Toomer's Corner at Samford Park was added to the Landscape Performance Series curated by the Landscape Architecture Foundation. This park, the iconic gateway to Auburn University from downtown Auburn, underwent an extensive renovation after a rival football fan intentionally poisoned the live oaks flanking the plaza.
Excavation during the project removed 1,778 tons of soil contaminated with the herbicide tebuthiuron. Testing before the work began showed a concentration of 68 ppb. Testing following the completion of the work could no longer detect the poison. The project utilized permeable paving for stormwater storage and infiltration. Modular structural soil cells support the plaza and provide extended root zones for the replacement trees.
Researchers from Auburn University's Master of Landscape Architecture program completed the performance testing required as part of the Landscape Performance Series report. The Landscape Performance Series was created to help designers and advocates evaluate the effectiveness performative landscapes and promote sustainable design solutions.