Landscape Architecture

  • Becoming Utility-Scale Solar Ready

    Colorado is expected to deploy around nine gigawatts of renewables by Jan 1, 2030 to meet its energy goals, yet cities and counties have not identified where solar would be acceptable. Logan Simpson’s Jeremy Call and Erin Bibeau partnered with the Colorado Solar and Storage Association (COSSA) on the Becoming Utility-Scale Solar Ready: Principles and Best Practices for Colorado’s Local Goverments study. The study includes five key principles/best practices:

    1. Cultivate awareness ahead of proposed development
    2. Create a collaborative, problem-solving partnership with continuous improvement and learning
    3. Maximize community benefits and desired outcomes
    4. Reduce impacts
    5. Align agencies, plans, and regulations

    Potential conflicts between solar projects and local communities can hold back economic growth and greenhouse gas emission reduction. The study applies each principle to common misconceptions and provides tools, partnerships, and opportunities for local governments to attract multimillion-dollar investments in solar while also protecting the public interest.

    Learn more here: https://lnkd.in/e2jgEXbj.

  • Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park Wins ASLA Honor Award

    Logan Simpson is proud to announce that we have received the ASLA Colorado’s Honor Award for Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park!

    Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park is a park and natural area along the Big Thompson River and US 34.  The park was destroyed in 2013 by a devastating flood. This reconstruction was the opportunity to create a more resilient river and public park that is appropriate for its setting in the Foothills Life Zone of the Rocky Mountains. The park features a realigned and more natural river, native aquatic and terrestrial habitat restoration, trails, picnic areas, river access, and educational exhibits and structures. A unique platform provides an authentic river fishing experience for users of all abilities, overlooks and benches are located along the trails, and visitors can learn about the history and ecology of the site.  Remnants of a 1920’s hydroelectric plant, a settlers’ cabin from the 1860s, Civilian Conservation Corps shelters, and other historic structures provide not only visual interest, but are a reminder that many lessons learned in the past are still relevant today. The park is loved by Loveland residents and visitors, and is at capacity every weekend that it is open.

  • Queen Creek gets two new schools

    For families in Phoenix’s East Valley, back to school won’t be just about returning – it will include exploring  entirely new campuses.

    Logan Simpson is proud to have been a part of the Silver Valley school project! Our team provided hardscape, landscape, irrigation and site design. The site design including all site planning- fields, courts, walks, fire lane location, parking lot layout, and fencing.

    From azfamily.com:

    Silver Valley Elementary will have nearly 600 pre-K through sixth-grade students for its first year. School officials say it’ll be STEAM focused. It’s decked out with high-tech technology like smart panels which give teachers the ability to write and save their work on a big monitor. It also has breakout areas in the hallways with special paint that transforms the walls into a dry erase surface. Students can write on the walls with a dry erase marker, and it’ll come off.

    Lamb said it cost a total of million to build both schools and that a voter-approved bond paid for half of it and the other half came from the state.

    Check out the video here! 

    Two new schools will be opening soon in Phoenix’s East Valley
  • Artist Highlight: How Koryn Rolstad’s Art Installations bring color to the Tempe Streetcar 

    ‘ILLUMINATED NATURE AND CONNECTIONS’

    If you’ve driven through downtown Tempe recently, you’ve noticed some street construction going on.  In addition to the now-ubiquitous cranes lifting residential towers into the skyline, Mill Avenue, Ash Avenue, Rio Salado, and Apache Boulevard are all being prepared for the new and much-anticipated Streetcar.

    Beyond the track and the new stations, the Tempe Streetcar will also feature beautiful art installations by a variety of artists.  One of the creative minds behind the installations took some time to talk with us about her work.



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  • Via de Ventura Landscape Improvements – How One Planned Community Expects to Save Millions of Gallons of Water a Year

    Logan Simpson is known for our commitment to sustainable design–from the restoration of natural areas to sustainable stormwater management. We recently worked with the McCormick Ranch Homeowner’s Association and the City of Scottsdale, Arizona to design the Via de Ventura Landscape Improvements. This 1.25-mile project is helping McCormick Ranch and the City achieve their goals of reduced maintenance, water conservation, and a greater commitment to sustainability….

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  • Logan Simpson Staffer Wins Mayor’s Disability Award

    Congratulations to Logan Simpson designer Mariana Pereira, who was awarded the City of Tempe, Arizona’s Tom Ringhofer Architectural Award as part of the city’s 2018 Mayor’s Disability Awards. Mariana created detailed, laser-cut models of multiple stops for the Tempe Streetcar, which will follow a 14-stop, 3-mile route in downtown Tempe. Logan Simpson was the lead urban designer and landscape architect for this high-profile alternative transportation project. The project requires strict adherence to Americans with Disabilities Act, Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines, and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design standards.  Project goals include providing intuitive and barrier-free access to stops, incorporating sufficient shade, lighting and seating in waiting areas, and integrating public art. Logan Simpson is also responsible for coordinating the work of architecture and wayfinding and interpretive signage graphics.

    Read more about the project here. Information about the Mayor’s Disability Awards can be found here.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Arizona Moves to Deregulate Landscape Architecture

    February 17, 2016 – Phoenix, Arizona – The Arizona State Legislature has introduced House Bill 2613, which would remove the current licensure requirement for a number of professions, including landscape architects. In addition, the bill would move the state’s Board of Technical Registration into the Arizona Department of Administration. Despite the presence of more than 100 landscape architects who opposed the bill, it passed in the House Commerce Committee today and now moves on to the a vote of the full House….

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