• Jackson/Teton Comprehensive Plan Wins Award

    Jackson Hole Mormon BarnThe Jackson/Teton Comprehensive Plan, finalized with much public involvement, was awarded the Wyoming Planning Association’s Urban Planning Project of the Year.  Plan finalization, adoption, and public involvement was led by members of LSD’s Fort Collins planning and design team, prior to joining the firm.

    Jackson Hole is the southern gateway to the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.  While home to 21,000 permanent residents, millions of tourists visit the area annually.  Given the international expectation of ecosystem preservation, residents have a unique obligation to promote ecosystem stewardship while managing community growth.  This comprehensive plan fulfills that obligation through a single, community vision transcending jurisdictional boundaries and mandating cooperation that focuses on successful implementation for the benefit of the entire community.

    While the community has consistently valued ecosystem stewardship, case-by-case evaluation and a discretionary approach to balancing impacts were unable to prevent an increasing percentage of development in pristine areas and a decreasing amount in developed areas.  This Plan is rooted in the ideals of sustainability—that through ecosystem stewardship, growth management and preservation of quality of life, future generations will have the same ecological, social and economic opportunities that exist today.  It is organized to be an adaptive plan, including a growth management program, a measurable approach to ecosystem stewardship, and character district plans which ensure compatibility at both the communitywide and more localized level.

    Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerece ShootoutThe team specifically designed a public involvement strategy to engage the young, working poor, Latinos, seasonal employees, and others historically left out of planning processes.  At the conclusion of the process well over 1,000 participants had been involved at some point, through statistically valid surveys; stakeholder group meetings; individual meetings and interviews; group presentations; small-group “coffee shop conversations”; public, interactive workshops; public hearings; and ongoing website engagement.  More than 2,100 comments were collected and catalogued in a database that allowed the team, decision makers, and public to sort and group comments for easier analysis and review.

    Ultimately, and with broad community support, the plan was unanimously adopted by the Jackson Town Council and the Board of Teton County Commissioners in May 2012.

  • 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.


  • Logan Simpson Arizona Environmental Consultants to Help Mitigate Fire Danger from Buffelgrass

    The Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center (SABCC) has awarded the Arizona environmental consultants of Logan Simpson a three-year contract to document the distribution, abundance, and effectiveness of treatments to eradicate buffelgrass in Pima County. This invasive species is highly flammable and drastically increases the frequency of fires in the Sonoran Desert.

    Fire is the single greatest threat to public health and safety in and around in and around the Tucson International Airport (TIA) and the Pima County Mission Road Complex, which houses the Pima County Jail and other county infrastructure. Logan Simpson will be working with SABCC, TIA, and Pima County to help reduce the threat at TIA by mapping, controlling, and monitoring the spread of buffelgrass. The projects will be funded through a FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant.

    The Southwest Fire Science Consortium has produced a 11 minute video of the work that SABCC is doing.

  • 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

  • Logan Simpson Environmental Consultants are Developing Pima County Community Wildfire Protection Plan

    Logan Simpson environmental consultants are developing a community wildfire protection plan that will assess the risk of wildland fire risk to 32 Pima County communities. Nearly 6 million acres are being analyzed for wildland fuel hazards, risk of ignition and wildfire occurrence, local preparedness, and community protection capabilities. The plan will comply with the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003, which is the most effective way for a community to acquire federal funding for fire preparedness and environmental planning.  To date, Logan Simpson has completed 13 HFRA-compliant community wildfire protection plans analyzing more than 15.7 million acres in 160 communities, 118 fire departments and 15 counties within Arizona and New Mexico to determine wildland fire risk.

    A primary objective of the CWPP is to help local governments, fire departments and districts, and residents identify at-risk public and private lands to better protect those lands from severe wildfire threat. Additional functions of the plan are to improve fire prevention and suppression activities, as well as identify funding needs and opportunities to reduce the risk of wildland fire, and to enhance public and firefighter safety. Pima County’s CWPP will meet these objectives at a local level, while integrating with overall federal- and state-level fire planning.

    The environmental consultants at LSD are working with the Pima County Office of Emergency Management to develop the plan, which will also address all risk factors identified by the Arizona State Forester.

  • Logan Simpson Wins IDIQ to Provide Cultural Resources Services to BLM

    Spokane and Vale BLM Districts MapLogan Simpson has been awarded a five-year IDIQ with the Vale and Spokane districts of the BLM to provide cultural resources inventory and evaluation in eastern Oregon and eastern Washington.

    Historic archaeology sites in the Vale and Spokane districts include rockshelters, quarries, campsites, village sites, and rock art sites. Historic sites and structures on public lands in both states include ranches and railroad logging camps, Civilian Conservation Corps sites, and roads and trails.

    Cultural resources tasks covered under this contract include inventories, subsurface testing, archaeological data recovery, and evaluating historic buildings and structures. The cultural resources studies Logan Simpson completes will help the BLM manage cultural resources throughout the Vale and Spokane districts. The BLM manages cultural resources in order to conserve their significant cultural, scientific, educational, traditional, and recreational values for present and future generations.

    The Vale District manages 5.1 million acres of public land in eastern Oregon. The district boundary runs along the Snake River between Oregon and Idaho and includes small sections of Washington and Nevada. The majority of BLM public lands in Washington are east of the Cascade crest in the central Columbia Basin and in the highlands of northeastern Washington along the Canadian border.

    The Vale District includes the Main, West Little and North Fork Owyhee rivers, which fall within a Wild and Scenic River corridor; and segments of the Burnt, Powder, Snake and Grande Ronde rivers. Sections of the Powder and Grande Ronde rivers are also designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers. There are numerous Wilderness Study Areas and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern as well as Research Natural Areas. The Spokane District includes land throughout eastern and central Washington. The Spokane District includes numerous tributaries of the Columbia River: Wilderness Study Areas, and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern.

    According to the BLM, more than 1.2 million acres of public lands in Oregon and Washington have been inventoried for cultural resources.

  • Logan Simpson Landscape Architecture Firm to Assess Freeway Landscape Irrigation Use and Design

    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.

  • Logan Simpson’s Cultural Resources Team Wins Contract for Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

    Logan Simpson’s cultural resources team is assisting the National Park Service revise an existing National Register nomination for the Visitor and Operations Complex Historic District located within Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. 

    The District covers approximately 160 acres and consists of three clusters of building complexes (the visitor compound, maintenance compound, and residential compound), all of which were built by the park service and Civilian Conservation Corps between 1928 and 1963.  Located 50 miles southeast of Phoenix, the ruins themselves are much, much older. Eusebio Francisco Kino, S.J., who founded Arizona’s first Jesuit mission, recorded his visit to the ruins in 1694.

    Logan Simpson’s cultural resources team is working with State Historic Preservation Office staff to develop an appropriate strategy for obtaining concurrence on the document. Our historical archaeologist is revising the draft National Register nomination to address SHPO’s comments and concerns. SHPO will then use the completed nomination to obtain concurrence on the District’s Cultural Landscape Inventory. These documents will assist National Park Service staff in the management of the park’s built and cultural landscape resources.


  • Environmental Planning Spotlight: ASLA Announces 2012 Professional and Student Awards

    Proudly sharing the Environmental Planning Spotlight with many other talented landscape architecture firms is Logan Simpson Design. LSD received an Honor Award in the Research Category of the 2012 Professional Awards and Student Awards, by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The ASLA award honors LSD’s environmental planning work with the Arizona Department of Transportation on the Ironwood Tree Salvage and Saguaro Transplant Survivability Studies.

    Other national ASLA winners are public places, residential, campus,site_restoration park and urban planning and design projects from across the U.S. and around the world. View high-resolution images and full project information here.

    During the Annual Meeting & Expo in Phoenix, ASLA presented 37 awards to professional landscape architects and their firms, selected from more than 620 entries in the categories of General Design, Residential Design, Analysis and Planning, Communications, and Research.

    The September issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) features the winning projects and is available online for free viewing. Congrats to all!