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UMMC Healing Garden

Floura Teeter is the landscape architect for a new rooftop healing garden on the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Weinberg Building. This garden will deliver a flexible space to meet the needs of a variety of user groups including patients, visitors, and staff. and provide a respite from the stresses of the healthcare environment. Private and social spaces, shade and sun and a variety of seating options are incorporated to provide the visitors with choice and control.

The space is divided into two flexible areas: a labyrinth and a decked seating area Weight restrictions precluded the planting of trees, so the design incorporates a series of glass walls that depict natural Maryland environments. These walls divide the two spaces and also provide some privacy screening from the adjacent windows that look onto the space. A vegetative tray system composed of perennials and grasses and a hidden speaker system playing bird song and insect noises was used to bring nature into the space. Benches and subtle lighting design enhance the space.

In addition to the typical considerations of vegetative roof gardens, this project addresses the specific needs of a hospital including infectious control and a design that could withstand winds associated with the flight path of the adjacent Shock Trauma helicopter.

Project Category: Healthcare

Location: Baltimore, MD

Client: University of Maryland Medical Center

Landscape Construction Costs: $800,000

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