The Annenberg Center for Information Science and Technology

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PLANTING

  • 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.

Water

  • 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.

Social

  • 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)

The Annenberg Center for Information Science and Technology

The Annenberg Center for Information Science and Technology at the California Institute of Technology provides a modern center for collaborative research and instruction in the disciplines of science and engineering. The facility represents Caltech’s sustainability initiatives and is LEED Gold certified. The landscape surrounding the building reflects this environmental ethic and exhibits a substantial departure from the traditional Pasadena ornamental palette.

Palo Verde trees structure the building’s entry plantings, which are organized into a series of planks to echo the adjacent glass façade. The shrub understory heavily focuses on water conservation and is comprised of a number of succulents and ornamental grasses. The project also includes a significant social component through its provision of decomposed granite seating areas with movable furniture, which are used for impromptu outdoor gatherings. The new environmental aesthetic, with its concomitant water conservation benefits, is being enthusiastically embraced by the campus community.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Team: Frederick Fisher + Partners, HLB Lighting Design