Designing a master landscaping plan for this 20-acre shopping center at I-40 and San Mateo Boulevard in Albuquerque, New Mexico was no easy task. The process entailed addressing all of the practices and requirements of Albuquerque’s Development Review Board, meeting the immediate needs of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority and observing New Mexico Department of Transportation traffic regulations.
The project plan progressed through the city review and approval process prior to finalizing construction plans. This pacing allowed landscape architects and designers to work closely with engineers to address water harvesting and pedestrian circulation issues early in the process.
The resulting landscape features depressed parking islands with slotted drains at the perimeter that collect light rain water until it evaporates. Flows from larger storms spill over and channel into major drainage facilities elsewhere on the site.
Cobblestone surfaces within the parking islands discourage pedestrians from crossing through them, improving the longevity of plantings. A streetscape provides attractive sidewalks meandering through planted areas along the main access road fronting the site. Additional planting beds of seasonal perennials offer variety and appeal, encouraging entrance to the center.