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Page Eight

THE MICHIAN DALY

Tuesday, May 21, 1974

Page Eight THE MICHIGAN EFAILY Tuesday, May 21, 1974

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Landscape chief watches over 'U'
By BARBARA C5"! Services Building. dirt is only a part of what gees kinds of systems for b:ke se- :esign," he says. "It has bee
May fever sufferers heware! Wanty said Turner aid Mc- into spring maintennce. Wanty purity, but they all cost rion- a real education working wit
he University has hegun Gittinness ended up choosing a says the job starts with a gen- sy." One system he has under he academic comniounty a
pring cleani: g' and freshly sewer pipe and an inverted ftb- eral clean-up of litter, dead preliminary consideration would well as the design profession
tt gra and newly plotted yrgless planter for the Kiosks limbs from trees, and le ves. lock the bike by the pedals als."
awers will abound for t. e neet .,ince "the nice thing about it is Then the grass is mosvn and the since they are the most rigid But most of all, W ntj en
w weeks. that it is indestructible, ve ry plantings begin. part of the bike. joys the fact that people car
The man bhbud l f di' b rlid, and needs little mainten- At the same time, Wi n t y Wanty says he attacs a abttt what is being do e. 't
at is Kenh w t i - nce warka on renovating grounds problem by 'juSt at'n ; down --h l

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sity landscape architec., a soon
as multi-faceted as the job
which he performs
WANTY and his associates
are the ones who brought yoa
the newly erected kiosks and
many of the newer trees which
adorn the campus.
Wanty said the kiosks sr-re
the brainchild of two of his co-
workers, Richard Turned and
Mike McGuinness. "They built
a model and looked for inex-
pensive material that would
withstand the weather," said
Wanty who has a model kiosk,
complete with a cardboard by-
stander, sitting on a shelf in
his office at the Administrative

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Wanty claims that his job as landscape architect at the University
has been 'one of the blessings of my life.' 'I liked to see things grow
and 1 liked the creative part of design,' he says. 'it has been a real
education working with the academic community as well as the de-
sign professionals.

WANTY'S JOB is divided into
two parts: landscape des:gn
and maintenance. Maintenance,
he says, goes "all the way from
big refuse trucks to men walk-
ing around with nails on toe end
of sticks."
Mowing lawns and turning

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that need special attention. "We
have had quite a few bad areas
this year so it will be a real
challenge," he remarks.
ONE AREA of concern to
Wanty is grass that is trodden
into paths. "We encourage peo-
ple to use the grass," lie sys.
"The only time it becomes
a problem is when people con-
centrate the traffic." Wanty
can't criticize students who walk
on the grass, though, since, "Af-
ter all, I enjoy it out there too."
He says that when he reno-
vates an area "the people on
campusddo respect it,' but hais-
lily adds, "in the majority of
cases."
Wanty is also trying to find
an efficient and safe way to
park bicycles. Aided by a com-
puter study done by the local
environmentalist group ENACT,
Wanty found answers to such
questions as where the bikes
are from, where they are park-
ed on campus, where they are
parked at night, and what kind
of security measures people
tend to use.
WANTY SAYS a major prob.
lem is security. "It used to be
that bikes were the $40 balloon
tire types, but now with these
100 to $200 bikes, people want
to keep their bikes right with
them."
He says that there are "al11

ideas." He collboraes w it h
other divisions of the University
such as the botany department
or the School of Public health
as well as calling for profes-
sional expertise outside t h e
University.
ONCE HE HAS identified a
problem, Wanty says he devel-
ops as many alternative solu-
tions as possible. He says he
tries to have as many facts
available as possible. "Ideals
start to become obvious at that
point," he says.
One recent problem Wanty
faced involved developitng a
building entrance 26 feet below
street level for the Fursten-
burg Center, part of te Univer-
sity's medical complex.
Wanty had to consider what
a person sees as he moves out
of the building as well as the
functional aspects of an en-
trance.
ONCE DESIGN is developed,
be it for a building or for the
grounds, it comes ander scrut-
iny from the University plan-
aers Office, the University Ar-
chitects Office, and outside con-
sultants.
Says Wanty, "This fine work-
ing relationship ntroduces a
system of checks ond balances
in terms of considering all as-
pects of a project."
Wanty claims that his job as
landscape architect a, the Uni-
versity has been "one at the
blessings of my life. ' Be start-
ed out studying electrical en-
gineering when he returned
home from the Air Force after
World War II, but he soon lost
interest and took up landscape
architecture.
"I LIKED to see things grow
and I liked the creative part of

amazea at to e :onc 2rns people
in this area have for what the
armpus looks like. 'hy really
seem to care."
It seems to be the fact that
Wanty and his colleagues care,
however, that makes the cam-
pus a place to look at and enjoy.
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