DG2 Design was commissioned by Cushman & Wakefield in the summer of 2018 to begin a comprehensive landscape master plan study for the 52 acre Mastercard property in O’Fallon, MO. Constructed in 2000, the site boasts a LEED Platinum accredited facility. With a local workforce of over 3,000 people, the campus continues to evolve and adapt to the needs of its employees and clients. As the site begins to age, it was even more important to have a blueprint for future design. The sustainable master plan outlines some of the major factors to be considered when altering, replacing, or adding to the site’s mature landscape.
Sustainability has certainly become somewhat of an overused catchphrase in the past 10-15 years. As such, we can easily loose sight of the big picture when planning for a ‘sustainable” outcome. As landscape architects we believe sustainability encompasses 3 main focus areas:
From the lens of a landscape master plan, we are mostly concerned with the environmental aspects of planning, however there are several areas of overlap into the economic and social considerations of the landscape and site design. Mastercard’s O’Fallon campus is poised to begin a shift towards sustainability, and there are several factors to be considered when planning for a sustainable landscape. The intent of the master plan was to provide a toolkit to guide design and specification decisions as future capital improvement projects are identified. Following the master plan, DG2 Design has designed multiple phases of the master plan implementation. These phases include parking lot E, hillside entrance, main entrance drop off, parking lots C, D and a large bioswale employee gathering area.