Colorado

  • Second Graders Love Mehaffey Park

    MP_1Lincoln Elementary second graders in Mrs. Johnson’s class recently explored a brand new city park called Mehaffey Park in Loveland, Colorado. The students wrote a book, recorded a song, made videos (see link below), and wrote a letter to the editor of the local newspaper about what they observed and learned exploring the pond, adventure playground, picnic shelters, natural areas, soccer fields, skate park, arboretum, dog park, and tennis courts.

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  • River’s Edge Natural Area Open to the Public

    AnglersRiver’s Edge Natural Area is open. The City of Loveland’s grand opening ceremony included a fishing clinic, guided bird and plant walks, demonstrations and wildlife viewing.  Logan Simpson’s landscape architects prepared the master plan and designed the improvements to the site for public recreation facilities, and restoration of the disturbed riparian and uplands habitat. Select areas of the ponds were filled in and banks cut back to create additional wetlands and terrestrial and aquatic habitat.  read more

  • Logan Simpson Welcomes Michael Chalona, PLA

    Michael ChalonaMichael Chalona, PLA, LEED AP BD+C, joined the Fort Collins office as a senior associate landscape architect. Michael is a registered landscape architect in five states, and brings 21 years of experience and leadership in sustainable design and construction to our environmental planning firm. He is experienced in project, contract, and consultant management; real estate development; and project permitting; and is considered an expert in land use and zoning codes. A skilled leader in directing projects from conceptual design through construction, Michael is passionate about the sustainable landscape architecture design of outdoor spaces that are beautiful, and enduring.

    New additions to our landscape design practice also include Ran Ran and Mark Kieser in Tempe, and Tyler Smithson in Salt Lake City.

  • Logan Simpson Welcomes Erin Bibeau

    Erin Bibeau joined the Fort Collins environmental consulting services office as a senior environmental planner. Erin has 10 years of experience in environmental planning, permitting, and compliance. Her professional experience spans a variety of environmental projects including environmental assessment, regulatory compliance, NEPA compliance, habitat management planning, and environmental permitting. read more

  • Ford Park Showcased in Landscape Architect and Specifier News

    Ford Park Pathway

    The fine work of LSD’s Fort Collins landscape architects, Jana McKenzie, Kurt Friesen, and Kelly Smith, is showcased in the April issue of Landscape Architect and Specifier News. The article (on pp 76-80) is about the fabulous Ford Park in Vail, one of America’s most high-profile recreation areas.

  • Logan Simpson’s “Our Lands – Our Future” Study Wins APA and NACP Award

    community planningThe American Planning Association County Planning Division and its sister organization, the National Association of County Planners has bestowed the Award of Excellence to Logan Simpson’s “ Our Lands – Our Future Recreation & Conservation Choices for Northern Colorado” conservation study in the Grass Roots Initiative category.

    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’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.

  • Jana McKenzie Appointed to Colorado Board of Landscape Architects

    Jana McKenzie, FASLA, LEED-AP

    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Jana McKenzie, an award winning Principal Landscape Architect with Logan Simpson Design, Inc., to the State Board of Landscape Architects. Jana, whose career spans over 25 years, is an ASLA Fellow, a LEED Accredited Professional, and certified by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB).  Jana is one of a small group of landscape architects who, with ASLA, originated the Sustainable Sites Initiative in 2002. She has also been a Director of the ASLA Sustainable Sites Professional Practice Network, and served five years on the USGBC Greenbuild Conference Program Committee.

    Jana, who resides in Fort Collins, has a broad range of experience serving public and private clients in streetscape design, design guidelines, community master planning, transportation facility design, parks and trails planning and design, natural areas design, and resource management. Her experience ranges from the preparation of large-scale planning documents to site-specific design for projects in Colorado and throughout the western United States. Jana manages and coordinates multi-disciplinary design teams, and leads public participation programs for consensus building to ensure successful, well-accepted, and implementable solutions. Her work focuses on integrating the multiple facets of sustainability – environmental, economic, social, health and culture – to result in plans and designs that are appropriate for their context, and which endure over time.

    Jana is committed to educating the public and allied professionals about the importance of stewardship and the critical role that landscape architects play in designing healthy, livable communities.

    The State Board of Landscape Architects regulates and licenses landscape architects within the Division of Registrations, Department of Regulatory Agencies. The mission of the Board is to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Colorado by preventing the improper design of public domain landscape infrastructure by unauthorized, unqualified, and incompetent persons. Activities include examining and licensing landscape architects, investigating complaints about landscape architects and disciplining those who violate the law and/or the Board’s Rules. This Board is made up of five members: three from the profession and two public members. It works closely with national organizations such as CLARB.

    Jana’s term on the board will expire August 4, 2017.

  • 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.

  • Logan Simpson Design Celebrates 23rd Anniversary

    Environmental planning and landscape architecture firm Logan Simpson Design Inc. is celebrating 23 years this week. In August, LSD celebrated the first-year anniversary of our Fort Collins office with an open house.

    “We have been servicing the Intermountain West from our Tempe, Arizona and Salt Lake City, Utah offices for the past nine years, and decided in 2012 to open offices in Fort Collins, adding value through proximity and local knowledge,” said Diane Simpson-Colebank, CEO and president. “We’ve had fantastic business growth since then, and would like to thank all our clients and partners for their continuous support.”

    As is tradition, Principals Diane Simpson-Colebank, Wayne Colebank, Greg Brown, Eileen Bailey, Tom Keith, Bruce Meighen, and Jana McKenzie will distribute gifts to employees this week to show their appreciation.

    LSD’s in-house interdisciplinary staff includes:

    • Environmental planners
    • Landscape architects
    • Archaeologists
    • Historians
    • Biologists
    • Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting specialists
    • Visual resources specialists
    • Public involvement specialists
    • GIS/graphics specialists
    • Construction inspectors
  • Logan Simpson Design Assisting Colorado Springs Utilities with Natural Resources Consulting

    Pikes Peak WatershedLSD is part of a team of consultants selected to provide natural resources consulting services to Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU).  Previously, key LSD staff worked with CSU to develop a plan for public use in the Pike’s Peak watershed, an area that had been closed to use for over a century. The plan provided for recreational use combined with resource protection strategies and monitoring to assure that water quality and other important resource values were maintained and enhanced.
    LSD will provide similar services through this new contract with a focus on recreation and trails planning as well as the conduct of environmental assessments and related studies.

    CSU, a municipal utility, provides electricity, natural gas, water and wastewater services to the Pikes Peak region.