O’Boyle, Cowell, Blalock & Associates, Inc. (OCBA) was retained by the Adrian Dominican Sisters to prepare a Landscape Master Plan for their 110 acre Motherhouse Campus. The Campus landscape had evolved over the years as interested sisters had developed portions of the campus with donations, often without the benefit of a plan, attention to maintenance requirements, or consideration of the surrounding context. Therefore, the overall goal was to incorporate as much of the existing plant materials as possible into the Landscape Master Plan, while reducing maintenance and creating organization and a sense of place throughout the Campus.
The resulting Landscape Master Plan established character, goals, and standards for landscape aesthetics and maintenance for the Campus. It also included recommendations for respecting the heritage of the campus, setting a direction for incremental improvements in the landscape, and being sensitive to reasonable maintenance and landscape management principles.