• 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

  • Salt Lake City Park(ing) Day a Success

    Park(ing) DayLogan Simpson landscape designers Tyler Smithson and Whitney May organized a temporary public space in front of our Salt Lake City office building Sept.18 for the 10th annual Park(ing) Day. The pair easily fit 17 bikes into a parking spot in front of the Judge Building at 8 E. 300 South.

    “I want to show the importance of urban space,” Smithson told the SL City News read more

  • City of Mesa’s Desert Arroyo Park Grand Opening

    Desert Arroyo openingLogan Simpson is excited to announce that Desert Arroyo Park is open! The City of Mesa’s grand opening ceremony celebrated technology, education and nature. This is Mesa’s first park to offer the public free WiFi along with nature walking paths that teach children about Arizona desert.  read more

  • Logan Simpson Wins BLM Travel Management BPA

    2015 Logan Simpson TrailerLogan Simpson won a five-year blanket purchase agreement contract to provide travel planning services to the Bureau of Land Management. Tasks will include travel route inventory, evaluation and planning assignments in 14 Western States. Logan Simpson’s travel management specialists will soon begin projects in Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming.  read more

  • 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

  • Town of Florence Padilla Park Wins Award

    padilla park bottle pathDrum roll please … Arizona Forward and SRP presented 17 first-place Crescordia awards and 31 Awards of Merit. More than 120 entries were received in Arizona’s oldest and most prestigious awards competition focusing exclusively on sustainability. Logan Simpson had a role on two of the winning projects.

    Silver King Marketplace / Padilla Park won an Award of Merit in the Buildings and Structures Historic Preservation category. Construction workers discovered historic bottles in an archaeological context during the initial grading of a park for the Town of Florence. Construction work was suspended while Logan Simpson completed a site evaluation and data recovery excavations. read more