• Buckeye Valley Fire Station Earns LEED Gold

    Buckeye Valley FirestationFire Chief magazine, Arizona is the top state for the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) certified fire stations.

    The LEED Gold fire station was designed by Perlman Architects of Arizona. Logan Simpson Design prepared landscape and irrigation construction documents for the new 3-bay Fire Station (12,000 S.F), 19910 West Arlington Road, Gila Bend. Site improvements for the five acre project include visitor and staff parking lot, storage/training areas, and a large retention area. Large cacti accents, such as prickly pears, totem pole cacti, agaves, and golden barrels were used to reduce the project’s overall water-usage. The shape and structure of these accents were used to compliment the architecture and to highlight site and building entrances. Native wildflower seed mix and desert pavement rock were used in the larger, more open areas of the site for aesthetics and dust/erosion control. Larger angular rock was used around retention basins to provide texture to landscape surface and to minimize sedimentation. LSD coordinated with the civil engineer to create natural surface drainage to filter rain water into the plant areas.

    LSD has three LEED accredited landscape professionals on our Arizona environmental planning staff. LEED is an internationally recognized green-building certification system, which sets the preeminent standards for site selection, water and energy efficiency, materials used, and indoor environmental quality.

  • American Society of Landscape Architects Arizona Chapter Exhibit

    LSD is participating in a new exhibit at Phoenix City Hall. The exhibit is sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects Arizona Chapter (AzASLA), a non-profit professional organization. The exhibit showcases the works of landscape architects from throughout Arizona, and how they benefit not only visual quality, physical comfort, and economic value in our cities, towns, and rural areas, but how they have a direct effect on public health and safety.

    LSD’s board highlights three recent projects: U.S. 60 Gonzales Pass, Tres Rios Restoration, and Chandler Heights Veterans Oasis Park.

    Craig Coronato, RLALSD’s Craig Coronato, FASLA, LEED-AP, is leading AzASLA’s Advocacy Committee. His participation and leadership is a continuation of his work in Colorado where he advocated legislation to restore licensure for landscape architects. He organized and co-chaired the nonprofit Colorado Council of Landscape Architects to represent the profession on the issue. The legislation passed in 2007, making Colorado the 49th state to license landscape architects.

    The traveling exhibit will also visit the ASU Design School Lobby, City of Scottsdale, City of Peoria, City of Glendale, Maricopa County Flood Control District, City of Flagstaff, and City of Chandler.

  • Logan Simpson Selected by ADOT to Design Segment of State Route 303

    Logan Simpson is one of three landscape architecture firms selected by the Arizona Department of Transportation for the SR303L, Thomas Road to Peoria Avenue Landscape & Irrigation Design project. In addition to design, Logan Simpson will prepare erosion control plans for two miles of the Loop 303 (Bob Stump Memorial Parkway) from Thomas to Camelback roads in the west valley.  All design work is scheduled for completion by 2014.

  • Integrating Accessible Access into a more Universal Environment

    Jerry MoarLike many who read the story and saw the second grade class photo at Herbert Spencer Elementary in New Westminster, B.C, I was heartbroken by the separation of 7-year old Miles Ambridge (far right) from the rest of his classmates.

    With a huge grin on his face, Miles, diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, is leaning as far as he can just to feel like a part of the group. And though the photographer did not  deliberately separate Miles from his classmates, there’s no doubt that with a little more consideration and a little more understanding, the photographer and teacher could have avoided the hurtful mistake altogether. read more

  • Logan Simpson Providing Landscape Design For City of Mesa Museum Expansion

    Logan Simpson landscape designers are collaborating with Saemisch + Di Bella Architects on the adaptive use of the City of Mesa Federal Building, 26 North MacDonald St. in downtown Mesa, Arizona. The 22,000 square foot historic landmark will be home for Mesa Historical Museum exhibits and laboratory space for the Arizona Museum of Natural History. Site and landscape improvements will include on-site and off-site street frontage located along MacDonald and Main streets, building foundation/entry plaza spaces, and parking lot/delivery areas.

  • Christopher Garraty, Ph.D., RPA Joins Logan Simpson Design

    Christopher Garraty, Ph.D., RPA

    Christopher Garraty, Ph.D., RPA

    Logan Simpson Design Inc., one of the largest environmental planning and landscape architecture firms in the West, announced today it has hired Christopher Garraty, Ph.D., RPA, as a principal investigator in our Tempe office.

    Chris has more than 17 years of experience, most recently working for the Gila River Indian Community in their Cultural Resource Management Program as a Project Manager in Sacaton, Arizona.

    His regional and topical expertise includes ceramics analysis and technological change, development of  complex societies and premodern markets, and Spanish Colonialism.  He has conducted research on the Postclassic (Aztec) central Mexico (Aztec), Mexican Gulf lowlands, and in the American Southwest.  His analytical focus involves ceramic compositional analysis, elemental characterization techniques, multivariate statistics, heuristic approaches, exploratory data analysis (EDA), and spatial statistics.

    Chris obtained his Ph.D. and his M.A. in Anthropology from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, and he obtained his BA in Anthropology from Temple University in Pennsylvania.

  • Kathryn Leonard Appointed to Arizona Historic Sites Review Committee

    Kathryn Leonard, M.A., RPA

    LSD Cultural Resources Director Kathryn Leonard, M.A., RPA, was appointed by the State Historic Preservation Officer to the Arizona Historic Sites Review Committee. The nine-member committee is Arizona’s official National Register of Historic Places Review Board. Members represent the fields of history, architecture, prehistoric and historic archaeology, and related disciplines. During her three year term, Kathryn will assist the State Historic Preservation Officer in reviewing National Register Nominations and provide recommendations for nominating properties to the State and National Register of Historic Places. Kathryn, who resides in Phoenix’s Fairview Place Historic District, manages the cultural resources program at LSD and provides Section 106 of the NHPA support, including government-to-government consultation, for large, complex energy EIS projects.

  • Logan Simpson Supports Save the Family at Escobedo at Verde Vista

    As part of Valley Partnership’s commitment to public service and community projects, Logan Simpson developed the landscape design for Save the Family’s new headquarters at a new mixed-use development in Mesa, Arizona.  Escobedo at Verde Vista will allow the non-profit organization to expand its housing and social services.

    The family-friendly site will feature a colorful game court, entry ramada, inviting play structures, and large shade trees to help create a homey feeling for residents and guests.

    Escobedo at Verde Vista is under construction just north of downtown Mesa. Save the Family, a Mesa-based non-profit organization that helps homeless families become self-sufficient, will provide housing and social services to the community, which will include 70 low- to moderate- income energy-efficient rental units which will be accessible to the physically disabled.

  • Logan Simpson Providing Landscape Design for City of Tempe Multi-Use Path

    City of Tempe Multi-Use Path

    The City of Tempe selected Logan Simpson to design an approximately half-mile long multi-use trail within a public alley between Kiwanis Park and Rural Road. The trail will be designed as a paved accessible pedestrian and bicycle trail, completing the City’s trail connection to Kiwanis Park.  The trail will link neighborhoods to the local school and community park and will implement Low Impact Development principles including water harvesting to promote a sustainable landscape. The trail will be lighted with wayfinding signage.  In addition to landscape architecture design services, Logan Simpson’s environmental planners will conduct environmental investigations and prepare the documentation to provide NEPA compliance. All design work is scheduled for completion by 2014.

  • Ajo Train Depot Wins Preservation Award

    Ajo Railroad Depot
    The Tucson–Pima County Historical Commission and Tucson Historical Preservation Foundation will present a Historic Preservation award for the Ajo Train Depot rehabilitation May 18.

    LSD assisted the Pima County Cultural Resources Department and Federal Highway Administration with the rehabilitation of the NRHP-listed contributing building within the Ajo Townsite Historic District. LSD prepared a Project Assessment, a Categorical Exclusion, and arranged for the utility and right-of-way clearances and asbestos testing. LSD also worked with the project design team to ensure that the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards were applied to proposed building rehabilitation and addressed in the project assessment document. LSD also assisted with SHPO consultation on a conditional determination of “no adverse effect” for the rehabilitation project.

    The Commission’s award recognizes the significant contribution and impact that the rehabilitated Ajo Train Depot has to the interpretation of local history and architecture at the community level.
    Ajo, a copper mining town, is about 120 miles southwest of Phoenix.