Initial decisions about site design are contingent upon topography,
zoning and conservation restrictions. Wetlands and other natural
attributes exert an influence through legal as well as physical
means. The sites character should be preserved while accommodating
users and being respectful of neighbors. Pedestrians and vehicles
must circulate safely. Air intake for buildings should be safely
away from vehicles in order to maintain high indoor air quality.
Landscape design ties a campus together and defines appropriate
spaces for walking, gathering and playing. Responsible landscaping
also contributes to resource conservation with sunshading, local
plantings, and water filtering and reuse systems.