LandDesign recognizes growing project leaders and talent with new promotions.
At LandDesign, our people are what makes us great. Their dedication to producing the best work, willingness to push boundaries […]
At LandDesign, our people are what makes us great. Their dedication to producing the best work, willingness to push boundaries and passion for providing the highest quality of service, makes LandDesign the firm we are today.
As a firm designed to be multi-generational, we embraced an entrepreneurial culture that has given LandDesigners at all levels opportunities for growth. We are excited to recognize a large number of individuals with leadership and job promotions this summer. Each has exhibited their commitment to their clients, their work and their unwavering passion for what they do.
Leadership promotions recognize those whose actions demonstrate commitment to growing the firm in service to our strategic vision, and job promotions reflect the amazing talent and those dedicated to constantly pushing us to do better work. Thank you all for your hard work, passion and contributions. Congratulations!
LandDesign recognizes two new Partners, a Principal and Executive Director.
What does it mean to be a firm that transcends generations? At LandDesign, it means we are committed to evolving […]
What does it mean to be a firm that transcends generations? At LandDesign, it means we are committed to evolving our practice to be relevant and valuable to our clients and the communities we serve. One way we do this is by identifying leaders early in their career, and giving them opportunities to grow as stewards of our practice and culture. This makes it especially rewarding to recognize two new board members, Gabriela Cañamar Clark and Brent Martin, who have been elevated to Partners at the firm.
Gabriela Cañamar Clark, Partner
Gabriela is a design leader with a passion for placemaking. For over 20 years, she has impacted some of LandDesign’s greatest destination projects, including National Harbor, American Way and King of Prussia Town Center. She is currently leading a number of urban redevelopment projects throughout the Washington, DC area, including Crystal City and Carlyle Crossing, and is also providing design direction on resort and entertainment projects in Orlando, FL.
Many know Gabriela for her boundless energy that allows her to juggle client and family demands with ease, but what truly sets her apart is her commitment to mentoring others. Although she is a leader in our DC office, she embraces opportunities to work with LandDesigners across the firm to influence the delivery of great design. Always willing to give her time and share her expertise, she has truly left creative fingerprints on projects throughout the firm.
Brent Martin, Partner
Brent is a multi-faceted design leader who understands how to design to the market. Having worked in five of our six offices, Brent finds it easy to work across the firm and service both clients and teammates – always sensitive to the unique qualities of a project that are informed by location. Prior to starting our Boulder, CO office, Brent was a Principal in our DC office, where he worked on a number of successful master planned communities, such as Willowsford and Brambleton.
Comfortable with changing scenery, Brent volunteered to take on the ambitious task of growing LandDesign’s presence in the west and launched our Boulder office in 2017. His unique ability to design at any scale and support areas of high growth has primed him for this quickly evolving market. From master planning the future of Painted Prairie, to designing the next smart city of Peña Station, Brent has found that the greater Denver region aligns with his passion for creating dynamic and desirable communities.
Our firm’s growth and expansion nationally is not only a testament to the great design leadership we have, but also the strategic leadership that has strengthened our brand and broadened our relationships. Two individuals have contributed to this by keeping us focused on our goals and positioned accordingly. We are excited to recognize that leadership by promoting Ashley Clark to Principal, and Deborah Miller to Executive Director and Board Advisor.
Ashley Clark, Principal
Ashley is LandDesign’s first-ever non-design Principal. Over the last five years, Ashley has become our strategic champion, providing organization and oversight to the implementation of our ambitious strategic plan, keeping us accountable to achieving the goals we set. She has also grown our award-winning communications team, which has played a key role in evolving LandDesign’s brand as we have expanded nationally. Ashley’s background in architecture and passion for brand communications and strategy have proven a powerful combination for influencing LandDesign’s growth, and we are excited to recognize the unique perspective and momentum Ashley brings by elevating her to Principal.
Deborah Miller, Executive Director of Growth + Relationships and Advisor to the Board
Deborah is the ultimate connector of people and ideas. For the past five years, she has worked to position LandDesign in new markets, identify strategic hires and collaborators, and evolve our seller doer culture to support sustained growth in a number of our new offices. Deborah is masterful at linking her network to opportunity, and leveraging her nearly 30 years in the industry to inform decision making, which is why we believed it was important to create a new position that allows for her to inform the board. As we continue to execute growth strategies for the firm, our offices and our people, Deborah will be an incredible asset for ensuring we are successful, providing insight and mentorship to our next generation of leaders.
LandDesign continues to grow active transportation expertise.
We’re excited to announce Gabe Dobbs, PE has joined LandDesign’s team in Charlotte, where he will grow and strengthen our […]
We’re excited to announce Gabe Dobbs, PE has joined LandDesign’s team in Charlotte, where he will grow and strengthen our expertise in active transportation planning and design. He has led multi-disciplinary teams in the design and construction of over 20 miles of bike/ped, greenway, trail and open space infrastructure.
As a Senior Active Transportation Designer, Gabe will be a voice for the firm, advocating the important role public and active transportation plays in the success of high-growth cities. Gabe sees a shift in the culture of cities where more and more people are utilizing multi-modal transportation. He says that “connected, pedestrian-friendly communities will continue to be a growing trend and LandDesign can use their expertise in active transportation design as a way to connect people to places that matter.”
Gabe’s relationship with LandDesign dates back several years before he made the move to the firm. In 2014, he served as the Land Use Committee Chair for the South End Neighborhood Association when LandDesign began the visioning process for the South End Rail Trail. Through community meetings and public workshops, Gabe collaborated with the firm to determine the framework for the multi-modal corridor that would connect users to retail, dining and transit. A synergy and alignment of goals between Gabe and LandDesign was established through that experience, making his move to the firm even more exciting.
At LandDesign, Gabe will be surrounded by those with a like-minded passion for creating places that bring value to communities. He says “the fact that LandDesign prioritizes creating great places, while working with great people, above all else, is what excites me.” Gabe will work with LandDesign’s national open space expert, Beth Poovey, PLA, to grow the firm’s active transportation planning studio. He will provide his expertise firm-wide to ensure the places we create across the country are built to be connected, pedestrian-friendly communities.
Beth Poovey, Director of Greenways, Parks and Open Space at LandDesign said, “we see the future of open spaces, and it’s a balance of public space and connectivity. Gabe brings an incomparable expertise in active transportation and technical planning that will be instrumental in creating quality open spaces that stand the test of time.”
LandDesign launches new innovation incubator program, MatterLab
At LandDesign, we want to be the Best Dang Design Firm ever. As we continue to embody that motto, we […]
At LandDesign, we want to be the Best Dang Design Firm ever. As we continue to embody that motto, we are always thinking of new ways to grow big dreams, inspire new ideas and encourage our creative thinkers. For 40 years, we have been defined by our passionate people and do-er culture. We saw that our designers were craving an outlet to pursue their innovative ideas and passions, and were implementing grassroots efforts such as boosting GIS capabilities, diving into drones or exploring advanced bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. As a firm that is rooted in an entrepreneurial mindset, we wanted to find a way for these forward-thinking efforts to be celebrated and for others to be inspired by the innovation, curiosities and enthusiasm of those that came before them. Out of those efforts comes MatterLab, the newest wedge in the LandDesign Research and Development wheel.
MatterLab is an exciting opportunity for LandDesigners to explore their passions while having the support of firm leadership in the form of time, money and other resources. Whether they simply submit an application or pitch their idea Shark Tank style, each designer is given the chance to apply for a grant of $1,000 and 40 hours of work time to dig into their idea.
A MatterLab committee has been put in place to fire up the staff and build a framework to put this initiative in motion. This diverse committee spans multiple offices and disciplines within LandDesign to give all team members unfiltered access to committee feedback and mentorship. The committee is passionate about this new R+D effort and has been hard at work coming up with creative ways to spread the word and enthusiasm. From hatching ideas with Easter Eggs, to asking what would someone do if they had the time, MatterLab has sparked interest across the long hallways of LandDesign.
The selected MatterLab recipients will spend the next several months honing in on their research and crafting a deliverable to present back to the firm, such as a design manual, prototype, vision board, video blog — just to name a few. Teams are forming, ideas are being fleshed out and pitches are being made — you can sense the excitement across the firm. Stay tuned as we continue a series on the selected MatterLab applicants, their journey and their findings and results.
— Janalyn Newchurch, PE MatterLab Committee Member
LandDesign Welcomes Business Development Representatives for Dallas, Washington DC and Orlando
Karen Pierre and Amanda Cole have joined the LandDesign’s business development team to strengthen our investment and growth in the […]
Karen Pierre and Amanda Cole have joined the LandDesign’s business development team to strengthen our investment and growth in the Dallas, Washington DC and Orlando communities.
What do these two women have in common besides new roles at LandDesign? A love of travel and curiosity about the world that gives them a leg up in the industry of creating places.
What should you know about Karen Pierre?
There is no mountain Karen can’t climb. Literally. In the past ten years, she summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, trekked to Base Camp of Mt. Everest, climbed the Himalaya in Bhutan, hiked in Oman, Chile and among the weird Moai statue on Easter Island. Now she’s tackling the Dallas real estate market with plans to increase LandDesign’s visibility and prove that we are the only LandDesign that matters. Karen will help extend LandDesign’s national brand presence in master planning, urban design, landscape architecture and civil engineering to projects throughout the Dallas region.
Karen was previously at Bisnow as Senior Sales Executive for Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. She has been closely involved with Dallas’s CREW Chapter over the last decade, serving on the Board of Directors for two years.
Who is Amanda Cole?
Hailing from Orlando, Amanda has spent her career marketing construction services and materials. Flipping her experience on its head, she has joined us in our Washington DC office on the design-side of the industry where she will use her knowledge of the construction and real estate markets to support business development in DC and Orlando.
Amanda is driven by her curiosity to understand the world and a desire to never stop learning. To stay on top of her game while taking it all in, Amanda swears she couldn’t live without these apps: Calendar (so she knows where she is supposed to be); Spotify (for music and podcasts); and Instagram (to capture and share beautiful things and connect with others around the globe).
Amanda is an active member of SMPS, ULI and NAIOP.
Lincoln at Tinner Hill Wins NAIOP VA Award of Excellence for Mixed Use Project
The NAIOP VA Awards recognizes new contributions to Northern Virginia by the commercial, industrial and mixed use real estate community. […]
The NAIOP VA Awards recognizes new contributions to Northern Virginia by the commercial, industrial and mixed use real estate community. Lincoln at Tinner Hill received the Award of Excellence for a Mixed Use Project.
LandDesign was invited by Lincoln Property Company to create a design for Lincoln at Tinner Hill, a mixed use development to act as a central hub for the City of Falls Church Arts and Cultural District. With the goal to maximize the usage and density of valuable land, the development is activated on all sides at a pedestrian level, encouraging pedestrian traffic and patronage to new and existing businesses.
Located on the site of the Tinner Hill Monument, much of the design was inspired by the community’s Civil Rights roots and desire to preserve local history. The streetscape and building facade along S. Washington Street are designed to celebrate the authentic stories of individuals who have contributed to the heritage of Falls Church, and whose families remain active in the community today. The pedestrian walkway features an engraved timeline outlining significant moments in the City’s history. Design elements were also inspired by the community’s past, including a rare pink granite found on the Tinner Hill monument that was the inspiration for the color and material palette for the exterior of the project.
The entire project team worked with dedicated community organizations, members and City staff to ensure the project would service the needs and wants to which they aspire. This LEED certified project is expected to improve of net income to the City between $600,000 and $1.2 million.
LandDesign Welcomes Senior Designer Nick Smith
Nick Smith, PLA recently joined the LandDesign team in Dallas as a Senior Designer, bringing over 13 years of experience […]
Nick Smith, PLA recently joined the LandDesign team in Dallas as a Senior Designer, bringing over 13 years of experience practicing landscape architecture in the western region, including Texas and California. Originally drawn to landscape architecture by a love of golf, Nick’s expertise has expanded through his portfolio of parks and recreation, resort and hospitality, and commercial development projects.
Heth Kendrick, Principal at LandDesign said, “Nick brings strong connections to communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, and a demonstrated passion for superior technical design and excellence in creating places that matter.”
Brian Forster, PE Named Principal at LandDesign
When Brian Forster joined LandDesign as Director of Engineering in Orlando at this time last year, he was looking for […]
When Brian Forster joined LandDesign as Director of Engineering in Orlando at this time last year, he was looking for a challenge. Since then, his contributions to growing the three-year-old Orlando office in a prominent resort market have earned him a promotion to Principal at LandDesign.
Driven, competitive and impatient–that’s how Brian describes himself. Others agree, but with some important caveats—we’d be doing a disservice in painting a picture of Brian if we left out his team’s descriptions of motivated, appreciative and humble. His wife says he’s also smart and funny, but Brian says that’s too self-serving (previous point made).
Package this personality and you have one of the top civil engineers in one of the most intense resort markets in the country, where the bar is high and NDAs protect the project work. Here, there is value in quiet confidence. The kind that creates energy behind-the-scenes and drives innovation and problem-solving that permeates across LandDesign’s six offices.
Ultimately, Brian finds significance in his contributions to the big picture. Despite his recent promotion, he still says his greatest accomplishment in his career to date is the first large project where he took the lead, prepared the proposal, and managed the client, design and team. Ten years later, Brian is still involved with the final phases of that project.
“It’s rewarding to see a project that you’ve contributed to, whether it be a resort, theme park or subdivision, be constructed and have an impact on the community,” Brian said.
Brian hopes his impact as a Principal at LandDesign will have similar results, affirming LandDesign’s place as a difference-maker in the Central Florida development community while having a greater influence on the firm nationally.
Chad Kovaleski Promoted to Managing Principal of LandDesign’s San Francisco Office
LandDesign continues to successfully grow our offices across the country—all thanks to our passionate people and the great work they […]
LandDesign continues to successfully grow our offices across the country—all thanks to our passionate people and the great work they do. Chad Kovaleski is one of these people, leading the San Francisco office in pushing boundaries and bringing innovative design to the region since we opened doors there three years ago. Through these contributions, we are proud to announce Chad’s promotion to Managing Principal of LandDesign’s San Francisco office.
With large retail anchors closing doors, Chad has led the reimagining of traditional retail developments into engaging, amenitized and sustainable places. Chad’s leadership in complex renovations and planning of places like the Shoppes at Carlsbad, Westminster Mall and Town Center Corte Madera has earned LandDesign recognition as the go-to team to take these transformations from idea to reality.
Growing an office is more than just providing great work. It’s also about culture, building a great team and being a recognized leader in the practice inside and outside of the office. Chad has proven to be a great mentor, building a design studio in San Francisco from the ground up.
“This group is innovative, nimble and passionate about what they do—all the things that I really appreciate and make me excited to work with them in contributing great design to this amazing city,” Chad says.
Chad has over a decade of master planning and design experience. He’s played a major role in growing LandDesign’s portfolio of large-scale mixed use, resort/hospitality and waterfront developments, and is actively extending LandDesign’s park and recreation expertise to the west coast.
Chad began his career designing golf courses, resorts, and golf course communities, combining his love for golf and an appreciation for landscapes. The son of landscape designers, Chad grew up on a farm with manicured gardens, ponds, waterfalls and historic structures. He began playing golf when he was six to stay out of his parent’s way on the farm, leading him to several summers working on the golf course grounds-crew and a Division 1 golf career at Iowa State University.
Chad joined LandDesign’s Charlotte office in 2012, and quickly proved his contributions to the firm, earning him leadership positions. He most recently served as Director of the San Francisco location prior to his promotion.
“When passionate people come to us looking for new opportunities, we support them,” President Rhett Crocker says about Chad’s vision to open an office in San Francisco in 2015. “Chad is building something very special on the west coast that will continue to take us to places we have not been before.
People Matter: Peter Crowley
Peter Crowley is a storyteller through and through. If you have the privilege of speaking with LandDesign partner and former […]
Peter Crowley is a storyteller through and through.
If you have the privilege of speaking with LandDesign partner and former president, Peter Crowley, about his career, he will begin by talking about his youth spent in the outdoors of a small town. Recounting one of his first memories, he says, “I vividly remember lying in the green grass, watching the jet stream of an airplane streaked across the sky, and thinking ‘I wonder where that’s going’.” It’s these details of storytelling that are reflected in Peter’s design style.
People, places and the underlying stories that connect them
Before college, Peter had never heard of landscape architecture or urban design, but he was naturally drawn to people, places and the outdoors. When he began attending the University of Georgia, he saw landscape architecture on the syllabus and decided to give it a try. After graduating, Peter worked briefly as a landscape contractor.
He credits a lot of luck and good instincts for how his story has unfolded since then. Through the second luckiest introduction of his life (the first being to his wife, Bit), Peter was introduced to LandDesign founder, Larry Best. Larry and Brad Davis’s entrepreneurial spirits and teacher mentalities were a solid match for Peter’s natural curiosity and experimentation, making the three instant friends. Since then, Peter has spent the last 39 years growing LandDesign and designing places that integrate his first interests—people and places—and the underlying stories that connect them.
Mentoring the next generation matters
Likening his design approach to weaving a tapestry, threading a beautiful narrative into a place, Peter describes how he teaches storytelling to younger landscape designers at a generational firm. “Start with the client, understand their hallmarks and the keystones of who they are. Then, understand the nature, the character of the land and the context of that place.”
But Peter doesn’t believe that a top-down approach is the best way to design. Working side-by-side with teams made up of all levels, he says, “Collaboration is the best way to bring richness to design.” Though mature as a designer, Peter never wants design to be rigid. It’s the ideation of places and the evolution of ideas that bring him joy and challenge him intellectually.
Collaboration is the best way to bring richness to design
Peter’s favorite projects utilize the elements of a place to evoke an emotional response. At times, you might even find a hint of Peter reflected in his designs. Recalling his design work on the master planned community at Willowsford, Peter talks about the idea to include a ginko grove as a marker in the landscape, “One to two weeks in late October, the ground would be covered in golden leaves, and you could lie there and look up at airplanes… and in 50 years, it would be even better than it was.”
Larry LeMaster joins LandDesign as Chief Operating Officer
Larry LeMaster, CPA has joined LandDesign as Chief Operating Officer (COO). With over 25 years of operations and financial leadership […]
Larry LeMaster, CPA has joined LandDesign as Chief Operating Officer (COO). With over 25 years of operations and financial leadership experience in the architecture and engineering industries, Larry is an expert in improving productivity, expanding business, protecting intellectual capital and keeping the technological edge.
As someone who has always moved freely between the worlds of business and art, he is passionate about standing beside artistic designers to help them build a studio, an office or a worldwide practice. His role at LandDesign will help strike a balance between our free-thinking process and organization and structure.
Larry has a proven track record for helping businesses in our industry grow new offices, expand their reach, and strengthen their brand. His passion for the arts, his affinity for business, and his personal mantra of “Make It Matter” make him right at home on our LandDesign team. Connect with Larry on LinkedIn HERE.
What matters to Larry:
- Spirituality matters.
- Family matters.
- Physicality matters.
- Exercising the mind matters.
- Art matters.
Infrastructure Maintenance is Key to Managing Stormwater Runoff
Stormwater runoff is the number one cause of stream impairment in urban areas. Even before hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria […]
Stormwater runoff is the number one cause of stream impairment in urban areas.
Even before hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria produced catastrophic flooding in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico last year, managing stormwater runoff was a top infrastructure priority for urban areas. Stormwater runoff occurs when roads, parking lots and other impervious surfaces prevent rain or snowmelt from soaking into the ground. The excess water is carried to local lakes, rivers and other wetlands, becoming heavily polluted with oil, grease, trash and pesticides along the way, and causing flooding and erosion. That said, it comes as no surprise that stormwater runoff is the number one cause of stream impairment in urban areas according to the Center for Watershed Protection.
Frank McMahan, PE, is a principal and civil engineer in LandDesign’s Charlotte office who manages storm drainage improvement projects for numerous municipal, residential, commercial, industrial and institutional projects. He works with clients to design infrastructure to handle anticipated stormwater needs and relieve the demands on older, failing infrastructure.
Frank points to a proactive solution many municipalities are starting to employ to mitigate the effects of stormwater runoff: maintenance programs that are funded by nominal utility fees based on the impervious coverage of a home or business. “Generally, these are not huge fees for taxpayers. But, they are a valuable mechanism to help municipalities fund maintenance projects to fix their failing infrastructures before they become major problems.”
In 2016, roughly 1,600 communities in 39 states had stormwater utilities or fees. LandDesign has long-standing contracts with several municipalities, including the City of Charlotte, that utilize such a program to provide system assessments, make recommendations and produce construction documents for stormwater maintenance.
Mary Alexander Storm Drainage Improvement Project
One such project is the Mary Alexander Road Storm Drainage Improvement Project (SDIP) near the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Storm drainage and erosion issues were made evident by street flooding in the area around Mary Alexander Road that affected transit through the neighborhood. To alleviate future flooding and erosion, LandDesign assessed drainage issues and analyzed the capacity of the existing infrastructure, recommended alternatives to remediate roadway and structural flooding and selected a preferred alternative to future design and construction.
Throughout the duration of the project, LandDesign maintained open communication with City Staff regarding remediation options, project fee and project schedule. The firm’s team of civil engineers attended internal and external project team meetings, implemented internal quality control procedures and was responsive to and available for all of the city’s requests. To date, this project has not been involved in any construction claims.
Client service matters.
Frank’s goal with each of these clients is to be a seamless extension of their staff to make their job easier. “You wouldn’t know if we work as a private consultant or in the local government building.”
The standard of service that LandDesign provides sets us apart and, with many of our clients, has become the bar by which other consultants are measured.
The firm’s efficient process begins with an initial site visit. It continues with a streamlined system to complete the existing conditions analysis and quickly get the job to the construction document phase. LandDesign works with each municipality to accommodate specific invoicing and billing requirements.
The firm also requires its subconsultants work to the same high standard that clients have come to expect. “The standard of service that LandDesign provides sets us apart and, with many of our clients, has become the bar by which other consultants are measured.”
LandDesign: The First 40 Years
LandDesign was founded in January of 1978 on the belief that working hard and caring more, matter. As LandDesign’s founder, […]
LandDesign was founded in January of 1978 on the belief that working hard and caring more, matter. As LandDesign’s founder, Larry Best, will tell you, there was no grand plan for forming a new firm. He believed he could be successful because it felt right to be driven by a desire to show clients that he was as invested in a project’s success as much as they were, regardless of what it was.
Forty years later, the values that inspired Larry in those early days still sustain LandDesign today.
Being able to continue to provide the best work to our clients has been the driver behind the investments we’ve made to expand our services, our presence and our people. Growth that wouldn’t be possible without clients who have entrusted us to create their visions, collaborators who have worked alongside us and our supporters who have believed in us.
For us, this anniversary isn’t about looking back. It’s about the opportunity we have to look ahead. Opportunity that exists because of our core values that drive us every day: serving clients to our highest ability, working harder than anyone and growing passionate people.
To commemorate our first 40 years, we want to capture and share the ways these values have shaped our work and our culture in hopes that those who read this will keep us accountable to them, ensuring the next 40 years are even better. Follow along on social media to celebrate our past and future growth with us throughout the year.
Every year the Alexandria Beautification Commission canvases the city looking for properties and projects that represent the best beautification efforts […]
Every year the Alexandria Beautification Commission canvases the city looking for properties and projects that represent the best beautification efforts in Alexandria. Beautification includes improvements to a community encompassing landscaping, architecture, and sustainable environmental practices creating a healthier community and higher quality of life. Landscape architects Gabriela, Matt and Susan attended the awards ceremony on September 27 where three LandDesign projects were presented with awards by Mayor Allison Silberberg and members of the City Council.
LandDesign’s Washington, D.C. Office – Excellence in Sustainable Design Award
LandDesign accepted the award for our Washington, D.C. office, an adaptive reuse space located in Alexandria.
With its ivy-covered walls, urban garden and green roof, LandDesign’s office has become a well-known and appreciated building in the community. The green roof has many benefits including reducing energy costs with natural insulation, creating peaceful retreats and absorbing stormwater. The green roof and garden both provide the benefit of reducing the heat island effect (urban areas that are significantly warmer than surrounding rural areas due to human activities). The garden also has an environmental and social impact on LandDesign and the local community, as a variety of plants in the garden provide vegetables and herbs as well as food and cover for insects and birds.
The addition of a beehive in 2014 has provided pollination for flowers and crops in our garden and the community. Approximately 30 lbs. of honey is harvested each year, which is used in the office kitchen and shared with our neighbors and friends. Recently, Gabriela gave a garden tour and class to the Da Vinci preschool group – a great opportunity to educate the children with a sustainable and hands-on experience.
Matthew Maury Elementary School – Excellence in Sustainable Design Award
Matthew Maury Elementary has a strong academic learning environment, with a staff that is committed to making sure everything they do leads back to the students’ success.
The landscape design of the playground contributes to this goal in many ways, intertwining academic success with students’ social and physical environment. Once eroded from lack of adequate stormwater facilities, the playground now includes a multipurpose turf field and court, play space, bio-retention facilities and a learning garden with an amphitheater and pathways lined by vegetable and flower beds.
We are proud that Matthew Maury Elementary engaged with our collaborative partner, REAL School Gardens, to make this learning garden the first REAL School Gardens endeavor in the Mid-Atlantic, helping students become more engaged through hands-on outdoor learning. This project was a measure of true collaboration among the City of Alexandria, the school board and the local community, with a large portion of the budget coming from donations and tireless fundraising efforts by the non-profit Maury Schoolyard Initiative.
Alexandria Renew Enterprises – Green Practices in Beautification Award
AlexRenew is dedicated to sustainability and the expansion of public education and outreach opportunities, leading to a desire to design their facilities to match their vision statement “Environment and People—the Best of Both!” After working with Alexandria Renew Enterprises on several other landscape architecture and greening projects, we jumped at the opportunity to provide landscape architecture for the Environmental Center, a six-story Energy Star certified building on track to achieve LEED Platinum status.
LandDesign’s planting design includes a native landscape that provides habitat for wildlife and reduces maintenance and environmental impacts on the community. We added an indoor living green wall to help filter air, improve efficiency and provide a calming view. The signature main entrance features an integrated water fountain that highlights one of AlexRenew’s key products – reclaimed water. Surrounding the building and fountain are park spaces open to the public, including green park space on top of the parking garage and an artificial turf soccer field on top of the Nutrient Management Facility treatment tanks. The trail that leads to the field will ultimately connect to the wider Alexandria trail network, further servicing the employees and greater community.
Brian Forster Joins LandDesign as Director of Civil Engineering in Orlando
LandDesign is pleased to welcome Brian Forster, PE, Director of Civil Engineering, in our Orlando office. For more than 16 […]
LandDesign is pleased to welcome Brian Forster, PE, Director of Civil Engineering, in our Orlando office. For more than 16 years, Brian has been involved in numerous high profile projects in the Central Florida region. His expertise includes the design and construction of residential, hospitality and entertainment projects.
“Brian’s experience working in a multidisciplinary environment, providing civil engineering leadership and local land development knowledge, will drive success for our clients and projects,” stated Ray Waugh, PE, Managing Partner.
Brian enjoys bringing together engineers and landscape architects to help guide clients through the entire development process – a true nod to our successful collaborative nature. He believes that it’s easy to work hard when you love what you do and the clients you serve. As a testament to his design leadership, Brian was awarded Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Southeast 2016 Top 20 under 40 recognition.
What matters to Brian:
- Being the best husband and father I can be matters.
- Loud music matters.
- Loving my job matters.
- Serving my client matters.
- Problem solving matters.
Continuous Growth Matters
At LandDesign, we believe that supporting the growth of our people will ensure the continued growth of our firm. To […]
At LandDesign, we believe that supporting the growth of our people will ensure the continued growth of our firm. To support this growth, we have identified new opportunities to recognize rising leaders in each of our six offices through the creation of new leadership roles and job promotions. The contributions of the following individuals to their respective offices have played a key role in maintaining LandDesign’s reputation for providing high-quality services for our clients and supporting our overall mission to create places that matter.
Congratulations to the following individuals:
LandDesign Expands – New Boulder Office
The latest addition to our western expansion is officially open! Brent Martin, PLA, has relocated from our Washington, D.C. office […]
The latest addition to our western expansion is officially open! Brent Martin, PLA, has relocated from our Washington, D.C. office to lead the Boulder, CO office as Managing Principal. This move actualizes our commitment to bring LandDesign’s 40 years of experience and expertise to the region and to support the growth and development of the Intermountain Region as a whole.
Brent has been key to LandDesign’s national growth over the last 20 years. He brings design knowledge in resort-style communities, mixed use developments and urban design. Currently, Brent is working with our collaborative partner, 505 Design, on Peña Station NEXT, a sustainable and connected futuristic neighborhood in Denver, CO.
Emily Sexton will join Brent as a designer in the Boulder office. Emily joined LandDesign in 2014 and has played a vital role in growing our Dallas office. She grew up in the Denver area and brings knowledge of Colorado planting material and understanding of the region that will be a huge benefit to the growth of the firm.
People Matter: Leadership Promotions
LandDesign has built its nearly 40-year reputation on high-quality client service, a passion for the work we do, and talented […]
LandDesign has built its nearly 40-year reputation on high-quality client service, a passion for the work we do, and talented people who make the process fun.
Last month, some 25 leaders of LandDesign gathered to discuss the firm’s growth and how to deliver on our brand promise: Great people, working for the best clients, creating meaningful and impactful places. Fulfilling this promise includes creating new and exciting opportunities for people to advance their careers, and consistently building leadership from within to transition the firm to the next generation.
“From the day LandDesign was founded, it was intended to be a firm that transcended generations; one that was about ideas and inspired by ideals,” explains President Rhett Crocker. “The talent, expertise and ability we have in our offices today is the best I’ve ever seen. That’s exciting.”
From last month’s gathering, several people were elevated to senior positions at the firm.
Meet the newest generation of emerging leaders at LandDesign.
Brian Dench, Managing Principal (Dallas)
Brian joined LandDesign in 2012 to establish the Dallas office and direct the firm’s civil engineering services there. His areas of expertise include managing entitlements, land planning, civil design, permitting and construction phase services for land development projects.
One of Brian’s most meaningful projects was the Discovery at The Realm, a luxury multi-family development in the Castle Hills community in Lewisville, Texas. “The client’s vision was to create an urban oasis that challenged the status quo of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It was accomplished through a focused effort by a wide range of design and construction professionals working together in a collaborative environment.” Completed in 2016, the project has already won several awards.
Brian’s passion is promoting the use of LandDesign’s unique collaborative landscape architecture and civil engineering design process to tackle difficult design challenges. “Creative, buildable, and cost efficient designs are achieved when both practices are working in tandem. The value added to our projects and ultimately our clients cannot be overstated.”
Heth Kendrick, Principal (Dallas)
Heth is a career-long LandDesign employee, beginning in the firm’s Charlotte office as an entry-level landscape architect in 2001 following his graduation from Auburn University. In 2014, he relocated to Dallas to join Brian in growing the office while developing the firm’s landscape architecture practice there. It is where he counts one of his most meaningful projects.
Alexan Henderson, a rental community development, represents the new office’s first proposal for landscape architectural services that did not involve a pre-existing relationship. “It was the first project the Dallas team grew from a handshake over breakfast into a relationship that continues to grow into additional developments and design opportunities today.”
Heth is passionate about the firm’s collaboration of landscape architects and civil engineers to create great designs. “This is what makes our firm distinctive, and I enjoy telling everyone I can about the unique design relationship and my talented colleagues at LandDesign.”
Eric Pohlmann, Principal (Charlotte)
Eric joined LandDesign five years ago as a designer. His emphasis includes urban design, master planning, community redevelopment, form-based codes, multi-family, office, and commercial development.
The Kingsley Town Center in Fort Mill, South Carolina, and LPL Financial’s new campus nearby are memorable projects that Eric helped to lead from master plan to completion. “The clients for both projects were great at pushing boundaries and wanting to ‘do the right thing’, which in turn challenged us to create something very unique and special.” These projects illustrate LandDesign’s strength in creating an idea and ensuring that the decisions made along the way follow through on that vision.
Speaking of illustration, Eric’s passion for hand drawings and renderings in an increasingly digital profession allows him to create a strong vision and tell a unique story that makes the client sit back and say, “Wow, that’s it!” That kind of powerful ideation is at the core of LandDesign’s brand. “I’m really looking forward to continuing to be a part of pushing the creative boundaries of our design and graphic capabilities, idea creation, and the end deliverables for our clients.”
The talent, expertise and ability we have in our offices today is the best I’ve ever seen.
Dawn Cagle, Director of Financial Services (Charlotte)
For nearly two decades, Dawn has had a front row seat to the firm’s growth. She’s spent nearly her entire accounting career at LandDesign, joining the firm in 1998 as a payroll coordinator. “I’ve worn many different ‘hats’ at LandDesign, from payroll and employee benefits to project accounting and more, giving me a great understanding how LandDesign operates from both a financial and project management perspective.” Her legacy accomplishment was transitioning LandDesign to a new a project management/accounting software system in 2006 that is still in use today, and ensuring the firm’s processes evolve with the software to gain optimum efficiencies.
Ashley Clark, Director of Strategic Development and Communications (Charlotte)
Upon entering the workforce, Ashley wanted to find a career path that would keep her engaged in the profession while capitalizing on the communication skills she had honed through her leadership within the American Institute of Architects and in school. At LandDesign, she has found that place. “I am so fortunate to have a position that allows me to sit at the intersection of communications and strategy for an incredible design firm. The opportunity to be an advocate for great design and even better people is extremely satisfying.”
Ashley rejoined LandDesign as marketing manager in 2013 and has been an integral part of the firm’s corporate rebranding and the development of a strategic plan process to support firm growth since. Today, she is responsible for leading the development of firm-wide marketing, communication and strategic initiatives, and strengthening the LandDesign brand both internally and externally. “It’s been rewarding to return to the firm and be part of building a team and the tools that serve LandDesign and its goals” she says.
“LandDesign has built its nearly 40-year reputation on high-quality client service, a passion for the work we do, and talented people who make the process fun,” said Crocker. “We have been fortunate to experience great success and growth with this model, and these future leaders will ensure our vision continues.”
Dallas Office Nominated for 2017 Best Places to Work
Open floor plans, an abundance of natural light, foosball games, watermelon eating competitions, outdoor fire place gatherings, beer:30s, a writeable […]
Open floor plans, an abundance of natural light, foosball games, watermelon eating competitions, outdoor fire place gatherings, beer:30s, a writeable surface wall – just a few of the items you’ll find in our Dallas office. A true testament to the culture and atmosphere our colleagues have cultivated over the years, led by Brian Dench, PE, and Heth Kendrick, PLA, both Principals of the firm.
With a tight-knit group and a new dig, we felt there was no better time to put our office up for the test. Out of more than 500 applicants, we are excited to announce our Dallas office has been nominated as one of the 101 companies to be seen as the Best Places to Work in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex by the Dallas Business Journal for 2017.
To ensure accurate results, the Dallas Business Journal utilizes Quantum Workplace, a third-party software company, to survey employees from each company. After they receive all their data, it is time to crunch the numbers. Quantum Workplace evaluates the responses and provides this information back to the Dallas Business Journal. In honor of the Best Places to Work program’s 15th Anniversary, we were pleasantly surprised by a hand-delivered notification of our nomination from the Dallas Business Journal, Frisco RoughRiders. Mascots Daisy, Deuce, Ted E Bear and Bull Moose.
We’re now looking forward to attending the Best Places to Work 15th Anniversary event held September 21st at the Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco where we will find out our ranking out of all nominated companies. Stay tuned!
Josh Orndorff Joins LandDesign as Director of Civil Engineering in D.C.
We are excited to announce that Josh Orndorff has joined us as the Director of Civil Engineering in our Washington, […]
We are excited to announce that Josh Orndorff has joined us as the Director of Civil Engineering in our Washington, D.C. office! Josh brings over 16 years of experience in the Washington metro area managing public and private infrastructure and development projects. His areas of expertise include the design and construction of residential, multi-family, commercial, industrial and mixed use projects.
Josh’s passion is utilizing collaborative design practices to make “yes” the answer. His experience with all stages of the development process, from site selection to bond release, allows him to anticipate potential conflicts and develop strategies to keep the project moving forward. He believes that great design inspires us to create more. On the weekends, you can find Josh playing in a baseball league and building a tiny house along the Shenandoah River.
What matters to Josh:
- Pragmatic problem solving matters.
- Relationships matter.
- Collaboration matters.
- Getting your hands dirty matters.
- Beer and laughter matter.
Six Civil Designers Walk into a PE Exam…And Pass!
By: Emma Davis, Marketing Intern Work, Study, Sleep. Repeat. This is what a group of our civil designers took […]
By: Emma Davis, Marketing Intern
Work, Study, Sleep. Repeat. This is what a group of our civil designers took on in preparation for their Professional Engineering exams. Recently, Paul Benton, Barrett Blackburn, Kate Goodman, Dan Melvin, Aly Moniaci, and Gurveer Uppal from our Charlotte office took the dreaded eight hour exam. Ultimately, their hard work paid off as they successfully passed their exams, making them eligible for the designation of Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina following four years of experience. While the process may have been rigorous and challenging, passing the PE exam ultimately furthers each designer’s professional career, providing the authority to advocate at the highest level for the design of infrastructure and environmental factors. Congratulations to all of you! Read below to learn more about these talented individuals.
Paul Benton graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree. He began his career working at LandDesign, and has been with us for three years. Paul has been involved in a variety of projects addressing multimodal needs in dense urban environments. His passion for non-motorized and active transportation transfers to his personal life, as a daily bike commuter, a co-chair on the Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals, North Carolina chapter, and a vice chair on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Bicycle Advisory Committee. Obtaining professional licensure has been a personal and professional goal of his for years now. With the exam under his belt, Paul can further his career designing urban infrastructure and promoting active transportation methods.
Barrett Blackburn has worked in the Civil Engineering industry for nearly six years. Of that time, he has been with LandDesign for almost four of them, working to ensure proper infrastructure and environmental conditions for projects while designing spaces that matter. Barrett graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering. In his free time, Barrett enjoys the outdoors with a variety of activities including fishing, golfing, hiking, and camping.
Kate Goodman attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Kate has worked as a Civil Engineer for five years, working with LandDesign for two of them. Having these years of experience, Kate has officially earned the title of Professional Engineer. Kate says, “It is a great accomplishment and honor to be recognized by the state and country as a registered engineer to design infrastructure for my community.” But for her, passing the Professional Engineer exam meant much more than recognition. With relatives in the industry, Kate says, “I am proud to carry on the legacy of engineers in my family.”
Dan Melvin has been with LandDesign for two and a half years, working as a Civil Designer. He has been involved with site design and coordination of land development projects, including urban mixed-use, multifamily, single family subdivision, and commercial developments. Dan graduated from Florida State University with his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree. Music is a big part of Dan’s life. He enjoys playing the guitar and discovering new artists. In addition, he enjoys spending time outdoors, especially running around Freedom Park and snowboarding on Sugar Mountain.
Aly Moniaci has been a Civil Designer for LandDesign for just over a year. She attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree. With three and a half years of experience in the industry, passing the PE exam was always a goal of hers. “It means that I can continue to excel in the career I enjoy doing every day, and continue to learn and take part in exciting and innovative projects.” Aly enjoys running and exploring. One of her favorite pastimes is two-stepping to Texas country music.
Gurveer Uppal graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering degree. He has been working in the field for almost four years, and has been with LandDesign for nearly two of them. Gurveer works on all stages of project design while utilizing AutoCAD Civil 3D and other software to plan and design for the sites’ development. When he is not designing, Gurveer likes to travel and stay active. He also enjoys going to football games and tailgating.
We congratulate all these talented individuals for their hard work and achievements! We look forward to their continued success, ensuring that LandDesign creates places that matter for years to come.
New Maury Playground Will Spur Student Success
What started as a 2014 project for us, Maury Playground is officially open for the Matthew Maury Elementary School and […]
What started as a 2014 project for us, Maury Playground is officially open for the Matthew Maury Elementary School and community!
Landscape Architects, Gabriela Cañamar Clark and Susan England, had the pleasure of attending the balloon-filled ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, April 21. In between rain storms, students helped cut the ribbon along with Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley, and all were very excited and grateful to be seeing the results of everyone’s hard work. Sean Haviland, landscape designer, was unable to attend the ribbon-cutting, but also played a key role in the design.
This project was a measure of true collaboration amongst the City, School Board and local community. Though a public school, all the design fees and a large portion of the construction budget came through donations and the tireless efforts of parents, teachers and school staff, volunteers, community members, and even the students who organized lemonade stands. Maury Elementary has a strong academic learning environment, with a commitment to making sure everything they do leads back to the students’ success. The playground contributes to this goal, allowing the relationship between academic success and student’s social and physical development to intertwine as they learn to create relationships.
LandDesign provided landscape architectural services, ensuring the original vision was taken through the City of Alexandria approval process. A detailed design was provided through implementation of a full program: multipurpose turf field and court, play space, bio-retention facilities, and the learning garden which includes an amphitheater, pathways lined by vegetable and flower beds.
The learning garden is the first REAL School Garden endeavor in Virginia. REAL School Gardens is now a collaborative partner of LandDesign with more opportunities to change children’s lives for the better. The program allowed for parents, students and Maury staff to review the garden designs, making sure it is tailored to the school’s unique needs. REAL School Gardens works closely with teachers, training them in ways to integrate outside learning into their classrooms, ensuring students are able to engage.
“The learning garden will help every student at Matthew Maury Elementary School succeed academically by creating a strong foundation for learning in Math, Science and Language Arts in ways they will remember, relate to and be able to apply long term. Kids learn best when they are learning in ways that are real, stimulating and hands-on,” said Jeanne McCarty, Chief Executive Officer of REAL School Gardens.
Everything’s Bigger in Texas: LandDesign Attends ASLA TX Conference
By: Emma Davis, Marketing Intern That’s a wrap! LandDesign took on the ASLA Conference in Austin, Texas. Heth Kendrick from […]
By: Emma Davis, Marketing Intern
That’s a wrap! LandDesign took on the ASLA Conference in Austin, Texas. Heth Kendrick from our Dallas office alongside Beth Poovey and Jake Petrosky from our Charlotte office shared their expertise, speaking Tuesday and Thursday respectively.
Heth Kendrick kicked off LandDesign’s involvement in the conference, speaking on how Transit Oriented Development is a catalyst for city planning, great design, and land use development. Kendrick teamed up with Tom Yantis, Assistant City Manager for the City of Leander, Texas, and Jack Wiersenski, a representative for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Together, they collaborated to share the possibilities of designing complex projects with a variety of spatial tools, thus linking the roles of analyst, planner, and designer to create successful products.
Beth Poovey and Jake Petrosky followed up Kendrick’s “performance” with their presentation on Thursday. With experience designing and collaborating on projects such as the Charlotte Rail Trail and the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, they were able to successfully speak on bicycle facility design and the integration with urban development. Their presentation included how to conduct economic impact analysis and key engineering principles for future trail and transportation projects.
Thanks to Heth, Beth, and Jake, LandDesign was able to share its creative insight and inspire future projects. We look forward to being involved with future ASLA Texas Conferences and the opportunity to collaborate with other talented firms.
Dallas Multi-Family Project Recognized with Best Outdoor Living Space Award
LandDesign is proud to announce Discovery at the Realm, our luxury apartment project in Dallas-Fort Worth, has won two Dallas […]
LandDesign is proud to announce Discovery at the Realm, our luxury apartment project in Dallas-Fort Worth, has won two Dallas Builders Association Awards: Best Outdoor Living Space and Best Architectural Design-Multi-Family Community, Apartment or Condominium. In collaboration with 505Design and BB+M Architecture, we had the opportunity to work with project developer, Bright Realty, to bring their unique vision for phase one to fruition. “It’s always an honor to receive recognition for our work but we couldn’t have done it without our teaming partners,” said Rhett Crocker, CEO and President of LandDesign. “There’s something special that happens when you get a group of designers and visionaries together to create a living space that challenges the status quo.”
Something like Discovery at the Realm. An urban oasis in the next frontier of the Metroplex’s development. A gathering place with friends, where a cohesive design blurs the lines between interior and exterior living spaces. These multi-family apartments are more than meets the eye – they’re only phase one of the newest lifestyle option within the Castle Hills Community, a master-planned community of more than 2,600 acres. The project’s 400+ units are part of three distinct buildings which are unified through modern design elements, careful space planning, inspired landscape features and desirable amenities.
As the landscape architect and civil engineer consultants on this project, LandDesign was responsible for the entire exterior realm of the project. Varied topography across the site was used to create a variety of features and seating options all organized around a central stormwater lake featuring a 65-foot long boulder waterfall. A “clean + contemporary” aesthetic was carried throughout the project with a touch of Texas Hill Country for an experience that feels authentic, yet new. To further that appeal, mature trees were brought in to lend immediate permanence as well as resident comfort, while outdoor spaces were sited and designed to take advantage of natural protection from wind and sun provided by the buildings.
Activity in the community is encouraged with a variety of places such as the on-site Club serving craft beer and wine, unique courtyards with grilling stations, fire pits, lounge areas and more. Walkability was paramount throughout the design process, with a variety of pedestrian options to connect the amenities, from meandering trails to the urban-feeling lakeside promenade. Add to that a sparkling resort-style pool and pavilion as well as an easily-accessible dog park, and it’s hard not to choose this residential sanctuary as the Best Outdoor Living Space. The thoughtful planning and design of this project proves that a traditional suburban apartment setting can be more than just that. A place that matters.
Nationally-Recognized Hospitality Designer Joins LandDesign
Keith Bongirno Named Florida Director of Planning & Landscape Architecture ORLANDO, Fla. (July 6, 2016) – Award-winning designer of resort, […]
Keith Bongirno Named Florida Director of Planning & Landscape Architecture
ORLANDO, Fla. (July 6, 2016) – Award-winning designer of resort, hospitality and destination projects worldwide Keith Bongirno, ASLA, CLARB, has joined LandDesign as director of planning and landscape architecture. Based in the firm’s Orlando office, Bongirno will play an integral role in LandDesign’s strategic vision to create artistic and creative places by developing the firm’s emerging Destinations practice.
Bongirno is a leader in the hospitality design industry whose work has received numerous awards including several top honors from the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). He has built a reputation for creating immersive guest experiences with a portfolio that includes large-scale themed resort properties, high-end destinations and environmentally-sensitive residential developments in the U.S., Caribbean, Asia and Middle East. Examples include:
- WaterColor Inn Beach Site, WaterColor, Fla.
- Casa Monica Hotel, St. Augustine, Fla.
- Celebration Hotel, Celebration, Fla.
- Inspiration Villas, Sand Destin, Fla.
- Redfish Village, Blue Mountain Beach, Fla.
- Hilton Grand Vacation Club, Las Vegas, Nevada
- Mount Melville Country Club and Resort, St. Andrews, Scotland
- Theme Park Resort, Marne la Vallee, France
- Hollywood Hotel, Hong Kong, China
“Keith has a passion for creating places that are engaging, entertaining and aesthetically outstanding,” said LandDesign CEO Rhett Crocker. “His 30-year career has focused on extraordinary designs that immerse people in the experience. This focus integrates well with our commitment to creating memorable and authentic places.”
Bongirno co-founded the Winter Park, Fla. architecture firm Meyer, Bongirno & Craig in 1996. Clients included Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens. In 2000, the firm became MSI following mergers with design firms in Columbus, Ohio and Pasadena, Calif. In 2011, he joined Stantec (NYSE: STN), a Canadian firm with eight Florida offices.
For nearly four decades, LandDesign has provided urban planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, and branding to clients across the globe. With offices in Charlotte, NC; Washington DC; Dallas Tex.; Orlando, Fla. and San Francisco, Calif., the firm’s 140+ professional staff collaborate within an integrated platform of expertise, creativity and the latest communication technology. This approach allows LandDesign’s clients the advantage of the firm’s depth of services and expertise providing creative and sustainable project solutions for communities and destinations worldwide. The firm’s portfolio represents award-winning projects from urban design and large-scale community planning to intimate spaces – all with a core goal of creating meaningful places to live, work and play. www.landdesign.com.
Five Engineers Pass State Board PE Exam
Five months ago, a handful of our civil engineers decided to embark upon the dedicated task of studying for their […]
Five months ago, a handful of our civil engineers decided to embark upon the dedicated task of studying for their Professional Engineering exam. If you ask any one of them, they’ll tell you it wasn’t a walk in Romare Bearden Park. They put in countless long days, scaled back on the #Beer30’s and hit the books hard. On April 15th, they sat for eight hours to take a test in which they wouldn’t hear the results for over a month. Well, we’re happy to announce that five of our engineers successfully passed their State Board of Examiners Professional Engineering Exam. Congratulations to Brian Crafford, Aaron Wagoner, Tyler Howell, Matt Grigsby and Eric Lemieux!
Brian Crafford has been with LandDesign for three years, and in the industry for seven. He graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Master of Science in Engineering and concentration in civil/water resources. Brian works as a Project Engineer on the design and production of residential and commercial construction documents. He has a strong desire to learn and grow professionally, while producing practical, cost effective design solutions for our clients. Fun Facts: Outside of being a go-getter at work, Brian enjoys cycling, swimming and participating in Triathlons.
Aaron Wagoner, now a PE, has been with LandDesign for four years as a Design Engineer. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University shortly before going to work for a small architecture firm for a year. Aaron’s projects have ranged from the LYNX Blue Line Light Rail extension, to storm drainage improvement projects for the City of Charlotte to residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional projects as well. Fun fact: Aaron is a huge Carolina Panthers and Wolfpack fan while also enjoying outdoor activities such as camping and backpacking.
Tyler Howell, now a PE, has been with LandDesign for four years after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from UNC Charlotte. He provides engineering design services for residential and commercial land development projects, focusing on stormwater management, erosion control, and site planning. Tyler is a passionate designer, delivering the places where people live, work and play. Fun Facts: He would like to experience as much of the world as possible, and make an effort to give something back along the way. He also enjoys playing golf and reading.
Matt Grigsby has been with LandDesign for three years, after graduating from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. From schematic design to full permitting, his focus lies in commercial site design, implementing skills with stormwater design, roadway design, wastewater collection, water distribution, erosion control, etc. Matt is very driven, with great interest in how his work affects other people. He finds joy in seeing a project through to completion. Fun fact: In his free time, he enjoys coaching youth baseball, camping and travelling to watch his Auburn Tigers. War Eagle!
Eric Lemieux has been with LandDesign for one year after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and minor in Green Engineering from Virginia Tech. His main area of focus is in site development, with a heavy skill interest in graphic design. He believes the most beneficial experiences are ones that expose you to something new, or through a mentorship within an organization. Fun fact: Eric enjoys spending a week at the beach, walking a round of golf, getting out for an early morning run, and most importantly, getting a group from the office out for trivia on Thursdays – #triviamatters.
Time to celebrate! #PEexamsmatter
Promotions to Wrap up a Successful 2015
We are excited to end the year with two more promotions that are indicative of the opportunities we have ahead […]
We are excited to end the year with two more promotions that are indicative of the opportunities we have ahead of us in 2016. Chad Kovaleski has been made a Director in our new San Francisco office, and Beth Poovey is our new Director of Public Parks, Greenways and Streetscapes. As we grow and expand in new markets, we are committed to aligning talent and resources to ensure we can continue to deliver services consistent with the LandDesign brand. These promotions are a direct reflection of that commitment.
Chad joined LandDesign in 2012, and has been focused on urban design and waterfront projects all around the world. He is a second-generation Landscape Architect (his parents were both Landscape Designers), who is passionate about integrating the bold use of plant materials, hardscape and paving into his designs. Chad was born in Wisconsin and graduated from Iowa State, where he was a 4-year letter winner on the Men’s golf team. As someone who loves to travel and take in new experiences (and food), Chad has been pivotal in growing our West Coast office. “Chad has an incredible portfolio that he has built over the past decade, both with LandDesign and his previous firms, and we are excited to continue to support his growth here in San Francisco,” said Rhett Crocker.
Beth has over 16 years of experience in greenway, trail, streetscape and park design. As a known expert in this field, she played an integral role as Project Manager for the popular Little Sugar Creek Greenway, and she currently is leading the Cross Charlotte Trail Vision Plan. Combining her sociology and landscape architecture degrees, her focus and passion has evolved into planning and design of urban open space that authentically integrates community assets with environmental stewardship opportunities. “The world is starting to notice what great work LandDesign is doing on greenways, bikeways and trails,” said Rhett Crocker, “And we all look forward to seeing how Beth can elevate our brand to the next level.” When Beth isn’t soaking up her time with her children relearning how to do a cartwheel, she enjoys gardening and traveling to experience new places and cultures.
In addition to this group of promotions, we had three other rounds of recognitions this past year that can be referenced here, here and here. We are grateful for the diligent work of all our employees as we wrap up a successful 2015. It is exciting to have the opportunity to make these acknowledgements, and position ourselves for an incredible year ahead. Cheers!
LandDesign’s Hot with Five Summer Promotions
By: Brianna Meurer We are pleased to announce the promotions of Marci Bonner, Katie Pavlechko, Joe Giangrandi and Khristine Giangrandi […]
We are pleased to announce the promotions of Marci Bonner, Katie Pavlechko, Joe Giangrandi and Khristine Giangrandi to Associates in the Washington DC office, and Mark Kime to Associate in the Charlotte office. “Their individual contributions to this office and the firm cover all of the creative technical, project management, internal and external focus of an Associate here at LandDesign,” said Stephanie Pankiewicz, LandDesign Partner.
Marci began her career with LandDesign on Valentine’s Day of 2005 after graduating from the University of Maryland with a Landscape Architecture degree. As a project manager, she provides guidance to less-experienced colleagues while also producing illustrative and technical drawings. Besides performing all aspects of a project’s scope from master planning to as-built drawings, she has a passion for planting design and project theming. Fun Fact: Marci brings her pug, Molly, to work on Wednesdays. When Molly is not taking naps, she protect the office from dogs, toddlers, mailmen and any other lifeform passing by on the street.
Since joining LandDesign in August 2010, Katie has been involved in many projects at different stages of design, with a focus on project visioning, site and master planning, and project entitlement. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture. She is dedicated to promoting sustainable growth and development in the Washington, DC metro region, and is a Young Leader with the Urban Land Institute, a group of real estate experts focused on progressive market-oriented development. Fun Fact: A 2013 vacation to Iceland inspired her and her fiancé to start their collection of kitschy plates from around the globe.
Joe Giangrandi made the transition over to LandDesign in December 2010 after starting his career in South Carolina. He graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture in 2005. Joe is a strong designer in all aspects of design and has been the main driver and director of his StudioDesign³ movie creations. Fun Fact: In his spare time, he enjoys body boarding, rock scrambling, hiking and playing the guitar.
Khristine Giangrandi, married to Joe, joined LandDesign in March of 2011. She is a Clemson University graduate with a Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture. She enjoys conceptual design and collaborating with a team to transform the concept into 3D graphics. Khristine believes that understanding the tiny, minutia details of a project inform the overall big-picture design, and makes you a well-rounded designer. Fun Fact: She has a guilty pleasure for competition shows such as Project Runway and Face Off.
Mark Kime moved to Charlotte and joined LandDesign in 2001 shortly after receiving a Landscape Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He holds a great deal of experience in the Charlotte region working hand in hand with the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, as well as many of the surrounding jurisdictions in both North and South Carolina. He is married with two kids and enjoys spending the weekends outdoors. Fun Fact: You can always find him jamming out to rock music such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Kings of Leon.
This is an exciting time for LandDesign and we’re thrilled these opportunities present themselves through the dedication and perseverance of our employees. So next time you see these folks walking the streets, give them a high five for their hard work and spark up a conversation with them – they have a lot of wisdom to share. Congratulations!
LandDesign in the Sunshine State!
By: Ashley Clark Since opening our new Orlando office, many have asked, “Why Orlando?” Aside from the obvious reasons, The […]
Since opening our new Orlando office, many have asked, “Why Orlando?” Aside from the obvious reasons, The City Beautiful, palm trees and sunshine, we see Florida as the ideal new location to offer our nearly 40 years of experience in designing great places, both nationally and internationally.
Florida is currently adding approximately 900 new residents a day, and recently surpassed New York to become the third most populated state in the U.S. With this growth comes a desire for communities to develop in a smart way, and create or improve infrastructure that will support this continued growth and new development. Our nearly four decades of experience has been built upon bringing visionary design to the development of desired communities, including dense urban cities to new master planned developments. We have created plans for transit, light rail and infrastructure systems that support urbanization and growth, and ensure that open space has been set aside for recreation and enjoyment.
Florida also holds opportunity for LandDesign to bring its experience in large-scale master planning to the state’s large landholders. We believe that the first key to a successful, long-term master plan is a vision. We passionately and responsibly embark upon this approach in our work. Land, and large swaths of land, are not something that we can create any more of – these projects must be planned with the future in mind. We believe that no project should be approached as a commodity. This is especially true in large land projects. A great vision and plan is necessary to ensure that short-term decisions do not handicap long-term opportunity. Our clients know that we understand how to design what people want, create a plan that can be built, bring together the right mix of uses, and work with them to produce the right policies to ensure lasting success of the community.
We have a proven track record of being creative difference makers. Because of our interdisciplinary practice, we can tackle complicated logistic, infrastructure, transportation and technical aspects of a project that are necessary to implement a vision. Especially in the unique, environmental landscapes of Florida, we understand how to bring all of this together in a distinctive and logical way without compromising the story of a place. This approach, unique in the industry, sets us apart from our peers and makes us an excellent fit to create great places that matter.
Our international portfolio includes waterfront destination planning and design, cruise ports and mixed use resort communities allowing Central Florida to be the perfect hub for collaboration with many of the world’s leading design consultants. We believe being located in Orlando provides a great opportunity for us to be that much more accessible to our clients and consultants who are working in places beyond our borders.
We couldn’t be more excited to be here and see LandDesign’s contribution to the landscape of the Sunshine State and beyond!
LandDesign Continues to Grow Leadership with New Principals
We are proud to announce the addition of two new principals, Shaun Tooley, PLA, and Frank McMahan, PE, to our […]
We are proud to announce the addition of two new principals, Shaun Tooley, PLA, and Frank McMahan, PE, to our leadership team as of June 5, 2015. Shaun and Frank have successfully led significant plans and visions that have helped support LandDesign’s mission to create places that matter.
Shaun joined LandDesign in 2005 with a degree in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech. He is recognized for his expertise in master planning and landscape architecture. Shaun has managed various projects to successful implementation such as Bahia Urbana, Hamlin and Waverly.
Frank became a part of the LandDesign team in 2006 with a degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University. He is strongly committed to market diversification and creative infrastructure design. Some of Frank’s projects include City of Charlotte various stormwater improvement projects, Brightwalk and Little Sugar Creek Greenway Esplanade.
“We have great clients that take us to great projects. As a result, we are very fortunate to be growing and expanding to new markets, and with growth comes great opportunities,” said Rhett Cocker, President and CEO of LandDesign. “We are excited to share our recognition of Shaun and Frank as additions to the leadership of the firm and we look forward to the fresh ideas they will bring to our clients and places we create.”
Now it’s time to get to know these guys a little better.
Shaun is married to a former LandDesign Landscape Architect, Allison, and they now are the proud parents of two girls. He is the type of guy who always has your back and is willing to lend a helping hand at any moment. But don’t let that fool you, he has highly competitive side which he uses to fuel his marathon training.
Frank enjoys spending time with a wife and two sons when he is not dedicating his time to public works projects. He is wonderfully optimistic and easy to talk to if you ever get the chance to strike up a conversation. He is so likeable that he has his own drink at a local pub called “The Frankenberry.” He bleeds LandDesign Green and shows his passion for sports by coaching his son’s baseball team.
Promotion to Kickoff 2015
Ashley has been with LandDesign for a total of two years, and has supported marketing needs in the Charlotte office […]
Ashley has been with LandDesign for a total of two years, and has supported marketing needs in the Charlotte office and is currently managing our brand realignment project which includes our new website. With the hire of Deborah Miller, Director of Global Business Development and Marketing, developing a marketing team and strategy became a priority in 2015. “I knew shortly after my arrival that elevating Ashley to this role was a no-brainer,” said Deborah. “She brings not only historical knowledge of the firm, but industry experience that gives us an edge.” Ashley is a graduate of UNC Charlotte’s College of Architecture, and former member of the American Institute of Architect’s National Board. When she’s not working to help LandDesign and the greater design community communicate their value, she can be found using her design skills on her own house, alongside her husband and daughter. Congratulations, Ashley!