• ASU Greek Village

    Through a public-private partnership (P3), Arizona State University and American Campus Communities developed the $72 million ASU Greek Village student housing development on approximately 4.5 acres near the ASU campus. Logan Simpson designed the landscape for the 4-story, 240,000 s.f. residential housing/community center, which includes first-floor commercial development. Design elements include an entry plaza, patios, courtyards, monument and wayfinding signage, site furnishings, and landscaping and irrigation. Design aesthetics integrate a curvilinear paving pattern that connects indoor and outdoor spaces and harmonizes the community center with the residential housing. The site/landscape design responds to ASU’s Sustainable Design Guidelines and meets USGBC LEED – Building Design and Construction Development (LEED-BD+C)’s “Silver” rating guidelines.

  • Wasatch Canyons General Plan

    After leading the economic portion of Mountain Accord (an effort to create alternative modes to connect Salt Lake Valley to the mountains), Logan Simpson began working with Salt Lake County on the Wasatch Canyons General Plan update, last updated in 1989. This process defines a vision of how the Wasatch Canyons (Big Cottonwood, Little Cottonwood, Mill Creek, and Parley’s and their associated mountain communities) should look into the future in regard to how the greater community will access them, how millions of people each year will play in them, how to balance the need for private property uses and environmental preservation, and how management of the landscape will evolve to preserve the canyons for future generation to love and experience it for years to come. Protecting the intangible qualities that collectively encompass the canyons and celebrating the area’s natural significance have been essential to this effort. Resiliency is a major part of the planning process, as the Wasatch Canyons have a high fire risk due to an unhealthy forest and the effects of climate change. Tools, such as expanded snowmaking capacity to extend snowpack, reducing fuel load, and utilizing community fire plans, are being incorporated to meet resiliency goals. The process includes a robust public participation and stakeholder engagement process, a map commenting tool, and consideration, confirmation, and inclusion of information from relevant agency documents and prior planning efforts. Logan Simpson is also completing planning efforts in the surrounding area, such as the creation of the first general plan for the City of Millcreek, the Salt Lake City Watershed Management Plan update, and the Sandy City Watershed Management Plan update.

    The Wasatch Canyons General Plan won the 2020 Comprehensive Plan High Achievement Award from the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association. Read the plan here.

  • Lincoln Corridor Plan

    Logan Simpson developed a vision plan for the Lincoln Avenue corridor extending from Old Town Fort Collins, Colorado to Lemay Avenue. The area contains a rich, eclectic mix of industry, breweries, historic neighborhoods, access to the Poudre River, open space, and regional trail systems. Woodward Governor recently chose the corridor for their new 6,000-employee world headquarters, in part because Lincoln Avenue would consist of a unique street design.

    As an emerging district adjacent to Old Town, Lincoln is envisioned as one of the next great places in Fort Collins. The Lincoln Corridor Plan provided specific recommendations on extensive street and bridge enhancements; incorporates best practices for street design including bioswales and permeable pavements; provides multimodal access; includes pedestrian amenities and gathering areas; establishes a cohesive identity for the corridor; recommends implementation strategies for funding and phasing; and prioritizes improvement projects.

    The vibrant street design sets the stage for a mix of small- and large-scale development. Neighboring residents and businesses provided extensive input on the vision through multiple online surveys, project webpage, bilingual project materials, a series of informational events such as barbecues, highly interactive workshops, attendance at local fairs and events, and corridor walks with residents, business owners, and other stakeholders.

  • NPS Transportation Resource Stewardship Protection Tool

    Logan Simpson is beginning Phase IV of this project, which provides a web-based decision-support system to allow NPS staff to manage natural resources within national parks. The tool allows users to aggregate and review natural resource data from multiple parks so trends can be identified. During Phase II, Logan Simpson piloted the program in ten parks in the Southeast Region. During Phase III, we improved the tool based on information gathered from interviews conducted with NPS technical specialists. The pilot testing for this phase was conducted in the Alaska Region and included nine national parks, two national forests, three national wildlife refuges, and BLM’s Eastern Recreational Management Area. In Phase IV, Logan Simpson will update the tool; update/develop support resources; and pilot the tool in the Intermountain Region.

  • Mesa Southwest Redevelopment Area Plan

    After completing a finding of necessity and a determination of blight study to establish the Southwest Redevelopment Area, the Logan Simpson team led the development of an overall vision and redevelopment plan for the declining Fiesta District. This plan will serve as the blueprint for redevelopment activities and opportunities in the area, with the primary catalyst being the re-imagination and redevelopment of an outdated and underutilized regional shopping mall into an employment center and building off adjacent activity of the Banner Hospital and Mesa Community College. The plan outlines a vision for two subareas, defining strategies, associated potential projects, order of magnitude costs, potential partnerships, and timeframes that will ultimately transform the district and adjacent corridors into a vibrant employment district. Key strategies and actions include the improvement of gateways from US 60; streetscape design, improvements, and enhanced street frontages along Country Club Boulevard; five key catalyst site design frameworks and visualizations; and enhanced access into surrounding residential neighborhood areas. Read the plan here. 

  • Highway 287 Strategic Plan

    Logan Simpson worked with the City of Loveland, Colorado to develop a strategic plan for US Highway 287, a regional highway that is the predominant north/south route through the city. The plan provides both policy and physical improvement recommendations, with a focus on revitalization and economic vitality of the corridor for the next 20 years. Key objectives of the plan include creating a positive, welcome image along the corridor; generating private investment; facilitating the redevelopment of deteriorated areas; increasing jobs and generating new tax revenue through development; creating a gateway corridor to downtown Loveland; improving public infrastructure along the corridor; and defining and implementation strategy and providing specific recommendations for City Council action.

    A key component of the plan was the identification of key catalyst sites along the corridor. Conceptual bird’s eye perspective sketches of these catalyst projects were developed, providing city leaders an exciting vision for how these sites could transition over time, attract private investment, and improve the overall image and character of the corridor. A market study identified economic opportunities along the corridor, and informed the development of the catalyst sites. Public outreach included case study investigations, public open houses, business owner forums, and monthly meetings with an advisory committee made up of interested business owners and citizens.

    Read Part 1 of the plan here.
    Read Part 2 of the plan here.

  • Erie Parkway Corridor Study

    Logan Simpson helped develop a vision plan and streetscape design guidelines for the six-mile Erie Parkway corridor in Erie, Colorado. The area contains a diverse mixture of districts including downtown, existing and proposed residential areas, community and regional commercial areas, and a crossing of the Coal Creek open space and regional trail.

    The corridor plan is meant to identify—and eventually implement—multimodal transportation and streetscape improvements to enhance mobility, safety, and aesthetics along the corridor. The streetscape design was tailored for each character district, which provides variety while maintaining consistency between the elements and reinforcing and enhancing Erie’s small town identity.

  • Visual Resource Inventory of National Historic Trail Segments

    Logan Simpson provided a field inventory program for the Wyoming Military Department that assessed the trail segment and viewshed conditions of approximately 26 miles of the California, Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, and Pony Express National Historic Trails (NHTs) within the administrative bounds of Camp Guernsey, located in eastern Wyoming. The results of this assessment were then carried into NRHP eligibility recommendations for each trail segment. The site condition assessments included detailed in-field archaeological documentation of the disturbances to the trails. Archaeological documentation included inventory, measurements, photographs, and GPS-based mapping; this new data was compared to previously documented trail segments to determine the current condition of the trail sites. In addition, Logan Simpson prepared an archaeological report documenting the history, locations, and current integrity of the trail segments, as well as OAHP site forms. Logan Simpson provided a robust GIS data set of inventory components as well as supporting documentation associated with visual resources, NHT condition assessments by segment, and NRHP eligibility recommendations.

  • BLM Missoula Field Office Visual Resource Inventory

    Logan Simpson completed a visual resource inventory (VRI) for the BLM’s Missoula Field Office encompassing the highly scenic landscapes of western Montana. This inventory area covers nearly 14 million acres, including the Bitterroot Valley and Mountains, Flathead Lake, and Bob Marshall and Scape Goat Wildernesses. The inventory also abuts the world-renowned scenery of Glacier National Park, and includes viewsheds shared by the park. The inventory data will be considered as baseline information as the field office embarks on the development of its resource management plan. Research and public outreach for this project revealed numerous planning documents aimed at protecting scenery and scenic viewsheds—reinforcing the importance that users place on the area’s visual resources. This information was taken into consideration during visual sensitivity ratings, and resulted in well-informed and accurate delineations of differing sensitivities within the field office. Based on the varying topographic features, common presence of water, and variety of vegetation and colors, this inventory has revealed the largest percentage of Class A scenery of any of the VRIs we have completed to date. Vertical mountain ranges, scenic lowlands, large lakes, clear flowing water, and lush vegetation lend to the distinct character of these landscapes, much of which appears as it did when original inhabitants, explorers, and early settlers crossed these lands. The National Historic Trail (NHT) visibility analyses for the Lewis and Clark NHT and Nez Perce NHT that we completed provided additional information for consideration in management of the historic travel that add to the history of the area.

  • Rio Grande del Norte National Monument Visual Resource Inventory

    Logan Simpson completed a visual resource inventory (VRI) for the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument within the BLM’s Taos Field Office in Northern New Mexico. Located within the Taos Plateau geographic formation, the Monument contains varied resources—from numerous natural and geologic resources to abundant heritage and cultural resources. The inventory area covers approximately 310,524 acres of land, approximately 78 percent of which are managed by the BLM. This inventory is currently serving as the baseline visual conditions for considering management of visual resources in land management decisions for the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument Resource Management Plan that is currently under way. This project is unique due to outreach efforts associated with the sensitivity component of the VRI, which included coordination with local tribes to address culturally sensitive landscapes associated with the inventory area.

    The inventory area contains a wide variety of scenic landscapes that have geologically and topographically diverse features, such as distinctive volcanic cinder cone mountains; scenic river canyons; rolling hills; and broad, expansive plains and diverse vegetation such as grassland steppe, riparian, and forested types. Prominent scenic areas within the Monument include the Rio Grande Gorge—which includes the Rio Grande National Wild and Scenic River, Red River Wild and Scenic River, and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (High Bridge); the Wild Rivers Zone of the Rio Grande Gorge Special Recreation Management Area; the Taos Valley Overlook; and the Wild Rivers Backcountry Byway.