Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2017

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78 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Given that the site topography was extremely flat, site drainage was a problem. There was frequent flooding of parking, walkways and grounds. The scrapping of the original design plan from the prior year had left the college behind in its projected refurbishments. A sense of urgency to get a design in place and work completed were primary challenges for the design team. As classes are in session year round, it was inherently challenging to develop a successful construction schedule. The design focus for Copley Design Associates was on improving the community presence; delineating the campus edge with new signage, wayfinding and landscaping; and strengthening and defining campus entrances, including a main boulevard feature to the administration/ admissions buildings. "We reconfigured the parking lots to include a new inner drive loop for easier and safer access to the campus buildings, added new lighting to parking lots, walkways and drives, illuminated signage and boulevard trees," explain principal Drew Copley. A much-needed public bus stop, pull-off and shelter were added along the right- of-way adjacent to campus main entry. "We created a campus wide identity, integrating environmentally-friendly landscape, signage, site furnishings and hardscape features with complementary materials, colors and textures," Copley adds. The final design provided uniform identity signage and electronic message centers at each of the four corner intersections of the site, harmonizing the campus edge with grass berms, trees and landscape. Reducing the vehicular entrances streamlined traffic control on campus and on adjacent roads, resulting in fewer backups at the entrances and exits, making it easier and safer entering and leaving the campus. Wayfinding was added to each entry and along the proposed inner campus loop drive, assisting visitors to quickly locate their destination. For pedestrians, interactive information kiosks were installed along walkways. A welcoming grand entrance boulevard was designed to link the main campus entrance to the administrative/ admission building, which included visitor parking and an inviting reception. In total, 11 parking lots were redesigned. The existing parking drive isles and stalls were regraded and rotated 90 degrees. The renovated parking lot configuration included ADA and motorcycle parking spaces, landscape islands, lighting and new striping and paving. The new design has substantially increased safety, and has improved fire and emergency access to buildings. Storm water runoff is now under control, despite adding 5-7% more spaces within most parking lots with limited pavement expansion. Construction Schedule With the year round student and class activity on campus, a precise construction schedule was vital. This required Copley Design to concentrate in completing one parking area at a time, on a rotational schedule; to accommodate for the loss of parking under construction, a temporary lot was created. The construction schedule was divided into 11 phases which included two scope additions; an entry plaza to the theater/auditorium and roadway/parking renovation to the campus maintenance facility. The design team coordinated with the college facilities director and contractor to successfully complete this project on plan, on time and on budget. Manatee Continued from page 76 Team Landscape Architecture Prime Consultant: Copley Design Associates, Inc., Streetsboro, Ohio Electrical Engineering: Architectural Engineering, Inc., Palm Arbor, Fla. - Ron McIlveen, P.E., Civil Engineering: Archturus Group, LLC -Pat Montecki P.E., Manufacturers Campus Street Signs (stop, speed limits, H\C): Brandon Industries & Master Works Studio I-25 Rotor Heads: Hunter Industries Irrigation Spray Heads and Controllers: Toro A circular pool and jetting fountains welcome those to the Administrative and Admissions Building entry, drop off and visitor parking area. Variegated Arboricola and topiary Podocarpus festoon the fountain base.

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