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  • Logan Simpson Staffer Wins Mayor’s Disability Award

    Congratulations to Logan Simpson designer Mariana Pereira, who was awarded the City of Tempe, Arizona’s Tom Ringhofer Architectural Award as part of the city’s 2018 Mayor’s Disability Awards. Mariana created detailed, laser-cut models of multiple stops for the Tempe Streetcar, which will follow a 14-stop, 3-mile route in downtown Tempe. Logan Simpson was the lead urban designer and landscape architect for this high-profile alternative transportation project. The project requires strict adherence to Americans with Disabilities Act, Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines, and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design standards.  Project goals include providing intuitive and barrier-free access to stops, incorporating sufficient shade, lighting and seating in waiting areas, and integrating public art.  Logan Simpson is also responsible for coordinating the work of architecture and wayfinding and interpretive signage graphics.

    Read more about the project here. Information about the Mayor’s Disability Awards can be found here.

     

     

  • Seeing from the Sky: How Logan Simpson Uses Drones

    Drones have become part of Logan Simpson’s technical toolkit. Our staff uses drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, for site mapping, elevation modeling, aerial photography, and capturing video footage. Our FAA-licensed pilots have used drones to generate orthomosaic and elevation models for the post-excavation phase of the Sonoqui Wash Data Recovery project in Central Arizona. Other projects include conducting an orthophoto survey of the El  Rancho de Las Golondrinas outdoor architecture park and surrounding land near Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well as a vertical cliff wall aerial survey of ancient petroglyphs and site-level aerial reconnaissance surveys.

    Logan Simpson began to use drones at the suggestion of our staff, who took advantage of the firm’s “Denali Trek” program. The Denali Trek is designed to encourage innovation in how we carry out our work. Each year, Logan Simpson staff may submit proposals to the firm so that they may purchase equipment and dedicate a portion of their time to developing innovative methodologies. In addition to drones, the Denali Trek program has enabled Logan Simpson to begin to use virtual reality and ground-penetrating radar.

  • Goodyear’s Wellspring Park

    Promoting Health and Wellness in a World-Class Facility

    Logan Simpson worked closely with the City of Goodyear, Arizona and Goodyear residents to develop a master plan for a landmark park focused on health and wellness. With few constraints beyond the charge to develop a world-class facility, the design grew organically, based on the site itself and the input of the city, stakeholders, and the public. In the end, a great number of alternatives and strategies converged to create a visionary design that captures the imagination, will catalyze investment, and will inspire patrons, donors, and contributors eager to see the park become a reality. The goal is for Wellspring Park to be compared to other great parks that have shifted paradigms and perceptions―places like Central Park, the Olympic Sculpture Park, and The Highline. These parks are keenly focused on the need for people to connect with urban nature for the benefit of their health and well being.

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  • Arizona Moves to Deregulate Landscape Architecture

    February 17, 2016 – Phoenix, Arizona – The Arizona State Legislature has introduced House Bill 2613, which would remove the current licensure requirement for a number of professions, including landscape architects. In addition, the bill would move the state’s Board of Technical Registration into the Arizona Department of Administration. Despite the presence of more than 100 landscape architects who opposed the bill, it passed in the House Commerce Committee today and now moves on to the a vote of the full House. read more

  • Logan Simpson Surveys 11,000 Acres within Three Solar Energy Zones for the BLM

    Tina Hart, M.A., RPALogan Simpson helped the Arizona Bureau of Land Management (BLM) facilitate environmentally responsible utility-scale solar energy development by surveying more than 11,000 acres in solar energy zones (SEZs) in compliance with Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act. read more

  • SITES Provides a Tool to Measure Sustainable Landscapes

    Landscape architects and their clients are increasingly looking to create landscape architecture design with a lighter ecological footprint. The goal is to develop responsible, effective approaches that apply the successes and failures of past practices to finding a better balance between humans and nature. The often overused and misunderstood term “sustainability” has been part of the global dialogue for a long time now. read more

  • Arizona Cultural Resources: Historic Florence Hotel

    Mark Hackbarth, RPA

    Founded in 1866, the Town of Florence is located between Phoenix and Tucson in Pinal County, Arizona. As part of the Town’s recent construction of Padilla Park, Logan Simpson’s cultural resources consultants recently documented the foundation of a hotel building believed to be the original 1875 Florence Hotel. read more

  • Airport Wildlife Hazard Assessments

    Waiting in line at an airport security checkpoint, flyers know that airports across the country are committed to safety. But just outside, past the runways, towers and fences, wildlife biological resource specialists are surveying and recording data to keep the flying public safe.

    As part of efforts to reduce bird and animal strikes, members of Logan Simpson’s biological resources team are in the field to assess wildlife hazards at nine Arizona airports for the Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Group, which is charged with meeting requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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  • Logan Simpson’s Frank Luke Addition Project and Ancient Hohokam Pottery

    Cultural resource management (CRM) archaeology mainly exists to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws that conserve and protect significant cultural and historical resources from harm or destructive impacts. Sometimes, however, CRM work provides opportunities for detailed scientific research that yields significant advances in our knowledge of the past. Such is the case with Logan Simpson’s recent excavations near 18th and McKinley streets in central Phoenix, in advance of the city’s revitalization of the Frank Luke Addition housing development, a HUD-funded public housing community. read more

  • The Healthy Forests Restoration Act and Community Wildfire Protection Plans

    Chris BockeyWildfire season is fast approaching and agencies and communities across the West are reviewing, revising, and updating strategies to protect land from severe wildfire threat. As an Arizona environmental planning firm, Logan Simpson’s wildfire planning specialists have recently completed the 2014 Cochise County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and 2014 Maricopa County CWPP Update as a result of the need for these counties to have established and updated plans in place.
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