Client:

Midwest Groundcovers/Midwest Trading Company

Architect:

Karson and Associates

Engineers:

Western Engineering

Contractor:

Pedersen & Company

Category:

Commercial Design

When partner companies Midwest Groundcovers and Midwest Trading Company had to relocate much of their operations and offices as well as a majority of the plant production facilities to a new 280-acre site 15 miles west of their present location, the landscape architect was charged with acting as the planning consultant. Helping guide the proposed development through the County's planning and zoning process as well as coordinate land condemnation negotiation for a proposed bridge, the landscape architect prepared detailed plan exhibits. Exhibits include an overall master plan, phasing plan, office site plan, detailed landscape plans for each phase of construction, as well as the development of "green" solutions for handling irrigation water, runoff, filtration and retention.

In order to better understand the client's needs and develop planning solutions, numerous field trips and staff interviews were facilitated to help educate the design team. County officials were specifically concerned about the large number of growing houses that were to be constructed as part of the plan. The landscape architect was able to develop a phased plan that incorporates "green solutions" for stormwater runoff. Through innovative design solutions including bioswales, filtration basins and the use of native landscape, more than 98 percent of all rain and irrigation water entering the site is retained and recycled for future use.

In addition to planning the project, the landscape architect worked closely with Midwest Groundcover's staff on landscape plans for the buffer and windbreak areas for the site. Over 1,500 six-to eight-inch caliper trees were tagged and relocated to the site to buffer the adjacent public roadway. A conceptual site plan was prepared to include a green roof garden to showcase the variety of plant material and soil mixes for use in roof garden application.

The entire master plan includes five phases. Phase one was completed in 2003 and it is anticipated that the remaining phases will be complete before 2009.