LEED Gold Certified
- 53 trees were planted, including palo verde, California sycamore and hybrid mesquite.
- Two sycamore trees were transplanted.
- Annual planting was avoided.
- The project uses xeric plants which are drought resistant perennials, excellent for the context of the campus. This was a huge departure from the traditional ornamental planting on campus.
- The soils on-site did not allow for infiltration. Water is collected in a basin that feeds into a built well, allowing for groundwater recharge.
- Outdoor water usage is reduced by selecting low water trees, planting, and grasses.
- The project manifests the concept of creative collisions, adding 50 movable chairs, eight tables, five benches and several chalk boards outside creating places for people to gather and learn. With various court sizes and planting characteristics, spaces offer mental restoration for the students on campus.
* The tree average for water interception is 500 gallons. American’s use an average of 100 gallons of water per day (EPA’s water trivia facts) **120 pounds of CO2 per tree annually (This number is based on an average from the National Tree Benefits Calculator) One car produces an average of 8,320 pounds of CO2 per year. (The Code of Federal Regulations - 40 CFR 600.113)