A project by Matt Wilkens (BED '98) ASLA, a landscape architect at Damon Farber Associates, was recently featured in Landscape Architect & Specifier News. Wilkens currently serves on, and is past president of, the Design Student & Alumni Board.
The project, "Woodland Adventure Playground at the Minnesota Zoo," was featured in the September 2011 issue (Page 60). The 6000 square foot site features a 9-foot diameter tree house accessible by rope ladder, a replica of the Split Rock Light House north of Duluth on Lake Superior, the largest mosquito in Minnesota, and other play elements.
As landscape architect and project manager, Wilkens was involved at all stages of the project, from ideation and planning through design and construction. He designed the site and surfacing layouts, planting plan, entry signage and play elements, and worked with the talented Zoo exhibit staff to construct the concrete, themed tree house. His children were also part of the first group of kids to give the playground a trial run.
Read the article in the September issue (Page 60) here. For more on Wilkens, the Zoo project and Damon Farber Associates, visit the embedded links. And learn more about the Department of Landscape Architecture on their homepage.