• 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 $70 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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  • Discovery through Ceramic Analysis!

    by David Q. Bustoz, Senior Ceramic Analyst

    Hi readers! It’s your friendly neighborhood ceramic analyst David here to
    share a little about what ceramic analysts do, and what broken bits of pottery can tell us about Phoenix’s First Farmers, whom archaeologists call the Hohokam. First, it is necessary to set the stage by giving a brief history of pottery in the Phoenix Basin.

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  • Kevin Boesch, CPESC Earns Envirocert International’s Annual Service Award

    Envirocert International has awarded Clean Water Act Permitting Specialist Kevin Boesch its Annual Service Award for significant contributions to ECI and its professional Certification Committee. read more

  • Logan Simpson Earns AMCA General Contractor Mentor of the Year Award

    Watch a video about our philosophy of working with small and disadvantaged businesses.

    Logan Simpson was proud to accept the Associated Minority Contractors of Arizona General Contractor Mentor Award at the AMCA awards banquet November 10. Logan Simpson is a woman-owned business that has provided landscape architecture, environmental planning, cultural resources, and community planning services for nearly thirty years. As a small business, we have taken advantage of state, local, and federal set-aside programs to secure work for decades. read more

  • Work-Life Balance: Logan Simpson’s Babies at Work Policy

    Logan Simpson likes babies.

    When most companies offer a family-friendly work environment as part of their benefit packages, it usually means they allow parents to adjust their work hours around their children’s medical appointments or school hours. Environmental planning firm Logan Simpson takes that work-life balance benefit a step further with our baby-at-work policy.

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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. read more

  • 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.

     

     

  • The Woodrow Residence’s NRHP Nomination has been Accepted!

    Logan Simpson is proud to announce that the application for the Woodrow Residence in Tucson, Arizona has been accepted, and the historic home is now recognized in the National Register of Historic Places!

    The home was built in 1957at 8649 E. Woodland Road, in Tucson by architect Arthur Brown on behalf of Julie and Arthur Woodrow. Brown was one of the pioneers of passive solar design in architecture. His designs are notable as some of the earliest examples of experimental solar architecture in not just Arizona, but the entire United States. While not well known among the general population, his work is celebrated and beloved among architects, who consider him a pioneer and leader of modern sustainable design. read more

  • Seeing from the Sky: How Logan Simpson Uses Drones

    Drones have become part of Logan Simpson’s technical toolkit. Our staff uses drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, for site mapping, elevation modeling, aerial photography, and capturing video footage. Our FAA-licensed pilots have used drones to generate orthomosaic and elevation models for the post-excavation phase of the Sonoqui Wash Data Recovery project in Central Arizona. Other projects include conducting an orthophoto survey of the El  Rancho de Las Golondrinas outdoor architecture park and surrounding land near Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well as a vertical cliff wall aerial survey of ancient petroglyphs and site-level aerial reconnaissance surveys.

    Logan Simpson began to use drones at the suggestion of our staff, who took advantage of the firm’s “Denali Trek” program. The Denali Trek is designed to encourage innovation in how we carry out our work. Each year, Logan Simpson staff may submit proposals to the firm so that they may purchase equipment and dedicate a portion of their time to developing innovative methodologies. In addition to drones, the Denali Trek program has enabled Logan Simpson to begin to use virtual reality and ground-penetrating radar.