The Green at College Park is a sustainable landscape that sits adjacent to the LEED Gold certified College Park Center at UTA. The arena was designed by HKS Architects, while the surrounding park was designed by Schrickel Rollins with the help of landscape architects and professors from UTA. The park works to decrease stormwater runoff from the College Park Center. The park also features the use of locally-sourced building materials, energy efficient lighting, and water efficient irrigation systems and landscape design to reduce potable water use by 63.7%.
Since SITES is still a very new program, we wanted to find out more about the standards and the certification. We tracked down the lead architects and designers to ask them what it was like to get a SITES certification and what they learned from it. From HKS Architects, we spoke with Ellen Mitchell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and HKS’s Design Green manager. Then we heard from the project lead at Schrickel Rollins, Janna Tidwell, R.L.A., ASLA Associate. And finally we heard from David Hopman, ASLA, PLA Associate Professor and Landscape Architect from the University of Texas at Arlington. David and a university research associate named Sonal Parmar worked with the architects at Schrickel Rollins to determine how Schrickel Rollins’ design of the park fulfilled SITES requirements and compiled the proper documentation of the project.