Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2017

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42 Landscape Architect and Specifier News material to help keep installation cost reasonable and mulch the beds to help reduce competing weeds while the desired plants establish. Sometimes it is just a matter of changing the perception of what a landscape should be. "The sustainable design practices implemented have become key features of the property and serve as unique elements to Oakwood Commons," said the director of operations for First Interstate Properties, Ltd., the property owners. "We're excited to report that the balance of the shopping center is currently under construction and new businesses are expected to open in summer 2017." Other benefits of the sustainable design at Oakwood Commons include limited mowing, reduced use of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, plus the use of LED fixtures, whose operating cost and maintenance are considerably less than traditional fixtures. Above: Oakwood Commons has over 700 linear feet of streams that drain into Nine Mile Creek. The streams were lengthened to allow them to meander and thus slow the water flow. This creates more viable habitats for native plants, wildlife and improves the overall biodiversity. The streams now have weirs, plunge pools and riffles (shallow areas with quicker currents where the water surface is broken by rocks, which allow streams to meander). These features create more natural and sustainable streambeds. Top, Right: The Oakwood Commons parking lot is lit by LEDs, has porous pavement and is bordered by plantings of common rush, 'Heavy Metal' switchgrass, purple coneflower and 'Goldsturm' Black-Eyed Susan. Bottom, Right: The landscaped slope buffers the asphalt expanse of the Supercenter's parking lot with London plane trees, Prairie dropseed, 'Cardinal' dogwood and Inkberry holly. BEFORE

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