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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Above, Left A Dolomitic limestone (Valders Stone) "council circle," or what is sometimes today called a "talking circle," is set amid native grasses (prairie cordgrass, Shenandoah switch grass, 'Red Bull' big bluestem, 'Carousel' little bluestem), wildflowers (wild bergamot, from which the Iroquois made a drink) and perennials ('Little Joe' pye weed, 'Marshall's Delight' bee balm, 'Showy' goldenrod, butterfly weed, and 'Vivid' obedient plant.) PHOTO: STEVE HALL FOR HEDRICH BLESSING Gravel nesting areas for killdeer birds, several bird houses for different bird species, and fallen trees for perches create an alternative bird habitat area above the biology garden. Stormwater is stored, cleaned and managed on the green roof, in the cistern and throughout the landscape by key design, including the planting of native vegetation, rain gardens, and in aggregate under the playing fields and permeable paver parking area. These site features increase its overall perviousness from an initial 85% impervious condition, to a runoff reduction of 42.6%. Light color hardscape materials lessen urban heat island effect along with 50% vegetated green roof and 265 new shade, ornamental, and evergreen trees. The building and site development strategies, green initiatives, and integrative team collaboration contributed to the first Chicago Public School to achieve a LEED Platinum rating. This project was awarded the ILASLA 2013 President's Award in the Category of Design – Constructed Projects. 78 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Right The library/arts and gym/pool buildings incorporate two green roofs of low-maintenance, monolithic continuous media layers of weather-tolerant sedums. An expanded polystyrene foam shapes a berm to conceal an expansion joint and create visual interest from inside the school. The green roof also has a gravel nesting areas for killdeer birds, several bird houses for different bird species, and fallen trees for perches to create an alternative bird habitat. The solar panels on the west end of the main school building heat the indoor pool. PHOTO: STEVE HALL FOR HEDRICH BLESSING Below, Right The classroom/picnic plaza has cluster seating for 74 people, including several tables with handicapped accessible seats. Sarah E. Goode (Continued from page 76) Products used for the Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy: Vista Ensemble Cluster Seating – Forms +Surfaces Trio Bicycle Racks – Forms + Surfaces Vegetated Sedum Tiles – Eterra Segmental Retaining Wall – BelAir Belgard Wall Limestone Benches – Valders Stone & Marble, Inc. Modular Façade and Trellis System – McNichols Eco Mesh Educational Landscape Signs – Fossil Industries

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