03-31-22 | News

Dan's Garden and Pinetum, University of Denver

Didier Design Studio
by Staff

The upcoming School and Campus Design Issue of Landscape Architect and Specifier News saw many firms submit their projects for feature consideration. This project was not chosen for a Feature in the issue, but we at thought the project deserved to be showcased online . . .

Dan's Garden is a pinetum that instills health for students, faculty, and staff at the University of Denver by providing a place for reflection and contemplation to support the rigors of academic life. Showcasing native, rare, and noteworthy plant species, the garden expands the greater campus arboretum by providing a space specifically devoted to pines, firs, and spruces. From tall evergreens to dense shrubs and soft groundcover, the selection of plants composes a layered landscape offering varying levels of enclosure and seasonal change. A reflective pond accentuates the beautiful plants and local stone to create a quiet, contemplative feel. Designed to be active year-round, the pond provides habitat for aquatic and avian life and acts as a cooling pocket within the city. Extending beyond the garden scale, the project takes advantage of opportunities to increase urban biomass, support biodiversity, mitigate heat island effects, improve air and water quality, and provide habitat for key plant and animal species.

Team List:

Landscape architect: Didier Design Studio
Client representative: Office of the University Architect
Civil engineer: Entitlement and Engineering Solutions, Inc.
Pond designer: Aqua Sierra Inc.
Structural Engineer: SAN Engineering
Lighting engineer: Kazin and Associates
Irrigation and water systems: Hydrosystems KDI
General contractor: G.H. Phipps
Landscape contractor: Schultz Industries


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