Sustainability

  • 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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  • Stormwater Management 2017 – Should you Attend?

    Logan Simpson’s own Kevin Boesch will be presenting at this year’s Stormwater Management 2017 conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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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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  • Using Low Impact Development to Enhance Communities

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    Bioswales capture a storm’s first flush, which contains most of the pollutants from paved surfaces.

    It doesn’t rain very often in the desert, but when it does, we often lose the opportunity to capture an increasingly important resource: water. Stormwater provides a free source of irrigation water for landscapes and reduces the burden on city storm drainage systems. Where low impact development (LID) practices are used, naturally occurring storms can help conserve water use and reduce flooding hazards in urban areas. By capturing stormwater and using it close to its source, LID can enhance communities and reduce the impacts of development on downstream communities, streams and rivers.

    LID was originally developed to reduce flows to combined sewers in coastal cities, and improve water quality at outfalls into natural water bodies. It is a landscape architecture design approach that can provide low tech, user friendly ways to apply water resource conservation at a local level. LID is now being adapted for use in arid areas of the Southwest where infrequent and unpredictable storms can wreak havoc in urban areas.
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  • 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!

  • Low Impact Development Toolkit wins a Crescordia

    LID-posterWe 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

  • SITES Provides a Tool to Measure Sustainable Landscapes

    Landscape architects and their clients are increasingly looking to create landscape architecture design with a lighter ecological footprint. The goal is to develop responsible, effective approaches that apply the successes and failures of past practices to finding a better balance between humans and nature. The often overused and misunderstood term “sustainability” has been part of the global dialogue for a long time now. read more

  • 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.