Arizona

  • 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!

     

  • Logan Simpson Landscape Architecture: Chandler Solar System Walk Dedicated July 7

    Earlier this spring, Logan Simpson landscape architecture staff designed the informative visual graphics for the Chandler Solar System Walk around the lake at Veterans Oasis Park. The privately funded education project is dedicated to the late amateur astronomer Howard Israel (in wheel chair) who taught at the park’s Environmental Educational Center. The project includes monument plaques for the Sun and each planet and multiple interpretative signs, which will present park visitors with a better understanding of our Solar System. Free guided Solar System Walks begin Saturday, Sept. 15.