Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2017

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76 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The year prior to commissioning Copley Design Associates, Inc., Landscape Architecture, the college board hired a design consultant to renovate the campus, not only to solve some immediate issues, but to enhance the aesthetics. The resulting design did not meet the board's expectations, and the design was shelved. Improving the campus aesthetics was still the primary objective. The board felt the campus appearance was adversely affecting enrollments, and there were safety issues that could no longer be ignored. The board once again sought a design team, this time led by a landscape architectural firm. Copley Design Associates, Inc. received the design commission. The firm is based in Streetsboro, Ohio, but also has an office in Clearwater, Florida. Drew Copley, the principal landscape architect, has over 35 years in the green industry. Drew received his MLA from the University of Florida. He also has a degree in ornamental horticulture degree from Delaware Valley College and is a certified arborist. The broad challenge for the firm was to renew the look of the campus image, enhance campus life for students, faculty and employees, promote interactive community involvement and visually strengthen recruitment potential. The site lacked a unifying campus identity. There was essentially no campus "entry" nor wayfinding. Visitors were left searching for the admissions office and administrative buildings. A strong campus edge was also lacking, minimizing its presence in the community. The campus boundary in fact was an eye sore, consisted of dead grass, a drainage ditch and the less than desirable views of the parking lots. The security lighting was limited. Parking and walkways were deteriorated and hazardous, creating safety liabilities. The aging landscape was overgrown, proving difficult to maintain and was unattractive. Additional parking was required, however, there was limited area for expansion. Furthermore, both parking and walkways were ADA noncompliant. Left: Informational kiosks offer directories, student flyers, LCD screens and college video feeds. The sign has illuminated routed letters and backlit bands. The brick selection and metal roof matches campus buildings. Right: Once an unsightly walled-in retention area, the pond was redesigned, eliminating the retaining walls and regraded to provide smooth slopes down to the water's edge. Fountains, seating, picnic areas and a lawn for sunning were added to the new park. Plantings include red Ixra, Weeping Yaupon holly, Weeping Willows, oaks and elms. Continued on page 78 Manatee Continued from page 74

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