“ . . . the project is doing something innovative and different . . . the designers thought a lot about the part of campus they could impact . . .”
The project had an immediate impact on the central campus character, constructing a progressive and sustainable design within the context of traditional campus setting. It is the tactile quality of this design that clearly demonstrates its contribution to the overall campus. The stormwater management demonstrates quantifiable results. The green roof, open cell paving, water collection tanks, and bioswales have met all expectations for stormwater management. The integration of the stormwater management strategy with student gathering terraces became the most successful result. These landscapes also become teaching opportunities for faculty and students to learn about native plants and sustainable water management practices.
“This environmentally-conscious approach extended to the landscape architectural design, particularly in all areas related to storm water management by use of pervious pavements, infiltration basins and groundwater harvesting for irrigation. The project also reduced the maintenance needs of our campus through the inclusion of large planted areas that only require annual or seasonal attention. These functional landscape features also support the overall academic vision of our University as they have become teaching tools for a number of academic and extension programs,” says Sean M. Vasington, Associate Director, University Planning. “The landscape architectural design significantly improved a portion of our campus core and provides a contemporary image that is complementary to our institutional aspirations and pedagogy,” he adds.
Stephen Stimson Associates; also Leers Weinzapfel Associates; URS Corporation