As an integrated part of this LEED project, the landscape was designed to be a part of a functional system. Native plant material was selected for the entire project to reduce the ongoing expenses associated with a more “traditional” landscape which requires frequent mowing, watering, fertilizing and application of herbicides. The planting changes throughout the site based on function. Along the upper areas a dry (mesic) prairie mix was selected while a more emergent palette was necessary for the drainage areas. The plantings in the storm water conveyance system not only absorb moisture but also work to clean the storm water during storm events.
As part of the design for the building a rainwater capture system was designed to collect rain water from the roof and site and route to an underground storage system. This collected and retained storm water can be utilized during periods of low or no rainfall to support the landscape plantings around the facility.
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