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Landscape Portfolio Nicholas Voravong

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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.

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Harvesting Period Crop Rotation

Planting Period

Marigold

Borage

Produces pesticides that deter nematodes and beetles.

Repels pest and attracts honeybees

SQUASH

Almost Anything

TOMATO STRAWBERY ASPARAGUS CUCUMBER

Beets

Alliums

Beans

(onion, garlic, etc.) Adds minerals to the soil

Geranium

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

Lettuce Brassica

Fruit Trees

Alliums

Nightshade

Brassica CABBAGE

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BT CORN

ONION

TURNIP

TOMATO

POTATO

PEPPER

BEET

CABBAGE

TURNIP

EGGPLANT

TOMATO

Plant Companion Benefits


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Fruit 7.

Cantaloupe

Cucumber

Tomato

Squash

Bell Pepper

Eggplant

Collard Greens

Spinach

Onion

Beets

Pole Beans

Peas

Corn

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Leaf

2.

Cabbage

Root 3. Turnip

Legumes 4.

Bush Beans

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1. Outdoor Classroom 2. Open Field 3. Basketball Court 4. Plant Calendar Playground 5. Outdoor Demonstration Lab 6. Existing Gym 7. Crop Fields

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Carrots

Radish


Implementation Guide

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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.

Outdoor Classroom

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Newton County GIS Mapping

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1. Tree Cover 2. Green Tourism 3. Hydrology 4. Schools 5. Parks 6. Transportation Corridors 7. Prime Farmland Soil

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Soil Taxonomy Family

Series

Symbol

Slope 2 - 6%

Prime

Not Limited

Sandy Loam

AkA

0 - 3%

Prime

Very Limited

Sandy Loam

AmB AmC AnC

0 - 3% 6 - 10% 2 - 10%

Prime Statewide Importance Not Prime

Not Limited Very Limited Somewhat Limited

Loamy Sand

Altavista Appling Appling-Urban

Land Complex

Ashlar

Sandy Loam

ArF

20 - 30%

Not Prime

Very Limited

Ashlar-Rock

Outcrop Complex

AsC

2 - 10%

Not Prime

Somewhat Limited

Ashlar-Pacolet-Wedowee

Complex

AwC

4 - 15%

Not Prime

Very Limited

AwE

15 - 25%

Not Prime

Very Limited

BwB CCA

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

Loamy Sand

Sandy Loam Sandy Clay Loam

Cecil-Urban

Land Complex

Gwinnett

Sandy Loam

Sandy Clay Loam

Helena Hiwassee

Sandy Loam Sandy Loam Sandy Clay Loam

Madison

Sandy Loam

Sandy Clay Loam

Molena Pacolet

Loamy Sand Sandy Loam

Sandy Clay Loam

Pacolet-Urban Rion

Land Complex Sandy Loam

Roanoke

Silt Loam

Tocooa Tocooa and Congaree Udorthents Wedowee

Fine Sandy Loam

Wickham

Sandy Loam

Sandy Loam

Ta TCA Uo WeB WeC WeD WeE WwB WwC

Created by: Nicholas “Catfish” Voravong

Soil Mapping & Analysis 12

Farmland Classification Buidling Suitability

AcB

Alcovy

2 - 6% 6 - 10% 10 - 15% 15 - 25% 2 - 6% 6 - 10%

Comments Ocassionally Flooded

Very Bouldery

Frequently Flooded Frequently Flooded

Eroded Eroded

Eroded Eroded Eroded Eroded

Eroded Eroded

Eroded Eroded Eroded

Eroded Eroded Eroded

Frequently Flooded Rarely Flooded Frequently Flooded Clayey


Demographic Mapping 13


The Milledge Spine

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Corridor Study - Athens, GA

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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.

Pine

Milledge corridor located on a ridge allowing for subsurface drainage into the larger stream system.

Canopy Cover

Gaps exists in the canopy cover creating opportunity to link canopy over the Milledge Corridor.

High

Low

Legend

High Point

Low Point

UGA Bus Stop Athens Transit Stop

Only 30 feet elevation change over 3 miles.

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Existing bus routes intersect Milledge Avenue at key topographic high and low points creating the opportunity to leverage existing infrastructure.


Complete Street 6’

Sidewalk

11’

11’

Lane

Lane

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.

9’ 7’

Bike Lane

Sidewalk

Bioswale Complete Street Detail 1/8” = 1’-0”

6’

11’

11’

8’ 6”

6’

8’ 11’

Sidewalk

Lane

Lane

Bus Bay

Bike Lane

Sidewalk

Sidewalk

Bioswale Complete Street + Bus Bay Detail 1/8” = 1’-0”

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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

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Milledge Corridor Land Use 19


Restoration Landscape

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Research Landscape 20


Social Landscape

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1. Habitat Connection 2. Bioswale Network 3. Ponding Area

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A. Visitor’s Center B. Stormwater Testing Center C. Birdhouses D. Brick Walkway E. Wetland Plateau F. Stormwater Wetlands G. The Hill H. On-Street Parking

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Sedimentation

Retention + Infiltration

Filtration

Non-Flooded Plateau

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1918 San Born Fire Insurance Map

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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

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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

Houses wildlife

Canopy helps to reduce heat island.

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Wildlife eats insects

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Wetland house insects

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Wetland treat stormwater and sends it back to the stream

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American Kestrel

Locally Endangered

Food

Habitat

Insects

Nesting

Open Canopy

Tree Cavity

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


Use Typology

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

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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

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Water is retained and treated through microbial processes


Resume

Nicholas Voravong

185 Ales Way Fayetteville, GA

770-880-8882 npvoravong@gmail.com

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.

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