Rogue Architecture

Name:

V.A. Medical Center - Water Reduction

Client:

U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Location:

VISN 19 – Cheyenne, Wyoming

Project Statistics:

Government / Federal
Healthcare
Historical / SHPO
Sustainability
Water Conservation
Micro Climates
Poly Cultures
Ease of Maintenance
Ease of Growth
Natural Resource Conservation Measures
Incorporation into Existing Landscape
Opinion of Probable Costs

Consultants

Sterling Design Associates
- Civil
- Landscape
- Irrigation

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Project Description

The existing campus at the VAMC Cheyenne, WY, is approximately 63 acres, and was originally inducted in 1934.

This project updates the existing irrigation system in order to reduce water consumption, use reclaimed non-potable water and improve the overall appearance of the grounds by replanting trees in the shelter belt, implementing xeriscaping in areas of the campus, and using different grasses where applicable.

In order to allow for future growth and modifications, a two-wire irrigation system has been designed. This will consolidate irrigation controls and make it much easier to modify or expand, thus minimizing manpower to operate and maintain.

The shelter belt area was originally designed as a mono cultured zone, one type of tree. In the last few years, it has been devastated by disease with over 900 trees dying. To avoid this effect, a vegetative poly culture has been designed giving this zone dexterity and balance to sustain pests and disease. It is also suggested that the replacement trees be planted in phases so that the campus can maximize the generation gap.

To improve on water consumption, native grasses have replaced areas of Kentucky Blue Grass. Design of this substitution took into account the Historical designation of the campus.

Outside of the project scope Rogue Architecture prepared for the VA a book including all the appropriate vegetation for their campus. This tool identifies the various species, hydro zones, girth, height and is illustrated by the same species through various seasons. Their fruit is also important as it can attract animals that may conflict with the use of the grounds.