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Hennepin Energy Recovery Center
The Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC) outside downtown Minneapolis treats 35 percent of all waste generated in Minneapolis. The master plan transforms this industrial complex into a sustainable garden that enhances the site's function, infrastructure, and history. Landscape highlights include new gardens that reconstruct habitats within an urban setting, most prominently seen in a bosque of swamp white oaks set in a mesic prairie, and rows of birch and juniper trees contained in gabion planters that recall the site's lumber-yard past. In addition, new sidewalks, plantings, lighting and ancillary street furniture along Seventh Avenue further enhance pedestrian, vehicular and public-transportation access to the adjacent Target Field ballpark.
Sustainable strategies further integrate high-efficiency irrigation, regional materials, native plantings, and storm-water management.