Belden Brick

NetApp Wichita

Wichita, KS




Lusco Brick & Stone Co.

Designing with nature in parallel, MKEC’s land development group created a welcoming space encouraging social interaction for students and employees to gather at the new NetApp facility on the Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus.

NetApp Wichita is a new 168,000 SF office and research facility that required all the creativity and coordination of multiple disciplines within MKEC. NetApp Inc. requested unique, highly aesthetic, sustainable, and functional outdoor amenity spaces for employees and public use. The project specification included detailed hardscapes, landscapes, and water use throughout their campus space.


  • A large plaza area
  • Walking paths, smaller personal-type space opportunities
  • Integrated water features (bioswales, large water basin, runnel, waterfalls, and a reflection pool)
  • Bridges, pedestrian, and landscape accent lighting
  • A sports court

The extensive landscape comprises a native and adaptable plan composed of 110 trees, 600 shrubs, and over 27,000 ornamental grasses/perennials. MKEC provided civil engineering, survey, landscape architecture, and electrical engineering services for this new NetApp location.

The brick paving pattern and color scheme were a significant signature element repeated throughout all high-use locations. MKEC was able to assemble a look that is bold with both digital and organic elements influences.

Belden Permeable Series Pavers helped provide pedestrian scale and hierarchy in the project pavement types. The Belden Brick Company's broad range of warm grey earth tones for permeable applications offers the ability to create unique patterns and color mix opportunities as a strategic component of sustainable design. Clay brick offers wear longevity and color retention, which were critical to meeting the desired goals.

Landscape Architect: MKEC
Construction Manager/General Contractor: Crossland Construction
Brick Distributor: Lusco Brick & Stone Co.
Photography: Essential Images Photography

2022 Brick in Architecture Award, Best-In-Class Winner – Paving & Landscaping

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