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Featured Project: Design Ready Controls - Brooklyn Park

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.

Design Ready Controls

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.

    Future rain garden to help with parking lot runoff
    Even the parking lot end caps will be planted with prairie grasses and flowers
    The parking lot rain garden after seeding and mulching with native little bluestem straw
    Setting out woodland sod flats for the north side of the building
    Woodland sod flats after installation
    Installed short/dry prairie sod flats near the employee break area
    Site prep burn to clear weed vegetation before planting
    Installation of seed in the retention basin, erosion blanket and native little bluestem straw will help prevent erosion
    Installing short/dry prairie sod flats near the front entrance of the building
    Front of the building in April of 2016. The southern exposure is warming the soil quickly!
    Slender penstemon thriving in its new home.
    Spring green up!
    Woodland phlox beginning to bloom.
    Black-eyed Susans adding a burst of color to the summer landscape.
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An Interview with Mike Faber of Capstone Quadrangle, on the Native Landscaping Project for Design Ready Controls

Editor’s Note: Recently we published an interview our project manager Erin O’Leary had with Troy Schmidke, Owner/CEO of Design Ready Controls (DRC) about the exciting native landscaping project we designed and installed for their Brooklyn Park corporate campus. On that project we worked not only with Troy but also Mike Faber, partner at Capstone Quadrangle, the land developer. This second post in the series is an excerpt from Erin’s interview with Mike about the project. Erin: We’d like to think this project is a great example of what other developers should aspire to for their land development projects! We are...

Why We Opted for Minnesota Native Prairie Landscaping for Our Corporate Campus

An Interview with Troy Schmidke, CEO/Owner Design Ready Controls (Editor’s note: Design Ready Controls (DRC) serves a global market from their facility in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. They chose Prairie Restorations, Inc. to convert a portion of their campus land to native plants, and we recently talked with CEO Troy Schmidke about that project.) Question: What inspired you to take a more nontraditional approach to landscaping the campus at Design Ready Controls? Answer: I have always been an avid outdoors person. I learned to hunt and fish with my dad as a kid around our family farm; I spent many years hiking, mountaineering and...
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