On an in-town infill site, Brock Built Homes had already commissioned a Master Plan for a mix of single family and attached townhomes on a broadly sloping parcel. The plan combined elements of 19th century Olmstedian picturesque communities overlayed with more formal New Urbanist principles. Quickly recognizing the opportunities posed by the challenging grades, Site solutions revised the plan in favor of exploiting the picturesque as an open space spine that tied together both the single family and townhome components. A rotated clubhouse and pool gives a more gracious entry to the main amenity area, which empties into a grand elliptical “glade” for free play and picnics. This is followed by a more intimate cross axial “glen”, envisioned as a deeply wooded series of ponds, rock outcrops and waterfalls that take advantage of the grade fall. As the open space tapers, a gently curving “ramble” connects the main Community area to the Townhouse Commons, which Site solutions proposed as an alternative open space and promenade to the roundabout and plaza space shown on the original Master Plan.
Agreeing with this scheme’s advantages, Brock Built curtailed construction while more detailed plans were developed. Currently, Site solutions is designing and documenting a complete landscape architectural scope, including pools, fountains, ponds, grading, hardscape, planting and irrigation, site lighting and entry signage design.
Dupont Commons, representing $1.2 million overall in landscape architectural amenities, opened in 2004.