Lumos & Associates provided landscape architectural design services for this recently completed dormitory project at Sierra and 11th Streets. The initial planning for the hall included conceptual outdoor spaces, planter and walkway layouts. Planning was focused on the creation of a variety of outdoor spaces for student studying, eating, relaxing, play and circulation to other areas on campus. A small quad with lawn area and surrounding concrete stairs/seat walls was planned for multi-purpose and special events. The quad establishes a high quality, attractive and comfortable campus setting. The inclusion of plant material that conforms to UNR standards for attractive but low maintenance plants and mulches was utilized. Planting in the quad was completed in formal rows radiating from two central points. . Large oak and maple tree species were selected to articulate the desired Jeffersonian theme that the UNR campus was modeled after. Benches, bike racks, and bollard lights were placed to encourage student interaction and make the area safe and useable during the evening hours.
Along the West project edge, Sierra Street includes a landscaped front yard between the building and existing sidewalk. Street trees proposed are vertical to fit between the building face and existing power lines to remain. The trees will eventually shade the building windows from the west sun during the summer months. Shrubs and ground covers were planted along the street frontage in informal patterns, with boulders and rock mulches on the slope between sidewalk and building façade. The South project edge is utilized for service and utilities and was adequately screened from Sierra Street and the adjacent residential units within Sierra Hall.
The project conformed to the requirements of LEED Silver certification but was not registered with the organization. The landscapes featured low irrigation water use, drought tolerant plantings and the use of on-site bio-swale features. The 130 thousand dollar landscape project was completed in August of 2015 in time for student move-in.