American University received a 2011 Excellence in Landscape Award from the Landscape Contractors Association of MD, DC, and VA. The award, in the category of Commercial Landscape, was in recognition of the Kogod Garden renovations, and was announced in the December 2011 issue of Groundwork, the association’s journal.
“This garden is a bold statement of AU’s commitment to the environment and represents both the value of nature and the important role it plays in all our busy lives. To be recognized for our efforts by our peers in the Landscape Contractors Association is most gratifying,” noted the Kogod Gardens’ designer H. Paul Davis from the Office of University Architect.
Kogod Gardens serves as a welcoming entrance to the campus along Massachusetts Avenue, and is another example of AU’s commitment to preserving and creating new open spaces, as well as promoting sustainability. The 1.5-acre site, which was a parking lot previously, includes handicap-accessible walkways and promenades, two green roofs, a rain garden, large central lawn area, and extensively drained plants. Kogod Gardens now is part of the university’s arboretum.
For more information about the arboretum and gardens and the university’s sustainable practices, be sure to visit their respective Web sites.