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Sigma Gamma Rho Bicentennial Plaza – Butler University

This project, located on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis involved the preparation of an initial conceptual landscape architectural design, construction documents and construction observation for a public, memorial plaza celebrating and honoring the centennial of the first female African American sorority in Indiana.

PROJECTS / Academic

Sigma Gamma Rho Bicentennial Plaza – Butler University

This project, located on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis involved the preparation of an initial conceptual landscape architectural design, construction documents and construction observation for a public, memorial plaza celebrating and honoring the centennial of the first female African American sorority in Indiana.

The historic Student Union building provided a beautiful backdrop to the space, nestled between the façade and a primary pedestrian walk through campus.

The design provides for semi-circular, passive seating area consisting of a low, ashlar-pattern limestone seat wall. Polished black granite columns organized in a circle  recognize  Sigma Gamma Rho’s seven illustrious founders.  Personalized decorative paving was used throughout resulting from a successful fundraising initiative.

Use of a variety of native, low maintenance plantings created a warm and inviting space offering visual and seasonal interest.




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Indiana University Indianapolis

IUPUI has been a client of Landstory’s for over 15 years and been responsible for a broad range of projects. 

PROJECTS / Academic

Indiana University Indianapolis

IUPUI has been a client of Landstory’s for over 15 years and been responsible for a broad range of projects.  Responsibilities have include:                 

Schematic Design & Master Planning

  • Hardscape Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Construction Document preparation
  • Bidding Evaluation
  • Cost Estimation
  • Construction Observation

Projects include:

Cavanaugh Hall, Taylor Hall, Magnolia Courtyard and Business SPEA Breezeway

University Library

Lockefield Gardens Basketball and Volleyball Park

Parking Lot 58 & 80

Special attention was paid to incorporating sustainable solutions, a standard practice on every Landstory project…..LED lighting, stormwater collection, bioswales, native plantings, tree selection and placement to maximize solar impacts and reduce heat gain and  traditional turf alternatives to name just a few.  













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Indiana University East

Indiana University East’s renovated central space, The Quadrangle, serves as the heart of campus connecting Whitewater, Tom Raper, Hayes and Springwood Halls. The newly renovated quad area is a gathering place for students and faculty to meet with friends and colleagues. It offers a separate, quiet, outdoor area to study or a space for small group gatherings.

PROJECTS / Academic

Indiana University East

Indiana University East’s renovated central space, The Quadrangle, serves as the heart of campus connecting Whitewater, Tom Raper, Hayes and Springwood Halls. The newly renovated quad area is a gathering place for students and faculty to meet with friends and colleagues. It offers a separate, quiet, outdoor area to study or a space for small group gatherings.

Landstory’s design incorporates a custom steel shade structure, site furnishings, decorative concrete paving, lawn steps, accessible pedestrian access and low maintenance native plantings. New shade trees and accent lighting add character and a sense of scale. Pedestals for public art were designed strategically to maximize views and provide flexibility to change each piece out as necessary. Rain gardens were incorporated for stormwater collection, to reduce the need for an engineered, underground system and provide mitigation.




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Earlham Heart Concept Plan

For this project, a conceptual landscape design was provided for the Earlham College Heart, the area located in the open green space.. The overall design approach involved improving ADA accessibility and pedestrian circulation to Earlham Hall, adding outdoor seating opportunities and event space, and defines the front porch at Earlham Hall. Featured amenities include custom bench walls, decorative unit paving and pedestrian lighting. The landscape design recommendations include use of native perennials, ornamental grasses and other low maintenance plantings.

PROJECTS / Academic

Earlham Heart Concept Plan

For this project, a conceptual landscape design was provided for the Earlham College Heart, the area located in the open green space.. The overall design approach involved improving ADA accessibility and pedestrian circulation to Earlham Hall, adding outdoor seating opportunities and event space, and defines the front porch at Earlham Hall. Featured amenities include custom bench walls, decorative unit paving and pedestrian lighting. The landscape design recommendations include use of native perennials, ornamental grasses and other low maintenance plantings.




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DePauw Alumni and Development Center

The overall design for the Robert G. Bottoms Alumni and Development Center improves ADA accessibility to the building, provides outdoor seating opportunities, outdoor event space and a Georgian inspired garden.

PROJECTS / Academic

DePauw Alumni and Development Center

The overall design for the Robert G. Bottoms Alumni and Development Center improves ADA accessibility to the building, provides outdoor seating opportunities, outdoor event space and a Georgian inspired garden. The center features amenities including masonry walls, decorative unit paving and relocated Alumni architectural columns. The Georgian style landscape design is elegant but simplified through use of native perennials, ornamental grasses and other low maintenance plants material.


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