March 25, 2010
Minimizing site damage to move landscape design beyond landscape repair.
Conventional construction practice often results in excessive site damage, requiring the client’s entire landscape budget to restore the property to a basic level of ecological function. The true cost of repairing construction damage to a site is rarely, if ever, included in the cost of building construction. Instead, the standard building construction contract specification of ‘loam and seed’, meaning a couple of inches of loam is spread out over hopelessly compacted soils and seeded with turf grass, remains the industry standard.
Limiting the footprint of construction means limiting damage from construction. Thoughtful pre-construction planning creates opportunities to reduce the construction area footprint while accommodating contractor equipment, materials and crews. The GO Logic crew and subcontractors have been amazing to work with as they accept both the rationale behind and the challenges arising from AKD’s request for a very constrained work area. By integrating building construction and landscape design, GO Logic – architect, builder and property owner combined – is able to develop a simple, sustainable and aesthetically rich landscape at a reasonable cost.