• West Central Mountains Economic Development Strategy Published

    Logan Simpson’s Community Planning Team facilitated the development of the West Central Mountains Economic Development Strategy.  The Strategy represents the first time communities within the two-county area collaborated to develop an action-oriented, regional plan that nurtures a diverse economy while honoring the area’s socio-economic heritage. read more

  • Second Graders Love Mehaffey Park

    MP_1Lincoln Elementary second graders in Mrs. Johnson’s class recently explored a brand new city park called Mehaffey Park in Loveland, Colorado. The students wrote a book, recorded a song, made videos (see link below), and wrote a letter to the editor of the local newspaper about what they observed and learned exploring the pond, adventure playground, picnic shelters, natural areas, soccer fields, skate park, arboretum, dog park, and tennis courts.

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  • Mesa Celebrates Falcon Field Airport Terminal Renovation

    The City of Mesa celebrated the Grand Opening of the newly renovated terminal building at Falcon Field Airport for which Logan Simpson completed landscape architecture design services.

    Site improvements included the immediate entrances areas and waiting areas adjacent to the building’s landside and airside. The $2 million remodel provides upgraded facilities for pilots, passengers and the public in a modern setting. It is the first of several improvements to be completed this fall and in early 2016 at the Mesa airport. read more

  • Wayne Bartholomew Park Honored as Outstanding Project

    WB_2Utah Construction & Design Magazine announced the winners of its “Most Outstanding Projects.” Wayne Bartholomew Park, one of our Salt Lake City office’s projects, was honored in the Landscape/Public Space (Small) category. It was one of 31 projects selected by a panel of industry professionals in the architectural, engineering and construction industry.

    Logan Simpson designed a swimming beach, boardwalk, fishing docks, amphitheater, parking, trails, restrooms, and picnic sites for this 25-acre property at the mouth of Hobble Creek Canyon. The property has historically been a spring collection area for the City as well as agriculture property for the Wayne Bartholomew family. In 2012 Springville City received grant monies to create a secondary water storage pond at the park. Through the grant, the City was able to construct a four-acre pond on the site.

    Within the past two years, our Salt Lake City landscape architecture design team has completed six major park master planning projects for Salt Lake City, Midvale, and Springville. Four of the six projects are under construction or have been completed in accordance with the master plan goals objectives and preliminary construction budgets.

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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!

  • Designing a New Logo to Reflect the Logan Simpson Brand

    Updating the Logan Simpson Logo

    I’d been waiting for the opportunity to redesign our logo for a long time—I mean really long. I had toyed with and casually sketched redesign ideas for years. So when rebranding was green-lighted, I was thoroughly warmed up and ready to go. And I wasn’t alone. Well before we kicked off the process, there was a definite firmwide buzz about the need to update and reshape our image and messaging to convey a more modern, all-encompassing, national aesthetic. Most everyone agreed that 2015—which marks our 25th anniversary—was the year to regroup, bolster our vision, and repolish and reintroduce our brand.

    The logo development process began with charrettes to kick-start ideas for redesigning our logo. I drafted almost everything I could think of to catalyze opinions and help focus the review group’s direction. I wanted us to eventually reach that one great idea—much like firing arrow after arrow into a large target area, trying to hit the bull’s-eye. It was a lot of fun, actually, just raw design with little to restrain me. My only guidelines at that point in the process were maintaining the color palette and shortening our name to “Logan Simpson.” Other than that, I could move freely in the design space, testing out new logo compositions, from ones that played on the familiar triple-icon form to ones that were more radical reinventions, like a single icon. Regardless, I was mindful that each of my designs had to graphically honor our origins while speaking to our future.
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  • The Evolution of Our Name to Logan Simpson

    We’ve done it. We’ve dropped LSD.

    Until recently, the acronym for our landscape architecture design and environmental planning firm was “LSD,” which stood variously for Logan Simpson & Dye, and later, Logan Simpson Design, Inc. But as our 25th anniversary approached, we began to spruce up our image with a new logo and refine our mission for the next quarter-century. Our thoughts turned to whether our name was truly representative of all the work we do—which now stands at about 20 percent design, 26 percent environmental services, 14 percent community and general planning, and 40 percent cultural resources services.
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  • Logan Simpson Launches Redesigned Website

    2015 has been a great year for Logan Simpson, and we’re looking forward to sharing our accomplishments with you! In addition to celebrating our 25th anniversary, we are excited to announce the official launch of our new website.

    We know that our clients are at the heart of everything we do, which is why we designed our new site with them in mind. With a focus to blend together our world of scientists and designers, our new homepage is filled with bright colors and engaging imagery that reflect our work as a top landscape architecture design and environmental planning firm. If you are interested in seeing some of the projects we have completed or are currently working on, our homepage showcases a visually stunning array of our portfolio. Additionally, you can view snapshots from our Knowledge Center, making it easy to stay up-to-date on recent blogs from our experts. Our team bios are also now on the homepage, so you can get to know the Logan Simpson team members you’ll be working with right from the beginning.
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  • 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