Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2018

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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demonstrate the value of what landscape architects could bring to the table, Gareth Vaughn noted that the relationship between the design team and client "resulted in an amazing campus that affords our community members a memorable outside experience every day they come to school." The master plan that was developed embraced the ideals and landscape ethic of the original Olmstead Brothers' plan, while addressing several other site issues. Prior to the campus renovation, the outdated buildings were oriented parallel to the lake, which blocked views and impeded the natural flow of stormwater. Drainage issues were mitigated by piping water from adjacent lawns, roads and parking areas directly into the lake, degrading the lake's water quality with sedimentation, algae blooms and invasive aquatics. The existing outdoor spaces had deemphasized pedestrian access. The new design team collaborated extensively on building placement. The decision was made to reorient the classrooms perpendicularly to the lake edge. This significant change established views to the lake from many parts of the campus, created dynamic outdoor spaces between the buildings, celebrated the beauty of the surrounding native landscape and promoted a more sustainable campus hydrology. The new state-of-the-art classrooms draw their aesthetic inspiration from the surrounding Above & Above, Right: The new school buildings transition into an expansive Zoysia sod lawn (hydromulched with a Bermuda and Centipede seed mix) that overlooks the lake. The concrete risers create an amphitheater setting. The school makes use of this space for informal classroom activities. Bottom, Right: Maples proliferate on the campus: varieties include 'Autumn Blaze', 'October Glory', 'Glowing Embers' and Sugar maples. Other species on site are oaks, hornbeams, white fringe trees, holly, red buckeye, Loblolly pines; Silverbell, Mexican plums and Teddy Bear magnolias. 36 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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