Creating a Native Landscape
The Mishawaka Medical Center is a $355
million, 658,000-square foot hospital spread
across a 90-acre campus in northern Indiana.
The innovative design was conceived, in
part, with a focus on staying environmentally-
conscious and providing a healing atmosphere
for patients, visitors, and providers.
The Cardno Native Plant Nursery contributed
to this bold, new design by providing native
plant material and seed for the upland
and wetland areas, including the Center’s
stormwater management system and as part
of the erosion control plan.
Walking the trails through the campus, the
prairie and wetlands are teeming with an
array of plants, insects, and wildlife, it is easy
to see how the natural landscape creates a
Provide public education
Traditional aesthetic values focused on manicured landscapes may conflict with
sustainable and ecologically-sound landscapes. To help reduce the potential for such
conflicts, restoration projects can include an educational component on the benefits
of native landscapes and can serve as outdoor classrooms. Cardno can assist with
community outreach for urban native landscape and green infrastructure projects.
Achieve green building site design goals
Creating native landscapes is often part of a larger design context, in particular the US
Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating
system. Our team of professionals has extensive experience designing and installing
landscapes and stormwater systems that provide projects with key LEED credits.
Reduce operational costs and long-term maintenance
Once established, native plants require little to no use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides,
or pesticides, minimal watering and weeding, and less frequent mowing, than traditional
turf grass, reducing long-run maintenance costs.
Determine budget and resources
Most projects have limited access to funds, equipment, and other needed resources.
To help avoid delays and cost increases, determine the project budget early in the
process. In addition to materials and installation, funds are needed for maintenance after
installation. While native landscapes have lower long-term maintenance needs, they
need to be monitored and maintained during establishment, to ensure long-term success.
Mishawaka Medical Center,
St. Joseph Health System