Evaluating Landscape Design of a Business or Other Public Property

(Church, School, Park, etc.) 

I. Suitability of design to purpose/owner       = 25 points

  1. Meets the design program: provides for the needs of all users, including directional, recreational, food service areas, etc. If commercial property: attracts customers and is appropriate to the streetscape

  2. Within the general budget for comparable designs.

  3. Meets legal requirements and safety standards; meets the needs for vehicular parking and of pedestrian traffic; meets all signage requirements and restrictions. 

II. Design (suitability to user)                        = 25 points

  1. Function

    Is suitable/appropriate to site and context

    Is sustainable within region

    Considers utilization of space, including pedestrian traffic patterns and vehicular parking

  2. Aesthetic

    Design principles employed successfully

    Design elements applied successfully

    Shows originality, distinction, style: distinguished for its superiority 

III. Implementation                                        = 25 points

  1. Hardscape materials & structures

    Are suitable/appropriate to purpose, site, and design

    Contains suitable details; character/quality appropriate

  2. Plant Materials

    Are suitable to purpose, site, and design

    Are appropriate to region/zone 

IV. Maintenance                                            = 25 points

  1. Incorporates maintenance awareness into design

  2. Includes selection of sustainable materials and recognition of ultimate plant habit in design