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May 4, 2018

Landscape Architecture Bureau LLC [LAB] received a 2018 Potomac Chapter ASLA Honor Award for its project entitled Access Road Ecotones in the Analysis, Planning, and Urban Design category. The award was presented last night at the chapter’s annual awards gala held at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Each year, the Potomac Chapter ASLA honors the best in landscape architecture in the DC metropolitan area through a juried awards program. The Analysis, Planning, and Urban Design category recognizes the wide variety of professional activities that lead, guide, and evaluate landscape architecture design.

LAB’s award-winning design was driven by a desire to benefit local communities and ecosystems. Thus, as part of multiple teams of experts, LAB collaborated on the design of a one-and-a-half mile-long piece of urban infrastructure in Washington, DC.

When built, the Access Road Ecotones project will contain one of the largest meadows and tree plantings within the city. The documentation of plant lists, maintenance requirements, planting times, seeding methods, establishment methods, and planting concepts are all original products of the collaboration between LAB, the Xerces Society, design professionald, and city transportation officials. The published plant lists developed for this project are intended to serve as a lasting resource for educating landscape architects, horticulturists, planners, and city officials. The design team expects that the site will be the testing ground for future landscape research and will establish a foundation for thoughtful planting interventions in the DC area and beyond.