ima’s landscape design uses a planting palette comprised of low water consumption California native plants as well as shrub and tree plantings from the UCIMC Palette. ima used healing/herbal plantings to tie the Healing Garden to the new Hospital’s South Garden. The central plaza has groves of Ginkgo biloba trees offering shade in the summer and beautiful golden leaves in the winter. Within the planters are lavender, sage, and coral bells offering fragrance, color, and a soft touch. Along the East-West promenade are trees and colorful flowers including Wisteria vines trained to the buildings trellis. The busy freeway is filtered by trees and lined with shrubs and ground cover. An olive tree anchors the east side entry and a walk flanked by tufblock and lawn area to the north, offering fire vehicle access accented by medium sized evergreen Magnolia trees.
The facility is a LEED Gold and included some examples of the sustainable site features low volume drip irrigation with controlled spray connected to the existing campus control system with proper monitoring devices such as flow sensors, master valves and moisture sensing. Furthermore, the plants are grouped in “hydrozones”
The other ima project recently winning a DBIA award is the LEED Platinum University of California, Irvine Engineering Unit 3. UCI Engineering Unit 3 won the 2011 National Design-Build Excellence Award for Educational Facilities. Led by Hensel Phelps Construction Co and Carrier Johnson Architects, Engineering Unit 3 was one of the top ten award winners for 2011.
ima creates exceptional spaces that give form and character to the landscape, providing distinctive artistry and economic value for our clients with Master Planning, Development Services and Landscape Architecture. We consult, collaborate, imagine and define a project’s scope and character – from retail and mixed-use destination to office developments and large scale master planning – to create exciting people-oriented environments. We have built our business on pushing the boundaries to create the right solution. We thrive in collaboration and believe that the right design is a balance between vision and reality. We strive to find this balance in a design that can transcend the value for our client to enrich the community experience.