Landscape Architecture

  • Artist Highlight: How Koryn Rolstad’s Art Installations bring color to the Tempe Streetcar 

    ‘ILLUMINATED NATURE AND CONNECTIONS’

    If you’ve driven through downtown Tempe recently, you’ve noticed some street construction going on.  In addition to the now-ubiquitous cranes lifting residential towers into the skyline, Mill Avenue, Ash Avenue, Rio Salado, and Apache Boulevard are all being prepared for the new and much-anticipated Streetcar.

    Beyond the track and the new stations, the Tempe Streetcar will also feature beautiful art installations by a variety of artists.  One of the creative minds behind the installations took some time to talk with us about her work.

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  • Via de Ventura Landscape Improvements – How One Planned Community Expects to Save Millions of Gallons of Water a Year

    Logan Simpson is known for our commitment to sustainable design–from the restoration of natural areas to sustainable stormwater management. We recently worked with the McCormick Ranch Homeowner’s Association and the City of Scottsdale, Arizona to design the Via de Ventura Landscape Improvements. This 1.25-mile project is helping McCormick Ranch and the City achieve their goals of reduced maintenance, water conservation, and a greater commitment to sustainability. read more

  • 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.

     

     

  • APWA Arizona Chapter Newsletter Features Article on Wellspring Park

    The May 2018 edition of the Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association newsletter features an article on the City of Goodyear, Arizona’s Wellspring Park. Read it to find out how Goodyear  plans to use a public-private partnership (P3) to help its citizens improve overall health and wellness. Logan Simpson developed the park’s conceptual master plan and created a fly-thorough video of how the park may be developed. Visit wellspringpark.com for more information or visit the City of Goodyear’s Parks and Recreation Department website.

     

  • 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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  • LID Toolkit receives Award

    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.

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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

  • 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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  • Mesa Celebrates Falcon Field Airport Terminal Renovation

    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

  • Wayne Bartholomew Park Honored as Outstanding Project

    WB_2Utah 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.