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June 2001

Delphi Question: New trees and turf on the ML Plaza

Question (received 27 April):

I am surprised and disappointed to see that sloping grass turf has been installed around the trees on the ML Tree Plaza. Surely NCAR should be taking a leading role in the community by promoting water-wise landscaping, as has been done so effectively next to the ML main entrance. I am concerned that, not only will the new grass require excessive watering, but also the slope of the "lawns" will promote drainage away from the trees and onto the concrete, wasting yet more water. I hope this is only an interim solution, and that we will yet see xeriscape planting on the Tree Plaza.

Response (received 3 May):

This topic was discussed several times with the Architectural Standards Committee during design for the Tree Plaza Refurbishment Project. Many alternatives were considered and discussed with the landscape architects. Because of the numerous activities that are held on the Tree Plaza (from weddings to schoolchildren eating lunch to staff meetings and parties), it was recommended that the best landscaping for the expected foot traffic and the severe weather conditions would be bluegrass sod. The planters are designed so that water does not run off the sod onto the concrete; in addition, the sprinkler system is equipped with a water-saving rain sensor. It is hoped that staff will find the Tree Plaza an inviting place for small gatherings and informal meetings.

—Tina Bogott ML refurbishment project manager

Questions and suggestions from the staff to management may be submitted in confidence to the coordinator, Janet Evans (ext. 1114, ML room 517). They should be submitted in written form, preferably via interoffice mail in a sealed envelope marked confidential; they must be signed. Detailed procedures for submitting questions are given in the UCAR Policies and Procedures Manual, section 4-1-2. Questions and answers of general interest to staff are submitted to Staff Notes Monthly by Janet. They may be edited for publication. For more information, including links to questions and answers published in Staff Notes Monthly and a log of all questions submitted since 1995, see the Delphi Service Web page.

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