Reiman Gardens Improvements

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Ames, Iowa

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The Reiman Gardens are nestled within the Iowa State University campus. Waters Edge Aquatic Design was part of a team to plan and design improvements to enhance the gardens. The team worked through several concepts and landed on a final design to include a water wall, stream with cascade waterfalls, a lower reflecting basin, and other signature architectural features. The stream was formed using varying sizes of stonework with an EPDM pond liner below for retaining water within the stream. Cascade structures and the lower reflecting basin were constructed of concrete, which was then either clad with stone or painted. Treatment for the fountain included pressure sand filtration and low-pressure ultraviolet light for algae control. Chemical treatment was not provided as it would have been possibly damaging to the organic elements of the feature.

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