Civic & Education
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Like parks and recreation projects, designs in this category of work require a focus on delivering the best and highest uses for public funding, with the added challenge of enhancing or creating an identity unique to that community, while balancing capital investment and long-term maintenance costs.


WDS believes that concepts integral to this category of design work are:

  • Government institutions exist to serve their constituents

  • Landscapes should facilitate access to the institutions

  • Landscapes should be timeless, not trendy; to reflect value in

  • long-term investment

  • Landscapes should be efficient in all aspects – from construction to maintenance - since the source of revenue to pay for both comes from public tax dollars

  • Institutional design should reflect the specific institution. In certain cases, pride in the agency, facility, program, and/or purpose can be appropriately expressed in the landscape and site design

  • Educational facilities most often serve a community’s youth. The landscape can represent an example of both appropriate implementation of sound, environmentally responsible design solutions, and inspiration and pride for the facility and student community

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