Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 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 Above, Left Curving bands of 'Malt-Carmel' colored standard flat brick pavers edge the pathways and border the 'Euro' cobbles. Native 'Buccaneer' palms in urban-style planters will provide canopy. Gray Mexican beach pebbles dress the base of the palm trees. The custom pedestal benches are from Wassau Tile. PHOTO: WILL HELLMAN Right From the air, the 'Great Lawn' design appears as an elongated Gumby-like figure (the walkways) lying on an oval of Zoysia sod with arms horizontally outstretched. PHOTO: JOHN PALUZZI Below, Right The three-piece cobble pavers (TriCircle Pavers) with embossed edges are reminiscent of old time cobblestone, accentuating the geometry of the elliptical pathway and the native laurel oak trees along its curves. PHOTO: WILL HELLMAN (Continued on page 54) around the paths establish a consistent shade canopy for students and faculty to comfortably pass through on their way to their destination, or lie down in the dappled shade, or even set up a hammock and relax in this dynamic space. If you've ever experienced south Florida's heat and humidity, you'll know that any shade is prized. The interior lawn area is planted with Zoysia turf and elegantly graded to a dome shape, invoking a sense of place. This form of course facilitates positive drainage and increases the perspective across the lawn to maximize the impact of the open space. A reinforced Grasspave system runs along a 20-foot wide corridor to provide emergency vehicle access across the lawn. The additional memorial pavilion/ stage, designed to respond to the university's standard architectural materials and treatments, supports a wide range of events, including concerts, key campus moments, presentations and more. Additionally, a boardwalk-style pathway, achieved by nontraditional plank style pavers of different sizes and colors, forms a strong pedestrian axis. The pathway links the existing west and future east portions of the campus, and psychological link to the many boardwalk corridors connecting various parts of campus throughout its wetland fabric. The periphery of the formal open lawn and circulation system is characterized by a series of transitional spaces that respond directly to the built and natural environments surrounding the site, and promotes a broad program of uses for the space. Outdoor classrooms, located on the east side of the Great Lawn, set the stage for students and faculty for learning about the wetland preserve areas, reminiscent of Florida's iconic Everglades ecosystem. The designed edge treatments along the wetlands provide a

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