Burbank Water and Power (BWP) and AHBE Landscape Architects (AHBE) hosted a dedication ceremony in January 2012 to celebrate the completion of the first phase of their collaborative efforts to transform BWP’s Magnolia campus from an industrial remnant into a sustainable model for the rest of the nation. When BWP built a highly efficient electric power plant in 2005, it also replaced several of the facility’s existing substations. In restoring the old substation sites, BWP saw an opportunity to achieve something greater with its “EcoCampus.” As Calvin Abe, AHBE’s President, explains: “The landscape can play a key role in the regeneration of our cities. Beyond the aesthetics, it can proactively counteract many of the problems we face in urban environments. BWP’s EcoCampus stands as an example of what can be accomplished when there is a long-term vision about restorative landscapes.”
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Sustainable landscape features include a new Centennial Courtyard with a salvaged substation as its centerpiece, rooftop gardens, water reclamation and filtration systems, and green street with pocket park. On March 31, 2012, another tour of the campus, which is otherwise closed to the public, will be held.
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