St. Jude Medical

Sustainability on a corporate campus.

St. Paul, Minnesota
MNLA Honors Award for Excellence in Landscape Design MASLA Honors Award, Commercial Landscape Design

This project consisted of a master plan for the eleven acre site including detailed design of planting beds, restored prairie, woodland, and water features as well as stormwater management on site. The overriding issue of this project became one of perception; perception of care, intent, and responsibility. Integrating cultural and corporate responsibility with environmental responsibility was key to this design process. From the onset, it was our intent to create an “environmentally sensitive, low maintenance landscape” to “naturalize the majority of the property.” However, we employed several traditional landscape planting and framing techniques, not normally associated with “natural” landscaping to make “nature” acceptable to the client.