129. Existing Condition
130. Improvement Concept
131. Water Tower and Perimeter Planting
25 WEST CAMPUS: JOHN ORR TOWER AND WATER TOWER|
The plantings in front of John Orr Tower and at the base of the Water Tower should be pruned and opened up to improve image, views and safety.
Priority rating: 2
The planting at the base of John Orr Tower is approximately twenty five years old. They include many Norway Maples, a few Birch, Silver Maples, Austrian Pine and Scot's Pines. The entrance area is over planted and the Birch are in poor condition. They should be removed and the remainder heavily pruned to improve visibility, image and safety. The vegetation in the area of the Water Tower is of poor quality, predominantly self seeding species. A simple lawn meeting the base of the Tower would provide a clean image that is also easy to maintain.
The parking lots south of the Water Tower are planted with perimeter shade trees and island plantings. The Maples are in fair condition. The main road through the campus is lined with Ash, Sugar and Silver Maple, also in fair condition. This is the only area on the west campus with formal street tree planting. Street tree planting should be completed along the main road and around the perimeter of the parking lots.
At the penitentiary farmhouse used by the Faculty of Education, the trees are all in poor condition, including Norway Maple, Manitoba Maple and Ash. The Blue Spruce specimen on the east side should be retained. This heritage stone building has a residential scale and should be landscaped to enhance its character. Views to Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard should be improved, but with some screening for privacy and safety of the users.
Acer saccharum, Sugar Maple
Ginkgo biloba, Maidenhair Tree
Quercus sp., Oak species (Red, English)
Amelanchier canadensis, Serviceberry
Betula papyrifera, Paper Birch
Fagus sp., Beech cultivars
Syringa sp., Lilac
Viburnum sp., Viburnum
Abies concolor, Silver Fir
Picea sp., Spruce species (Norway, Colorado)
Pinus strobus, White Pine