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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96 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Western Tech Continued from page 58 Above: Locally sourced native limestone distinguishes the campus monuments and seat walls. • A 350-ton geothermal network of stormwater best management practices helps the building operate 50% more efficiently than similar facilities. • A series of stormwater best management practices, including permeable pavement, soil quality restoration, rain gardens and native plantings, remove over 640 pounds of sediment a year. This yields a 25% reduction in runoff for the 10-year storm and over 1,600,000 gallons of water infiltrated per year. Concluding Thoughts . . . Whether it's a young student reading a book between classes, an instructor teaching a horticulture class about native plant life or a local business owner out for a stroll during lunch, this courtyard is a space that allows users to feel at one with nature and with themselves. Embracing this unique urban landscape allows users an opportunity for passive learning and often provides a visual cue to the rural areas where many locals spent most of their adolescence. What was once a passive pass-through space is now an interactive courtyard with purpose. Jen Cross, PLA, ASLA, judges the project a "context-driven design that engages users' experiences, offers opportunities for greater biodiversity, integrates sustainable practices and creates a distinct space with purpose." I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 4 7 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 3 8

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