• Wellspring Park Conceptual Master Plan

    The City of Goodyear has a strong commitment to its citizens’ health and welfare and intends to convert a two-mile, 120-acre strip of land adjacent to I-10 into a world-class health and wellness park. Wellspring Park is being developed through a private-public partnership (P3) made up of the City of Goodyear and the Wellness Park Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) organization.

    Bordered by three medical facilities and with few site constraints, the master plan for Wellspring Park grew organically, based on City, stakeholder, and the public input. Inspired by the emphasis on human health, Logan Simpson’s landscape architecture team developed three conceptual plan alternatives: “Mind and Body,” “Human Nature,” and “Nature/Nurture.” These alternatives drew inspiration from human life cycles, body systems, and the effect of nature on human health, leading to the final conceptual master plan: “Mind, Body, and Spirit.” The master plan approaches health holistically. It proposes a health-oriented conference center and commercial spaces as sustainable revenue generators. The outdoor opportunities are geared toward fitness, adventure, gathering, physical recuperation, meditation, remembrance, environmental education, and healthy habits, all while immersed in an enriched landscape setting. Because of the scope and scale of the project, and the anticipated build out over several years, the master plan divided the Park into “precincts,” each of which has a different wellness focus and aesthetic character suitable for individual development.

  • Cambria Hotel

    This 127-unit hotel includes meeting rooms, a restaurant, small retail opportunities, and a street-side patio space in downtown Phoenix. The hotel will offer a unique rooftop lounge/bar with outdoor seating areas and a semi-private group area surrounding a fire pit. The rooftop experience includes landscape pockets with a variety of small trees and shrubs that will enhance the overall essence of overlooking the Phoenix skyline. The rooftop landscape areas will utilize a locally blended lightweight growing media. Landscape pockets located on the roof will make use of industry-standard deck assemblies that will include a combination of monolithic membranes, hydroflex sheeting, styrofoam insulation, and filtration/drainage systems. Unique site furnishings complement and reflect both the exterior architecture and the interior spaces. The overall design maximizes pedestrian shade on the adjacent street level sidewalks via both vegetative cover and custom designed awnings and structures.

  • Handbooks, Manuals, and Field Guides

    Logan Simpson has developed many manuals related to planning, design, construction, and maintenance of public facilities. We have also developed a variety of other technical, procedural, and program guidance documents, such as best management practices, field guides, decision-support tools, and training curricula. Our in-house staff includes technical writers and editors, graphic designers, and document development specialists who work with our landscape architects and other professional staff to translate complex technical requirements into easy-to-understand text. Depending on our client’s direction, we have produced detailed “cookbook”-style manuals that prescribe specific actions; guidance manuals that mix narrative with instructive graphics and images; and even manuals that rely heavily on interactive graphics as the primary gateway to the information the manual contains.

  • Tempe Streetcar

    Logan Simpson was the lead urban designer and landscape architect for this high-profile alternative transportation project in Tempe, Arizona that is being developed on an accelerated timeline to accommodate federal funding requirements. The  project includes 14 stops in both a center two-way and side one-way loop. The streetcar will serve the historic Mill Avenue retail district, Arizona State University’s main campus, Tempe Town Lake’s Marina Heights redevelopment, and the rapidly growing new and historic residential neighborhoods south of downtown. The primary goal of this federally funded urban transportation project, is to surgically integrate the streetcar into the existing urban fabric minimizing its impact on an already vibrant streetscape. Services included stop and platform design, landscape and irrigation design, site planning for transit support facilities, and architectural and wayfinding and interpretive signage services. The design followed urban design guidelines developed by Valley Metro and the City of Tempe to seamlessly fit the streetcar into the existing historic downtown and surrounding neighborhood character areas. Project goals include providing intuitive and barrier-free access to stops, incorporating sufficient shade, lighting and seating in waiting areas, and integrating public art into each of the stops.  The project adheres strictly to ADA, PROWAG, and CPTED standards.  The $186 million project was funded with regional Proposition 400 funds, local funds, and federal grant funds.

  • Friendship Park

    Logan Simpson’s landscape architecture design professionals believe that best results are achieved when the entire project team collaborates. As the prime design consultant for the City of Avondale, Logan Simpson worked closely with the city and residents. We identified and responded to the city’s and residents’ goals for enhancement of the 75-acre Friendship Park. With a construction budget of $2.5 million, Logan Simpson prepared the design through bid/construction document services. Site improvements included new entry access and additional parking improvements with wayfinding signage, one new restroom facility and renovations to existing restroom facilities, athletic field lighting and fencing, picnic and BBQ areas with shade structures, and overall new site furnishings, landscape, and irrigation. To maximize children’s experiences and celebrate play, our landscape architecture team incorporated  a multicolored, flow-through splash pad with 16 spray toys. The splash pad is protected by a large shade sail. As directed by the City, Logan Simpson collaborated with local high school students to theme the entire splash pad and to enhance the splash pad’s entry with LithoMosaic tiles. In 2016, the National Public Works Association awarded Friendship Park its prestigious National Public Works Project of the Year Award in the Structures Less than $5 Million category. For more information on Friendship Park, visit the City of Avondale’s website or read this Arizona Central article that describes some of the park’s new features.

  • Veterans Oasis Park/Howard Israel Solar Walk

    Chandler Veterans Oasis Park is a $22 million multiuse reclaimed water recharge facility developed for the City of Chandler. The site is approximately 113 acres and includes 30 acres of water recharge basins, a police substation, and a community environmental education park that includes a 10,000 square foot Environmental Education Center. Logan Simpson’s landscape architecture team was responsible for all phases of landscape, hardscape, and irrigation design, including construction administration. Park improvements included an amphitheater, park area with ramadas and natural play features, outdoor classroom spaces, and a lakefront plaza. The landscape architecture design includes development of several habitats to support wildlife, including upper Sonoran Desert, riparian forest, wetlands, chaparral, and specialty gardens to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Logan Simpson also designed interpretive signage panels for the Howard Israel Solar System Memorial Walk within the park. The walk moves visitors clockwise around the lake, following a series of markers that mirror the solar system. Each marker includes informational imagery and statistical facts. By utilizing each marker’s reference point, the observer gains a better understanding of the size and spacing of the planets in relation to the sun. Howard Israel was an astronomy buff who taught classes about the night sky at the park’s Environmental Education Center.

    Visit the City of Chandler website for more information about the park. Maps of the Howard Israel Solar System Walk and the park are available. The City of Chandler’s Environmental Education Center even has a Facebook page.


  • Surprise Farms Community Park Phase II

    Logan Simpson provided landscape architecture design services on this $5 million park, in Surprise, Arizona, which won the 2016 Public Works Association’s National Public Works Project of the Year Award in the Structures Less Than $5 Million category. The park is being developed in three phases. In Phase I, Logan Simpson provided conceptual alternatives analysis and design development, culminating in delivery of  30 percent schematic plans for the park’s three phases.  Phase I included access and parking improvements, a new picnic area and dog park, and fencing, lighting, and irrigation improvements to athletic fields. In Phase II, Logan Simpson provided landscape architecture services as a member of a design-build team. It was important to the City that Phase II foster a physical climate that engaged the needs of its residents. Amenities include a skate park, a splash pad, playgrounds, a basketball court, softball fields, shade structures with tables and BBQ grills, open multipurpose lawn areas, a restroom building, and a dog park. In addition to serving the needs of local neighborhood residents, Surprise Farms Community Park will provide a venue for revenue-generating community events such as soccer tournaments, movies, concerts, and fairs. For more information on Surprise Farms Community Park, visit the City of Surprise website.


  • Desert Arroyo Park

    Designed with the twin goals of sustainability and preservation in mind, the 58-acre Desert Arroyo Park showcases its native desert upland and mountain surroundings through sensitive landscape architecture. The park’s careful landscape architecture design and site programming respect the natural setting, creating a dynamic relationship between the park’s natural and built elements.

    Four educational nodes focus on Sonoran Desert bugs, birds, mammals, and reptiles.  A fifth node provides a large gathering area and nature-themed play structure. WiFi access and an outdoor classroom encourage learning and exploration.

    Located next to an elementary school, Desert Arroyo was developed with student input. Members of a student focus group had a chance to be landscape architecture designers. Each student designed their own playground and presented it to the Logan Simpson Design team. Students walked the park site with designers to get a sense of how their designs might look in place. They even had their handprints set in concrete during construction. As a result of this involvement, students developed a strong sense of pride in the park. The City of Mesa’s commitment to sustainability and preservation guided the Desert Arroyo Park’s development. The landscape architecture design dedicates 70 percent of the site to preserving the natural landscape. Logan Simpson’s landscape architecture design team performed extensive site analyses at the Desert Arroyo Park site to catalogue specimen plant life, areas of high animal concentration, and locations that offered the greatest opportunities for learning. Trails optimized views and allowed existing saguaro and barrel cacti and desert trees to be left in place. Natural washes that collect rainfall and provide wildlife corridors were preserved and enhanced.

    Green infrastructure techniques were used to support natural vegetation and habitats. One of these techniques, low-impact development (LID), helps manage stormwater on site—helping make precious rainwater available to the park’s plants and animals. LID also helps reduce pollutants that would otherwise go into the city’s stormwater system. The project won the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association Outstanding Facility Award for Populations over 100,000; the Arizona Forward Crescordia Award for environmental excellence; and the American Society for Landscape Architecture Award of Excellence.
    City of Mesa resources to help visitors enjoy the park include a Children’s Discovery Guide, a Flora Discovery Guide , and a Fauna Discovery Guide. More information is available on the City of Mesa’s website.

  • Canyon Lake Main Channel Maintenance Activities

    The Salt River Project of Arizona proposed lowering the water level of Canyon Lake to conduct inspections and maintenance of structures, equipment, and hydroelectric facilities within the reservoir. Logan Simpson’s Clean Water Act permitting specialists prepared a CWA Section 404 individual permit and biological evaluation to allow dredging of approximately two miles of the Salt River bottom to remove sediment and debris that had built up in the Salt River channel and at water recycling intake structures. The dredging was timed to coincide with the lowering of the Canyon Lake water surface to allow routine maintenance of the Horse Mesa Dam. Logan Simpson conducted bald eagle surveys and coordinated with the USFWS and Tonto National Forest on potential impacts to threatened, endangered, and sensitive species of plants and wildlife. We also prepared conservation strategies and mitigation measures that were accepted by the USFWS and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Erosion Control/Clean Water Act Training

    As Arizona environmental consultants, Logan Simpson delivers statewide erosion control training on behalf of the Arizona and Nevada Departments of Transportation in conjunction with the Arizona and Nevada chapters of the Associated General Contractors. Training allows individuals to become credentialed to conduct erosion control activities on behalf of the agency. Curriculum includes CWA regulations; permitting; inspection; construction site controls and practices; creation/upkeep of permit-required documents such as stormwater pollution prevention plans and monitoring plans; and conditions of CWA permits. Logan Simpson developed the curriculum, teaching materials, tests, and handouts and delivered the training for both agencies. Successful completion of the Arizona training allows construction companies and individuals to be certified as erosion control coordinators for ADOT projects. Successful completion of the Nevada training certifies individuals as water pollution control managers on NDOT projects.