Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2015

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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52 Landscape Architect and Specifier News (Continued on page 54) "We selected green ('rain forest') and tan ('desert sand') colors mainly in areas of ball fields, and for the dog park. Bright blue ('laguna') was used at the Aquatics Center in the heart of the park," Ketabian adds. Shade Structures of Costa Mesa, Calif., designed and manufactured 36 shade structures, consisting of nine design concepts: multicolored 8-point 'Twilites', custom cantilever pyramids, 'Mariners', 'Hips', 'Waves', 'Slanted Hips', single-post cantilevers, single-post pyramids and 4-point 'Hypar Sail' structures in laguna blue and desert sand fabrics that complement the overall design and color themes. "We worked with the landscape architects on the project to select the colors and also took into consideration the ongoing maintenance and aesthetics of the local master planned community when making the color selections," notes Ketabian. The decision to add shade structures to the park was mainly for sun protection, but also for aesthetics. There's a lot of area to cover in a 32-acre park that does not have mature shade trees. Each area has a specific design accent. The team chose to incorporate shade structures reaching as high as 21 feet. The 'Mariner' shade for the picnic area covers a seating space spanning 40' x 40'. At the skate park and basketball courts an overlapping hyperbolic sail motived a two tone color scheme. The sail design allowed high and low connection points, twisting the fabric for a dynamic appearance. Synthetic materials like high-density polyethylene mesh make the shades resistant to tears, fading and block up to 96 percent of the UV rays, according to the manufacturer. These fabrics are water resistant and designed to bear significant Above online reviews of the park often begin with "Wow," and make positive comments about the dog park. there are two main separated dog areas, one for larger breeds, and one for the smaller pooches. there's even a third fenced area, a kind of "time out" for "bad" dogs. the big dog space offers a play ramp, tunnel, table and water fountains for canines and people. some complain that some parents allow their children to play on and in the dog obstacles. (Attention parents: The park also has an excellent playground for children further to the north.) the surfacing for the dog park is wood chips, a choice to assist in long- term maintenance needs. Right & Below, Right Public artist Paul hobson's talents and creative ideas brought further interest to the park with the vertical "swim and dive" wall relief panels of copper, brass and stainless steel at the Aquatic Center, graphically depicting divers and swimmers in stop action. Paul's work is also seen on the colorful "pool towel" glass mosaics inlayed into the surfaces of poured-in-place concrete seat walls and benches. Community Sports Venue (Continued from page 50)

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