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Agency at CELA, Part 1: A High-Performing Landscape Takes the Stage!

This afternoon at the Council for Educators in Landscape Architecture’s Annual Conference, one of Agency’s favorite and long-time collaborators Susannah Ross of Sasaki will be presenting the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Landscape Performance Case Study of the Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Agency’s Gina Ford, while a principal at Sasaki, led the design of both phases of the project alongside Susannah during its nearly decade-long planning, design and construction.

Among the case study’s key findings, the park:

  • Manages approximately 8.3 million gallons or 80% of annual rainfall on site, equivalent to 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
  • Generated $365,217 in revenue for the City of Council Bluffs between June 2015 and May 2017 with the park’s annual LoessFest, which attracts over 100,000 attendees each year.
  • Protects 33% of the area damaged by the 2011 flood (33.7 acres), avoiding an estimated $16.3 million in damage costs for a major flood event.
  • Sequesters 86,685 lbs of atmospheric carbon annually in 621 newly-planted trees.

Read more here.
And – if you’re at CELA – make sure to check out Susannah’s presentation today at 1:30 in Room 14!