University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN
Constructed in 2016 on the University of Minnesota campus, this project replaced over an acre of conventionally managed turfgrass with diverse meadow plantings and created a comprehensive surface water collection and infiltration system. The site is heavily constructed with underground vaults, extensive primary utilities, and concrete-like soils which presented many design and construction challenges. A series of soil restoration and water movement strategies were developed to create the foundation for a dynamic, living landscape. Today, this landscape greatly decreases management requirements, contributes considerable habitat for local animals and insects, and creates a distinct naturalistic atmosphere in an otherwise heavily urbanized location.