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Biosciences Landscaping Before
Biosciences Landscaping After

Photo of the Biosciences Building landscape before and after by Rhodeside & Harwell (landscape architects, planners, and urban designers).


The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) conducted a study of the JMU Biosciences Building Landscape as part of their Case Study Investigation (CSI) Program. The Case Study Investigation (CSI) program is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded student-faculty research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. Teams develop methods to quantify environmental, economic and social benefits and produce Case Study Briefs for LAF’s Landscape Performance Series.

The JMU Biosciences Building Landscape Case Study (August 2014), by Research Fellow, Leena Cho, Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, and Margaret Graham, MLA Candidate, University of Virginia in cooperation with firm liaison Kurt Parker, Rhodeside & Harwell begins, "The new Bioscience Building landscape serves as a laboratory for learning within the growing east campus of James Madison University. The designers collaborated with faculty to create a landscape that operates as a teaching tool for environmental science students. Educational gardens feature unique and thought provoking displays of native plants grouped by family. Outdoor classrooms are surrounded by gardens with a variety of native trees and perennials. A green roof, rills, swales, and rain gardens expose the conveyance and treatment of stormwater flowing through the site. These features overlap with circulation paths and gathering spaces to encourage student interaction with the landscape systems."

Biosciences Building Mural



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