Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2018

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Rooftop Recovery by Mike Dahl, LC/DBM Top This rooftop garden in Irving, Texas, received a thorough makeover by Complete Landsculp- ture. Because of the existing load constraints, and to take advantage of the existing drainage, all the old hardscape and water features (in- set) were retained. The flat surfaces were overlaid with a raised wooden walkway and deck, 1"-thick synthetic turf and 1/8"-thick rub- berized material. The build also included a pergola, cook center, fireplace and fire pit. W Inspired by the above statement from the founder and developer of the Las Co - linas commercial and residential develop- ment, which is internationally recognized as a model for master-planned communi - ties, the design/build team at Complete Landsculpture set out to the remake The Gardens by the Mandalay in Irving, Texas, into a venue for the present and the future. Background Originally built in the 1970s, the project site is a rooftop garden set between two commercial building towers overlooking it. Very progressive for its time, it was mostly paved surfaces and limited space for seat - ing and engagement. The hardscape be- came dated, and the two water features were not performing to their fullest extent. 34 LC DBM "We are merely the custodians of this property during its important stage of development. None of us can take it with us into immortality, instead, remember that generations of oth- ers who will make Las Colinas their home (both business and personal) will follow us. Let them look back and reflect on the fine effort made by those who were its custodians during the development stage." - Ben H. Carpenter memo to his staff - June 1974

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