Columbia, MD (June 25, 2007) - Dirtworks, PC, was awarded the 2007 Honor Award for
Excellence in Landscape Architecture from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and the AIA-Committee on Architecture for
Education for the Courtyard and Outdoor Learning Environment for Natural Sciences at Keene State College.
The Keene State College Science Center Courtyard, the heart of the new Science Center, demonstrates the successful contribution landscape
architecture can make - in teaching and learning, promoting social connectedness, supporting community, and providing natural habitats.
Enclosed on four sides by a dynamic, three-story brick and glass building, the courtyard is aesthetically pleasing, functional, and responsive to the college's commitment to service learning. Nature is more accessible, more exciting, and real to both students and community members as they enjoy the serendipity of discovery in this intellectually-engaging, sensory-rich garden. It is a place for education, relaxation, and reflection and where kids find science
According David Kamp, ASLA fellow elect, LF, president of Dirtworks and the project's lead landscape architect, the courtyard's design and
documentation were particularly complex. Using VectorWorks helped make the project more manageable. Dirtworks was able to meet the college's
deadline to have the courtyard complete within one school year and not interrupt the school's teaching schedule.
"Representing the fluid forms of a landscape, the project's intricate details, and the complex coordination necessary between the other project team members can be challenging with CAD programs," says Adrian Smith, ASLA, project manager and former senior associate. "For example, the in-situ snow melt system required complex design and coordination between the engineers and architects. Since the tools in VectorWorks are so accessible, once the standards were established, drafting the detailed design became a straightforward exercise."
Read more about how the firm uses VectorWorks on this project in the case study, "Dirtworks, PC, Designs a Living Classroom with the Help of
VectorWorks Landmark" at
Dirtworks uses VectorWorks extensively in most project phases, from concept development to construction administration. Several prominent projects using VectorWorks include Legacy Groves (a memorial to Flight 93), Center for Discovery, Earthplace Nature Center, and the University of Virginia Entry Court & Garden.
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The SCUP/AIA-CAE 2007 awards program is a juried competition that recognizes state-of-the art planning and emphasizes excellence in higher
education environments and its resultant physical manifestations. The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), established in 1965, is a collegial community dedicated to sharing, learning, and teaching best practices in planning for colleges and universities. The AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is a large and active group of architects and allied professionals concerned with the quality and design of all types of educational, cultural, and recreational
Nemetschek North America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Nemetschek Group. A global leader in design technologies, Nemetschek N.A. has been
developing CAD software for the AEC, entertainment, landscape design, and manufacturing fields since 1985. VectorWorks, its flagship product,
is one of the world's best-selling cross-platform CAD applications. An all-in-one solution that's easier to learn and use and more cost-effective than most other CAD programs, VectorWorks is ideal for firms that don't have unlimited IT budgets. For more information, visit