under the Discovery Plaza stone pavers. The water emerges from the Discovery Plaza and then enters the Habitat Gallery. Here it assumes the form of a natural stream and series of quiet pools, suitable for this particular gallery's educational message. Two wooden bridges cross the stream and the stream banks are planted with shrubs and perennials that reinforce the 'habitats' theme. The last pool has a fairly good size drop. The water flows under the main garden walkway and emerges once again, this time to power a large undershot water wheel. This is the introduction to the Pure Energy Gallery. Here, visitors can see how the water course steadily moves the 8-ft. diameter wheel, and can follow the flow under their feet while standing on a metal grated bridge. The Pure Energy Gallery celebrates water, solar and wind power within three platforms or decks set in the Pure Energy Pond, a fairly large water body with planted edges and a series of large aerator jets. These jets, 10'-12' high, lend an air of excitement and movement to the gallery. Several energy exhibits, including water shooters and solar targets, are sited in the pond. From here, the water drops over one last stone weir and under a bridge and enters the largest gallery, the Texas Wetlands. Here the water assumes a quiet gentle flow. The banks of the water course are heavily planted with native wetland flora. This wetland focused gallery has a green roof island pavilion, which is a covered teaching space with dipping

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