- A series of erosion control strategies were implemented on-
- A pre-design soil assessment was conducted, allowing the project to conserve healthy soils and amend others.
- A soil management plan was created and communicated.
- 135 trees were planted including desert museum palo verde, European olive tree, and swan hill olive.
- 78 trees on-site were removed because the owner insisted they be taken down. However, for every tree removed two trees were installed.
- Westfield preserved a large existing Morton fig tree on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Avenue of the Stars.
- Four date palm trees and three European olive trees were transplanted.
- 100% native or adaptive plant types were used.
- Water is captured in a tank underneath the building and used for cooling.
- The design reduces outdoor water usage by using low-water-usage planting.
Carbon, Energy + Air
- The planting strategy reduces temperatures in urban areas.
- The trees sequester 16,200 pounds of carbon annually, which offset driving 22,037 miles in an average car.**
- There was an increase in the property value due to project installation.
- Job and volunteer opportunities were created on-site.
- The shopping center aims to counteract trends toward online retail, by acting as a place for people to shop, dine, find entertainment, and meet up with friends. The landscape is crucial for supporting the California outdoor lifestyle. It will have outdoor lounges and children’s play areas. The outdoor space creates an experience for users at the mall beyond simply shopping.
- The project supports alternative modes of transportation, with bike racks and metro stops that connect east and west LA.
- The project provides optimal site accessibility, safety, and wayfinding.
- The project was a catalyst for development. Public transit, pedestrian friendly sidewalks, and added planting were all a part of the redevelopment process.