In the midst of one of BYU-Idaho’s busiest quads that connects the University’s Kimball Administration Building, Taylor Religion Building, and Manwaring Student Center, the University officials wanted to create spaces where students could stop, sit, and ponder.
As a religious institution the University wanted the garden areas to convey a feeling that one was in Jerusalem, such as being in the Garden of Gethsemane. The protected areas are separated with planted areas, walkways, seating areas, and a major water feature. Stone that resembles Jerusalem limestone but is actually quartzitic sandstone from a quarry near Park City, Utah is used for walkways, retaining walls, seating areas, and landscaping boulders.
Native plants with similarities to plants found in Jerusalem will filter the day light and provide protection from the elements.
CLIENT BYU-IDAHOSIZE 3.5 acres