Properties Magazine March 2017 : Page 76

Landscapes + Hardscapes Project Profile: Akron Art Museum Bud & Susie Rogers Garden Creating an ‘urban oasis’ in downtown Akron By Jeffery Conn Suncrest Gardens n what was once an aging asphalt parking lot, the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden has transformed the Akron Art Museum’s exterior landscape into an “urban art oasis and a new civic common for Akron,” according to Mark Masuoka, the museum’s executive director and CEO. I Situated on the south side of the museum, the one-acre garden was designed by OLIN Partners, a Philadelphia landscape architecture firm, with construction led by the Ruhlin Company of Sharon Center. Designed as a “series of terraced out-door spaces, including a welcoming plaza, a flexible lawn, a meandering path bordered by prairie grasses and a woodland reminiscent of the forests of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park,” DESIGN s INSTALL s MANAGE U Install to your specs or our design U Complete maintenance services U Quality...Value... Professional Landscape Development Management s Garden Center 5157 Akron-Cleveland Rd. s www.SuncrestGardens.com s 330.650.4969 76 the garden aims to encourage a range of activities, including introspection, exploration, expression, social interac-tions and memorable art experiences, according to designers with OLIN. Suncrest Gardens of Peninsula was awarded construction and installation of the landscape, including crushed granite plazas and drip irrigation systems. The project features 3,500 native plant-ings secured from local sources to create garden spaces that enliven and enrich users moving through the garden. To construct the plazas, 150 tons of granite were imported from Minnesota. Entering from High Street, the lower “Canopy Garden” is a shaded grove of eight 35-foot River Birch trees over a paved surface of decomposed granite. “The Event Space,” a large paved com-munity area, is adjacent to “The Green,” Properties | March 2017 Photo by Brent Veverka

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