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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 campus. 

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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