Through KCI’s acquisition of Hoehn Landscape Architecture, LLC, the Lakeside at Princeton University housing project has been recognized with the 2019 Merit Award by the Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, as well as winning the 2018 LEED Project of the Year from the U.S. Green Building Council New Jersey Chapter.
Our team provided comprehensive landscape architectural design services for the $90 million, 750-bed LEED Gold graduate student housing community, featuring 15 new on-campus buildings and site-wide amenity improvements. Project goals included developing an enduring natural landscape solution that would reduce long-term maintenance costs, reduce stormwater runoff, and increase groundwater infiltration. A sustainable landscape solution was designed featuring yard areas of predominantly non-turf native plant materials, open space meadows, five rain gardens, and a significant woodland preservation and tree replacement program.
Introduced to the project during its schematic design phase, our team was immediately involved with numerous grading revisions to improve drainage patterns, while charged with preserving as many of the 1,100 surveyed existing on-site trees as possible. Natural stone gravity retaining walls were proposed throughout the site to save existing trees while using state-of-the-art tree saving techniques to oxygenate tree root systems.
Other site amenities included an extensive pedestrian ADA-accessible walkway and woodland trail system, boulder benches, bird boxes placed throughout the meadows and all natural/preserve areas, permeable surface bike parking, basketball and outdoor volleyball courts, a tot lot, and campus standards for pedestrian lighting and trash/recycling bins. The team also supported Princeton University to successfully address the concerns of the influential Princeton Shade Tree Commission. The project’s award-winning result represented the unique juxtaposition of contemporary residential buildings softened by significant woodland areas, flowing grasses, and flowering meadows, offering an ever-changing landscape throughout all seasons.