LEED Silver Certification
- Originally built in 1985, the original character of The Crescent was maintained. The landscape design sought to enhance the pedestrian experience and refresh the buildings’ exterior environment. Trees line driveways and pedestrian paths, creating a European-inspired retail piazza.
- The site offered certain challenges because everything was installed on structure. Every tree had to be placed in a tree well.
- Materials worked with those existing on-site, melding colors and textures.
- 187 trees were saved.
- 125 trees were planted, including highrise live oaks, shumard oaks, river birches, and allee elms.
- The project avoids annual planting.
- Low water usage planting was used on-site.
- The irrigation system was converted from overhead sprays to drip irrigation using 40% less water.
- Trees have the potential for intercepting 193,500 gallons of water which are equivalent to the water usage for 193 American residents for one day.*
Carbon, Energy + Air
- The planting strategy reduces temperatures in urban areas.
- More than 7,000 LED light bulbs replaced on the exterior provide energy efficiencies.
- The trees sequester 46,800 pounds of carbon annually, which are equivalent to a standard car driving 63,380 miles.**
- There was an increase in the property value due to project installation.
- Maintenance savings were considered in the design. A low-maintenance lawn and plants not requiring regular trimming were used.
- The design favored social spaces over parking, reducing the amount of parking. This was achieved by turning surface parking into restaurant terraces and opening retail up to the exterior of the property.
* The tree average for water interception is 500 gallons. (EPA’s water trivia facts) The colloquial volume of an Olympic pool is 660,000 US gallons assuming the depth of 2m. **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. Each vehicle drives an average of 11,318 miles per year. (The Code of Federal Regulations - 40 CFR 600.113)