We are excited to launch a new feature on our website that will profile one of our key projects. This profile will include a more in-depth look at various aspects of the project including the reasons behind it, design considerations, unique challenges associated with project, etc. We also hope to include interviews with clients, project managers and other key personnel. And of course, lots of photos detailing the project’s progress from installation through the first few growing seasons.
We hope you will enjoy this behind the scenes look.
PRI recently had the pleasure of working on an important project for Design Ready Controls located in Brooklyn Park, MN. For PRI, the project began in the December 2014 when we were brought in as a consultant to help with the design of the 4-acre landscape. This project was unique in that the owner already knew he wanted a native landscape for his site – he just wanted some guidance to help make his vision a reality.
The goal for the project was to create a campus landscape that consisted entirely of native species. This would include a variety of native plant communities including prairies, wetlands and woodlands. Not only would this lead to a beautiful, diverse and dynamic landscape, but it would eliminate many of the normal inputs required by traditional corporate landscapes including weekly mowing, fertilizing and irrigation. The sustainable landscape would also follow the steps of LEED certification which was being sought for the new building.
The landscape installation began in September of 2015. Following tree and shrub installation, custom seed mixes were sown in designated areas throughout the landscape. Roughly 3,000 sod flats were then installed to enhance the areas around the building as well as add further diversity to the project. The remainder of the installation work wrapped up during in the spring of 2016. Please refer to the attached landscape plan for more details.
Design Ready Controls will be creating signage to educate their employees, visitors and the public on the benefits of this native landscape.
For more insight into reasons behind the decision to go native, check out our PDF landscape plan for DRC and these interviews with Owner and CEO, Troy Schmidke and Mike Faber from Capstone Quadrangle.
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