Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2018

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landscape and incorporated natural materials and colors. Open-air corridors offer views to the lake and forest and provide a welcome respite between classes. Cast concrete pavers form a central pedestrian plaza that weaves through a native landscape, while rows of trees and gabion benches direct views to the lake. The plaza culminates into an expansive lawn overlooking the lake. Concrete risers in the lawn create an amphitheater that functions as an informal outdoor classrooms, and the lake edge, which was designated as a wetland, is carefully edited of non- native vegetation to fully-expose the lake views. Innovative stormwater management strategies were used throughout the site to mitigate drainage issues and improve the lake's water quality. Runnels lined with local aggregate collect roof water at all building drip lines and convey it to several rain gardens nestled between the classrooms. These rain gardens detain and biologically filter the stormwater before slowly releasing it downstream to the lake. The gardens are also filled with native wetland plants in order to provide habitat for wildlife. Bridges over the rain gardens facilitate student interaction and provide educational opportunities to learn about the various ecological and hydrological processes occurring. These "landscape laboratories" have even influenced the school's curriculum, as they are now offering classes focused on "sustainability in landscape design" and will use the rain gardens for their research. The new Indian Springs campus fully realizes the goals of the master plan. The project is expected to receive LEED Silver certification. The newly renovated campus better realizes the school's original master plan developed by the Olmsted Brothers' firm in the early 1950s (but not fully realized), which emphasized smaller buildings with visual connections to the site's 30-acre lake. June 2018 37 D G E F H E I E H L L J K A B C A. Entry Drive B. Parking C. Drop-off D. Pedestrian Plaza E. New Classrooms F. Administration G. Library (existing) H. Rain Gardens I. Lawn/Outdoor Classrooms J. Protected Wetlands (Chinese tallow, hackberry, privet and cedar) K. Lake (existing) L. Native Forest (oaks and beeches)

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