Western Technical College - Integrated Technology Center Courtyard
La Crosse, WI
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Landscape Architecture Overview:
A series of stormwater best management practices, including permeable pavement, soil quality restoration, rain gardens and native plantings to remove over 640 pounds of sediment a year, resulting in a 25% reduction in runoff for the 10 year storm and over 1,600,000 gallons of water infiltrated per year.
This project replaces an under utilized and outdated pedestrian corridor, with a pedestrian courtyard that integrates functional and beautiful pathways for students, faculty, staff and other community members , connecting them to their campus destinations. The courtyard connects people to nature by embracing an indigenous ecotype of the region, the tamarack bog, a part of the Driftless biome of southwest Wisconsin. This new outdoor area and walkway combines a unique blend of native plants, indigenous materials and open spaces to create a “campus sponge” and a living laboratory that teaches students about their local natural environment.
"The design is a great example of how landscape architecture can elevate a space, by enhancing the courtyard between the two academic buildings". - Jury Comments