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.

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 74 of 133

January 2017 75 Top & Bottom, Middle: The campus' inner turf areas are planted with Buffalo grass, which only gets mowed once a year. The landscape architects blended the existing native plants on site with a palette of native wildflowers, including black-eyed Susan, purple coneflower, and Texas bluebonnet. PHOTOS: VISUAL IMPACT COMMUNICATION/JEFF BUHNER (BOTTOM) AND GFF ARCHITECTS (TOP) Campus maintenance was a concern because the staff was not familiar with many of the native plants. This was resolved with training on how these plants should look, act and grow. The staff was further trained on drip irrigation, bioswales, permeable pavers and LED lighting. The phase one landscape design and implementation have set the standard and tone for future campus work, while ensuring the current sustainable campus landscape design will be properly maintained for years to come. Texas A&M University Central Texas campus is a model to higher education institutions looking to design a sustainable campus of the future. Design Team Client: Texas A&M Facilities Planning & Construction Landscape Architect: Jacobs Inc.: Randy Sorensen, FASLA, Lori Gordon, ASLA, Justin Kmetzsch Project Architect: GFF Inc., Larry Good, FAIA, Bryce Weigard, AIA, Jon Rollins, AIA, Key Clark, Xavier Spencer Civil Engineer: Pacheco Koch: Mark Pacheco, PE Contractors General Contractor: Austin Commercial LP Landscape Contractor: BrightView (formerly ValleyCrest) Select Plants Cathedral Live Oak Catawba Crape Myrtle Mexican Feather Grass Sand Lovegrass American Basketflower Lazy Daisy Indian Blanket Purple Prairie Clover Plains Coreopsis Missouri Primrose Right: Due to the site's ecology, which includes limestone outcroppings and tributary creeks, Jacobs elected to depart from the classic college look (a manicured lawn at the center of a large quad). Instead, they opted to design the landscape to mimic nature, with low maintenance, drought tolerant, native plants. IMAGE: VISUAL IMPACT COMMUNICATION/JEFF BUHNER Phase 1 Boundary Existing Tree to Remain Large Deciduous Tree Medium Deciduous Tree Small Flowering Tree Stone Wall, 3' Wide 3' Tall, Length Varies Bench, 5' Long Brick Pavers Colored Concrete Turf Grass 6" Tall Groundcover 12" Tall Ornamental Grasses 24" Tall Native Shrubs Planter Bed with 2'-4' Tall Shrubs Rumble Strip (Simulating a Cattle Guard) Brick Pavers Crosswalk

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Landscape Architect & Specifier News - JAN 2017