Often times the best designs are not born of a single mind, but of a collaboration between many.
The First-Calvary Baptist Church and it's members, reached out to Carpenter Costin during the summer of 2014 for landscape architectural services. At issue was a central courtyard in dire need of a redesign, in order to provide a space for reflection and prayer within a garden setting.
The original courtyard required a much needed redesign.
Being a larger-scale project representing the needs of many, the church requested full landscape architectural services and plan sets. After the plan sets were completed, multiple contractors (including Carpenter Costin) would be able to bid on the construction aspect of the job. This would ensure fair, unbiased, and independent design + construction services.
Brendan Carey RLA from Grounded Growing Landscape Architects was selected as the designer and consultant by the church board members. He developed a series of conceptual plans focusing on circulation, drainage, and overall aesthetic. After a few weeks of intensive design work and meetings, Brendan had a set of drawings ready for landscape contractors to bid on.
Carpenter Costin was quickly selected as the winning bid for the landscape construction portion of the job.
Siting strong analysis and understanding of the landscape architect's plan set, along with a competitive price, the church board members turned to Carpenter Costin to turn their plans into reality.
Being a courtyard in the middle of a place of worship, there were unique issues that took both acute sensitivity along with simple brute strength to solve. All materials stripped out of and brought into the courtyard, had to fit through a standard-sized door frame. Our crews crossed finished floors throughout the process and made sure to be extra careful of window walls surrounding the work zone.
Working closely with the landscape architect and the onsite representative of the church, we streamlined this process as much as possible.
In the end, the sum was greater than its parts.
Creating this beautiful and reflective memorial garden in the heart of a church took more than one entity...it took wonderful and understanding clients, a thoughtful and talented landscape architect, and a resourceful construction team here at Carpenter Costin.
An inspirational view of the new courtyard from the inside.
The final look of the redesigned courtyard.
*More pictures to come will show the depth of color and beauty from over 100 perennials in mid-summer.