• Logan Simpson’s “Our Lands – Our Future” Study Wins Colorado ASLA Land Stewardship Award

    community planningThe Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects awarded the Land Stewardship Award to LSD’s “Our Lands – Our Future: Recreation and Conservation Choices for Northern Colorado” conservation study at their annual ceremony December 12. Our Lands – Our Future was the only project to receive the award, which recognizes projects that exemplify the stewardship of Colorado’s landscape and its sustainability.

    For the first time in Colorado, all of the local governments in a county engaged in a comprehensive study on  land conservation and nature-based recreation to evaluate successes, potential improvements, and existing gaps. The regional conservation study used extensive public outreach, an interactive GIS website, and dedicated engagement by nine partner agencies  to produce  a plan that shapes the vision of open space conservation in Larimer County.

    Logan Simpson Design’s landscape architecture and planning team provided the public involvement framework and analysis, coordination, and report for this unique regional conservation study. Working with project partners, four broad goals were developed: Conserve working farms and ranches; Create regionally-significant recreation opportunities; Protect natural resource and wildlife areas; and Enhance urban settings with open space and trail systems.

    This is the first time that all of Larimer County’s municipalities joined together to develop effective tools to manage diminishing open space resources. Over 4,200 citizens provided feedback on key choices: Which types of land and recreation should be provided? Where? What emphasis should be given to each type of open space? How should open space tax dollars be allocated? How should public funds be obtained for continued land conservation and recreation? The level and quality of partnerships in Colorado is unprecedented in this area, and the Our Lands – Our Future report capitalizes on those relationships.

    The combined county-wide and jurisdictional-specific needs assessment, opportunity maps, financial models, and citizen priorities in Our Lands – Our Future will help conservation partners and public land managers ensure that investments are strategic, cost-effective, and representative of community values. In updating their respective master plans, local governments will save land managers time and effort by using this study as a starting point.

    Read the final report here.

    Our Lands Our Future

    Seventeen projects took home an award at the ASLA Colorado 2013 Professional Design Awards and holiday celebration in Denver.

  • 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.

  • Jackson/Teton Comprehensive Plan Wins Award

    Jackson Hole Mormon BarnThe Jackson/Teton Comprehensive Plan, finalized with much public involvement, was awarded the Wyoming Planning Association’s Urban Planning Project of the Year.  Plan finalization, adoption, and public involvement was led by members of LSD’s Fort Collins planning and design team, prior to joining the firm.

    Jackson Hole is the southern gateway to the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.  While home to 21,000 permanent residents, millions of tourists visit the area annually.  Given the international expectation of ecosystem preservation, residents have a unique obligation to promote ecosystem stewardship while managing community growth.  This comprehensive plan fulfills that obligation through a single, community vision transcending jurisdictional boundaries and mandating cooperation that focuses on successful implementation for the benefit of the entire community.

    While the community has consistently valued ecosystem stewardship, case-by-case evaluation and a discretionary approach to balancing impacts were unable to prevent an increasing percentage of development in pristine areas and a decreasing amount in developed areas.  This Plan is rooted in the ideals of sustainability—that through ecosystem stewardship, growth management and preservation of quality of life, future generations will have the same ecological, social and economic opportunities that exist today.  It is organized to be an adaptive plan, including a growth management program, a measurable approach to ecosystem stewardship, and character district plans which ensure compatibility at both the communitywide and more localized level.

    Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerece ShootoutThe team specifically designed a public involvement strategy to engage the young, working poor, Latinos, seasonal employees, and others historically left out of planning processes.  At the conclusion of the process well over 1,000 participants had been involved at some point, through statistically valid surveys; stakeholder group meetings; individual meetings and interviews; group presentations; small-group “coffee shop conversations”; public, interactive workshops; public hearings; and ongoing website engagement.  More than 2,100 comments were collected and catalogued in a database that allowed the team, decision makers, and public to sort and group comments for easier analysis and review.

    Ultimately, and with broad community support, the plan was unanimously adopted by the Jackson Town Council and the Board of Teton County Commissioners in May 2012.

  • Buckeye Firehouse No. 703 Wins Station Style Design Award

    Buckeye Firehouse No. 703The November issue of Fire Chief magazine recognizes Buckeye Firehouse No. 703 in the 12th annual Station Style Fire Station Design Awards. This program recognizes outstanding architecture and design from fire departments nationwide.

    According to Fire Chief magazine, Arizona is the top state for the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) certified fire stations. The LEED certified-pending red brick fire station was designed by Perlman Architects of Arizona.

    LSD prepared both landscape and irrigation construction documents for the fire station in the Verrado community. The areas in the landscape plan included the site perimeter, site and building entries, building foundation, and areas around the parking lot.  The landscape contributes to the design and operation of the facility and is inviting to the Verrado community.  The low water use plants have bold textures and bloom in vivid colors.

    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.