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California State University, Northridge

The Client

CW Driver is a general contractor and construction company that has been in business since 1919, and has offices nationwide. In California alone, they are located in Los Angeles, Irvine, Ontario, and San Diego. This large company covers large projects in industries including education, healthcare, entertainment, retail, industrial, and government. 

The Project

Pierre Landscape partnered with CW Driver on the creation of a new and innovative Performing Arts Center for the University. The plans for the new facility had to represent visions of both serenity for students during the day and vibrant energy at night.

Pierre workers installed over 224 box trees of various sizes around the facility and in between two connecting buildings. On campus, over 38 of the trees installed were Platanus Racemosa. The bright green leaves on the sycamore trees that transform into orange and reddish leaves in the fall provide a perfect welcome back to students returning from the summer.

Over 376 15 gallon species of shrubs were also installed around the edges of the building, as well as over 13,000 square feet of sod. Site furnishings including trash cans and stay benches were also included on site.  

The Result

The new Performing Arts Center has been home to many professional performances including Geena Davis, Bernadette Peters, and Barbara Cook. Students congregate outside the facility before an event and enjoy the new benches and shaded grassy areas. The dynamic color of the trees and shrubs create a youthful and lively environment. Lights glistening through the glass walls and reflecting off of the side gardens make the view and every event memorable.


Customer: CW Driver
Architect: Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Pamela Burton & Company
Description: Education
Location: Northridge, California
Project: California State University, Northridge
Scope: Landscape, irrigation, and site furnishings

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