Landscape Architecture

  • Community Values Form the Basis for Parks and Open Space Planning

    Jana McKenzie, FASLA, LEED-AP

    Jeremy Call, RLAAs the recession loosens its grip, cities and counties are putting deferred maintenance and capital projects behind them and strategically positioning themselves for future growth by investing in parks and open space. Compelling community planning visions are built upon shared values of community identity, community health, and—while some may shy from this word—community happiness. Communities can leverage their parks and open space system to help enliven old neighborhoods and commercial areas, attract and retain employers, improve safety, and overall physical and economic health. read more

  • American Society of Landscape Architects Arizona Chapter Exhibit

    LSD is participating in a new exhibit at Phoenix City Hall. The exhibit is sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects Arizona Chapter (AzASLA), a non-profit professional organization. The exhibit showcases the works of landscape architects from throughout Arizona, and how they benefit not only visual quality, physical comfort, and economic value in our cities, towns, and rural areas, but how they have a direct effect on public health and safety.

    LSD’s board highlights three recent projects: U.S. 60 Gonzales Pass, Tres Rios Restoration, and Chandler Heights Veterans Oasis Park.

    Craig Coronato, RLALSD’s Craig Coronato, FASLA, LEED-AP, is leading AzASLA’s Advocacy Committee. His participation and leadership is a continuation of his work in Colorado where he advocated legislation to restore licensure for landscape architects. He organized and co-chaired the nonprofit Colorado Council of Landscape Architects to represent the profession on the issue. The legislation passed in 2007, making Colorado the 49th state to license landscape architects.

    The traveling exhibit will also visit the ASU Design School Lobby, City of Scottsdale, City of Peoria, City of Glendale, Maricopa County Flood Control District, City of Flagstaff, and City of Chandler.

  • Logan Simpson Selected by ADOT to Design Segment of State Route 303

    Logan Simpson is one of three landscape architecture firms selected by the Arizona Department of Transportation for the SR303L, Thomas Road to Peoria Avenue Landscape & Irrigation Design project. In addition to design, Logan Simpson will prepare erosion control plans for two miles of the Loop 303 (Bob Stump Memorial Parkway) from Thomas to Camelback roads in the west valley.  All design work is scheduled for completion by 2014.

  • Logan Simpson Selected by City of Salt Lake to Design Segment of 300 West

    The City of Salt Lake selected Logan Simpson to design about 1.5 miles of streetscape improvements on 300 West, from North Temple to 400 West. Landscape architecture improvements will include medians, planting areas, special paving and monument signage concepts. This is a very important route for downtown commuters from the communities north of Salt Lake City.  All design work is scheduled for completion by 2014.

  • Logan Simpson Providing Landscape Design For City of Mesa Museum Expansion

    Logan Simpson landscape designers are collaborating with Saemisch + Di Bella Architects on the adaptive use of the City of Mesa Federal Building, 26 North MacDonald St. in downtown Mesa, Arizona. The 22,000 square foot historic landmark will be home for Mesa Historical Museum exhibits and laboratory space for the Arizona Museum of Natural History. Site and landscape improvements will include on-site and off-site street frontage located along MacDonald and Main streets, building foundation/entry plaza spaces, and parking lot/delivery areas.

  • Logan Simpson Supports Save the Family at Escobedo at Verde Vista

    As part of Valley Partnership’s commitment to public service and community projects, Logan Simpson developed the landscape design for Save the Family’s new headquarters at a new mixed-use development in Mesa, Arizona.  Escobedo at Verde Vista will allow the non-profit organization to expand its housing and social services.

    The family-friendly site will feature a colorful game court, entry ramada, inviting play structures, and large shade trees to help create a homey feeling for residents and guests.

    Escobedo at Verde Vista is under construction just north of downtown Mesa. Save the Family, a Mesa-based non-profit organization that helps homeless families become self-sufficient, will provide housing and social services to the community, which will include 70 low- to moderate- income energy-efficient rental units which will be accessible to the physically disabled.

  • Logan Simpson Providing Landscape Design for City of Tempe Multi-Use Path

    City of Tempe Multi-Use Path

    The City of Tempe selected Logan Simpson to design an approximately half-mile long multi-use trail within a public alley between Kiwanis Park and Rural Road. The trail will be designed as a paved accessible pedestrian and bicycle trail, completing the City’s trail connection to Kiwanis Park.  The trail will link neighborhoods to the local school and community park and will implement Low Impact Development principles including water harvesting to promote a sustainable landscape. The trail will be lighted with wayfinding signage.  In addition to landscape architecture design services, Logan Simpson’s environmental planners will conduct environmental investigations and prepare the documentation to provide NEPA compliance. All design work is scheduled for completion by 2014.

  • Buckeye Firehouse No. 703 Wins Station Style Design Award

    Buckeye Firehouse No. 703The November issue of Fire Chief magazine recognizes Buckeye Firehouse No. 703 in the 12th annual Station Style Fire Station Design Awards. This program recognizes outstanding architecture and design from fire departments nationwide.

    According to Fire Chief magazine, Arizona is the top state for the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) certified fire stations. The LEED certified-pending red brick fire station was designed by Perlman Architects of Arizona.

    LSD prepared both landscape and irrigation construction documents for the fire station in the Verrado community. The areas in the landscape plan included the site perimeter, site and building entries, building foundation, and areas around the parking lot.  The landscape contributes to the design and operation of the facility and is inviting to the Verrado community.  The low water use plants have bold textures and bloom in vivid colors.

    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.


  • Logan Simpson Gives Back to Las Vegas Community for Green Apple Day of Service

    Green Apple Day of ServiceOn Sept. 29, more than 1,250 service projects took place in 49 countries to make schools healthier, more sustainable places to learn. The Nevada Chapter of the US Green Building Council teamed up with Jerome Mack Middle School in Las Vegas for the Green Apple Day of Service. Logan Simpson, a landscape architecture and environmental planning firm, developed the planting and irrigation plan for the garden, and coordinated donations from nurseries, irrigation companies, and contractors.

    The garden, on the Flamingo Arroyo Trail next to the school, will be used to teach students about water conservation, native plants and traditional uses of these plants by indigenous people and early settlers of the Las Vegas Valley.  The Green Apple event had more than 40 students, teachers, parents and USGBC participants.


  • Environmental Planning Spotlight: Tres Rios Environmental Restoration Wins Crescordia Award

    Environmental organization Valley Forward recently recognized the Tres Rios Environmental Restoration project for environmental planning excellence. 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.

    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.

    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.

    Kiewit Western Co. submitted the project for Valley Forward’s review.

    Valley Forward video courtesy SRP Communications Services