LOS ANGELES—EPTDesign has completed a landscape project for the newly developed Our Savior Parish, student center and open-air plaza at the University of Southern California‘s north campus for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The design features a garden surrounding the 33,500-square-foot building that connects the property to the surrounding campus.
EPTDesign’s Stephen Carroll, principal in charge, and Scott Horsley, project manager lead the design of the project. They incorporated the buildings architecture and the university’s colors into the garden setting, paring durable porphyry stone paving and limestone pavers laid in an intricate pattern with rose and camellia garden plants, which represented the school’s colors of crimson and gold.
The property has a 7,000-square-foot chapel and a 14,000-square-foot student center. The project was built in a traditional Italianate Romanesque architecture in brick and stone, and matches the architecture of the other building on the USC campus. EPTDesign created landscape gardens around the plaza and planted California Sycamores and a lawn in the courtyard off of the student center.
In addition to creating a landscape design to reflect the architecture, EPTDesign also created a sustainable and truly “green” design for the LEED-Gold certified building. A weather-based irrigation controller and a drip irrigation system reduce water consumption while shade trees and paving reduce the heat island effect. These systems have become popular for LEED-certified developments. Los Angeles Harbor College recently unveiled a new Sciences building. The property received LEED certification and also incorporated landscape water-saving techniques that reduced water consumption by 60%, compared with baseline models.