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Sustain Preservation / Adaptive Reuse
Boy Scouts Headquarters
Indianapolis, Indiana

The Crossroads of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America retained BDMD Landscape Architects to provide an early wetland determination and delineation report to test the feasibility of building a new headquarters along the floodplain of the Fall Creek in Indianapolis.  BDMD LA determined that a sustainable site design approach for the master plan would provide a unique opportunity to educate badge-pursuing scouts on sustainable design practices dealing with the management of ever-increasing limited natural resources.  If it is in the scout handbook, you can learn about it on this site. The building, a leadership training center and offices for the council is located on the sites highpoint with adjacent parking.  Next to the conference center is an amphitheater overlooking a canoeing pond surrounded by crushed granite paths that lead through extensive tree preservation areas.  Up to 14 points of the projects LEED-Silver registered goal is found through the site's design featuring: innovative multiple blended planting soils, all native planting design, three separate storm water best management practice interpretive systems, no irrigation, native stone and wood amenities and plenty of education. Unique to this project is the ‘net zero’ rain water runoff for average storm events for this region of Indiana.  The allowance of flood waters throughout the site in a 100- and 500-year storm event is also a precedent.

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