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Penn South - Mutual Redevelopment Houses Landscape Renovations

New York, NY

  • Services Provided
  • Landscape Architecture
    Construction Management
    Maintenance Manual
  • Project Budget
  • $500,000
  • Project Duration
  • 2014 - present (on-going)
  • Project Landscape Architect
  • SiteWorks
  • Client
  • Mutual Redevelopment Houses Corporation
    New York, NY

SiteWorks was selected by Mutual Redevelopment Houses, to revitalize the landscaping around several of their buildings. The Manhattan cooperative complex of 2,820 units in 10 high-rise buildings was originally constructed in 1962. After an extensive inventory and analysis phase, SiteWorks developed a set of design principles to guide the new landscape architectural improvements. The primary objective was to complement and enhance Mutual Redevelopment Houses pastoral landscape vernacular of defined property edges, sweeping lawns punctuated with flowering trees, and specimen evergreens. Project goals include; choosing a plant palette which tolerates the primarily shady site conditions and minimizes problems with pests and diseases, balances year-round seasonal interest and habitat enrichment, enhances existing soil conditions with appropriate soil amendments, and re-establishes disturbed lawn areas.

As part of the design process, SiteWorks prepared two alternative designs for consideration by the Mutual Board. After selecting one of the alternatives, SiteWorks then prepared the construction drawings. Mutual Redevelopment Houses used in-house workforce to implement the designs. During the installation, SiteWorks, assisted the staff with plant material layout, instruction on proper installation techniques, and quarterly post-installation monitoring.