Landscape Architecture Students Dig in to Beautify Eroded Slope on Campus

Pedestrians walking along School House Lane near the Ravenhill Campus will notice that brand new pavers have been placed along the sidewalk — the result of a project by the Landscape Architecture Program.

Landscape architecture students, in cooperation with President and Mrs. Spinelli and Physical Plant, are working to overhaul the eroding slope along West School House Lane in front of the President’s House as a demonstration project. Students installed permeable pavers April 13 along the sidewalk for the first step of the project, and will plant native plant species along the eroded slope on Friday, April 29 to complete the project.

“This project has been a wonderful learning experience for all our landscape architecture students,” said Claudia Phillips, director of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Program. “We had students from all years participate.”

The site work provided a hands-on learning experience for students, while also making practical improvements to the landscape. “Not only will the permeable pavers be an aesthetic improvement to the campus, they will also infiltrate the runoff from the sidewalk and serve as an example of sustainable design for all to see,” Phillips said.

Two industry professionals donated their time to help PhilaU students with the project. Harold Henry of Hanover Pavers donated all of the permeable pavers for the project and was onsite all day to educate students about the pavers’ uses, proper installation and benefits.

Chuck Taylor of Advance Pavement Technology was also on campus to help students with the project, flying in from Chicago for the day. Taylor gave lectures to two groups of students about the difference between permeable and impervious pavement materials, using the landscape work as a teaching tool.

“This project would not have been possible without the assistance of these two very special people,” Phillips said.

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