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Lexi Moskaluk Landscape Architecture Portfolio


Education: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University College of Architecture & Urban Studies Major: Landscape Architecture GPA: 3.2 Expected Graduation Date: May 2016

Honors: Lexi Moskaluk 913 University City Blvd, Apt B15 Blacksburg, VA 24060 434.284.0099 lexim1@vt.edu

Graduated Western Albemarle High School with Advanced Diploma Member of the National Honor Society Member of the National Honors English Society

References: Patrick Miller, Ph.D, FASLA, FCELA Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Outreach pmiller@vt.edu Nancy Kallander Owner of Hunt Country Market & Deli, Charlottesville, VA Employer from 2012-2014 434.295.1029


Projects:

Third Year Studio: St. Margaret’s Bay Resort

Third Year Studio: Blacksburg Community Center

Second Year Studio: Interchange Park

Second Year Studio: Revealing Sense of Place Sketches


St. Margaret’s Bay Resort

Fall 2013, Landscape Architecture Studio

Portland Parish, Jamaica with Jay Woodard, Carter Gresham & Tammy Do

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Four hundred and fifty acres of abandoned banana and coconut farms lie on the northeast coast of Jamaica in Portland Parish. Our prompt was to design a resort and golf club on the island that stood out from the rest. We analized the site and it’s surroundings, drew up many conceptual plans, and dreamt of ways to make a resort that would not only be a destination for anybody looking to explore Jamaica, but for the local residents as well.

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Possibility for major development due to proximity to beaches, conseved spaces, and beach and mountain views.

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Area of site prone to worst weather beacause of the winds Turtle Hatching Grounds Spillover Must protect beaches during hatching season

Views towards Port Antonio and Brilliant Sunrises

Direct Access to A4 and Transport to Port Antonio

Agricultural Land

Best area for field development

Entrance/Gateway Opportunity Direct access to all major regions on the site and possibility for ocean views

Inspiration Sketches

St. Margaret’s Bay Resort

Blue Mountains and Rec. Opportunities

Ken Jones Aerodrome and Noise/Visual Buffer Zone

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Possibility for secluded devlopment and proximity to offshore coral reef and aqautic activities


Master Plan Inked By Lexi Moskaluk, Rendered by Jay Woodard


Working as a group, we learned to combine conceptual planning and discuss which ideas provided more opportunities and better values. We visualized new ways to combine our thinking into concepts we couldn’t have come up with using only our own minds. Alongside conceptualizing and designing together, we each focused on our own aspect of the resort. I took command of a patch of land lying at the far east end of the site, backed up against existing agriculture. To extend the local agriculture into our site, I planned agricultural fields growing native crops: banana, coconut, ackee, allspice, callaloo & breadfruit, and planted native trees such as mahogany, rosewood, wild lime and Jamaican dogwood along the pathways and around buildings and outdoor spaces. To tie this all together and to provide a strong continuation of interest and support for this program, a educational/destination house was set up for traditional cooking and gardening experiences, tied by a bridge across our characteristic waterways to a garden-to-plate restaurant using fresh produce from the site and surrounding communities. The section down below portrays this idea.

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Blacksburg Community Center

Fall 2013, Landscape Architecture Studio

Blacksburg, VA

Conceptual Planning

This 3.5 acre greenfield site at the intersection of Patrick Henry Dr. and Progress St. is serviced by three public bus routes, has views of the surrounding blue ridge mountains, and is bordered by collegiate and family residencies. A heavily used pedestrian walking and biking trail runs along the north side of the site. Existing conditions include gradual sloping topography, managed turf, and an unkempt sinkhole at the north-west end of the site. Demand for a public recreation & pool facility and a community center in Blacksburg presents a development project for which this site was chosen.

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Multiple access points from pedestrian access, vehicle and parking access, and access by bike is crucial. The outdoor programmed space will facilitate events.

I. Existing Walking & Biking Trail This trail runs through many neighborhoods and provides direct access for pedestrians and bikers. It is already a very popular trail, and will serve as an important access point to the community center.

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Located so play can extend to the open yard. The children’s area will also include a splash pad, which should be close to the lap pool for hydraulic concerns.

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Blacksburg Community Center: Grading Plan

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Blacksburg Community Center: Erosion & Sediment Control Plan

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Interchange Park

Spring 2013, Landscape Architecture Studio

Blacksburg, VA

Conceptual Planning

Sitting right next to the highway 460 interchange between Blacksburg and Christiansburg Virginia, this site has gotten its name by billboard developers as “Interchange Park”. We were challenged to design either a shopping complex or residential and elderly care complex; I chose to develop retirement homes and an Alzheimer care facility due to the surrounding Warm Hearth retirement community. Seeing further potential for the water courses running down the west side of the site, constructing a nature center accessible by public transportation and the nearby hospital and hotels will encourage people to explore their natural environment. Pedestrain movement on site also has the opportunity to connect with an already well-known route running from Blacksburg to Christiansburg, the Huckleberry Trail. The design incorporates outdoor recreation for all ages with a multitude of different housing options for retired residents.

Interchange Park Final Concept Lexi Moskaluk

PUBLIC RECREATION

NATURE CENTER This nature center will function as an opportunity for educational walking trails, wetland maintenance, and the endpoint of a wildlife corridor continued from the west. There will be walking and biking trails, mostly boardwalks to preserve the wetland, and points of interest with informational boards about the local ecosystem. There will also be opportunity for university research and classes.

This area includes two soccer/lacrosse/field hockey fields, and will possess a rec building with shelter, restrooms, and water fountains.

PUBLIC PARK & PLAZA This public park will feature stadium-style ampiteater seating culminating in a paved stage and plaza area, which can be used for outdoor concerts, exhibitions, farmer’s market, craft fairs, or firework displays. The beautified retention pond will serve as the locus of the plaza. Parking will be incorporated in towards the top of the hill.

UNIVERSITY RETIREMENT COMMUNITY WETLANDS & FOREST Adjacent to the nature center, with trails running through the wooded areas and boardwalks running over the wetland areas.

Interchange Park

This active and involved retirement community will feature apartmentstyle residential community housing, lofts, and individual cabins. There will be multiple community gardens with enough plots for about 12 residents each. The residents will have access to Virginia Tech events, and educators will come to speak and give continued-education classes. This community possesses a communal library, classrooms, and living, kitchen and dining areas. The kitchen will have an attached garden in which the residents will learn about eating and gardening organically, as well as an opportunity for cooking classes. The residential buildings will be centered around the communal areas, but individual gardens will be closer to their residents, allowing for easy access and viewing.

ALZHEIMER’S FACILITY Secluded from most of the hub of public and retirement community activity, the Alzheimer’s community is tucked away in the corner of the site. It will include a fenced dimensia garden, about ten high-care units, and parking for staff and visitors.


Site Sections, Master Plan, and Detail of Alzheimer Garden


Revealing Sense of Place

Fall 2012, Landscape Architecture Studio

My representations each portray one of three categories of qualities characteristic of this specific site. I combined the use of descriptive words with representational drawings in an attempt to expose attributes of the site. The first drawing is composed of three layers: two pages of trace (aspects of the landscape) laid over a continuum of time. The first layer of trace portrays four physical mediums (geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere) which unify the site, the landscape around the site, and beyond. The top layer of trace depicts the timeline of a life, be it the old tree or a human being, and the influence that life can have on earth. All of this is transposed over the everlasting, ageless movement of time. The second drawing represents “A-part”; the feeling that this private hideaway seems to exist apart from the world in it’s own reserved, intimate space, yet is a part of the boundless landscape that is not only necessary for the incredible views around the site, but for the life of the site itself. The third drawing transcends the visual by expressing emotional sensations and metaphysical thoughts. It captures the spiritual feeling that I personally felt and believe others would feel as they stand in this secluded grove and look up; the thick trunk of the silent tree is pushing its twisted and cracked branches towards the sun, still aspiring towards the sky. Its mortality is plain; it won’t be many years before this dead titan crashes to the ground. I don’t think it’s fair to call it lifeless; it will breathe life through its body in the form of growing, organic life until its mass is spread throughout the vast landscape it once looked out upon. This drawing illustrates the spiritual mood and abstract, metaphysical thoughts this sight sparks in the thoughts of a human.

Second Year Studio: Revealing Sense of Place


Hand Sketches


Thank You!

Lexi Moskaluk Virginia Tech lexim1@vt.edu


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