|Special requests from the Plant Sciences and Geology Departments to use the landscape as an outdoor classroom had a significant impact on the design. Plant Sciences selected six habitats to be represented in the landscape surrounding the building. Geology wanted to represent a variety of rock types in their natural relationships.|
Sun, shade, wind, building exposure, drainage, detention requirements and microclimates were considered in the placement of each habitat. 125 plant species were incorporated. The landscape also provides climate mitigation in a multitude of gathering areas and along walkways.