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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(Continued from page 16) h a rd s c a p e s Top, Left The student lounges and Zen garden highlight the use of crushed rock, sand and decomposed granite. The play of hardscape and planting define the outdoor rooms, while the iconic red elevator tower in the background signals the entry to the wellness center. Furniture and umbrellas provide scale and create outdoor lounges among a tranquil garden setting. The plantings were selected for their color, texture, scent and movement. The irrigation was designed by Sweeney & Associates using Toro drip tubing. Top, Right The hardscape palette for the project is composed of concrete paving with "topcast" finish, exposed aggregate fields, black concrete bands, integral colored cast-in-place seat walls, and decomposed granite paving. Crushed rock paving signals an informal space. Mulches and decomposed granite were selected for their permeability. 18 Landscape Architect and Specifier News From conception to execution, the undertaking was innovative and the client championed a facility where all were welcomed and the individual's needs were the priority. A respite in nature was the concept at the heart of the program—a relief from the stressful demands and hectic schedule the typical student confronts. As such, a group of student representatives sat on both the design and programming committee for the project. Attention to the quality of landscape materials influenced the planning and construction, as they helped define and reflect the center's mission and foster the feel of the space. Planting was selected to provide color, texture, scent and movement; creating an immersive space for retreat and respite. The use of mature specimen trees had an immediate impact and the tranquil lighting, unique to each space, contributed to the mood and the intimate scale. Hardscape elements contribute to the overall composition of the project and provide texture, pattern and color while helping to define the outdoor rooms, circulation and wayfinding. Integral colored concrete with exposed aggregate highlights the connection paths between outdoor rooms. Student lounges are defined by fields of exposed aggregate concrete paving with alternating integral colored, 'topcast' finished concrete bands. A concrete labyrinth provides for individual ritual and reflection, and was an element requested by students. The use of decorative rock mulches and decomposed granite add to the permeability of the site, provide crunching sounds when walked upon, and create a true garden frame of mind. Cast-in-place integral colored concrete seat walls tie the horizontal flatwork and vertical landscape together. The Oasis Wellness Center was a unique undertaking that was driven by a focus on the students and the belief that context can impact learning and health. Since opening in August 2015, the impact on students has been overwhelmingly affirmative. The center averages nearly 500 visitors on peak days. Team List Landscape Architect, Lighting Design, Architecture & Civil Engineering: LPA, Inc. Project Team: Rich Bienvenu, Travis Rice, Kari Kikuta, Alan Gonzalez, Carlyle Aguilar, Becky Ceballos and Debra Fox Client/Owner: California State University, Northridge- University Student Union Irrigation Design: Sweeney & Associates Landscape Contractor: American Landscape, Inc. Concrete Contractor: Shaw & Sons

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