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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74 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Above, Left: Permeable pavers (Pavestone) and bioswales help capture runoff. Gray water is captured and stored in a 25,000-gallon underground tank, which supplies 70 percent of the campus's water needs. PHOTO: VISUAL IMPACT COMMUNICATION/JEFF BUHNER The landscape architects used various strategies to preserve the major stream that meanders through the site and to address stormwater runoff and water quality: • The creation of a wide protection buffer for the existing stream. • The use of native plants that have low water needs, require no fertilization, and can withstand periods of severe drought. • The use of native Buffalo grass on lawns, requiring mowing only once a year. • The creation of bioswales to slow water down during storm events and capture any silting or runoff. • The use of permeable pavement. • The amendment of soils to meet landscape needs, rather than bringing in new soil. • A drip irrigation system that uses gray water captured and stored in a 25,000-gallon underground tank, suppling 70 percent of irrigation needs. The landscape architects preserved a large percentage of the landscape and infused other native plant species into the plant palette. The design team took this native palette and organized it into more formal patterns as one moves from the natural landscape at the entry to the main campus. The resulting landscape is attractive, functional, sustainable, low maintenance, low cost, and diverse.

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