The LID, or Low Impact Development Toolkit received the Award of Excellence in Analysis and Planning at the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Arizona Chapter’s 2016 Gala. The award is given in recognition of a project that demonstrates exceptional quality in the analysis and planning effort; context; environmental sensitivity and sustainability; likelihood of successful implementation; and value to the client, the public, and other designers.
Jun2016012016 / Jun / 01
Feb2016172016 / Feb / 17
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
Dec2015162015 / Dec / 16
Lincoln 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.
Dec2015142015 / Dec / 14
The City of Mesa celebrated the Grand Opening of the newly renovated terminal building at Falcon Field Airport for which Logan Simpson completed landscape architecture design services.
Site improvements included the immediate entrances areas and waiting areas adjacent to the building’s landside and airside. The $2 million remodel provides upgraded facilities for pilots, passengers and the public in a modern setting. It is the first of several improvements to be completed this fall and in early 2016 at the Mesa airport. read more
Dec2015132015 / Dec / 13
Utah Construction & Design Magazine announced the winners of its “Most Outstanding Projects.” Wayne Bartholomew Park, one of our Salt Lake City office’s projects, was honored in the Landscape/Public Space (Small) category. It was one of 31 projects selected by a panel of industry professionals in the architectural, engineering and construction industry.
Logan Simpson designed a swimming beach, boardwalk, fishing docks, amphitheater, parking, trails, restrooms, and picnic sites for this 25-acre property at the mouth of Hobble Creek Canyon. The property has historically been a spring collection area for the City as well as agriculture property for the Wayne Bartholomew family. In 2012 Springville City received grant monies to create a secondary water storage pond at the park. Through the grant, the City was able to construct a four-acre pond on the site.
Within the past two years, our Salt Lake City landscape architecture design team has completed six major park master planning projects for Salt Lake City, Midvale, and Springville. Four of the six projects are under construction or have been completed in accordance with the master plan goals objectives and preliminary construction budgets.
Read about the project here.
Nov2015152015 / Nov / 15
We are excited to announce that the Low Impact Development Toolkit has been named by the Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Award Committee as the winner in the Ordinance category. Like most communities spanning Arizona, the cities of Mesa and Glendale historically considered stormwater to be a nuisance that needed to be quickly eliminated through an expensive pipe and channel system.
By developing and advancing Low Impact Development, these communities are shifting the stormwater paradigm and recognizing stormwater as a resource that can be used to promote healthy urban communities. LID is a stormwater management method that engages native materials and simple tools to reduce runoff and pollution. The toolkit provides a user-friendly menu of LID methods, best practices, technical requirements and construction details that help communities restore washes and enhance streetscapes or parks while cooling down cities at night. Congratulations to our uber-talented teammates who brought this project to life!
Sep2015242015 / Sep / 24
River’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
Sep2015102015 / Sep / 10
Logan Simpson is excited to announce that Desert Arroyo Park is open! The City of Mesa’s grand opening ceremony celebrated technology, education and nature. This is Mesa’s first park to offer the public free WiFi along with nature walking paths that teach children about Arizona desert. read more
Dec2014052014 / Dec / 05
Michael 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.
Nov2014192014 / Nov / 19
The January 8th Memorial Foundation has selected Logan Simpson and three other finalists out of the 60 practices and artists who submitted applications to create a permanent memorial and master plan concept for the El Presidio Park in Tucson. The permanent memorial would commemorate the January 8, 2011, mass shooting that wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, killed six people and injured 12 others. The memorial is also intended to honor the spirit of the Tucson community in its responses to the tragedy and to inspire future generations to work together on community issues.
For more information about the foundation and memorial plans, visit www.tucsonsmemorial.org.