ECO PHX is being created to meet an under-served market of environmentally conscientious residents. This purposefully sustainable, infill development of 70 apartment homes that demonstrates what is possible with today’s technology. To accomplish this objective, we approached the design process from the inside out, with sustainability components at the heart of the building’s design. The result is an economically feasible structure integrating sustainable building systems that create a distinctive residential community.


    The project integrates biomimicry by imitating the natural processes of our native Sonoran Desert: Curb cuts will bring in stormwater into the bioswales and provide a dual function of cleaning the water through vegetation as well as supplementing irrigation needs. The green wall mimics Arizona canyons and helps to cool the building. Recycled shower water from the building’s residents provides irrigation, vital in this arid climate.


    ECO PHX sets the standard for future development in Phoenix. The project is being completed for Habitat Metro and the Fenix Capital Group; team members include WERK | urban design, CCBG Architecture, Ritoch Powell, and Sletten Construction.

  • Paul Laurence Dunbar School NRHP Nomination

    In collaboration with Poster Frost Mirto Architects and the Dunbar Coalition, Logan Simpson prepared an NRHP nomination for the Paul Laurence Dunbar School, Tucson’s first and only school constructed for African-American students. The school operated as a segregated institution from 1918 to 1951, and as an integrated school under the leadership of Arizona’s first African-American principal of an integrated school, Morgan Maxwell, from 1951 – 1978. The school is significant in the areas of education and ethnic heritage, and for its association with Tucson’s African-American community, history of local school segregation, and as the only school built for African Americans in Tucson.

  • Rancho de las Golondrinas Cultural Landscape Report

    The Rancho de las Golondrinas Museum selected Logan Simpson to complete a cultural landscape report for the Rancho de las Golondrinas Property in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The project area contains over 90 prehistoric and historic archaeological remains, historic buildings and structures, segments of Camino Rael de Tierra Adentro, several properties listed in the NRHP, and a living history museum. A cultural landscape inventory and management assessment was completed for the 400-acre area, portions of which were intensively surveyed for cultural resources, and the project area was documented with an unnamed aerial vehicle.

  • Western Maricopa Education Center

    The Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) Northwest Campus provides career and technical education to high school students and adults in the automotive, computer technology, construction, health and beauty, and medical industries. Logan Simpson provided siting and landscape architecture design for Phase I, which includes energy, STEM, administration, and IT/cyber buildings. The campus provides open and flexible spaces to allow programs to overlap, including outdoor labs/work areas; an amphitheater; and student social gathering areas. An assembly space called “The Lightbox” serves as a student gathering space and hosts staffing events and academic conferences by day. By night, the outer shell lights up and serves as a beacon for public awareness. Sustainability measures include low-water-use plants and sustainable stormwater management practices (LID), which capture rainwater where it falls, reducing the need for irrigation and capturing pollutants that would otherwise enter the stormwater system. An east-west orientation controls solar exposure while providing large expanses of shade for outdoor activities and gathering. An outdoor courtyard creates a microclimate by providing a sheltered space with native plant material while the buildings utilize energy-efficient glass and energy modeling to reduce dependency on active systems to cool interior spaces. See a video of the project here.

  • 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.

  • Verrado Heritage Pool and Park Complex

    This three-acre community pool and park is located in the heart of the Verrado Community Heritage District. Landscape architecture firm Logan Simpson led the design of the pool and the amenity areas, including grilling areas, a fire pit, and several gathering spaces around the pool. The pool itself is a resort-style layout with two levels. The lower level is a wading pool with a beach entry and splash pad that is tailored to kids. The larger pool on the upper level has a beach entry and several subareas for relaxing and play. The surrounding landscape architecture design will become enhanced desert garden oasis that help visitors to the Heritage Swim Park feel like they have escaped to a top-end resort. The Heritage Swim Park is full of inventive and stylish amenities that transform the community pool into a resort oasis. Landscape areas and shaded seating areas are close to the pool’s edge to increase visibility of the pool area and offer intimate spaces. The lower level pool is tailored to young children and their parents offers an expansive water play experience with resort-level detail. Even some of the furniture in this space is sized for kids. Beyond the pool, the resort experience continues with garden paths, BBQ grills, ramadas that open to grassy areas, a fire pit seating area, and a community gathering space with one end adjacent to the Heritage Pavilion.