DG2 Design was the lead consultant hired to develop multiple concepts to restore the large corporate campus for this large telecommunications company. The site is situated at a prominent intersection of two busy highways in west St. Louis County. Thousands of native grasses and perennials were planted around the building to connect CenturyLink’s employees to nature. 125 new trees were added to the campus to create a stunning landscape that reflects the unique architecture of this building. The new trees and plantings will ultimately require far less irrigation and maintenance than the pre-existing landscape, creating a beautiful and sustainable solution that cuts costs. Construction will be complete in late 2016.
The Purina Event Center, an 84,000-square-foot state-of-the-art indoor facility that opened in August 2010, can accommodate the largest of dog and cat shows as well as an array of performance events, and includes all the extra amenities to make every event exceptional. The landscape architects worked with the architects, civil engineers and Purina to achieve LEED Silver Certification. The site has four wastewater lagoons that filter 100% of the waste water on site. This water is used to irrigate nearby fields. In addition, the entire 2,859,056 SF site was conserved & protected during construction. To avoid heat gain and to make surfaces more comfortable for dog paws to walk on, a majority of roof top and paving surfaces installed are reflective. The landscape palette includes local & native grasses and flora. The irrigation system is connected to a below grade well to avoid using potable plumbing for irrigation.
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DG2 Design worked with Allgeier, Martin and Associates to develop a landscape plan for Coca Cola Refreshments’’ new campus in Joplin, Missouri. A rain garden (a planted depression that allows rainwater runoff from impervious areas, like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas, the opportunity to be absorbed) was designed to utilize native plants and materials to filter and treat the local runoff form the surrounding parking lots.
Specific native plant species were chosen to provide a beautiful yet functional landscape that infiltrates stormwater on the site through a bio-retention zone. Prairie grasses and herbaceous perennials combine to provide a native foundation to juxtapose the modern distribution center.
The designers at DG2 Design have partnered with Reitz & Jens Engineers to design multiple stormwater improvement projects in the city of St. Peters, MO. Proposition P was approved by voters in 2012 to fund stormwater improvements to reduce flooding, improve water quality, and restore natural environments throughout the municipality. The improvements include infrastructure improvements to several retention and detention basins in residential and park settings. Through the creation of naturally planted buffers, forebays, littoral shelves, and bioswales, sediment from stormwater runoff will be slowed and intercepted to reduce pollution and increase groundwater infiltration. The proposed elements will help connect residents to nature and create habitat for local wildlife. Multiple projects are slated for construction in 2017 and 2018.
DG2 Design and the engineers at Horner Shifrin designed the transformation of the Upper Muny Lot into a more vibrant and sustainable Festival & Parking Plaza. The renovation enhances the 11-acre parking lot and special event space that sits above The Muny Amphitheater. Key project components:
Balanced design: updated parking lot, added pedestrian refuge, shade and bio-retention basins to treat stormwater
Dedicated event space with no islands or trees, to allow for tents. Permitted use of space: Irrigation, Power and Electrical access in poles
10’ walkways, islands, dedicated drive isles and pedestrian circulation to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety
Proposed improvements include an estimated 100 trees, 850 shrubs and 4,630 perennials
Design was completed in 2014, with a construction period from late September 2014 through May 2015, avoiding The Muny season and popular events such as The Great Forest Park Balloon Race & Glow and LouFest.