Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2017

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January 2017 67 LDS designed the interpretive sign graphics to educate state employees and visitors to the Capital Complex about natural stormwater systems, rain gardens, and pollutants in stormwater. The interpretive signage also highlights specific benefits of the rain garden including: • Capture, absorb, and infiltrate stormwater runoff. • Reduce, or eliminate, discharge of runoff into the storm sewer systems. • Remove pollutants and contaminants from the water. • Provide habitat and biodiversity for birds and butterflies. Summary This project incorporates education and demonstration at multiple levels. From designing, constructing, and maintaining sustainable landscapes, to educating the public about low impact development and green infrastructure, this rain garden has met the expectations originally established by the MDEQ. The design team applauds the commitment of the various governmental agencies who initiated, funded, and maintain the garden and pervious pavement. The garden is highly attractive and successfully treats stormwater runoff from the adjacent parking lot. More importantly, it demonstrates a commitment to sustainable design, and one small step in protecting Michigan's valued water resources. Magnus Purple Coneflower Montrose White Calamint Northwind Switchgrass Tara Dwarf Prairie Dropseed Bailey's Red-osier Dogwood Project Team Landscape Architect: Land Design Studio, Southfield, Mich. Principal-In-Charge: Tad Krear, PLA Senior Landscape Architect: Charles Elias, PLA Client: Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB), Lansing, Mich. Project Manager: Steve Urban, AIA Civil Engineer: Nowak & Fraus, Pontiac, Mich. Principal-In-Charge: Jeff Huhta, PE Project Manager: Steve Sutton, PE Landscape Contractor: Anderson-Fischer & Associates, Inc., Mason, Mich. General Contractor: Reith-Riley Construction Co., Inc., Lansing, Mich. Soils Testing: Michigan State University, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory Maintenance Contractor: DTMB, Grounds Supervisor: Chris Rankin Above: The rain garden is located near the drop-off point for school groups and the general public looking to tour the Michigan capital campus. This high traffic location is the ideal place to educate visitors on the low-impact development and green infrastructure techniques implemented at the site. Right: A host of native and nonnative plants were selected to provide the greatest possible level of stormwater runoff management. This photo showcases 'Lipstick' ornamental strawberry planted around a decorative weir.

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