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As a senior landscape architect student, I am a highly motivated and hardworking individual. Not only am I a quick learner, but I am also very detailed oriented in my work. I strive to create beautiful representations of my designs that also successfully communicate my ideas. This portfolio tells the story of my development as an aspiring landscape architect.
ALYSSE KIRKMAN EXPERIENCE
CITY OF OLATHE, KS PARKS AND RECREATION Landscape Architect Intern / Summer 2018
1280 Marls Court Naperville IL, 60563
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Cost estimated, and lead communication with vendors Created trail and interpretive signage Developed planting designs for various city and park projects Designed planting plans for the Lake Olathe Park construction project • Served as a committee member on the Request for Qualifications for Cedar Creek Trail
Cell: 630-864-8697 firstname.lastname@example.org
EDUCATION Iowa State University • Senior • GPA: 3.55 University of Hawaii at Hilo IOWA’S LIVING ROADWAYS COMMUNITY VISIONING • Spring 2018 Exchange Student Intern / Fall 2016 - Current • GPA: 4.00 • Provide small Iowa communities with the planning and design Naperville North resources needed to make meaningful transportation High School improvements • Diploma: 2014 • Travel to small Iowa communities to lead focus groups and • GPA: 3.75 help guide the planning process AWARDS Federated Garden MORTON ARBORETUM Club Design Scholarship Display Horticulture Grounds Crew / Summer 2016 - 2017 Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, • Gained knowledge on how landscapes are constructed and and Fall 2014 Dean’s List maintained by working with perennials, annuals, shrubs, and AFFILIATIONS small trees • Practiced closely with horticulturists in the award winning Student Society of Landscape Architecture Morton Arboretum Children’s Garden National Society of Collegiate Scholars
TABLE OF CONTENTS South River Valley Park
Dia del Nino
Sheridan Street and Ridgeview Road Roundabout
Meadow Lane Trail Signs
South River Valley Park This project is a redesign of South River Valley Park in Ames, IA. The purpose of this design is to represent the Iowa landscape through three ecological zones. These zones are oak savanna, prairie, and riparian zone, which is demonstrated through topography and vegetation. There is also a hierarchy of circular rain gardens. These spaces are representative of prairie potholes, yet act as an ornamental gardens in the park. User experience is also very important. Various sized trails lead pedestrians into this densely vegetated park, enticing visitors to come in close contact with the landscape.
This is a section looking north. The section represents the grade change, and transitions of the three ecological zones. The oak savanna is represented on the small hill leading down to the “prairie pothole”, which then extends into the existing riparian zone of South River Valley Park.
This perspective looks down onto a circular rain garden enclosed by prairie plantings, small shrubs, and trees. This submerges the park visitor into the landscape.
South River Valley Park is located in a flood zone of Ames, IA. This creates the opportunity for a large, lush rain garden to be maintained. The rain garden provides a unique experience through use of topography and vegetation.
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Project Partner: Derek Hansen
Prospect Park is located along the Des Moines River in Des Moines, IA. The site is commonly used as a hangout for residents of the nearby neighborhood, but lacks in park amenities. This new design proposed to the Des Moines Park District utilizes retention and detention ponds to control flooding, yet creates beautiful views to pedestrians overlooking the water. Also, Ding Darling is a prominent figure in the development of the Des Moines River Front, inspiring the addition of park details relating back to Darling’s cartoons and signature.
Plan created by both partners, and rendered by Derek Hansen
I created this section to cut through the park looking west. This section displays the relationship of the river with Prospect Park.
These are perspectives rendered by Derek Hansen. They display the experiential quality of Prospect Park.
I rendered this axon view of the entire park to help understand the relationship between topography and park amenities.
I drew this section of the entire site looking north.
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The theme for the Schuckert Residence Planting Plan is secret garden. This design is meant to provide tranquility with moments of discovery. This is done through dense foliage of purples, yellows, whites, and greens enclosing on an individual as they step through the garden. There are also built elements such as a rustic rock wall, an outdoor patio, and a small elevated porch. These elements immerses the residents and their guests further into the garden. SD
KA LS EP
JCM YF PA VC ST CAC Herbaceous Perennials and Ground Covers AR CML G IS SS SA
WF Vines CJ CP PT
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Planting Schedule With Pallet
PLANT SCHEDULE| Schuckert Residence KEY QTY Botanical Name Ornamental Trees CC 6 Cercis canadensis CM 4 Cornus mas MS 5 Malus sargentii CAC 4 Corylus avellana Shrubs AP 8 Aesculus parviflora CF 13 Caragana frutex HA 6 Hydrangea arborescens HP 5 Hydrangea paniculata JCM 13 Juniperus chinensis ‘Maney’ KA 4 Kolwitzia amabilis PL 21 Paeonia lactiflora PJM 6 Rhododendron P.J.M. SD 4 Salix Discolor SPN 6 Salix purpurea ‘Nana’ ST 19 Spirea thunbergii VC 18 Viburnum carlessi WF 10 Weigela florida YF 23 Yucca filamentosa Herbaceous Perenials & Grasses AR ½ oz. Ajuga reptans A 28 Astilbe species CM 1 oz. Convallaria majalis C 17 Crocus species EP 14 Echinacea species EM 30 Eupatorium maculatum G ½ oz. Geranium species H 31 Helleborus species HU 37 Heuchera species IS ½ oz. Iris sibirica LS ½ oz. Liriope spicata PA 36 Perovskia atriplicifolia T 36 Tulipa species Ground Covers SS` 1 oz. Scilla siberica SA 1 oz. Sedum acre Vines CJ 3 Clematis x jackmanii CP 3 Clematis paniculata PT 2 Parthenocissus tricuspidata
Mature Height & Spread
Eastern Red Bud Cornelian Cherry Dogwood Sargent Crabapple Corkscrew Hazel
5 Gallons 5 Gallons 3 Gallons 3 Gallons
B&B B&B B&B B&B
H: 20-30’ H: 15-25’ H: 6-8’ H: 8-10’
W: 25-35’ W: 15-20’ W: 9-15’ W: 8-10’
Bottle Brush Buckeye Russian Peashrub Smooth Hydrangea Panicle paniculata Maney Chinese Juniper Beauty Bush Peony P.J.M Rhododendron Pussy Willow Purple Willow Spirea Korean Spice Viburnum Wiegela Adam’s Needle
3 Gallons 3 Gallons 1 Gallon 5 Gallons 3 Gallons 3 Gallons 1 Gallon 1 Gallon 3 Gallons 1 Gallon 1 Gallon 3 Gallons 3 Gallons 3 Gallons
Pot Pot Pot Pot Pot Pot Pot Pot Pot Pot Pot Pot Pot Pot
H: 8-12’ H: 6-10’ H: 3-5’ H: 15-20’ H: 4-6’ H: 6-10’ H: 2-3’ H: 3-6’ H: 6-15’ H: 3-5’ H: 3-5’ H: 4-6’ H: 6-10’ H: 6-10’
W: 8-15’ W: 6-10’ W: 3-5’ W: 10-15’ W: 6-10’ W: 6-10’ W: 2-3’ W: 3-7’ W: 4-12’ W: 3-5’ W: 3-5’ W: 4-7’ W: 9-12’ W: 2-3’
Creeping Carpet Bugle Astilbe species Lily of the Valley Crocus Purple Cone Flower Joe-pye Weed Geranium Lenten Rose Coral Bells Siberian Iris Lilly Turf Russian Sage Tulip Species
2610 sq. ft. 165 sq. ft. 2610 sq. ft. 142 sq. ft. 212 sq. ft. 120 sq. ft. 2610 sq. ft. 60 sq. ft. 2610 sq. ft. 2610 sq. ft. 86 sq. ft. 156 sq. ft. 407 sq. ft.
Plugs Bulbs Plug Bulbs Bulbs Bulbs Bulbs Bulbs Bulbs Bulbs Bulbs Bulbs Bulbs
H: 0.25-0.5’ W: 1-3’ H: 1-4’ W: 1-2’ H: 6-12” W: 6-12” H: 6-3” W: 1-3” H: 2-5’ W: 1.5-2’ H: 5-7’ W: 2-4’ H:1.5-3’ W: 6-30” H: 1-4’ W: 18”-3’ H: 1-3” W: 12-18” H: 36-42” W: 18-24” H: 0.75-1.5’ W: 1-2’ H: 3-8’ W: 2.5-3’ H: 6”-3’ W: 6-30”
Siberian squill Goldmass Stonecrop
2610 sq. ft. 2610 sq. ft.
H: 0.25-0.5’ W: 0.25-5’ H: 1-3” W: 12-18”
Clematis Sweet Autumn Clematis Boston Ivy
3 Gallons 3 Gallons 3 Gallons
Pot Pot Pot
H: 8-12’ H: 8-12’ H: 8-12’
W: 4-6’ W: 4-6’ W: 4-6’
This section looks west, which is the residence’s back yard view.
Schuckert Residence: Stone-Cast Runnel
A construction detail within the Schuckert Residence garden is a rustic rock wall, which also serves as a runnel. Water is meant to drain from the residence’s roof, into the gutter, and then drain into the runnel where the water will eventually be directed into a rocky basin. This runnel is meant to be a sustainable water feature within the garden. The runnel is a free-standing portland concrete wall faced with limestone. The wall is 32 feet long, and its height ranges from 4 to 6 feet tall. Rain water is utilized as it falls into a copper gutter, and drains into the runnel. The incision of the runnel is six inches deep, and is faced with stainless steel. Small pieces of limestone also fill the runnel for water to drain through to a stainless steel spout. This spout extends from the runnel, and pours the water into a rock basin filled with small pieces of limestone. The water is then directed into a perforated pipe below the basin.
Water drains from stainless steel spout into a rock basin, which directs the water into a perforated pipe
Roof directs rain water into the copper gutter
Copper gutter drains water into runnel
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Stainless Steel Edge Installment
Facing Stone to Concrete Cast-on Limestone
Stainless Steel Edge Nail holds edge and stake together
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Stainless Steel Stake
Stainless Steel Pebbles Cast-on Limestone Rebar Portland Concrete
Runnel Detail Section
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3” 1’ Runnel Into Drain 0” 6” Detail Section
Project Team: Zoey Mauk, Casey Cox, and Charlie Rueb For the past 70 years, 143,687.5 tons of trash and contaminated soil has built up at the former Agriculture Street Landfill. This in turn has weakened the lives of the community built upon it, which is now known as the Desire Neighborhood in New Orleans, LA. Remedium is the Latin term for “restoring balance”, which is fitting for the redesign of the Desire Neighborhood. The proposed design is meant to contain the dangerous waste by using the toxic ground as building blocks. This will create a research park dedicated to the research of phytoremediation. The research will coexist with the recreational use of the site, which will be utilized by the surrounding neighborhoods.
This is a plan of the designed site rendered by Casey Cox.
This model of the site was created by Charlie Rueb. The model is an axion view of the redesigned site.
Compress Waste Using the Baling and Wrapping Method
Assuming the waste covers 95 acres, with a median depth of 15 feet, and density of 1250 pounds per yard, then there is 143,687.5 TONS OF WASTE below Agriculture Street Desire Neighborhood. Method saves over 40% in landfill space
Machine wraps 50 to 55 tons of waste per hour
One acre contains 4,840 condensed cubes of waste
About 35 ACRES of the site can be constructed with the condensed cubes of waste
Waste compressed into 170,648 CUBES
Construct the Site
Phytoremediation Species Soil Filter Fabric Sand Geotextile Liner Clay Baled and Wrapped Cube 1’ 0’
Dia del Nino is an unofficial holiday held annually on April 30th, and translates to â€œday of the childâ€?. This day is meant to celebrate all children by recognizing their importance in society while promoting their well being. This project incorporates the motive of Dia del Nino into everyday life in Perry, Iowa. Each year, Dia Del Nino will be celebrated with a childrenâ€™s festival. The main event of the festival will be a selection of a park that will be built by the community and volunteers every year. A parade will also take place from the previous built park to the new park to gain excitement for the community in their progress. This will establish pride in the community, while giving children a safe place to socialize, play, and grow up. This is a time-line of how the community will contribute to building a park annually for Dia del Nino.
This exploding axon is an analysis of which parts of Perry are in most need of a park.
North Perry, IA
This is an example of a small neighborhood space that can be utilized as a park. The small lot has enough room for a indoor structure, playground, half basketball court, and a growing garden. This park will give children in this isolated neighborhood a recreational space to enjoy without having to travel into town.
South Perry, Iowa
This is a large park that can potentially be built on current vacant land. In this park there is space for a full scale basketball and soccer field, trails in the nearby wooded area, a playground, an indoor structure, and even a small petting zoo. This park would also encourage trail users to stop and explore as they biked into Perry.
Community Visioning As an Intern at Community Visioning, I am responsible for creating these Bioregional Boards. Bioregional Boards are geographical maps that display various types of information. They are used by a community to best make design decision. The boards are in three different scales; community, regional, and watershed scale. The scale determines the type and depth of information of a community in Iowa. To create the boards, I gathered multiple informational maps on GIS, and then layered rasterized and vector images in illustrator to get the final result. These particular maps were done for Clarion, IA. SPRING 2017
Depth to Water Table The water table is defined as the level below which the ground is saturated with water. The water table generally mimics surface topography, but there are differences depending on localized conditions such as the permeability and porosity of soils and depth to bedrock. Depth to water table is represented as a range because it varies due to seasonal changes and precipitation volumes. For example, following spring snow-melt an area with a depth to water table ranging from one foot to three feet is likely to be at or near one foot depth. Impermeable layers such as concrete also affect the depth to water table by preventing precipitation from infiltrating into the soil which could result in a lowered water table.
Map Source: Iowa Department of Natural Resources, â€œNatural Resources Geographic Information Systems Library,â€? http://www.igsb.uiowa.edu/nrgislibx/.
Clarion Depth to Water Table 13
Julia Badenhope, Matthew Gordy, Colby Fangman, Alysse Kirkman Iowa State University | Trees Forever | Iowa Department of Transportation
Present Day Land-Cover
Present Day Vegetation
Sheridan Street and Ridgeview Road Roundabout This is a roundabout design completed for a reconstruction project on Sheridan Street and Ridgeview Road. One of the major concerns for this sixty-foot wide roundabout is the amount of truck traffic that attempts to pass through on a daily basis. This makes maintence difficult and unsafe for city horticulturists. This challenge is what drove my design. The roundabout is bordered by staggered stone walls and surrounded by mixed river rock to create blockage, and deter truck drivers from driving in the area. I then chose low maintence vegetation that provides color and interest throughout the year. The roundabout design would also give an illusion of movement through two earth mounds sloping down from the retaining walls to a public art piece in the center.
One of the projects I have completed for Olathe, KS Parks and Recreation is trail signage for Meadow Lane Trail. This trail creates connections between neighborhoods, schools, and other trail systems, such as the Gary Haller Trail. To show these connections, I displayed Meadow Lane Trail on three different scales. This included a site map, an Olathe trail map, and a regional map. Trail safety information and shared responsibilities also give clear information to trail users.