South Mountain College

Richard+Bauer Architects

Maricopa County Community College District, Phoenix, AZ

The South Mountain Community College Library Landscape won the prestigious 2012 President's Award - American Society of Landscape Architecture, Arizona Chapter; and the project has also won the Excellence in Design in Education - International Interior Design Association, Southwest Chapter; Valley Forward Crescordia Award for Environmental Excellence - Buildings and Structures; Valley Forward Crescordia Award for Environmental Excellence - Art in Public Places; Honor Award - American Institute of Architects, Arizona Chapter.

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South MountainLyndes’ design team was selected by Richard+Bauer Architects to join their team for the landscape architecture design, LEED site specialty, irrigation design, construction documents and construction phase services.

We built a long standing successful relationship with the architect and a rapport focused on achieving design excellence, affordability and constructability. Each project is unique, and through design charettes we evaluate which materials can be integrated to keep both the up-front and long term life cycle costs down. Using the alternate delivery method and working with Hayden Building Corp the Prime contractor Joy collaborated to achieve the owners goals. Affordability was achieved by using local materials which are lower cost and also provide LEED credits. Also to minimize costs, plant specimen sizing was designed specifically to meet program objectives, focus larger specimens to higher profile locations and use smaller specimens where possible. The full construction budget was $16 million and we engaged with the contractor early in the design process to work out the design and budget.

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