Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2017

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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January 2017 31 Above: The twisted stainless steel elements sculpture is by artist David Hess. He also selected the boulders, which are from the Blue Mont Quarry (Patuxent Companies) in White Hall, Maryland. Hess works mostly with rescued materials and oversees a number of skilled craftsmen in the Hess Industries Atelier, an adapted 1850s barn in a rural setting not far from downtown Baltimore. His work is on view in Baltimore at the Goya Contemporary Gallery and the American Visionary Art Museum. Middle: Wall recessed LED pathlights (Bega, 1-watt white 3300K) and metal halide lamped luminaires on 12' and 15' poles (Selux) keep the pedestrian path safe for night strolls. There are also below-grade mounted LED uplights, in-grade mounted LED directional walk-over markers, plus a variety of in-grade recessed mounted accent luminaires. PHOTOS: ROGER FOLEY Germantown Library. Originally envisioned in a 1989 master plan, the park design activated the fallow acreage of stormwater detention basins, a spring-fed pond, wetlands and steep slopes. The old detention basins did not process stormwater to the extent required by new state law. Facility planning began in 2003. The park opened in October 2015, with a design and construction tab of $8.4 million. The park provides open and recreation space, while raising the bar for integrated stormwater management and sustainability. The site filters runoff from a 40-acre urban drainage area through bioretention and infiltration. There's a 130' x 35' x 16' underground sand filter tank, specialized cascade outfalls and improvements to the pond and wetlands. The site was designed to protect the wetlands; provide wildlife habitat; experience nature; capture and treat stormwater; provide recreation through walking trails, open lawns and event spaces; and link the surrounding residential communities.

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