Design IV Midwest City Sand Plant Reclamation
Dolese Bros. Co. is a long established quarrying company in Oklahoma. The company is very environmental conscientious and is also actively involved in many of the National Stone Association's (NSA) beautification and reclamation programs. Landscape Architecture students at Oklahoma State University are traditionally involved in community projects and actively seek new knowledge. Based on this mutual interest, our Design Studio IV is invited to participate in this National Student Competition program and will utilize one of the Dolese Bros. Co.'s plant sites--East Sand Plant as our chosen site of project.
Design IV students wearing hardhats on the quary site
Midwest Sand Plant is located in the east side of Oklahoma City in an urban setting. The site is approximately 143 acres. It is located at the southeast corner of Sooner and NE 10th intersection (see boundary survey map). The plant site is encroached by many easements such as Conoco pipelines, city sewer line, Koch pipelines, and William pipelines. The site is surrounded by oil industries at the north and west and by residential neighborhoods at the east and south. Two production areas are planned for sand production. These affected areas will be reclaimed by rebuilding and reshaping the land for future use.
The Design Solution
by Jennifer deGraaf and Patty Evans
LA 4424 with Associate Professor Paul Hsu
A revitalization of the retail community in Midwest City would mean a revitalization of the economy. To achieve this goal Midwest City should develop a unique area to serve many functions. The design of Scissortail Tower Park is intended to meet these requirements by providing areas for shopping, concerts, playing, walking, art displaying, and studying and enjoying the wildlife and outdoors. All the areas are intended to be playful and participatory for all ages. Floating walkway, overflow channel, Crutch Creek stabilization, sculpture garden, retail shopping, retail nursery, restaurant, Koi pond, and amphitheater are samples of design elements.
Scissortail Tower Park is intended to serve as a habitat for the Scissortail Flycatcher. The combination of the scattering of trees and open areas are intended to mimic the Scissortail habitat. Plots and alfalfa and cotton will attract grasshoppers, boll weevils, and other insects that make up the Scissortail diet. The powerline towers provide nesting places, while the power lines and fence sections provide areas for perching. Educational plaques concerning the wildlife and plant life of the area will be posted at strategic locations on the site.
Design IV Southwood Landscape and Nursery Site Expansion Plan
by Patty Evans
by Joy McDonald
Tulsa, a city which used to be called the ³Oil Capital of the World², is growing at a quick pace. Southwest part of the city is experiencing a growing pain with many infrastructure changes. A newly constructed 4 lane city loop is passing through Southwood Landscape and Nursery. Two other new streets will be developed around the site that will cause a fundamental change to this business. Mr. Schulte, a local business man of Tulsa has commissioned you to formulate expansion site plans for this 4.50 ± acres at existing nursery and landscape garden center located in the southwest part of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The business is doing very well and is expecting a positive growth of 10 to 25% per year. Because of the fundamental changes of the new street routing, the nursery¹s basic accessing points will be altered. The front entry way will become the back and the new streets will offer opportunities for new entrances. Mr. Schulte is interested in solving these multifaceted issues and would like us to develop a conceptual site plan that would accommodate the infrastructure changes as well as the need for business expansion. In this project, our client is interested in getting a general idea of how a new retail center, a new office, and expanded parking facilities will fit into the site, how the new streets will influence the site design, and how to avoid interference to existing business flow.
Design V OBGA Learning Resource Center Master Plan
Design V's second project for this semester is something any landscape architecture major here at O. State can relate to. Especially if you've had any of your plant identification classes. They are designing a botanical garden and arboretum at our very own OBGA (Hallelujah!). For those of you who aren't familiar with the OBGA it is located west of town next to the agriculture research fields on the south side of Virginia Avenue. This project is an actual problem that the students are doing for the Landscape Architecture Department in hopes that we will soon be able to approach potential donors with a comprehensive master plan for financial backing. This project will involve designing display gardens, a learning resource facility, and redesigning the research and education area. The project will consist of 5 phases and a written report on each design process and solution. Presentations will be December 8 and all students are welcome to attend. These designs will also be displayed in the halls through the break for any peer critiques.
The gang of Design V--Last project at Wichita, KS
Retirement Home Project
The Design III class took a field trip to Wichita, KS on 29 Oct 95 to visit Larksfield Place Retirement Community. Terry Asla met us, gave us a tour of the community, and discussed some of the problems that need to be addressed in a retirement community.
The site description for the retirement community was: * A public park with walkway to the north of the site. * Main Street, a busy two-lane street, borders on the east. * Single-family housing, to the east across from Main Street. * Two single-family houses adjacent to the site on the north side of east. * A convenience store borders the site on the south side of east. * A medical center is being constructed south of the site. * Undeveloped land west of the site is zoned to permit multi-family housing. * Hedgerows and a dense mixture of small-and medium trees dot the site. * A spring fed pond and an intermittent stream are on the site. * The high point is on the southwest and the low point is on the northeast. * The site is approximately 80 acres in size.
The requirements for the project were:
* provide thirty duplexes, twelve apartment buildings, and ten single-family units, * include one community building, one outdoor equipment building, and one building for maintenance equipment, * maintain outdoor space for socializing, lawn games, and activities, and space for community gardens, * save 70-80% of the existing vegetation, and use as screen and windbreaks
* provide for vehicular and pedestrian circulation, * provide seating every 150' on walkways
We presented the results of our work on 30 October 1995. The jury consisted of four people. Glen R Turner, Planner and Civil Engineer, has had his own firm Glen R. Turner Associates, for 25 years in Oklahoma City. Terry Asla is Council for Resource Development at Larksfield Place in Wichata, KS. Eleanor Weinell is a Professor of Architecture and Design at Oklahoma University. She teaches site planning. Joe Howell is a Landscape architect with his own firm Howell and Vancuren in Tulsa, OK. We received many good comments and felt that we had learned a lot from the project.
Oklahoma City Heartland Memorial
This years Design III class is undertaking what may be the most significant project of their student life. Although the bombing of the A.P. Murrah Federal Building in OKC was an extreme tragedy, it also brought about many opportunities for those in the design professions. The Design III class has been assigned to the development of plans for a memorial on the site. After the bombing, a collaboration of professionals was called in to assess the site and its surroundings. The team was compiled of the most elite from their field with Peter Walker serving as the LA representative.
Due to the global recognition the site has received, the importance of this project has been elevated to a level beyond those in recent history. Although the class is only mid-way through the design, a list of jurors has already begun. It includes several people never before seen during presentations, including a landscape architect from New York and possibly the Governor of Oklahoma and his wife. The students are privileged to have the opportunity to do this project and represent the OSU LA department is such a manner. Presentations are scheduled for 1:30 Friday the 29th, and should prove beneficial to those in attendance.
Design I Wilkinson's Residence Landscape Design
Well, our Design I class is growing up fast. Yep, it's already time for their first real design project. The problem is a real residence located in Stillwater and the client is Professor Nancy Wilkinson, Head of the Art Department here at OSU. The project will introduce several problems to this design class such as difficulties with drainage and view shed. The problem will be addressed in 7 phases and after presentations their designs will be displayed in the halls for all to see. GOOD LUCK GUYS!!!!!
Lisa McDonald's 3D abstraction of space with texture wrapping.
Landscape Architecture Graphics II
Jeffrey Holba's Landscape Sketch with texture
Dalila Blas's (from Peru) Landscape Sketch with texture
Design V Spring 95 National Stone Design Competition hopeful
by Laurie Brooks and Robert Sears -- Hartshorne Quarry Reclamation Plan