The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) is one of the most blissful places on Earth. Located on the shores of Douglas Lake, in northern Michigan, this 118 acre satellite campus has provided students, staff, and faculty with spring and summer opportunities to take courses and conduct research for the past 100 years.
After teaching an Environmental Planning during the summer of 2011, I realized how much assistance the Station could use from the perspective of a landscape architect. The campus landscape is minimally maintained, missing out on opportunities to manage stormwater, improve the health of important natural communities, and also provide residents with opportunities for outdoor learning and gathering.
From the fall of 2011 through the spring of 2012, I served as a Project Manager of a three-person consulting team (comprised of U-M MLA students) that provided management recommendations and landscape design solutions for increasing the sustainability and usability of the UMBS landscape. The project consisted of multiple site visits, geographical data analysis, the solicitation and consideration of input from staff, faculty, students, and researchers, and collaborative planning and design work on-site at UMBS. In May of 2012, the project concluded with the generation of a 60 page written report and a public presentation delivered on-site at UMBS.
Areas of focus included:
+ stormwater management
+ outdoor classroom and gathering spaces
+ overall campus aesthetic
+ a written 60 page report
+ 9 designs for specific areas within the landscape
+ presentations to both the public and staff
See select excerpts from the report below…
Take a gander at the entire [LANDSCAPE SUSTAINABILITY AND USABILITY REPORT]
Check out the [INTRODUCTION + SITE ANALYSIS] sections
Check out the [DESIGN + MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS] section
Check out the [APPENDICES]
Project Introduction Excerpt:
Site Analysis Excerpts:
Design Recommendation Excerpts: