“ . . . the landscape feels very consistent with the surrounding architecture. . . looks like students are really using the space . . . so many great features in this project . . .”
The completed designs achieve the primary objective to unify the identity and material quality of the Middle Campus through a network of re-established quad spaces. The major artery of student circulation has been contained and defined, which preserves open lawn areas and links one space to the next. New canopy trees are spaced widely to ensure long-term growth and emphasize the historic axes of the campus. Large simple bars of evergreen planting define space, protect the lawn, and add interest and variety to the surrounding seating areas. The Middle Campus projects incorporate many sustainable elements that serve as a model for other campuses. Boston College supported a large investment in deep, well- drained soil designed to accommodate student traffic and major events. In many areas the structured soil profile is two feet deep, absorbing huge amounts of storm water. Impervious paving has been kept to an absolute minimum, providing maximum space for planting where storm water can infiltrate and recharge. All new plantings are served by an irrigation system that is integrated through a central computer and provides minimum irrigation needed.
Stephen Stimson Associates; also Tsoi/Kobus & Associates; Pine and Swallow Environmental; VHB; DiMella Shaffer Architects