Landscape Portfolio Nicholas Voravong
Productive Schoolyard The Alps Road Elementary School sought ways to better use their open space. My proposal bundled education with a productive landscape. This new food system would supplement traditionally innutritious lunch meals with fruits and vegetables grown by the students and faculty. In addition, this food system would educate the students about the concepts of crop rotation, companion planting, and plant growth.
Harvesting Period Crop Rotation
Produces pesticides that deter nematodes and beetles.
Repels pest and attracts honeybees
TOMATO STRAWBERY ASPARAGUS CUCUMBER
(onion, garlic, etc.) Adds minerals to the soil
Contains bacteria that fix nitrogen, a fertlizer for other plants
Repel slugs,aphids, and other pest
A trap crop that attracts pest away from other plants
Plant Companion Benefits
Root 3. Turnip
1. Outdoor Classroom 2. Open Field 3. Basketball Court 4. Plant Calendar Playground 5. Outdoor Demonstration Lab 6. Existing Gym 7. Crop Fields
Early Spring Plant cover crops to amend soil.
Spring Kill back cover crop and prepare soil for spring crops
Spring to Late Spring Plant the following: 1. Tomato, Cantaloupe, Bell Peppers 2. Collard Greens, Spinach, Potato 3. Peas 4. Turnip, Beets, Radish
Mid Summer to Early Fall Plant the following: 1. Beets, Turnip, Radish 2. Pole Beans, Bush Peas, Peas 3. Cabbage, Spinach, Collard Greens 4. Cucumber, Eggplant, Tomato
Harvest all except for corn from April to May
Harvest all including the corn from the spring during October to November. Leave the cabbage to harvest in the spring.
Newton County GIS Mapping
1. Tree Cover 2. Green Tourism 3. Hydrology 4. Schools 5. Parks 6. Transportation Corridors 7. Prime Farmland Soil
Soil Taxonomy Family
Slope 2 - 6%
0 - 3%
AmB AmC AnC
0 - 3% 6 - 10% 2 - 10%
Prime Statewide Importance Not Prime
Not Limited Very Limited Somewhat Limited
Altavista Appling Appling-Urban
20 - 30%
2 - 10%
4 - 15%
15 - 25%
0 - 5%
Not Prime Statewide Importance
Very Limited Very Limited
CeB CeC CfB2 CfC2 CuC GeB GeC GeD GeE GwB2 GwC2 GwD2 GwE2 HaB HeB HeC HwB2 HwC2 MaB MaC MaD MaE MdC2 MdD2 MdE2 MoC PaB PaC PaD PaE PfC2 PfD2 PfE2 PgD ReD ReE Rk
2 - 6% 6 - 10% 2 - 6% 6 - 10% 2 - 10%
Prime Statewide Improtance Statewide Importance Not Prime Not Prime
Not Limited Very Limited Not Limited Very Limited Somewhat Limited
2 - 6% 6 - 10% 10 - 15% 15 - 25% 2 - 6% 6 - 10% 10 - 15% 15 - 25% 2 - 6% 2 - 6% 6 - 10%
Prime Statewide Importance Not Prime Not Prime Statewide Importance Not Prime Not Prime Not Prime Prime Prime Statewide Importance
Not Limited Very Limited Very Limited Very Limited Not Limited Very Limited Very Limited Very Limited Very Limited Not Limited Very Limited
2 - 6% 6 - 10% 2 - 6% 6 - 10% 10 - 15% 15 - 25% 2 - 10% 10 - 15% 15 - 25% 2 - 10% 2 - 6% 6 - 10% 10 - 15% 15 - 25% 2 - 10% 10 - 15% 15 - 25% 10 - 25 % 6 - 15 % 15 - 35 %
Statewide Importance Not Prime
Not Limited Very Limited
Prime Statewide Importance Not Prime Not Prime Not Prime Not Prime Not Prime
Not Limited Very Limited Very Limited Very Limited Somewhat Limited Very Limited Very Limited
Statewide Importance Prime Statewide Importance Not Prime Not Prime Not Prime Not Prime Not Prime Not Prime Not Prime Not Prime Not Prime
Somewhat Limited Not Limited Very Limited Very Limited Very Limited Somewhat Limited Very Limited Very Limited Very Limited Very Limited Very Limited Very Limited
Statewide Importance Statewide Importance Not Prime Prime Statewide Importance Not Prime Not Prime Prime Prime
Very Limited Very Limited Not Rated Not Limited Very Limited Very Limited Very Limited Not Limited Very Limited
Bucombie Cartecay and Chewacla Cecil
Sandy Loam Sandy Clay Loam
Sandy Clay Loam
Sandy Loam Sandy Loam Sandy Clay Loam
Sandy Clay Loam
Loamy Sand Sandy Loam
Sandy Clay Loam
Land Complex Sandy Loam
Tocooa Tocooa and Congaree Udorthents Wedowee
Fine Sandy Loam
Ta TCA Uo WeB WeC WeD WeE WwB WwC
Created by: Nicholas “Catfish” Voravong
Soil Mapping & Analysis 12
Farmland Classification Buidling Suitability
2 - 6% 6 - 10% 10 - 15% 15 - 25% 2 - 6% 6 - 10%
Comments Ocassionally Flooded
Frequently Flooded Frequently Flooded
Eroded Eroded Eroded Eroded
Eroded Eroded Eroded
Eroded Eroded Eroded
Frequently Flooded Rarely Flooded Frequently Flooded Clayey
Demographic Mapping 13
The Milledge Spine
Corridor Study - Athens, GA
No other road in Athens has the amount of social, cultural, and ecological intersections as Milledge Avenue. Physically, the corridor sits on a ridge creating a consistently flat area that encourages active engagement. Ecologically, the corridor is lacking habitat connectivity in the canopy. Also, the predominant land use of Milledge is fraternities and sororities. These factors make Milledge the ideal site for ecological advocacy and social diversification. In part this will be accomplished by making better use of the street layout. Currently the layout of the lanes creates an extraordinary amount of wasted space. The excessive turning lane becomes a normal traffic land while the remaining travel lane is leveraged to create a bioswale network, improved sidewalks, and a bike lane. This new space will also create areas to close the gaps in canopy coverage creating a more hospitable environment for both pedestrians and wildlife. In addition, the low points on the site will be used to create areas that facilitate the larger picture of ecological advocacy and social diversification.
Milledge corridor located on a ridge allowing for subsurface drainage into the larger stream system.
Gaps exists in the canopy cover creating opportunity to link canopy over the Milledge Corridor.
UGA Bus Stop Athens Transit Stop
Only 30 feet elevation change over 3 miles.
Existing bus routes intersect Milledge Avenue at key topographic high and low points creating the opportunity to leverage existing infrastructure.
Complete Street 6’
The complete street system incorporates multiple types of travel into one system. The wasted center land on the Milledge corridor is leveraged to create opportunities for more pedestrian and bike oriented travel while also proving habitat and stormwater treatment.
Bioswale Complete Street Detail 1/8” = 1’-0”
Bioswale Complete Street + Bus Bay Detail 1/8” = 1’-0”
Legend ACC Bus Route UGA Bus Route River Flood Plain Available Property Out of Character, Noncontributing In Character, Noncontributing
Milledge Historic District Cobham Historic District
Historic Distric Transitional Zone
Apartment/Condo Historic Business, Office Sorority, Fraternity Single Family House Social Institutional
Milledge Corridor Land Use 19
Research Landscape 20
1. Habitat Connection 2. Bioswale Network 3. Ponding Area
A. Visitorâ€™s Center B. Stormwater Testing Center C. Birdhouses D. Brick Walkway E. Wetland Plateau F. Stormwater Wetlands G. The Hill H. On-Street Parking
Retention + Infiltration
1918 San Born Fire Insurance Map
Restoration Landscape The empty parcel at the corner of Meigs and North Milledge Avenue was originally set aside to be another fraternity. The community opposed this plan accordingly, the lot sat vacant. This proposal regenerates history, improves water quality and restores habitat. The main design movement with this park is the stormwater wetland that moves through the park. Folded into the various treatment areas are walls that reference the buildings that were previously on the site in 1918. They serve various functions such as ponding areas or habitat. The park is accessible from the Athens Transit Bus system and on street parking is available. The edges between hardscape and the stormwater wetland have been softened to encourage engagement with the system. A visitor center is provided to further understanding of the ecologic concepts being demonstrated in the park. A water testing center is available on site to assess the performance of the landscape. The parcel is located at a low point along the corridor making an ideal place for the proposal B rick Walkway
I. Urban Bird Research Center J. Bird Habitat K. Community Education Center L. Athens Transit Bus Stop and learn about w watch ildlif ple e Peo
Canopy helps to reduce heat island.
Wildlife eats insects
Wetland house insects
Wetland treat stormwater and sends it back to the stream
Research Landscape Located at the intersection of Broad and Milledge the site provides a new nature for the urban bird population. The existing green space is given addition canopy tree coverage for better habitat connectivity. Dispersed throughout this canopy are tall bird houses for local endangered species such as the Southeastern American Kestrel. Paired with this new nature is an ornithology center. In addition there is the community education center. Currently, Athens Clarke County has one of the highest poverty rates in the state but, the unemployment percentage is below both the state and national rate. Meaning, there is a low-wage, low skill workforce. The goal of the community education center is to give the community an opportunity to increase their wage earning potential by learning new skills. The two new buildings are located in the same location as previous buildings from 1918. They are enabled by leveraging the existing Athens Transit bus stop and the new system created along Milledge. These programs bundled together allow for a greater sense of social and ecological advocacy. 25
Social Landscape The proposed design sits within the Milledge Historic District and at a low point along the corridor. As the building stands it is classified as out of character and non-contributing. This means it is not historic and the architecture does not fit with the Milledge design standards. The building is also the first in a line of buildings that are out of character and non-contributing. The renovation of this building would be an example of history bundled with art and ecology allowing it to become a model for future renovations along Milledge. A change like this would engender new types of social engagement along the Milledge corridor by adding uses that would appeal to a broader group of users. This will shake up the social environment along the corridor which is dominated by sororities and fraternities. The goal is increase the social diversification of the corridor. Land so suitable for various types of active use should be welcoming to all kinds of people.
Outdoor Theater Inflatable Movie Screen
Farmers Market 25’ x 10’ Produce Stand
Arts and Crafts Market 10’ x 10’ Vendor Tent
N R M
M. Permeable Parking Lot N. Covered Art Patio O. Gallery Space P. UGA Bus Stop Q. Outdoor Art Space R. Retention Pond S. Rain Garden
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Social Landscape Operations
Receives runoff from street and preforms preliminary water treatment and sedimentation Rain garden filters water from preliminary treatment area Water infiltrates through permeable pavement to soil
Water is retained and treated through microbial processes
185 Ales Way Fayetteville, GA
Education University of Georgia - College of Environment and Design Bachelor of Landscape Architecture GPA 3.40
Affiliations LEED Green Associate April 2013 - Present
ASLA April 2012 - Present
Scholarships Hope Scholarship August 2008 - May 2013
Experience Boulevard Woods Park - Athens, GA
Skills ArcGIS 10 Photoshop CS5 Illustrator CS5 Indesign CS5 Google Sketchup AutoCAD Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint
March 2013 - May 2013 Collaboratively refined a conceptual park plan designed by the community. Delivered design documents that enabled the park to receive grant money totaling in $75,000.
Center for Community Preservation and Planning - Covington, GA April 2012 - June 2012 Created and updated analysis and planning maps using GIS for the 2050 plan of Newton County.
Metropolitan Urban Design Studio - Covington GA January 2012 - March 2012 Lived and collaborated with ten other students on projects in Covington, GA and Newton County. Team contributions included GIS mapping and analysis, 3d modeling, digital plan rendering and public speaking.
Community Engagement Hill Chapel Baptist Community Pollinator Garden - Athens, GA Fall 2011 Designed and implemented a new pollinator garden for the community as part of a team of students. Selected the appropriate plants and directed instillation.