Agenda Item No. V. B. 4.

Washburn University Board of Regents

SUBJECT: Landscape Project - Water Feature at 17th and Washburn


Landscaping improvements help create the image of the University as a place of high standards and excellence. The quality of the physical environs of the campus imply the quality of all that takes place within the campus.

17th and Washburn is a high traffic portal to the campus. Landscape improvements for that area, where once a small fountain existed, need to have a size and scale that is appropriate for both the pedestrian and those people passing by in vehicles.

A substantial waterfall and water garden are envisioned that will be approximately 50 feet wide with a 15 foot elevation. Multiple streams of swiftly flowing water will traverse naturalized limestone ledges and cascades through water foliage to a shallow water garden at the bottom.

The entire area will be landscaped with paving stones, grass, flowers, and several dozen shrubs and trees with an appropriate watering system to complete the landscape.

The project will tie with the Washburn - Lane Parkway plan that has been funded for 2004 by Kansas Department of Transportation through the City for the lighting project that will follow Washburn's landscaping.

RFP's are currently being received and will be evaluated by mid-June. Construction will take approximately 30 days following notice to proceed with a goal of having it ready when classes resume by August 10.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: Funds are available from university reserves.

RECOMMENDATION: President Farley recommends that the Board of Regents approve a budget not to exceed $100,000 from the lowest and best proposal received. The vendor name and precise contract amount will be reported to the Board in July.

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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President

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