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Iceland

Health Village Fludir
Fludir, Iceland
Project Type: Commercial
Project Team: Health Village Fludir Ltd. and Vist & Vera ltd.
Description: This 16-acre greenfield project is associated with Iceland's first health village. Site plans will focus on creating a walkable and ADA accessible environment including health paths, fitness zones, a series of natural open spaces, and a healing garden. Vehicular traffic will be limited and parking placed on the outer periphery. The project is seen as an opportunity to test SITES guidelines in Iceland and serve as a model for sustainable development in the country. (http://healthvillage.is)

Arizona

George "Doc" Cavalliere Park
Scottsdale, Arizona
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: JJR|Floor; Weddle Gilmore Architects; Kland Engineering
Description: George "Doc" Cavalliere Park is a three-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

George "Doc" Cavalliere Park is located within a rugged Sonoran desert setting with steep terrain on the eastern half and a confluence of major washes from the west and north. The park was carefully integrated into the existing site to provide public access to a mix of active and passive activities. In addition to preserving extensive downstream washes and habitat, the project demonstrates innovative ways to design sustainably through the use of careful planning and analysis, the choice and utilization of materials, site salvage and reuse of plants, topsoil and rock materials, renewable solar energy, rainwater harvesting and LED lighting.

Tempe Transportation Center
Tempe, Arizona
Project Type: Commercial
Project Team: City of Tempe, Otak + Architekton, A Dye Design, Michael Baker, Jr. Consulting Engineers
Description: This transit plaza replaces a 2.7 acre parking lot, linking the new METRO light rail to local/regional bus, the Bicycle Cellar, and Arizona State University. The mixed-use LEED building provides transit-oriented retail/restaurant at the plaza, where stormwater and graywater collection for irrigating native plants and vegetated bus shelters sustainably integrate public spaces with pedestrian circulation at a busy urban multi-modal hub. For more information on this project, click on the following article: Sustainable Landscaping .

California

2001 Market Street
San Francisco, California
Project Type: Mixed Use
Project Team: April Philips Design Works, The Prado Group, BAR Architecture, William McDonough + Partners
Description: This mixed use project associated with replacing an auto dealership with a Whole Foods Market and residential condominiums above it synergizes landscape and building systems that are intended to be both LEED and SITES certified. Landscape features will include water catchment, living walls, urban agriculture and edible landscapes, community center, endangered species habitat for the San Bruno and Mission Blue Butterflies, storm water treatment, traffic calming, art and educational interpretation, and a zero waste recycling system. For more info, visit http://2001marketsf.com/

Boeddeker Park and Clubhouse Renovation
San Francisco, California
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: The Trust for Public Land - Project Management and Park Design; Sherwood Design Engineers; John Northmore Roberts & Associates; WRNS Studio; Rutherford and Chekene; Daedelus; Swinerton Management
Description: The Trust for Public Land (TPL) Parks for People Bay Area Program is converting this paved public park into an oasis for one of the densest, most diverse neighborhoods in San Francisco. A community-driven design process led to the conceptual design, which includes rain gardens, reuse of onsite materials, and design features to reduce the heat island effect; this project is an example of sustainable design in a tightly constrained, high-use urban environment.

Burbank Water and Power - EcoCampus
Burbank, California
Project Type: Industrial
Project Team: Burbank Water and Power; AHBE Landscape Architects
Description: BWP EcoCampus is a one-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

BWP EcoCampus, operated by Burbank Water and Power is an exemplary model in sustainable design from its high-efficiency heat recovery steam generator down to the shared bikes throughout the plant's campus for employee transportation. Examples also include the plant's power generation which uses recycled water for steam, landscape areas use recycled water for irrigation which are managed by climate-based irrigation controllers and are planted with native, and/or drought tolerant species and a vegetated green roof. Currently in the design phase is a public green street demonstration project that is planned along the western edge of the campus as a means to communicate innovative stormwater management technologies to the city and adjacent community.

Coyote House
Santa Barbara, California
Project Type: Residential
Project Team: Blackbird Architects, Inc., Van Atta Associates, Inc., Paul Franz Construction, RJ Foil Landscape
Description: Coyote House fosters a serene lifestyle, while contributing positively to site nutrient, material and water cycles. While high-tech strategies are part of the home, many regenerative and sustainable features of the project are decidedly simple. Many creative approaches include water harvesting, green roofs, native landscaping, composting and edible landscape, habitat restoration, and use of onsite or local materials for construction.

Environmental Laboratory for Sustainability and Ecological Education (ELSEE)
San Jose, California
Project Type: Open space - Garden/Arboretum
Project Team: The California Native Garden Foundation, Middlebrook Gardens
Description: Middlebrook Gardens is an outdoor student/intern/teacher laboratory for sustainable gardening and construction. The ELSEE project (sponsored by California Native Garden Foundation) is restoring the soil ecology, protecting food quality and watersheds, and assuring water and air quality for city residents. Sustainable features include a vertical farm, subterranean classroom, zero-waste composting, greywater systems, solar panels, and native edibles.

HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc. Headquarters Landscape Conversion
La Mesa, California
Project Type: Commercial
Project Team: HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc.; HELIX Environmental Construction Group
Description: The project is a landscape conversion of the HELIX headquarters from an over-watered lawn to a multi-use garden with native plants, walking paths, seating, gathering areas, compost bin, and food garden. The project will address runoff with potential detention basins, bioswales, or cisterns. Employee input shapes the project, which is a source of pride for the workers and the company.

Science and Engineering 2 at UC-Merced
Merced, California
Project Type: Institutional/Educational
Project Team: University of California, Merced; SmithGroup; Cliff Lowe Associates
Description: The Science & Engineering 2 facility is a 101,900 square feet LEED Gold building that will house teaching, research and office space for UC Merced's School of Engineering and School of Natural Sciences. The landscape plan for the site will reflect the San Joaquin Valley context, minimize irrigation and add memorable public spaces for students, faculty and staff to interact. For more information on this project, click on the following article: UC Merced Connect: Landscaping under green microscope.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Escondido, California
Project Type: Commercial
Project Team: Schmidt Design Group, Inc., Stone Brewing Co.
Description: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens is a one-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens was created as a park-like environment for dining, relaxing, exploration, and special events. The project represents an important concept in combining recreation with stormwater management and water quality improvements. Thousands of tons of local stone were used for walls and other decorative features and the planting palette is intentionally eclectic but grounded in regionally appropriate and edible species.

The Meadow Farm
Santa Cruz, California
Project Type: Residential
Project Team: Sherwood Design Engineers, William McDonough and Partners, Bernard Trainor + Associates, Redhorse Constructors Inc.
Description: Goals for this greenfield residential project are to reduce waste, minimize demand for potable water, and use 100% renewable energy, regional materials, and native drought-tolerant plantings. On-site materials will be used as subbase for slab foundations and for earth rammed walls within buildings. Rainwater will be used in toilets and laundry, blackwater waste will be treated for use in irrigation, concrete pour tailings will be recycled into landscaping pavers, and an edible garden will be created.

UCSB Ocean sciences center
Santa Barbara, California
Project Type: Institutional/Educational
Project Team: Arcadia Studio, EHDD, Penfield and Smith, University of California, Santa Barbara
Description: The UCSB Ocean Sciences Center is a teaching facility that provides educational opportunities for the community. Sustainability and education are the focuses of the project and with the site across the street from the ocean, water treatment was especially important. Team collaboration resulted in the design of a unique stormwater system, to use the landscape as a natural filtration system. This will be accomplished using plants, sand, and gravel, in conjunction with grading, to keep water on site.

Victoria Garden Mews
Santa Barbara, California
Project Type: Residential
Project Team: Allen Associates; Thompson-Naylor Architects; Grace Design Associates
Description: Victoria Garden Mews is a two-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

Victoria Garden Mews is a model project in downtown Santa Barbara's Historical Landmark District. An existing Victorian era house was rehabilitated to LEED Gold standards to preserve existing streetscape. A new three unit, three story building is currently under construction on site. Car lifts reduce space used for parking; 100% of stormwater remains on site; 100% of electrical need is provided by on-site PV; 100% of roof runoff is captured for irrigation; 100% permeable hardscape; communal gardens provide food and outdoor living space for residents.

Colorado

Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: AJC Architects Inc.; Landmark Design Inc.; National Park Service; Stantec Consulting
Description: Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center is a two-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

The site sensitive landscape design surrounding the VRC reflects this national park's mission to educate the public about the archeological, biological and physical resources of the park and their interconnectivity. Revegetation of the site will be accomplished through a mix of native and drought tolerant species while addressing concerns of fire danger. The project has been designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

NREL - Research Support Facility (RSF) Phase 1 & 2
Golden, Colorado
Project Type: Governmental complex
Project Team: RNL Design; National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); Haselden Construction; Martin & Martin; Architectural Energy Corporation
Description: NREL Research Support Facility Phase 1 & 2 is a three-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

This greyfield project at a former National Guard training facility consists of a 325-acre campus associated with a new research facility seeking LEED Platinum certification. The landscape framework includes stormwater detention areas, porous paving surfaces, prairie and arroyo restoration, native landscape adjacent to the building, site retaining walls constructed of on-site material, and energy efficient lighting. Regional materials and high recycled content will be emphasized in the selection of site materials and furnishings.

Radiant Park
Fort Collins, Colorado
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: City of Fort Collins, A-L-M Architects
Description: Radiant Park was an undeveloped 10-acre site in southeast Fort Collins, Colorado. The land was recently in agricultural use and has a small stream running through the site with minimal wetlands. The park will go through an extensive public process involving the surrounding neighbohrood. Designed as a day-use park, the plans include the resotoration of the stream to include new wetlands and protection of existing wetlands, low maintenance turf areas with more natural grasses, irrigation system, trees and landscape beds.

Connecticut

Oyster Shell Park
Norwalk, Connecticut
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, Norwalk Recreation and Parks, BSC Group Inc., Tavella Design Group, LLC
Description: This new local park along the Norwalk River is part of the State Heritage Park system, located on a former landfill. Based on the theme of Art Education and the Environment, the design incorporates biofiltration of runoff, landscaping with native plants to enhance wildlife habitat, use of recycled materials such as glass pavers, and energy generation with alternative energy sources will demonstrate to the public the environmental and economic value of sustainable design practices while improving recreational asset quality. Trail connections will also be made to the nearby Maritime Aquarium and Stepping Stones Children's Museum. For more information on this project, click on the following article: Officials promote Oyster Shell Park.

District of Columbia

American University School of International Service
Washington, District of Columbia
Project Type: Institutional/Educational
Project Team: American University, Quinn Evans Architects, Whiting Turner
Description: American University School of International Service is a two-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

The entrance plaza for the new School of International Service buildling at American University will be a gathering place and showcase for integrating sustainable design, student gathering space, and education. The building will be the first LEED building at AU and the plaza will complement it with an outdoor cafe , planting areas, and will be a new stop on the campus Arboretum tour.

Brent ES Schoolyard Greening
Washington, District of Columbia
Project Type: Institutional/Educational
Project Team: Brent Elementary School PTA; Sustainable Life Designs
Description: Brent Elementary Schoolyard Greening is a one-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

Located five blocks from the nation's capitol, this greyfield project strives to transform the asphalt dominated grounds of an elementary school into a more sustainable site and educate students, parents, and neighborhood residents about green infrastructure. Past efforts have included pollinator gardens, an outdoor classroom, and improved storm water management with a rain garden, rain barrel, and bio-retention swale. The greening of a trash-strewn "urban canyon" behind the school is the focus of future plans.

Casey Trees' Brookland Offices
Washington, District of Columbia
Project Type: Commercial
Project Team: Casey Trees, The Eller Group
Description: The Casey Trees Brookland Headquarters design uses trees to maximize canopy cover and manage stormwater. The site design showcases trees in various applications including infiltration planters for trees along 90 linear feet of sidewalk, two rain gardens with a diverse planting of trees and soil cells that create large soil volume for tree growth under the sidewalk. At maturity, the tree canopy will increase by 25% and demonstrate what is possible when public and non-profit institutions work together.

National Museum of African American History & Culture
Washington, District of Columbia
Project Type: Institutional/Educational
Project Team: The Smithsonian Institution
Description: The Smithsonian Institution's new National Museum of African American History & Culture will combine a LEED Gold certified building with a sustainable landscape at the center of the nation's capital on the National Mall at the Washington Monument. The new museum site is also on the National Register of Historic Places, and will host millions of visitors every year. For more information about this project, please see the NMAAHC Website , and an article on the groundbreaking.

Oxon Run Park Trail Rehabilitation Project
Washington, District of Columbia
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: Toole Design Group, LLC, D.C. Departments of Transportation, Environment, and Parks & Recreation
Description: This project will rehabilitate nearly 10 miles of trails and sidewalks within existing greyfield local park properties. Community input has prompted improvements to park facilities and connections with nearby community centers, schools, neighborhoods, and transit facilities to benefit commuters, pedestrians, bicyclists, and recreational users. Sustainability will be promoted through the use of innovative stormwater management, design materials, and environmental interpretation.

Square 80 Plaza at The George Washington University
Washington, District of Columbia
Project Type: Institutional/Educational
Project Team: Studio 39 Landscape Architecture; Bowman Consulting Group; Irrigation Consultant Services; GHT Limited; Alliance Structural; Delta Fountains; Donohoe Construction; The George Washington University
Description: Square 80 Plaza at The George Washington University is a one-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

The Square 80 Plaza project will convert an existing parking lot into a landscaped urban park. The project will retain 100% of the on-site stormwater runoff through the use of permeable paving, hardscape diversion through use of runnels, and collection of site water into a system of 3 inter-connected cisterns. While all site plantings are native and adapted species, irrigation is still being provided and is fed by the cistern system. A water feature is provided on site and is also fed by the cistern system. The cistern sizing was calculated from irrigation demand load, which exceeded the calculated stormwater management load, ensuring retention of all water on-site.

The People's Garden (USDA)
Washington, District of Columbia
Project Type: Governmental complex
Project Team: USDA-Office of Operations, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA- Forest Service
Description: The landscape outside USDA headquarters has been redesigned to showcase sustainability, nutrition, and healthy eating through rainwater harvesting, removal of invasives, and installation of working beehives, a vegetable garden, and a green roof among other design elements. This new landscape will support the agency's educational mission while demonstrating to other public institutions that sustainable practices can be successfully implemented on a high profile, urban site with a rigorous aesthetic design requirement.

United States Botanic Garden- Bartholdi Park
Washington, District of Columbia
Project Type: Open space - Garden/Arboretum
Project Team: Architect of the Capitol, U.S. Botanic Garden, Ewing Cole & Andropogon Associates
Description: Bartholdi Park, a historic garden currently undergoing a major renovation, will include a demonstration garden for homeowners. The focus will be on different garden styles and plant options that all can be achieved using SITES guidelines. Each demonstration will be a synergistic solution for dynamic and holistic systems that can be interpreted for the home gardener, helping improve garden design and maintenance practices nationwide.

Washington Canal Park
Washington, District of Columbia
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: Olin (Landscape Architecture); Studios Architecture (Pavilion Design)
Description: Washington Canal Park is a three-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

Washington Canal Park, a new public park in Washington, D.C., includes neighborhood-scale stormwater management systems to reuse water on-site and from surrounding buildings for irrigation, fountains, ice-rink water, and toilets; geothermal heating and cooling and solar hot water, electric vehicle charging stations, and emission-free maintenance equipment, while also functioning as a vital community resource for nearby low-income residents.

Florida

New U.S. Federal Office Building
Miramar, Florida
Project Type: Governmental complex
Project Team: General Services Administration (GSA)
Description: Office building and related facilities will house a single federal agency on a 20-acre site. The project will be certified through the USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system with a minimum target rating for this project of Silver level. The GSA minimum target rating in the Sustainable Sites (SITES) Pilot Program, is Two Stars.

Georgia

1315 - The New Home of Perkins+Will Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia
Project Type: Mixed Use
Project Team: Perkins + Will, Kimley Horn and Associates, Site Development Consultants, Inc.
Description: 1315 is the urban rehabilitation of an existing building into a mixed-use development containing office, museum and public library. The project re-envisions a vehicle drop-off into a public plaza, routes roof drains to a cistern for building and site reuse, implements water features linked to rain gardens and mitigates soil to filter stormwater before releasing to the city system.

EcoManor
Atlanta, Georgia
Project Type: Residential
Project Team: Ed Castro Landscape, Rutherford and Laura Turner Seydel - Owner, Harrison Design Group, DeLany Rossetti Construction
Description: EcoManor is the first home in the Southeast to become LEED certified. The property includes reductions in impervious surfaces, infiltration features, passive and active solar energy, rainwater harvesting, greywater reuse in the landscape and a green roof.

Historic Fourth Ward Park
Atlanta, Georgia
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: City of Atlanta - Office of Parks, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., HDR, Wood + Partners, Inc.
Description: Historic Fourth Ward Park, a new urban park located on a 20-acre brownfield site, will include civic open spaces, a water play area, playgrounds, historic artifacts, an amphitheater and a skate park. The park will connect directly to the future 22-mile BeltLine loop and will become the catalyst for additional redevelopment and reinvestment within the surrounding community.

Illinois

Loves Park Playground Development
City of Loves Park, Illinois
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: Rockford Park District; Fehr-Graham & Assoc Inc.
Description: Loves Park Playground is a 6.5-acre park in the Rockford Park District. The property is a long-abandoned lumber yard with almost no pervious surfaces. The existing impervious surfaces of the lumber yard will be reused for a new parking lot and courts and a series of bioretention and rain gardens will be used to treat stormwater before entering a new detention basin. In applying the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative the Rockford Park District has the opportunity to make this project a model for the design and development of sustainable parks in Northern Illinois. For more information on this project, click on the following articles: Playground among test sites for green rating system and Loves Park playground to test sustainable landscape rating system.

Meadow Lake/Main Parking Lot at The Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois
Project Type: Open space - Garden/Arboretum
Project Team: The Morton Arboretum, Montgomery Watson Harza, C. Burke West Engineering
Description: Meadow Lake/Main Parking Lot at The Morton Arboretum is a one-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

This submittal includes two projects which were completed on The Morton Arboretum grounds and are adjacent. The Meadow Lake Restoration shore was re-graded, soils were amended, and over 68,000 plants were established. The Main Parking Lot project incorporates best management practices for managing stormwater impacts and nonpoint source water pollution. The surface is composed of a permeable interlocking concrete paver system. These two projects showcase The Morton Arboretum's commitment to sustainable design and construction while reinforcing the mission and vision of the arboretum.

North Grant Park Renovation
Chicago, Illinois
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Soodan & Associates, Krueck & Sexton Architects
Description: Three existing, underutilized greyfield sites will be recycled into one larger park space at the northern tip of Grant Park adjacent to new residential neighborhoods. More than half the park will be built over an existing parking garage and a new children's museum. Programming will include bike and walking paths, playgrounds, and sledding hills, and underground water storage tanks will be used to offset the need for irrigation water during the park's establishment period.

Tuthill Corporation Headquarters
Burr Ridge, Illinois
Project Type: Commercial
Project Team: Conservation Design Forum, Conservation Land Stewardship, Serena Strum Architects
Description: This greenfield commercial project integrates building and site functions on 12-acres of land adjoining a 15-acre pond wetland complex. Stormwater infrastructure designed to cleanse and infiltrate water on-site and reduce the generation of surface runoff is integrated with native landscape restoration that includes preservation of a 2-acre remnant prairie. A strong connection is also made between indoor and outdoor spaces through provision of pathways leading to resting spots.

Indiana

Purdue Research Park, Phase III, Part II
West Lafayette, Indiana
Project Type: Institutional/Educational
Project Team: Purdue Research Foundation, The Schneider Corporation, JFNEW, Indiana Wildlife Federation
Description: The Purdue Research Foundation currently is designing an expansion of the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette, a nationally acclaimed technology park that supports business incubation and economic development. The expansion will include features and amenities for tenants and the community including green streets, ponds, wetlands, and trails. The Foundation also is working with the Indiana Wildlife Federation to designate the development as a Wildlife Friendly Park.

Iowa

Green & Main
Des Moines, Iowa
Project Type: Mixed Use
Project Team: Silent Rivers, Inc, Green Bean LLC, Barker Lemar and Associates
Description: An abandoned 13,000-square foot urban site and adjacent 90 year old building provide an opportunity to demonstrate sustainable renovation in this mixed-use brownfield project. Stormwater management practices that reduce the hydraulic loading on the city storm sewer system, recharge the ground water table, and improve quality of infiltrated water will be showcased. Public events, web cameras, and classes will publicize these practices and provide a sustainable model for rural communities throughout the Midwest.

Louisiana

Early Learning Village
New Orleans, Louisiana
Project Type: Institutional/Educational
Project Team: Mithun, Waggonner & Ball, Magnusson Klemencic, Krebs, LaSalle, Lemieux, ARUP, Hands On! Inc., Vergeront Museum Planning
Description: The Early Learning Village (ELV), located on 10-acres within New Orleans' City Park, is committed to demonstrating best practices for site stewardship and potentially regenerative systems to multiple generations of Louisianans. Primary objectives of the project are to connect children to the outdoors through play, provide resources for families to connect and heal the fears and worries that remain from Katrina and provide opportunities to generate awareness about New Orleans relationship with the River, the delta and nature's dynamic forces. The site program includes gardens, lagoon edge restoration, tree preservation, water access, play spaces, outdoor cafe space and outdoor exhibits.

Lower Ninth Ward Sustainable Infrastructure Project
New Orleans, Louisiana
Project Type: Transportation corridors/Streetscape
Project Team: Make It Right Foundation, William McDonough + Partners, BNIM Architects, Siteworks Studio, Hood Design, DJ+PELA, MCG, Burk-Kleinpeter Inc., Olsson & Associates
Description: The Lower Ninth Ward Sustainable Infrastructure Project began as a city project for infrastructure replacement in the flood damaged neighborhood in New Orleans. Make It Right was invited to coordinate design services due to their pioneering success using pervious concrete as an alternative to traditional pavement. The project evolved into a highly collaborative multi-disciplinary effort to develop an innovative streetscape design within the flood-damaged project site.

New Orlean Festival and Recreation Complex
New Orleans, Louisiana
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: New Orleans City Park, Torre Design Consortium
Description: As part of City Park's redevelopment efforts due to Hurricane Katrina, a 63-acre Festival and Recreation Complex is being created. This project will refurbish a former golf course, turning it into a multi-purpose site that will serve as a vibrant destination for all citizens and visitors to the New Orleans Metropolitan Area. Funded by a federal Community Development Block Grant, the project will provide for improving the site drainage, constructing four soccer fields, installing an electrical distribution system to support community events, building a large reunion shelter, and the construction of a biking/jogging path. For more information on this project, click on the following article: Measuring the green in greenspace .

Maryland

Anacostia Watershed Society Headquarters
Bladensburg, Maryland
Project Type: Commercial
Project Team: Anacostia Watershed Society with expertise from Mary Abe, RLA, LEED AP; Michael Severner, PE, BCEE; Amin Omidy, ASLA
Description: Built in 1752, our headquarters is the historic George Washington House. A brownfield site, the project strives for pre-development infiltration rates, minimizing impervious surface, honoring the site's heritage, and recreating habitat. Economical and aesthetic sustainable site development will provide leadership and educational opportunities for the organization to fulfill its core mission of restoring the Anacostia River and surrounding watershed biohabitat.

Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park Renovation
Silver Spring, Maryland
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission; Oculus; Ecotone, Inc.; Bohler Engineering
Description: The design for this 7.3-acre existing park emphasizes a more natural treatment of the park. A concrete-lined stream will be naturalized and restored, including riparian plantings which will serve as a demonstration project for future naturalization efforts within the area. Paved areas are kept to a minimum. The plan also includes opportunities for active play to cater to the needs of neighborhood residents.

Massachusetts

Living Classroom Initiative at UMass-Dartmouth
Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Project Type: Institutional/Educational
Project Team: UMass Dartmouth, Walden Forest Conservation, G. Bourne Knowles &Co, Mass Wildlife, Town of Dartmouth
Description: The UMass Dartmouth Office of Campus and Community Sustainability plans to develop the 750-acre campus as a model of sustainable land use and a living classroom for students and community members. Notable features of the property include nearly 400 acres of forest, wetland meadow, intact native grassland, a perennial stream, and a coastal plain pond. Plans also include lawn alternatives, the use of native plant materials, forest stewardship, restoration of wetland habitat and protecting environments for species of concern.

Michigan

Grand Valley State University Student Recreation Fields
Allendale, Michigan
Project Type: Institutional/Educational
Project Team: Grand Valley State University, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc., Integrated Architecture
Description: Grand Valley State University Student Recreation Fields is a two-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

The Student Recreation Fields project at Grand Valley State University encompasses approximately 65-acres of development. The three phase project includes a new rugby field, lacrosse field, 300-meter track, two softball fields, track throws area, picnic shelters, and a concessions/locker rooms/scoring building. A 44-acre wetland complex will be constructed in multiple cells for stormwater treatment of runoff generated from this project and the surrounding campus. Captured stormwater in underground detention, as well as the wetland complex, will be reused in the campus irrigation system. Future walking trails, and overlook structures within the wetland complex will provide recreational opportunities (hiking, bird watching) to the student population and the surrounding community.

The Kresge Foundation Headquarters
Troy, Michigan
Project Type: Commercial
Project Team: The Kresge Foundation, Conservation Design Forum, Valerio Dewalt Train, Farr Associates, Progressive AE
Description: The 86-year-old Kresge Foundation expanded their 2.75-acre headquarters site in Troy, Michigan. The new building and site provide natural light, clean air, and a strong connection to water and plants from the offices and meeting rooms, and is a model to learn about sustainable design practices. Careful evaluation and integration of green development techniques throughout the design process provides its occupants a strong connection to a living environment.

Minnesota

Cobblestone Creek
Winona, Minnesota
Project Type: Residential
Project Team: Phillips Development Inc., Barr Engineering Company, WHKS & Co
Description: Sustainable development and conservation are emphasized at this greyfield residential project consisting of detached single family homes. Building covenants limit impervious surface coverage on lots and disturbance to vegetation, narrow streets conforming to natural land contours minimize clearing and grading, highly erodible slopes are protected from development, and stormwater is treated on-site and infiltrated back to the water table via a system of rainwater gardens that also serve as amenities for residents. For more information on this project, click on the following article: Empty lots continue to plague Cobblestone Creek development.

Missouri

Novus Headquarters Campus
St. Charles, Missouri
Project Type: Commercial
Project Team: Novus International Inc, SWT Design, Landesign LLC, University of Missouri, Cowell Engineering, Stock & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Description: The Novus Headquarters Campus is a three-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

The campus enhancement plan preserves and enhances natural habitats, focuses on improving vegetation, hydrology of the site and creates an active and healthy environment employees can be proud of and inspired to interact in. The University of Missouri has set base lines and will continue a habitat monitoring program employees will participate in. Monitoring will include green roofs, water quality, bird and insect identification and other sustainable features. For more information on this project, click on the following article: Novus International Headquarters to Undergo Sustainable Landscaping

Project Living Proof
Kansas City, Missouri
Project Type: Residential
Project Team: Metropolitan Energy Center, Black & Veatch, Patti Banks Associates
Description: Project Living Proof is a residential demonstration of sustainable and regenerative design. Situated in a district that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 7000-square foot site is representative of a Midwestern urban or first-ring suburban development The grounds will feature native and regional-appropriate turf and plantings, rain catchment and infiltration strategies, and smart irrigation methods. The deconstruction and restoration of the site will be characterized by cautiousness, as actions are planned and executed, materials are handled, and the surrounding systems are considered. For more information on this project, click on the following article: Project Living Proof providing an example of sustainable residential gardens.

SWT Design campus
St. Louis, Missouri
Project Type: Commercial
Project Team: SWT Design, Tri Square Construction, Sheild Systems
Description: SWT is a two-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

SWT Design's commitment to the environment and community is evident in the recent expansion. In 2008, SWT Design expanded to an adjacent property preserving and improving the existing facade streetscape. The new addition and green roof, rain garden and permeable paving created a zero stormwater runoff scenario. Now the site is used as a demonstration space for clients and the community to learn about Best Management Practices for a variety of design methodologies.

Nebraska

Assurity Life Insurance New Home Office Building
Lincoln, Nebraska
Project Type: Commercial
Project Team: Clark Enersen Partners, Kestrel Design Group, Olsson Associates
Description: This greyfield commercial site is located in a redeveloping central city district and integrates sustainable stormwater practices with landscape. Surface and roof runoff will be directed into an underground cistern created from three abandoned storm drainage structures. Stored water will be used to irrigate site vegetation including the green roof of a new office building. Trail connections will also be made to a nearby public park, linking that space to the site's open space.

New Mexico

Bat Cave Draw and Visitor Center Rehabilitation
Carlsbad, New Mexico
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: National Park Service
Description: Bat Cave Draw and Visitor Center Rehabilitation is a two-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

Parking lot runoff containing contaminants such as motor oil and antifreeze has been found in cavern pools. This brownfield project will remove the existing parking area adversely impacting the cavern and rehabilitate it to a natural state using vegetation native to this national park. Additional work will be done to collect and treat runoff in new parking areas to protect the cave and to revegetate areas adjacent to the visitor center and the park's entrance road.

Pat Hurley Park Hillside Development
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: City of Albuquerque, Morrow Reardon Wilkinson Miller, Ltd., Bohannan Huston, Inc.
Description: Pat Hurley Park Hillside Development includes the construction of a pedestrian path to link existing upper and lower park spaces, the reconstruction of two entry plazas in the lower park, extensive soil stabilization and stormwater management measures, slope revegetation, and integral art installations. This park serves as an example of comprehensive planning for sustainability, pioneering construction methods, monitoring of long-term success, and integration of physical and social program elements.

Pete V. Domenici United States Courthouse Sustainable Landscape Renovation
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Project Type: Governmental complex
Project Team: Rios Clementi Hale Studios, General Service Administration
Description: Pete V. Domenici United States Courthouse Sustainable Landscape Renovation is a two-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

The Pete V. Domenici United States Courthouse consists of a large concrete and lawn entry plaza with fountain over a garage, a rear surface parking lot, and lawn surrounding a historic sculpture. All site and building stormwater runoff will be collected and reused to establish xeric plants. The project reconceives the landscape around the building as continuous rain garden utilizing broken concrete bench walls and infiltration trenches to create pockets to restore native plant habitat. This integrated and accessible park-like landscape design is derived from a study of the site's cultural and environmental patterns and is adapted to the unique climate and hydrology of the Rio Grande Basin.

Roosevelt Park Renovation
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: William S. Perkins, Mountain West Golfscapes, Kopelov Construction Inc.
Description: Renovation approaches and methods of this local park, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, include the use of non-potable water for irrigation, care and rehabilitation of mature trees, and public education on the historic significance of the park. Future goals include monitoring plant health, water use, and community satisfaction so that lessons learned can be applied to renovating other city parks.

New York

Cornell University's Mann Library Entrance
Ithaca, New York
Project Type: Institutional/Educational
Project Team: Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Cornell University
Description: Cornell University's Mann Library Entrance is a one-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

Mann Library Improvement plans to replace the landscape area along the west face of Mann Library, approximately 7,800-square feet of very prominent space at the library's entrance. This space is a very public, busy site that could help support student interaction. The Landscape Architecture/Horticulture 4910/4912, Creating the Urban Eden, has been asked to take on the renovation of this important site on campus spanning two academic semesters. The proposed design will be based in part on a detailed site assessment that will inform the design process.

Fort Totten North Park
Queens, New York
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: Nancy Owens Studio LLC, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Walter B. Melvin Architects, LLC, Great Ecology & Environments, McLaren Engineering Group, Joan Geismar, Ph. D., LLC, Mary Dierickx
Description: The North Park is a distinct landscape with its own vocabulary derived from the historical layers and natural features of the site. The design of the North Park and strategies set forth in the Master Plan are intended to enhance public appreciation of the history and ecology of the site, provide improved recreational opportunities, and promote healthy waterfront ecosystems.

Hempstead Plains Interpretive Center
Garden City, New York
Project Type: Institutional/Educational
Project Team: Friends of Hempstead Plains at Nassau Community College, Nassau County, RGR Landscape Architecture & Architecture, PLLC, Constance T. Haydock, Landscape Architect, P.C.
Description: This 19-acre greenfield site on the campus of Nassau Community College was grazing and farming land for early Long Island settlers before becoming part of the historic Mitchel Field Air Force Base. Development plans connect the site to its prairie past by enhancing native species and habitat areas, create a visitor center and classroom powered by alternative energy, and provide interpretive trails for visitors to learn about Long Island history and ecology.

Hunts Point Landing
Bronx, New York
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, Halcrow, HDR/LMS, Dewberry, Russell Design
Description: Hunts Point Landing is a two-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

Hunts Point Landing is a 1.5-acre park that is part of the South Bronx Greenway Master Plan. The project will convert a former coal gasification plant site and de-mapped street into a public recreation amenity, including bike and pedestrian paths and access to water activities on the East River. This project intends to serve as an example for future reclamation of riverside, industrial brownfield sites.

Native Plant Garden at the New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, New York
Project Type: Open space - Garden/Arboretum
Project Team: New York Botanical Garden, Oehme, van Sweden and Associates, Inc., CMS Collaborative, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services,Robert Silman Associates, Nitsch Engineering, Pine & Swallow Environmental Services
Description: A new educational native plant garden is planned for 3.5-acres in the heart of The New York Botanical Garden. Woodland, meadow, and aquatic plantings will surround a water feature that incorporates biofiltration and stormwater management techniques. Paths, boardwalks, and bridges will be constructed using locally sourced and recycled materials and sited to preserve existing soil profiles and plantings.

Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Park
Beacon, New York
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: Reed Hilderbrand Associates, Scenic Hudson Land Trust Inc., Divney Tung Schwalbe, Ecosystems Strategies Inc., McLaren Engineering Group
Description: Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Park is a three-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

This project rehabilitates a 25-acre brownfield site on the historic Hudson River waterfront in Beacon, New York. The plan increases public access to the river, remediates degraded ecological circumstances, and restores diverse ecological function to upland, wetland, and intertidal zones. The program includes a park pavilion, kayak shelter, beach access, parking, innovative reuse of materials found on site, public education, and site interpretation of history, locality, and ecology.

West Point Foundry Preserve
Cold Spring, New York
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: Scenic Hudson, Inc.; Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C.; Stearns & Wheler GHD, Inc.; C&G Partners LLC; Li/Saltzman Architects; P.C.; Liam O'Hanlon Engineering, P.C.; Frederick P. Clark Associates, Inc.; Slocum Consulting; Michigan Technological University
Description: The West Point Foundry Preserve project is creating a sustainable heritage destination on the 87-acre site of West Point Foundry (1818-1911), a leader during America's Industrial Revolution. Aided by extensive archaeological fieldwork, designers have merged public access and historic preservation with habitat restoration. Interpretation will tell the foundry's story including its manufacture of Parrott guns, credited with winning the Civil War and the land's ecological renewal.

North Carolina

Education Center Site at NC Botanical Garden
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Project Type: Open space - Garden/Arboretum
Project Team: North Carolina Botanical Garden
Description: This greenfield project is associated with LEED platinum certification being sought for the garden's new Education Center centrally located within a 5-acre site. The project will install water-wise, drought-tolerant plantings, capture stormwater in cisterns for reuse in irrigation, create multiple rain garden and bio-retention sites, divert 95% of construction debris from landfills, salvage trees for materials reuse, and integrate universal access throughout building and landscape.

Horseshoe Farm Park
Raleigh, North Carolina
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department, Lappas + Havener, Frank Harmon Architect, Consider Design, Mulkey, Inc., Biohabiats, Inc., Integrated Water Strategies, Monroe Timberland Consultants, Inc.
Description: Horseshoe Farm Park's 146 acres lie within an oxbow of the Neuse River in Raleigh, North Carolina. The park will enhance the site's existing pastures and woodlands as an aesthetic, environmental, and historic treasure. Sustainable design principles will protect a variety of habitats on site by minimizing site disturbance and implementing sustainable building systems, with the goal of educating visitors about the site's natural systems. For more information on this project, click on the following article: Measuring the green in greenspace.

Smart-Sustainable Landscapes
Durham, North Carolina
Project Type: Residential
Project Team: John Deere, Duke University, NC State University
Description: Smart-Sustainable Landscapes will extend residential sustainability concepts to the outdoor landscape and take a comprehensive approach to reviewing design, construction, and management factors. The site will be assessed in its existing form, and will also be assessed after the construction of an optimized, smart-sustainable landscape that matches the SITES criteria and optimizes potential ecosystem service benefits of the site. A broad and diverse group of stakeholders are to be involved collaboratively in this project. For more information on this project, click on the following articles: John Deere participates in the Sustainable Sites Initiative with special landscape project and John Deere to participate in the Sustainable Sites Initiative.

The Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden
Durham, North Carolina
Project Type: Open space - Garden/Arboretum
Project Team: Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Description: The Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden is a two-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

The Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden will focus on sustainable green practices, hands-on horticulture, and nature discovery for people of all ages. The garden will manage rainfall on site with a rain garden at the lowest level. Outdoor classroom spaces will have green roofs, water collection cisterns, and a greywater system will be included. This garden will aim to demonstrate how achievable sustainability can be for the average homeowner and gardener.

Ohio

Cleveland's Public Garden: Modeling Sustainability in the Rust Belt
Cleveland, Ohio
Project Type: Open space - Garden/Arboretum
Project Team: Cleveland Botanical Garden, Doty and Miller Architects, Behnke and Associates
Description: Cleveland's Public Garden is a three-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

This public garden will demonstrate best sustainability practices on both the residential and institutional scales. Initiatives will include six demonstration gardens to provide practical and replicable examples of sustainable landscaping practices for the trade and garden visitors, installation of a living roof on its visitor center, re-landscaping a quarter acre lawn for reduced maintenance, rainfall capture from conservatory walls, and reduction of potable water runoff and use on site.

West Creek Reservation
Parma, Ohio
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: Cleveland Metroparks, Floyd Browne Group, Doty & Miller Architects, EnviroScience
Description: West Creek is Cleveland Metroparks's newest reservation and part of a regional park system of 20,000 acres, dedicated to conservation, education, and recreation. Improvements include a Watershed Stewardship Center, roadways, parking, trails, outdoor activity areas, picnic shelters, and other park amenities. The park's trail system provides a significant link on a regional network, the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area (1996 federal designation). On-going, watershed stewardship programming will be provided for citizen scientists, volunteers, professionals, students, and recreational visitors. For more information on this project, click on the following article: Measuring the green in greenspace.

Oregon

Ash Creek House
Portland, Oregon
Project Type: Residential
Project Team: DeSantis Landscapes
Description: Natural landscaping practices are at the core of this residential greyfield project in which a 7,500 square foot weed field adjacent to a small stream was converted to a low maintenance garden with native and adaptive plants. The weed field was sheet mulched, which improved soil quality and water holding capacity, and stormwater from the residence's roof is collected in a surge tank for sub-soil distribution to the mulch field through four clay slips. For more information on this project, click on the following articles: Three Oregon sites chosen for sustainable landscaping pilot .

The Headwaters at Tryon Creek
Portland, Oregon
Project Type: Residential
Project Team: Winkler Development Corp., GreenWorks PC, MGH Engineering, Valaster/Corl Architects, Portland Development Commission, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
Description: A former brownfield, this mixed residential development was transformed into a site that integrates green buildings, parking, paths, and open space with the daylighting of a tributary creek, wetland and creek restoration, and bike, pedestrian, and neighborhood improvements. Vegetative stormwater strategies such as ecoroofs, greenstreets, planters, and raingardens were incorporated throughout. Completed in 2009, SITES provides a tool for quantifying its sustainability. For more information on this project, click on the following article: Three Oregon sites chosen for sustainable landscaping pilot .

Pennsylvania

Penns Meadow Detention Pond Retrofit
Macungie, Pennsylvania
Project Type: Governmental complex
Project Team: Lehigh County Conservation District, Lower Macungie Township, Keystone Consulting Engineers, Inc., Hilltop Excavating, Inc., East Penn School District
Description: Penns Meadow Detention Pond Retrofit is a conventional stormwater detention basin modification that will incorporate filtration BMP's for stormwater runoff treatment. The proposed modifications include a constructed wetland, sediment forebays, vegetated channel, sand filter, wet pond, and reforestation using Pennsylvania native plants. The site will also provide the community with a natural focal point, passive recreation, and educational opportunities.

Phipp's Center for Sustainable Landscapes
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Project Type: Open space - Garden/Arboretum
Project Team: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Andropogon Associates, CH2M Hill, Civil & Environmnetal Consultants, CJL Engineering, The Design Alliance
Description: Phipps' Center for Sustainable Landscapes is a four-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

Established in 1893 as the nation's first teaching conservatory, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens includes an ambitious three-phase expansion with the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), a 24,000 Education/Research/Administration facility designed in accordance with the Living Building Challenge. By housing environmental education and research initiatives in a building that is itself a working model of sustainable technologies and strategies, the CSL will revolutionize the discovery and dissemination of knowledge and tools for sustainable design, operation, and daily living. For more information on this project, click on the following article: Phipps center earns highest sustainable status.

Shoemaker Green
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Project Type: Institutional/Educational
Project Team: University of Pennsylvania, Andropogon Associates, Meliora Design, International Consultants, Inc., Tillett Lighting
Description: Shoemaker Green is a two-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

The site of the future Shoemaker Green located on the University of Pennsylvania’s urban campus is currently a 3.75-acre greyfield where existing tennis courts will be replaced with a passive open space of lawns, tree-lined walkways, and sitting areas. As part of the Penn Connects campus master plan, this new green space will be both a destination and a pedestrian route from the core of campus to the historic buildings surrounding the space and further eastward to the new Penn Park near the Schuylkill River. Shoemaker Green sustainable site management will improve water quality and minimize runoff, reduce the effect of the urban heat island by greening large paved areas, restore biomass on site, increase local biodiversity, and improve the overall environment for the community. For more information on this project, click on the following article: Shoemaker Green: The Red and Blue Turn Grey into A Green Sustainable Site.

Taylor Residence
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Project Type: Residential
Project Team: Margot S. Taylor, Apex Engineering, SED Design, Lanchester Soil
Description: The Taylor Residence is a three-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

This project is located on a 1.5-acre former agricultural and residential property. Converted years ago to a private residence, now undergoing extensive renovations that include alternative energy sources, the site's rural character and aesthetics will be maintained and enhanced with features such as stormwater management, vegetated buffers, and specimen tree preservation. Highlights include native woodland gardens, raised vegetable beds, secluded wildlife habitats, and a straw bale hut with green roof.

South Carolina

Sand River Headwaters Green Infrastructure Project
Aiken, South Carolina
Project Type: Transportation corridors/Streetscape
Project Team: Center for Watershed Excellence (Clemson University), Clemson University
Description: Watershed restoration by reducing severe erosion caused by stormwater runoff is the focus of this greyfield streetscape project. Stormwater will be captured, detained, and infiltrated upstream in fifteen downtown parkways and adjacent parking areas with bioswales and pervious paving. Success of the project will preserve Hitchcock Woods, a 2,000 acre urban forest downstream experiencing extreme erosion, and provide a model for sustainable green infrastructure in the Southeast region. For more information on this project, click on the following article: Clemson green project gets recognition nationally.

Tennessee

The Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms Park
Memphis, Tennessee
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: James Corner Field Operations
Description: The Woodland Discovery Playground is a one-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

The Woodland Discovery Playground will shape an environment that allows for change, transformation, and growth that reflects theories about how children learn, develop, and play. Woodland and native plant restoration will incorporate play into the natural environment. A "Green Facts" scavenger hunt will tie sustainable design features together, including minimized irrigation demands, a bioretention and other infiltration areas, and the numerous recycled and reclaimed material installed throughout the site. For more information on this project, click on the following articles: Shelby Farms Unveils New Playground, and Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms Park.

Texas

Blue Hole Regional Park
Wimberley, Texas
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: Design Workshop, Taniguchi Architects, Baker Aiklen, PBSJ, FUELS, MJ Stuctures and Walter P Moore, Holt, LBJWC and Heather Venhaus, ASLA, GreenPlay
Description: Blue Hole Regional Park is a one-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

This project for an environmentally sustainable regional park in the Texas Hill Country seeks to strike a balance between preserving the site as an ecological resource and providing recreational and educational opportunities for users. Strategies include stormwater conveyance to rain gardens and cisterns, irrigation of recreational fields with treated effluent, minimal impervious surfaces, tree protection, environmental restoration, and reusing materials found on site.

Harris County WCID 132's Water Conservation Center
Spring, Texas
Project Type: Governmental complex
Project Team: Harris County Water Control and Improvement District
Description: Harris County WCID 132's Water Conservation Center is a one-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

This 5-phase project to convert the Harris County Water Control and Improvement District 132's public campus will include landscape options requiring no treated water once established and an absence of drought conditions, a focus on the water energy nexus, and demonstrations of efficient water conservation and soil-centered practices. As Texas struggles with significant water issues, the district's campus will be dedicated to showing alternative methods for improving stormwater conditions and reducing potable water demands. Ongoing research projects will also be included.

Luci and Ian Family Garden at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Austin, Texas
Project Type: Open space - Garden/Arboretum
Project Team: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, TBG Partners, W. Gary Smith Landscape Architect, University of Texas at Austin, PMCS
Description: The Family Garden at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center strives to create an educational experience for children of all ages through adventure and exploration with acres of lush, diverse, and exclusively native gardens. By encouraging intimate, playful, and fun interactions in an assortment of outdoor settings, the goal is to foster in children an understanding, appreciation, and affection for the natural world. For more information on this project, click on the following articles: Eco-Currents: Reading the Bones and Four Austin sites picked for national sustainable landscaping pilot.

The Green at College Park at The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, Texas
Project Type: Institutional/Educational
Project Team: Schrickle, Rollins and Associates, The University of Texas at Arlington
Description: The Green at College Park is a one-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

This unique site includes a gathering plaza, pedestrian promenade, shade arbors, and a variety of seating surrounded by a native/adapted plant garden (drought tolerant and beneficial to wildlife). The new design restores an eroding drainage rill to Johnson Creek, which required addressing the large amount of runoff (1/3 of the campus) coming from outside the project boundary. The rill garden features pervious pavement from crushed granite and recycled glass and drought tolerant plants.

Walmart Four Points
Austin, Texas
Project Type: Commercial
Project Team: Doucet & Associates, Boice, Raidl, Rhea Architects, Coleman & Associates, Steve Clark & Assoc., Site Integration Studio, Walmart Stores, Inc.
Description: Walmart Four Points development is located on a 39-acre site containing limestone caves and natural Live Oak forest cover. The project features tree and cave preservation, preservation of native infiltration area behind the store, drought tolerant plantings, ET based irrigation system and rainwater harvesting. This project was careful to respect the site and limit disturbance and was successful in blending in with the natural character of the region. Revegetaion was accomplished with native drought tolerant plants. For more information on this project, click on the following articles: Eco-Currents: Reading the Bones and Four Austin sites picked for national sustainable landscaping pilot.

Utah

Orem Intermodal Center
Orem, Utah
Project Type: Transportation corridors/Streetscape
Project Team: Psomas, Utah Transit Authority
Description: This greenfield project consists of a transit station and new mixed-use urban village associated with transit-orient development located one mile west of downtown Orem. To provide a more sustainable choice for housing and businesses, project design emphasizes pedestrian and bicycling access, a compact development footprint, and safe connections between transit and neighborhood. Another project focus is to reduce up-front costs with natural stormwater systems, by minimizing pavement, and with shared infrastructure.

Swaner EcoCenter
Park City, Utah
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: CRSA, Colvin Engineering, Spectrum Engineers, Psomas, Utah New Vision Construction, Big-D Construction
Description: This LEED Platinum certified facility is located on previously developed land adjacent to a restored wetland complex and nature preserve. All plantings used on the site are native and require little to no water. Rainwater is collected in above ground and below ground cisterns and no potable water is used in the maintenance of the landscape. Boardwalks are constructed from recycled material and pervious paving facilitates stormwater infiltration.

Virginia

Greening of Virginia's Capitol
Richmond, Virginia
Project Type: Transportation corridors/Streetscape
Project Team: Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia Department of General Services, The City of Richmond, Civil & Environmental Services LLC, BioForm Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design
Description: This greyfield project will demonstrate a sustainable, ecologically sound approach to reducing polluted stormwater runoff by incorporating low-impact storm water management design elements, such as porous brick pavers, rain gardens with native plantings, and curbside bioretention for capturing and treating runoff, on and adjacent to the historic Virginia State Capitol Square. The project's location provides a unique opportunity to educate legislators and the general public about low-impact stormwater design and to provide a model for other projects throughout Virginia.

Washington

Bradner Gardens Park Development
Seattle, Washington
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: City of Seattle Parks and Recreation and Department of Neighborhoods; Barker Landscape Architects; Friends of Bradner Gardens Park; King County Master Gardeners; Seattle Tilth
Description: This park was designed and developed in collaboration with community volunteers. The result is a multi-functional, sustainable, accessible neighborhood park that includes community food gardens, organic gardening and ornamental, water-wise demonstration gardens, compost demonstration, a children's A to Z garden, a seasonal wildlife pond and vegetated swale for on-site drainage, tractor play area, basketball court, native plant areas and a community gathering pavilion.

East Bay Public Plaza
Olympia, Washington
Project Type: Transportation corridors/Streetscape
Project Team: Robert W Droll, Landscape Architect, PS, LOTT Alliance
Description: East Bay Public Plaza is a one-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

East Bay Public Plaza is a vibrant public urban space which will showcase the benefits of reclaimed water and the efforts of the LOTT Alliance, an Olympia-based wastewater treatment company. Educational elements such as discovery markers, interactive stream features, a series of interpretative panels, and a ground plane timeline that playfully charts the past, present, and future of reclaimed water which will evoke a sense of wonder and discovery for all visitors.

Kirke Park
Seattle, Washington
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: Site Workshop; WR Consulting; Advanced Electrical Services
Description: This project will transform a greyfield site in a residential neighborhood once home to a church, into a small local park which will include a community garden, a gathering plaza for community events, a skate-spot woven into seatwalls, and spaces for quiet introspection and children's play. Community support for sustainability, articulated in several neighborhood workshops, will be implemented through material reuse and reclamation of road paving for rain gardens along the site's street edge.

Olympic College Student Parking Lot
Bremerton, Washington
Project Type: Transportation corridors/Streetscape
Project Team: Schacht Aslani Architects, SVR Design Company, O’Brien & Company, Tres West
Description: The Olympic College Student Parking Lot renovation will expand and improve parking and streetscape conditions along the eastern perimeter of campus to clarify vehicular, pedestrian, transit and bicycle circulation routes. Landscaped areas around the periphery and multifunctional landscape interior islands in the parking areas will implement stormwater management and native plants, while providing safe and accessible pedestrian routes to the campus. For more information on this project, click on the following article: Yes, parking lots can be green

Peninsula College Campus New Entry and Parking Lot Renovation
Port Angeles, Washington
Project Type: Transportation corridors/Streetscape
Project Team: Schacht Aslani Architects, Nakano Associates, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Candela, O’Brien & Company
Description: A parking lot renovation at Peninsula College will address stormwater management and pedestrian flows in order to improve its multi-functionality. Sustainable design and construction strategies are being used from LEED, The Living Building Challenge, and SITES to lessen the impact of the parking lot. For more information on this project, click on the following article: Yes, parking lots can be green

Theater Commons and Donnelly Gardens
Seattle, Washington
Project Type: Open space - Park
Project Team: Seattle Center, City of Seattle, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Weinstein AU, Magnusson Klemencic Associates,Pivotal/AEI
Description: Theater Commons is a one-star certified project - click here to view the project's case study.

The project is a 1.6-acre site within a major urban park and cultural center, revitalizes an existing campus vehicle entry into a pedestrian-friendly, multi-functional, tree-lined street overlooking new gardens, terraces and seating areas between two professional theaters. The site integrates sustainable design and highlights ecological features, such as Cascadia native plants and innovative stormwater infiltration, as a prototype for future campus projects. For more information on this project, click on the following article: 11 state projects will test new program for sustainable landscapes .