Lisle Library District Ribbon Cutting
Steve Gregory, EEA’s Director of Land Planning and Landscape Architecture, was excited to attend the ribbon cutting for the Lisle Library District, snow and all! EEA provided landscape architecture and civil engineering service for this project, which was conducted with a carefully planned phasing to enable the library to remain open during construction.
The facility renovation included the enhancement of the main entrance on the north side by reworking the entrance to make it fully ADA accessible, in addition to providing an area for patrons to gather while entering and leaving the building. Both the north and south entrances incorporated new site furnishings that were integrated with the fresh architectural look.
One of the key design features for the north entrance’s landscape architecture plan involved utilizing and enhancing as much of the existing landscape as possible. The project included all native and adaptive plantings to reduce the need for extensive maintenance and watering. The south entrance was enhanced in much the same fashion, yet without the need for a new ramp as the original site grading was much closer to meeting ADA accessibility requirements.
Portions of the site’s perimeter included shrub and perennial plantings to help stabilize the site’s slopes, while also providing additional seasonal interest through plant species, variety, colors and textures.