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
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!
Sep2015092015 / Sep / 09
We are excited to announce that the Low Impact Development Toolkit won a Crescordia Award in the Healthy Communities (Public Policy/Plans) category from Arizona Forward, Arizona’s oldest and most prestigious awards competition focusing exclusively on sustainability. The LID project was the result of a partnership between the cities of Mesa and Glendale working with Logan Simpson landscape architects and stormwater specialists. read more
Oct2012302012 / Oct / 30
The 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.
Oct2012262012 / Oct / 26
On 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.
Sep2012122012 / Sep / 12
Logan Simpson landscape architecture firm staff and irrigation designers are conducting an assessment to establish irrigation water budgets and irrigation design guidelines for Phoenix-area freeways. We will be studying the water usage of existing freeway segments to determine usage for the representative landscape styles used in the Valley. Our assessment of appropriate water use and design improvements will be the basis of in-progress and future landscape-freeway intergovernmental agreements with local communities. Logan Simpson’s research will then be used to develop a water training manual to improve future watering practices and provide an update the irrigation chapter (released in 1988) of ADOT’s Design Guidelines for Urban Freeways.
As a landscape architecture firm, Logan Simpson is committed to the sustainable use of limited resources. Logan Simpson and ADOT have a decades-long history of conducting research that promotes sustainable practices and contributes to the long term viability of the desert ecosystem. For more than three decades, freeway landscapes in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area have been watered by drip irrigation. Logan Simpson will help ADOT understand and improve its landscape water use with this baseline study to determine the amount of irrigation water used on ADOT freeway landscapes. By looking at the strengths and weaknesses of existing irrigation systems, our landscape and irrigation designers will then review, evaluate, and provide recommendations to ADOT on potential new systems or upgrades to existing systems. Part of the project will involve researching recent information regarding water needs for desert-adapted plants in order to develop new watering criteria to be used by maintenance personnel and irrigation designers. The results of this research will standardize the amount of water plants receive, improving irrigation efficiency of a precious and valuable resource.