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California State University Monterey Bay
CSUMB is located on the former Fort Ord military base with 1,350 acres of land. With the harsh coastal climate, a landscape inundated by invasive plants, and a backdrop of dilapidated military buildings, the campus has had challenges to create a campus identity during its time of expansion.
As the on-call landscape architect for various landscape, plaza, circulation and way finding improvements, a landscape master plan and irrigation guidelines were developed to aid future campus site development. The documents provide a means to unify and beautify the campus as well as standardize materials and maintenance practices that support the landscape. It is important for the CSUMB campus to build life experiences and memories since those qualities support student recruitment and retention.
To support resource conservation and compliment ecological systems, efforts such as integrating coast live oak woodland and maritime chaparral habitat into the campus landscape have been implemented. A part of this success is the reduction of potable water needed for the native landscapes. The water is be transferred to the spaces where it is needed, such as entry points and areas with high visual impact which demand year round vegetative interest.