Planting of the University of Chicago – South Campus Chiller Plant has started
September 1, 2008
Working with Murphy/Jahn Architects, Terry Guen Design Associates designed a sustainable landscape which meets the demanding project criteria tying into the University of Chicago’s green initiatives and maintenance program.
The work included a Master Plan evaluation of the project’s surrounding areas of green spaces, landscape design to match strict project design requirements and working with the project owner, architects and designers to coordinate the massive infrastructure with the desired detailed planting and landscape design.
TGDA’s design for the South Plant features a grid of Hornbeams placed within an abstracted pattern of select flowering perennials and grasses. The design employs a planting method developed in Germany not commonly applied in the US, resulting in a weaving landscape surface within a bed of uniform gravel. This promises to be a highly aesthetic, ornamental planting display, requiring only modest levels of plant maintenance.