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GSP's airside garden gets landscape recogniton

Published on Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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The GSP airside garden is an original feature at the airport from its opening in 1962.
 

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The GSP airside garden is an original feature at the airport from its opening in 1962.

 

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) received a Southeast Region Recognition Award during the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Southeast Regional Conference for its airside garden.

The garden, which is an original feature at the airport from its opening in 1962, received its second update in 2016 during the GSP terminal renovation.

“GSP’s airside garden gives passengers a unique opportunity to spend time outside post security and it’s a source of pride for the airport,” said Kevin Howell, GSP senior vice president and chief operations officer. “The garden’s most recent update celebrates its history while providing a welcoming space to relax and enjoy the beauty that can be observed from the airfield.”

Seamon Whiteside & Associates served as the landscape architects for GSP’s 2016 garden renovation. Design elements used in the garden include seating terraces, a large central lawn and the use of plantings to frame views of the tarmac and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

WK Dickson served as the lead engineer for the update and Mavin Construction was the project’s contractor.

“The airside garden is still a meaningful and engaging landscape after 57 years,” said Clint Rigsby, a senior landscape architect with Seamon Whiteside’s Greenville office. “It stands as a living testament to the power of the garden and the importance of the landscape architect. We were able to use both hardscape and plant materials to create a formal, yet contemporary landscape, to complement the significant terminal expansion project and celebrate the garden’s unique sense of place in the heart of the airport terminal.”

 

 

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