Landscape Architecture

  • Low Impact Development Toolkit Wins AZ-APA Award

    We are excitbioswaleed 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!

  • 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

  • City of Mesa’s Desert Arroyo Park Grand Opening

    Desert Arroyo openingLogan 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

  • 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 Design a Finalist for January 8th Memorial

    landscape architecture design tucson memorialThe 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

  • 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.

  • AzASLA Recognizes Tres Rios Environmental Restoration

    Aquatic and riparian vegetationThe Arizona Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects recently recognized the Tres Rios Environmental Restoration project with an Award of Excellence in the General Design category. Construction, mining, and engineering firm Kiewit Western Co. and LSD worked together on the habitat restoration project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and City of Phoenix. Phase III work included a native plant inventory; removal and control of invasive species (primarily Salt Cedar); grading and excavation of the historic river channel; and restoration of riparian and wetland marsh habitats within the active stream area.

    Craig Coronato, FASLA, Director of Design, accepted the award for LSD.

    Winning projects received Awards of Excellence or Honor and were judged by landscape architects based upon design and planning quality and execution, response to site context, environmental sensitivity and sustainability, and value to the public, the client, and other designers. Additionally, special awards were given in the categories of Educators of the Year, Friend of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Sage of the Year, and Landscape Architect of the Year.

    Completed in May 2012, the environmental planning project created 44 acres of new open-water reaches, 10 acres of marsh habitat, and 46 acres of riparian habitat. The Salt, Gila, and Agua Fria river corridors were revegetated with new aquatic plants and cottonwood and willow trees.

    Arizona Chapter of American Public Works Association, also recently selected the Tres Rios Environmental Restoration, Phase 3A & 3B project as this year’s recipient of the Public Works Project of the Year in the Environment – $5 – $25 Million category.

    LSD is also the primary designer for five separate trailheads that will provide gateways to multi-use trails leading to the Overbank Wetlands and Flow Control Wetlands at the 91st Avenue Treatment Plant and the Tres Rios Environmental Restoration project.

  • 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.

  • Buckeye Valley Fire Station Earns LEED Gold

    Buckeye Valley FirestationFire Chief magazine, Arizona is the top state for the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) certified fire stations.

    The LEED Gold fire station was designed by Perlman Architects of Arizona. Logan Simpson Design prepared landscape and irrigation construction documents for the new 3-bay Fire Station (12,000 S.F), 19910 West Arlington Road, Gila Bend. Site improvements for the five acre project include visitor and staff parking lot, storage/training areas, and a large retention area. Large cacti accents, such as prickly pears, totem pole cacti, agaves, and golden barrels were used to reduce the project’s overall water-usage. The shape and structure of these accents were used to compliment the architecture and to highlight site and building entrances. Native wildflower seed mix and desert pavement rock were used in the larger, more open areas of the site for aesthetics and dust/erosion control. Larger angular rock was used around retention basins to provide texture to landscape surface and to minimize sedimentation. LSD coordinated with the civil engineer to create natural surface drainage to filter rain water into the plant areas.

    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.