The state of the art Design Engineering and Commerce (DEC) Center was sited at a critical location of the campus core, giving definition to the existing rolling quadrangle space. The new building and its site work with sloping grades make strong pedestrian connections to the surrounding buildings and adjacent parking areas.
The planting design arranges beds of mixed trees, shrubs, perennials, and groundcovers around the new building in a manner that: integrates the surrounding quad space with its larger, regional environmental context; adds appropriate scale to the new educational building; creates much-needed summer shade on walkways and plazas; offers year-round visual interest and enjoyment.
The landscape plantings were deliberately selected for their ability to grow and thrive on naturally occurring rainfall amounts without the use of permanent supplemental irrigation.
The plant palette for this project comprises native and hardy plants selected for their durability, heat and cold tolerance, and suitability for a college campus.
The project was certified LEED Gold in June of 2014.