The Landscape Refresh project at Howard Hughes Center in LA is soon to be completing construction. The project focuses on the replacement of lawn and mounds for a more programmable/flexible and sustainable space for existing and new tenants of the rental building spaces. The new corporate space is a joint partnership with Hines and will include recreational spaces, flexible outdoor meeting/living rooms and dining spaces, multiuse/event lawn for corporate office tenants and Pepperdine student body and faculty. The Center already includes two parking structures and underground parking garage.
The previous site had limited access to/from parking structure and the office buildings as well as extensive unusable lawns that required high water use, maintenance intensive trees, and no integrated storm water management systems are all areas that can be remedied in a new design. The new landscape will consider these as prime targets to reduce operational costs, both water and maintenance, as well as create a more sustainable place that meets LEED goals and performance standards and is in tune with what modern landscapes need to do in an urban context.