Kenmore Dental Building
The Kenmore Medical Dental Building is team project with Freiheit Architecture. Pacific Landscape Architecture provided planting and irrigation design, as well as assistance with site design and furnishings. The new building was planned for a formerly disturbed site in the heart of Kenmore’s city center area, across from City Hall. The design process involved planting design for both the entry areas, and opposite building sides where screening and visibility were balanced. Previous trespassing issues needed to be addressed, while the primary design goals included a vibrant, year-round front entry, rich parking lot plantings, and meeting City codes for permitting. We also boosted habitat for birds with several types of trees and native plants that would provide food and shelter. Adjacent to the site was a fenced area with cell phone towers, which also needed to be screened and tied into the main site planting.
An efficient rotating stream head irrigation system was designed with the latest water saving technologies. Two areas at the entries under the building canopies needed to be watered year-round due to limited rainfall, so the system could only be partially winterized and additional insulation needed to be specified. The south side of the project included a large slope and the system was designed for minimal run-off and maximum water infiltration.
The resulting project landscape is a vibrant, colorful, and seasonal celebration that responds to the building architecture and the site microclimates.