Landscape architecture students sweep regional awards

June 30, 2014


This past spring, Clemson students in landscape architecture swept the annual student awards category of the American Society of Landscape Architects Tri-State chapter. Pictured from left are faculty mentors David Pearson, Paul Russell and Mary Beth McCubbin with students Scott Ogletree and Katie Lloyd.  Here’s a quick recap of the winning projects (also available with visuals as a PDF).

Team: Clemson Landscape Architecture: Mary Beth McCubbin, Galen Newman, Paul Russell, David Pearson, Katie Lloyd, Susannah Horton, Derek Ryan
Tri-State ASLA Chapter Award: Certificate of Recognition
Category: Planning and Analysis
Project: Project Green Test Track and Research Campus – Runway 17/35

Project Green Test Track: Runway 17/35 is a technology development center, laboratory, research center and test track for alternative and sustainable modes of transportation. The facility will focus on electric vehicles, hydrogen power and the associated technologies to support new vehicles. A conference center and viewing tower is planned to engage and educate the public about the site’s functions and aspirations to establish a leading research and development center. The site is located at South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center (SCTAC) in Greenville. The booming center occupies 2,600 acres of the former Donaldson Air Force Base. The challenge with Runway 17/35 was to accommodate the complex requirements of the program while integrating into the SCTAC context and responding to the environmental conditions of the surrounding area. The intent of the analysis and planning phase was to create a long-term vision for the center as a laboratory, test track and research campus and to develop sustainable landscape strategies for engaging the public and addressing specific site conditions. The team developed a comprehensive site analysis for the 577-acre parcel, determine opportunities, constraints and site suitability as the basis to develop a conceptual master plan.

Ally Hangartner, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Student
Tri-State ASLA Chapter Award: “Honor Student”
Category: Student
Project: Urban Streetwater
Professor Matt Powers, Advisor

Urban Streetwater is a project Ally has been investigating for her honor’s thesis project. It involves the investigation of surface water flows and stormwater management and its potential as an aesthetic amenity for streetscapes in urban settings. Her award was based on a report booklet that contained her research, case studies, strategies and conclusions, and materials for implementation.

Ally Hangartner
Tri-State ASLA Chapter Award: “Merit Student”
Category: Student
Project:  The Green Room
Professor Matt Powers, Advisor

The Green Room project was an investigation that utilized Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to create a county-specific environmental exploration program for communities in Pickens County, S.C. It had two main design components; a central hub/nature center and connections to surrounding environmental opportunities.

Yue Ren, Master of Landscape Architecture Student
Tri-State ASLA Chapter Award: “Merit Student”
Category: Student
Project: The Pines at Sandhill, Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center, Columbia, S.C.
Professor Mary Beth McCubbin, Advisor

The project, sponsored by a partnership of the Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center (REC) and the Spring Valley Rotary Club, is located on the REC campus in the suburbs of northeast Columbia, S.C. and is a 600-acre site established as a center for agricultural research and extension services. It contains three man-made lakes, a collection of historic buildings, experimental pine plantations, children’s garden, a new LEED certified headquarters building and other office buildings, along with garden demonstration plots. The project developed by Yue Ren, MLA student under the guidance of Mary Beth McCubbin, Senior Lecturer and Director of a.LINE.ments Studio, proposes a system of  walking trails that provides neighbors and visitors access to the  REC’s key areas: the Children’s Garden and play area; sensory and demonstration gardens; wetlands, riparian and lake ecosystems; the experimental pine plantations and orchards.