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WDSLA uses the word GATHER to describe projects that provide the backbone for community growth. Like our PLAY projects, designs in this category 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.


Key design fundamentals within this category include:

  • 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

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