Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2017

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June 2017 69 environment with a strong experiential quality, provide multiple spaces with varied character, and use the outdoor environment to help connect the two buildings. Elements or forms of the pecan grove, bayou and the radial Technology Center serve as converging themes that establish the framework and subspaces of the courtyard. The rhythmic form of the grove works its way across the courtyard, overlapping with the structural grid of the existing building and extending out to define the primary circulation and overall layout of the space. A ribbon of grasses, referred to as the "Bayou Band," weaves its way through the courtyard, interrupting the regular geometry of the grid to bring in the naturalized edge of the bayou. Finally, the broad curve of the Technology Center establishes an inviting edge to the semi- enclosed courtyard, and peels away to embrace the existing headquarters through a sloped canopy and architectural landform. Courtyard Subspaces Promenades and Boardwalks Two promenade walkways establish the primary pedestrian circulation through the courtyard. These unit paver walks provide a link between major corridors of the two buildings and connect the Technology Center lobby to the courtyard and bayou. Hardwood boardwalks create secondary connections between the two buildings, and link spaces within the courtyard. Left: Two promenades and 11 pools bordered by overhanging walkways intersect the courtyard. The green roof plantings are a mix of sedums, grasses and wildflowers. Above: The landscape architect notes that while timber from the pecan forest (see page 70), which surrounds the facility, was used for some building interiors, it was cost prohibitive to use for the extensive boardwalks. Ipe was used instead to create the boardwalk connections between the two buildings and to link courtyard spaces. Southern Aquatics of Ponte Vedra, Fla., constructed the campus fountains. Bald cypress trees, a deciduous conifer that thrives in the humid and sodden soils of the bayou, are planted on the islands within the rectangular pools. PHOTO CREDIT: © BRAD FEINKNOPF/ OTTO

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