The Independence Plaza Landscape Renovation Project site is owned and administered by the Housing Authority of the City of Alameda, containing 186 affordable housing units for seniors as well as the administrative offices for the organization. The project goal was to replace two large in-ground water features with smaller, water efficient elements and to convert, via sheet mulching, large areas of turf and declining shrubs with native and drought tolerant trees, shrubs and groundcovers.
703 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda, CA
Alameda Housing Authority of the City of Alameda
Landscape Architecture Team
Gates + Associates
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176,160 sq ft
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Bay-Friendly Landscape Highlights
- Replacing all the existing lawn and shrub plantings by sheet mulching and installing a highly diverse plan palette of drought tolerant plants.
- Converting the two large lagoons to dry creek bed elements and two new, water-conscious fountain elements.
- A new site for composting is included in the landscape plans with a capacity of composting more than 10 cubic yards.
- A new weather-based controller, and entirely new high efficiency irrigation system was implemented using drip for the shrub and groundcover areas.