The building footprint was laid out to avoid disturbance to the root systems of the existing trees as much as possible. Impervious paving is minimized, using a drive-thru design. Parking area is configured to avoid the well-grown existing trees.
Porous paving is used in some areas for parking to further reduce surface runoff into the arboretum, downhill and across the street. Most of the site storm water is dispersed on site, not funneled by downspouts, nor directed to the storm sewer. Some is channeled to a pond, someday to be aerated with a solar-powered pump
The owners have planted extensive gardens, making exclusive use of native, drought-tolerant species.