Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 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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86 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 4 9 LEED Platinum Certification The pursuit of LEED Platinum certification was part of the design team's initiative from the beginning. The landscape architects played a role in this endeavor through site selection and site development that maximized open space and protected and restored the habitat. Other contributing factors to LEED Certification included bicycle storage, improved storm water design, the use of sustainable materials and water efficient landscaping. The determination of LEED certification for the building and site is still in progress. Credits approved to date equal a minimum of LEED Silver certification. It was heartwarming for all team members to see the excitement of the students and staff at the ribbon cutting ceremony upon their return home to a new and innovative MacArthur Elementary School. Appel Osborne was honored to receive the Honor Award for Built Design from the New York Upstate Chapter of ASLA for this project. Juncus Effusus (Softrush) 'Oehme' palm sedge (Carex muskingumensis) Louisiana Iris Tufted Hairgrass (Deschampsia cespitosa) 'Tardiflora' Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) 'Kim's Knee High' Vehicle circulation was challenging because of an adjacent one-way city street. The school separates vehicles and bus traffic to offer safe passage for pedestrians. This is the bus loop, which incorporates a bioretention area in the center. The original school building destroyed by the 2011 flooding was set back 150 feet from the street and 5 feet below street level! The new school building is closer to the road and elevated 3 feet above the 500-year flood elevation. The classroom wings are elevated on piers 6 feet above that flood elevation. MacArthur Continued from page 38

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