North Campus Cottage Grove Design
Location: College Park, Maryland
Client: University of Maryland-College Park
JMT's landscape architects designed a new passive recreational
space within a busy university campus.
The University of Maryland-College Park (UMCP) sought to
enhance its north campus section adjacent to two residence halls,
utilizing a 1.25 acre space that previously was occupied with
several cottages. The University's Department of Residential
Facilities engaged JMT to develop design concepts that would
provide a park-like setting for students. The cottages were
recently razed, but many of the mature trees were maintained in
anticipation of future development opportunities such as this.
JMT's landscape architectural design focused on the mature trees
already available to help set the visual sense of space, with
retaining walls positioned to preserve these existing trees.
Pervious concrete pavers were selected to encourage healthy site
ecology. In addition, our staff coordinated closely with
UMCP's Plant Sciences Department to develop a plant palette that
would include species currently underrepresented on
JMT designed the site to be ADA accessible and also with
long-term considerations for outdoor classroom activities
associated with the Plant Sciences Department. The project
also included the design of a roadway connection through one end of
the site to improve vehicular circulation around campus.
This project offered several applications of
environmentally-responsible materials and techniques that may serve
as examples for future designs on the College Park campus.
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