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Landscaping and Horticulture for Lauren Schwartz’s Memorial Greenhouse

Landscaping and Horticulture for Lauren Schwartz’s Memorial Greenhouse

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Published by: calderdavid35 on Oct 03, 2011
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The Product Design Specifications begins with establishing the needs that our design
must fulfill, including daily therapy; a social environment; and a place to develop
prevocational skills. Plants must not only be varied enough to allow participation from
students with vastly different physical and mental abilities, but the activities must also
bring those students together and cultivate teamwork as well as the ability to work in
groups. These needs provide a base criterion on which later requirements can be judged.

Most of the PDS outlines the functional requirements of the plants and activities using the
following criteria: Functional Performance, Safety, Quality, Manufacturing, Timing,
Economic, Ergonomic, Ecological, Aesthetic, and Life Cycle. The functional
performance of the plants must include year-round therapeutic activity that may also
build gardening skills, which can be used by students upon graduation. The plants must
be distributed to allow all students to participate in those activities and robust enough to
provide an easily maintainable population that survives in static room temperature
environment. Plants with varying life cycles such as blooming and planting cycles will
provide a dynamic year-round calendar of student activity. Since students have
unpredictable allergies that change from year to year, plants cannot be commonly allergic
or poisonous. Even though there is no set cost limit to the project, in order to make the
design easily maintainable for the school and accessible to others who may wish to
duplicate the design, our choice of plants will be common, low maintenance, low cost,
houseplants, which are visually attractive and meet the functional needs of the students.
Large pots with Ficus trees on ground level can provide aesthetics that are easily
maintained and mobile.

The last section of the PDS deals with Corporate Constraints. We know that the school
would like to start construction in the summer of 2007, so we need to provide a design
with plants that can be acquired in large quantities by then and fully grown. We feel that
building a relationship with a supplier is very important for the PS79M, so we will make
several recommendations and suggest that one is chosen and used throughout the year.
An alternative solution could be to use one supplier for each period of purchasing. This
solution could be desirable if there is particular advantage to purchasing seasonal plants

Mike Aronov, Ini Li, Kevin Luke, Eugene Yao, Jason Eckstein
Team 6: Interior & Exterior Landscaping and Horticulture
Advisor: Emily Persson
Final Design Report
December 11, 2006


from one supplier at a particular time. We must make sure that our design conforms to
all ADA and public school requirements. We do not feel that any of our ideas warrant
consideration for a patent since one of the strengths of our design is the use of
conventional and realistic ideas based on the given the high level of development and
success in the world of greenhouses and horticulture therapy.

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