Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 2016

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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October 2016 115 Durham County Human Services Complex Durham, North Carolina Above: Surface 678 provided site design for the 244,000 square foot Durham County Human Services Complex. The design features a bluestone and granite paved interior courtyard that serves as a large employee gathering space. LEED features include a 50% reduction in potable water use through efficient irrigation design, a 50,000 gallon cistern, native and urban tolerant plants, and stormwater features. A special soil mix in the streetscape design allows increased root growth for larger and healthier trees at the site perimeter. Market & Exchange Plazas, Raleigh, North Carolina Middle, Right: The Market and Exchange Plazas are historic plazas in downtown Raleigh on either side of the 227 Building and connected to Fayetteville Street. Surface 678 provided design for the complete renovation of both plazas, which are flanked by ground floor businesses that were key stakeholders. The design of each plaza responds to the various uses and are individual in character: Market Plaza is designed to accommodate pop-up retail; Exchange Plaza is designed with business and restaurant flair. Key challenges included shallow underground utilities, onsite stormwater mitigation and flexible site programming. NCSU Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center, Raleigh, North Carolina Bottom, Right: Surface 678 created the master plan and site design for the $72 million Randall B. Terry Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center located on the Centennial Biomedical campus of North Carolina State University. The 110,000-square-foot addition more than doubles the size of the institution's Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The building forms the campus hearth, a significant social and cultural outdoor space. Surface 678 designed stormwater management technologies to reduce sedimentation and increase water quality. A series of campus paths connect the project to the meadow, research facilities and college.

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