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Project: I-215 Landscape Design & Implementation

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This innovative project was the first major project designed by Landmark Design, and remains one of the most important, signaling our dedication to design responses that are appropriate and responsive to regional and environmental conditions. Designed and implemented from 1987 to 1991 along nine-miles of urban highway in the Salt Lake Valley, the project utilized a design approach that demonstrates that native plants can be established and maintained without supplemental irrigation. Site conditions were thoroughly investigated and revegetation methodologies researched, resulting in a project that established a market for and increased interest in native plants and water-wise design approaches.  The project incorporated water harvesting planting techniques, captured and reused storm water, incorporated a variety of erosion control and soil protection methods, relied heavily on low water use and adapted native plants, and utilized revegetation methodologies adapted to an urban environment.  The project included a three-year monitoring and evaluation phase, which helped institutionalize many of the untested approaches that have now become standard practice in the region. The project has been touted by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) as “the least maintenance intensive highway landscape in our system.”


Salt Lake City Urban Design Coalition
Urban Design Award (1993)

Utah Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects
Honor Award (1995)

Utah Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects
Award of Excellence (1995)

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Project type:
  • landscape architecture
  • public involvement
  • transportation
  • civic and cultural

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