Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2018

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Creek Bike Trail and the Platte Valley Trail system. A large stormwater garden defines one edge of the quadrangle lawn. The garden cleans pollutants from stormwater runoff, demonstrating the campus's commitment to sustainable design practices, while also providing a destination for an informal, outdoor classroom or gathering space. Challenges: Funding As with many initiatives on a campus, the greatest challenge was funding. Yet, it was recognized that this place was vital in creating a strong sense of community. The Student Advisory Committee to the Auraria Board leads a tri-institutional student driven initiative that went to a referendum vote in April 2015. The result was a $5 fee per student per semester to support the project. On behalf of the Auraria campus constituency, AHEC also secured grant funds from the Auraria Foundation Board of Directors to contribute an additional $3.3 million toward development of the quad. Historical Significance The Tivoli Quad is at the location of one of Denver's first neighborhoods. Wenk Associates aimed to blend and provide interpretive significance to the site. Custom hand railings and beer garden fencing details, along with a custom blue paver color, integrates with the historical Tivoli Student Union. Rectangular concrete bands and deck patterns denote the outlines of historical structures and pay tribute to the scale of the city in the late 1800s. One of the rectangular outlines commemorates Colorado's first public school and is denoted with three large stone benches. Role of the Landscape Architect Wenk Associates, planners and landscape architects, led the multidisciplinary design-build team for site improvements from master planning through construction. The team consisted of civil, transportation, structural and electrical engineering, along with architecture and irrigation. Wenk led the detailed development and prepared construction documents for site circulation, stormwater management, site lighting, landscape and hardscape spaces, as well as building entrance modifications into the historical Tivoli Student Union. Wenk also worked closely with the client and led discussions and presentations with the Auraria Higher Education Design Review Board to ensure project success. Left: Ipe decks "floating" within the rainwater garden offer a shady, peaceful gathering place, and great views of Denver's downtown skyline. Right: The seating area pictured here sits within the building footprint thought to be the location of Colortado's first public school in the late 1800s. In those historic days, students sat in this area on long wood pews. The placement of the 3 large sandstone seat blocks commemorates that history. The 'Colorado Buff' sandstone was sourced from a quarry in Loveland, Colo. A shortcut, sand- based Kentucky Bluegrass Sod Blend was specified in the quad for its infiltration ability. 70 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Team List Landscape Architects/Planners – Project Lead Wenk Associates, Inc., Denver Bill Wenk, Principal Greg Dorolek, Principal J. C. Culwell, Project Manager Kelli Schwab, Landscape Designer Bryan Peterson, Landscape Designer Civil/Structural Engineer: Martin/Martin, Inc., Lakewood

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