The landscape surroundings and plaza for the new Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences building at Florida State University will provide opportunities for outdoor learning and engagement with natural ecological systems.
Earth Day 2010, the FSU Departments of Geology, Oceanography, and Meteorology merged to form a new Department of Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS). EOAS builds on the strengths of these former departments and adds a new degree program in the field of Environmental Science. The EOAS Building on the Florida State University campus consolidates these programs into a central location where they may function as a single program. Conner collaborated with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects on the landscape architectural spaces surrounding the building. The site is designed to provide a new urban plaza with carefully orchestrated circulation, seating, and gathering spaces. The landscape architectural design solutions seek to recognize the building’s internal sciences emphasis through demonstration gardens of Florida native plantings and displays of geological collections.