Page 1

SCAPE land and design in the Upper Midwest

winter 14/15

The Directory Issue PLUS Create change by engaging locally Small town, big art scene NoMi bus shelter reclaimed Engaging in play ASLA-MN goes elementary Recovering the industrial river Campus + park reconnection

Publication of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

from the

CHAPTER PRESIDENT Matthew Rentsch, ASLA | ASLA-MN President


s President of the ASLA Minnesota Chapter, I’m delighted to welcome you to this issue of _SCAPE magazine. As we wrap up the chapter’s 2014

theme of “Engage In The Future: Step Up, Reach Out, Create Change,” it will become evident in the following pages how professionals in our chapter are using their creativity, philosophy and ingenuity to reach out and create change in the environmental and social aspects of their work. These examples support the idea that landscape architects engage in the future by creating change, not just for themselves or their profession, but for the good of the planet and its inhabitants. At the global and regional levels, landscape architects continue to engage with community leaders, citizens and the business sector, educating these groups on the important and diverse roles that landscape professionals are ready to take on. We are problem solvers. Every success we produce is something to be celebrated as a profession; it engages the population and confirms our value. At a chapter level, our members continue to engage in a variety of ways. One of the ways Women in Landscape Architecture (WILA) has engaged in the future is by leading positive change for pollinators through the strategic planning of education, practice and events. A number of professionals took time out of their schedules over the past year to engage children at the local Fair School to participate in a project, in turn educating kids about what landscape architects do. Chapter members participated in an advocacy day with the Minnesota Legislature, engaging directly with government

leaders on the concerns and roles of landscape architects. The chapter continues to engage professionals in fantastic social and educational events such as the annual golf outing and the Water Resources Conference. Professionals are engaging with students on portfolio reviews and by sharing stories in our “Branching Out” member feature, helping individuals to become engaged with the membership. Whether you are a student or recent graduate trying to figure out your career path, engage in an ASLA-MN event; the experience may give you the personal and professional interface that you need to help you find your way. If you are a professional needing creative inspiration, continued education, or the next step in your career, engage in an issue of _SCAPE, an ASLA-MN sponsored education event, or our job openings on the ASLA-MN website. Engaging in your ASLA-MN chapter helps you engage in your future. We encourage you to do so by serving on a committee, participating at a monthly social hour or even just checking out the chapter website. Engaging with your chapter doesn’t have to involve a lot of time or effort, but you may be surprised at how much more you get out of your membership when you put some effort into it.

There are a number of individuals who have engaged in the future of our chapter over the past year who deserve recognition. Chris Behringer, Bryan Carlson, and out-going members of the executive committee - thank you for your energy, leadership and guidance. Your engagement to the future of ASLA-MN goes back much further than any theme. We love our sponsors; thanks to each and every one of you for your monetary and professional support. I welcome new and returning members to our executive committee and invite you to drop them a line of congratulations and communication with your questions and input. This year, the executive committee will continue to engage you in ASLA-MN’s future.

Matthew Rentsch, ASLA President ASLA-MN

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


ASLA-MN is the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) which represents nearly 300 professionals in the landscape architecture profession through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship. ASLA, the national organization, has more than 18,000 members and 48 chapters, representing all 50 states, U.S. territories, and 42 countries around the world.

_SCAPE Editorial

Executive Committee & At-Large Members

Editor Ann Rexine

Matthew Rentsch, ASLA President

Ann Rexine, ASLA Director of Communications

Gina Bonsignore, ASLA President-Elect

Colleen O’Dell, Assoc. ASLA Director of Public Relations

Chris Behringer, ASLA Past President

Andrew Montgomery, Associate ASLA Co-Director of Awards & Banquet

Copy Editor Jason McGrew-King Publisher JS Print Group Duluth, Minnesota

Ellen Stewart, ASLA Chapter Trustee


Kathy Aro Executive Director

Ally Czechowicz, Assoc. ASLA Co-Director of Awards & Banquet

Nicole Peterson, Assoc. ASLA Secretary Kathryn Ryan, ASLA Treasurer

Vacant Fellow Representative Michael McGarvey, ASLA Government Affairs Committee

Graham Sones, ASLA Director of Education & Professional Development

Vacant Student Chapter President

Coal Dorius, ASLA Director of Programs & Student Chapter Liaison

Ice Reflections Photo Contributor: MorgueFile, muvuca

_SCAPE is published twice

Send general ASLA-MN inquiries,

Send general _SCAPE inquiries,

each year by the American

including sponsorships, to:

letters to the editor, and article

Society of Landscape Architects - Minnesota Chapter (ASLA-MN). _SCAPE is FREE (in limited quantity). To subscribe, go to and click _SCAPE.


queries to:

International Market Square

Ann Rexine, Editor

275 Market Street, Suite 54

9722 106th Place North

Minneapolis, MN 55405

Maple Grove, MN 55369

PH: 612.339.0797

F: 612.338.7981

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


update from the

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA Kristine Miller, ASLA | Department of Landscape Architecture


ne of the student opportunities that distinguishes the University of Minnesota’s Masters of Landscape Architecture program nationally is the

opportunity to study international responses to climate change through our spring study abroad program, Cities on Water. Many of our alums have been part of Cities on Water over the years and I wanted to give _SCAPE readers an update on plans for Spring 2015. This spring, Cities on Water will include three weeks of preparation time in Minneapolis, three to five weeks of study in the Netherlands, and eight weeks of study in Istanbul, Turkey. The program will focus on issues around water, including infrastructure, sustainability and resiliency, cultural response and adaptation, urban morphology, and ecology. In each location, students will study unique responses to water-based issues and investigate how these issues inform the built environment. In comparing the Netherlands to Istanbul, students will see how this response is manifest in strikingly different and similar ways that have sustained both cultures over the centuries. Local experts in both the Netherlands and Istanbul will provide students with background and expertise in a number of areas, including ecology, hydrology, urban design, policy, and water management. In the Netherlands, Urban and Regional Planning and Architecture students will join the Landscape Architecture students for two weeks and tour projects, attend presentations from design and planning professionals, and work together on short design projects. Students will focus on the Markermeer, a freshwater lake created by the completion of the North Sea Afsluitdijk (Closure

Dike) in 1932, and the Houtribdijk in 1976. Students will be asked to design 10,000 hectares of new islands from the lake silt that is degrading the aquatic and avian ecology of the Markermeer. The new islands will form the underwater structure necessary to improve the water quality of the Markermeer and also provide avian and aquatic habitat and human recreation. In the past two years, students’ work has been featured in the Dutch media and has been used by the project client, the Natuurmonumenten, to model engineering and programming as the project moves toward realization. In Istanbul, MLA students will join Masters of Architecture Students and Bachelor of Environmental Design students for an interdisciplinary vertical studio program. Coursework will include an intensive immersion program on Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history, culture, food, language, and geo-politics. Design studio work will explore the spatial implications of fracture-critical infrastructure, water, transit, climate and density. For 2015, the studio is anticipating a multidisciplinary design studio working with TAK (a community design and engagement studio) on the Asian side of the Bosporous) to design for resilient infrastructure in the Kadiköy district of the Istanbul.

Students will be based at the University’s Istanbul Center, founded by CDES alumni Mark and Nedret Butler. The center provides permanent studio space, classrooms, a gallery space, lounge and small computer lab. The building is located in one of Istanbul’s most vibrant young neighborhoods - Beyoglu (pronounced “Beyoh-lu”), a few minutes walk away from the Galata Tower. We are committed to providing high quality, relevant, and affordable study abroad opportunities for our students for years to come and are especially excited that we have been able to create our first designfocused program for our Bachelor of Environmental Design students. In early 2015, you can find Cities on Water updates on our Facebook page including links to student blogs and websites. Please also stay in touch via LinkedIn.

_SCAPE NOTE In each issue of _SCAPE, the University of Minnesota Department of Landscape Architecture provides an academic update to connect with local professionals and alumni and to keep readers informed about programs and events.

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


Artist Highlight

image credit: Steve Foley

Vickie Benson weighs in on the importance of arts and community.

Vickie Benson, Arts Program Director McKnight Foundation

_SCAPE had the good fortune to catch up with Vickie Benson, arts program director for The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis. She shared her thoughts on the value of arts and community involvement - and how designers can learn from Lanesboro. Mary Matze [MM]: Tell me about why you think Lanesboro’s project is important for urban design. Vickie Benson [VB]: Lanesboro is paying attention to its history, its community, and its present and future impact on the people who live there and the people who come there. I think that often rural designers are expected to learn things from urban designers, but not so much vice versa. I think the patient listening and deciphering of needs and wants in the community that John Davis and others have been committed to is paying off in terms of buy in from individuals who previously wouldn’t have been involved in a town as an arts campus. Valuing cross community feedback has made a difference in Lanesboro. Continued on page 4 >>



Lanesboro’s Historic Walking Bridge (1893) was restored in partnership with the Lanesboro History Museum.

Lanesboro, Minnesota Every year the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, Minnesota, welcomes spring by throwing a Henrik Ibsen Festival. Locals and Ibsen fans from all over the state gather in this tiny southern town - population of just 743 people to celebrate the classic, albeit obscure, Norwegian writer. The location and seriousness of this event took me by surprise when I first learned of it several years ago. It wasn’t until a recent poetry reading that I learned the Ibsen Festival was just one example of the community’s deep commitment to the arts. After doing some research, I found out that Lanesboro community policy focused on weaving the arts into the social and economic fabric of the town. For Lanesboro, the arts are more than just novelty or entertainment; they are a way to sustain the community’s cultural and economic vitality. HKGi Landscape Architects Gabrielle Grinde and Greg Ingraham, along with

Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change



Image Credit: Lanesboro Arts

Forecast Public Art, are working with Lanesboro Arts, the City of Lanesboro, and the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce to make the arts an integral part of the public sphere. “Instead of everything being in one building, the entire town becomes the art center,” says Lanesboro Art Center Director John Davis. The idyllic Minnesota town doesn’t just celebrate the arts, it is, in fact, using the arts to strengthen and build its vitality. It is through a colossal collaboration of landscape architects, artists, local officials, and the town’s residents that the town has used the arts to become a national example for other small towns that struggle to maintain their cultural identity. A culture of art Lanesboro’s story is similar to many small towns that suffered population loss and economic difficulties. By the late 1990s the town was seeing the empty storefronts, and by the early 2000s the only grocery store in town closed. Faced with these challenges, local government officials and the Chamber of Commerce knew they had to do something. In their talks about what steps to take as a community, history and culture were identified as their greatest assets. As is the case with many small towns, attracting any major industry to anchor the community didn’t seem very likely. Therefore, the community put the arts at the center of its strategy to revitalize and ensure the longevity of the town. Through collaboration with the local arts center, the local government embraced a spectrum of visual, sculptural, and theatre arts as the identity of the community and branded it as the Lanesboro Arts Campus. Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


>> Vickie Benson Interview Continued from page 2

MM: To what extent do you see their approach working for other communities? What might other communities learn from Lanesboro’s efforts? VB: If a community goes into design and implementation phase knowing that it all can’t be accomplished overnight, Lanesboro’s story and approach could work in most communities. Also, determination to include a broad swath of community takes time and it takes knowing what is the right approach for a particular sector and who is the right person to approach. Most communities could learn lessons here. It doesn’t really matter in the end whose idea it all was, just so that change happens. So getting rid of arrogance and ownership of ideas is something that most communities could learn from. MM: What is the value of understanding the role of arts in community development? VB: Generally in community development, as in most things, there are problems to be solved. There are also a vast number of resources to rely on. Artists are some of the most resourceful people I have ever had the opportunity to know. Unfortunately, part of this is because many rarely have the opportunity to be fully funded in a project, so they have learned to be resourceful. The positive side of this is that they come up with a vast array of resources. Also, to crack certain problems, people need to be able to think outside of the box, utilize creative thinking, see a path that possibly no one else can see. This is a role for artists. So it just isn’t the role of arts in community development, I think it is the leadership and creative thinking abilities that many artists have that would be helpful and valuable in community development. MM: How can the impact of public art be measured in a community? VB: I think one of the greatest ways that public art can be measured is through the many stories that can be collected about how a certain piece or activity helped someone find meaning in a place or in a moment. Oftentimes there is also a change agent piece that occurs. A piece of public art helped me think differently about climate change and from it I altered a negative behavior, as an example. Continued on page 6 >>



Vision to action While local residents and town leaders knew that making Lanesboro into a destination arts town was the right direction, major funders urged community leaders to work with landscape architects and planners to help them flesh out a master plan, to identify critical areas of need, and to work out phases of development. They needed a team that could move the project from installation to interaction - to create a balance of urban planning, community design, and artistic collaboration. Courtney Bergey, Director of Advancement for Lanesboro Arts - who recently returned to her native town to manage the project - explains that the Lanesboro Arts Campus concept was created in tandem with a community-wide strategic planning process in the early 2000s. HKGi’s Greg Ingraham was brought into the planning process early in 2013 to help the town facilitate planning efforts that would prove to major funders that they could take reasonable, actionable steps to integrate art into the landscape and thereby spur economic development. Local leaders admired Ingraham’s Pathway to Peace public art project in Minneapolis - a project where community members were asked to consider the meaning of peace in their lives. Designing an art town Lanesboro was ready to embark on a similar effort to Pathway to Peace - which used sculpture to convey meaning - and more. While sculpture was a large part of the vision, the town had many assets that community members hoped to incorporate. When HKGi started its work with Lanesboro, local leaders had already identified the need to address parking limitations and a problem with moving people to the planned arts destinations. To better understand the challenges and opportunities of the town, HKGi met collectively with residents and local leaders to generate ideas, to get a sense of what was important to community members, and to begin making effective changes in policy and design in the community. These meetings helped designers and the community map local assets, understand circulation issues, and really understand how residents and visitors used the infrastructure of the town. The project was divided into two phases. Phase 1 was an acquisition and planning phase, and was recently completed. Phase 2 of the project is devoted to development of the plans and ensuring the sustainability of the arts destinations. Phase 1 of the project had an emphasis on designing pathways that maximized the arts efforts of the community with future projects in mind. This phase also focused on identification of historic resources and acquisition of buildings and spaces that would be future homes to arts. The town’s buildings, parks, and physical features became the framework in developing a pedestrian and vehicular circulation plan that would facilitate use by visitors and local community members. Wayfinding signs designed by artist Karl Unnasch were installed at highly trafficked intersections and called attention to top destinations. Landscape Architect Gabrielle Grinde is leading the second phase of the project, and is currently working with artists to help generate ideas to incorporate art into typically mundane spaces like parking lots, walls, and street entrances. The Lanesboro Arts Center is focusing on fundraising to support the operations of the buildings, create programming for the public spaces, and generating artist commissions. Collaborating with artists HKGi teamed with Forecast Public Art, a non-profit arts organization that connects artist talent with community needs. Forecast worked with HKGi to conduct engagement sessions that spurred visionary thinking among residents, and helped the community connect with poet Ed Bok Lee, sculptor Karl Unnasch, and placemaking consultant Ashley Hansen. For each destination that is identified in the Lanesboro Arts Campus Vision & Connectivity Plan, an artist is assigned to the project. “While working with landscape architects in Lanesboro, I started thinking about how words and poetry could work to be an integral part of a public space,” said Lee at a recent public event. Lee, a poet

Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change

who divides his time between Minneapolis and New York, is working with HKGi to create Poetry Parking Lot, one of the priority projects in Lanesboro. Just as Lee saw his art in a different light, Grinde adds that working with artists in a specific discipline helps to integrate art in a different way. She sees her role as a landscape architect as taking project-specific ideas and translating them into the landscape. A future for the arts in community planning In the promotional brochure for the project, John Davis, Executive Director of Lanesboro Arts, explains the town’s vision: “The Lanesboro Arts Campus is about interweaving the arts into the fabric of a community. It’s a collaboration between community members and civic organizations embracing the arts and, together, creating a larger vision for what an arts center can be.” The town is making the arts a significant strategic long-term investment, and it seems to be paying off. While the impact of arts on the community is difficult to measure, there are signs that Lanesboro’s efforts are empowering residents to make positive changes that support the community. Many of the town’s businesses have renovated historic buildings at their own expense, and public art projects are popping up in unexpected places like the local library. Bergey suggests that the institutional commitment to the arts support individual efforts. “Residents want to create and invest in their own community. This art town is framework in which people can develop their own resources,” she says. The long-term goals of the town are based on survival. Bergey explains, “[Residents] want the town to survive. The Lanesboro Arts Town plan approaches economic sustainability in a different way - a way that makes Lanesboro a vibrant, sustainable place that people want to move to and return to after college. We want to keep families here.” Learning from Lanesboro “I think that often rural designers are expected to learn things from urban designers, but not so much vice versa,” says Vickie Benson, a program manager at the McKnight Foundation, a Minneapolis-based philanthropic organization that funds community-based projects nationwide. “I think the patient listening and deciphering of needs and wants in the community that John Davis and others have been committed to is paying off in terms of buy-in from individuals who previously wouldn’t have been involved in a town as an arts campus.”

Lanesboro’s Poetry Parking Lot doubles as a market space. Image Credit: Lanesboro Arts Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


>> Vickie Benson Interview Continued from page 4

In Lanesboro, where you have most of the town and also the nation pointing to this place as an ongoing work of public art, the impact can also be counted in numbers of people coming to the place and spending dollars in a place. So it is best when the impact is seen in qualitative and quantitative ways. MM: It sounds like the community was already engaged in making their community into an arts town. How would you like to see the engagement process evolve or adapt in other communities that may have to build support or that have slightly different priorities? VB: I think engagement of people in community is important whether it is Lanesboro or Lake Street in Minneapolis. Design that is not grounded in peoples’ desire for engagement or desire to connect to the natural world or desire for simplicity and ease, which to me seems to be desires of many people in the st 21 century, probably isn’t going to be that successful. Vickie Benson is arts program director for The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis, MN. Before coming to McKnight, she was vice president of the Jerome Foundation, St. Paul, program director at Chamber Music America in New York City and senior program specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Vickie was a member of Grantmakers in the Arts’ board of directors from 2003-2010, and for her last two years, she served as the board’s president. She is currently a member of the operations committee for ArtPlace, a grantmaking collaboration of 14 national and regional foundations focused on Creative Placemaking. The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. Through grantmaking, collaboration, and encouragement of strategic policy reform, McKnight uses its resources to attend, unite, and empower those it serves. Program interests include Minnesota’s arts and artists, regional economic and community development, early literacy, youth development, Midwest climate and energy, Mississippi River water quality, neuroscience research, international crop research, and community-building in Southeast Asia. In 2014, the foundation had assets of about $2 billion and granted over $86 million; of the total, over $9 million went to support working artists to create and contribute to vibrant communities, because Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive.



Volunteers help participants do Gyotaku, the ancient Japanese art of fish printing, to recall the culture of bass fishing in the pond that is adjacent to the Poetry Parking Lot. Image Credit: Lanesboro Arts

Community support, engagement, and vision are key to the success of this project. Bergey notes the project has come to fruition over the course of 30 years. Much of that time was spent developing relationships and cultivating authentic support and interest in the project from residents. In more recent efforts, HKGi worked with the local school to engage K-12 students in the Arts Campus Project. Grinde suggests that by focusing on student engagement they were able to help build support and buy-in among parents for the project. HKGi also relied on traditional methods of community engagement by holding evening and weekend meetings at local government institutions. While it is typical for communities to experience low participation rates from this type of meeting, there was no shortage of participation from Lanesboro residents. The overwhelming enthusiasm from the community remains the driving force behind momentum for an arts-based revitalization. While artists initially generated most of the ideas, Grinde says that residents are giving them more ideas than they can possibly put into action. The town’s residents were critical to the success of any community undertaking, but the project’s formal collaboration among city administrators, the Chamber of Commerce, and the local arts center provided the institutional support necessary to complete the policy and infrastructure groundwork. Bergey explained that the biggest institutional challenges were navigating ownership issues at the county and state levels for the public infrastructure like bridges and parks. Vicki Benson believes that Lanesboro is a town we can all learn from. “I think engagement of people in community is important whether it is Lanesboro or Lake Street in Minneapolis. Design that is not grounded in peoples’ desire for engagement or desire to connect to the natural world or desire for simplicity and ease, which to me seems to be desires of many people in the 21st century, probably isn’t going to be that successful,” she says. The Lanesboro Arts Campus is a great example of how landscape architects are working to engage communities in thinking about the spaces we inhabit. Lanesboro is hoping that this collaboration between community members, landscape architects, and artists can change the narrative of rural community development and empower other small towns to embrace the arts in their development initiatives.

Mary Matze, MLA, MURP is a planner in the Planning and Infrastructure Design Studio at Minneapolis-based Landform Professional Services, LLC. Visit to learn more about the Lanesboro Arts Campus project.

Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change

image credit: Inhabit

Blossoms of B

lossoms of Hope is a bus shelter that appears as a giant vase of flowers in North Minneapolis. The vibrant, colorful

flowers create a cheerful icon for a neighborhood that has been facing hard times for decades. Located at West Broadway and Penn avenues, this transit plaza uses art to engage passers-by, re-brand West Broadway with a blast of positive energy, and make travelling by bus fun for the community.

North Minneapolis struggles with unemployment, vacant properties, lack of jobs, and low incomes more than the rest of the city. The stigma of crime and poverty makes it difficult for businesses to thrive. This is the story of one effort by private and public partners to change public perception and create a positive sense of place. It is a story of community engagement of a different type than landscape architects usually imagine. Landscape architects are familiar with community engagement as a guided-listening process during public meetings, initiated by an agency driving neighborhood change. In this case, a private developer with a strong social conscience worked with the city to re-imagine this corner. Complex relationships were structured, and engagement took different forms - including the hiring of community members to help with construction. Catalyst Community Partners, a non-profit created by social entrepreneur Stuart Ackerberg, is the property owner and The Ackerberg Group served as developer. Prior to this project, Catalyst/



HOPE by Marjorie Pitz, FASLA

Ackerberg completed 10 North Minneapolis renovations typically using a 40 to 50 percent minority workforce that offered jobs to the local community. Catalyst also relies upon private fund-raising, volunteers to do demolition, and corporate teams to take on specific renovation tasks. Catalyst Community Partners’ ( process could be a national model for social justice in redevelopment projects, since the organization employs numerous methods of engaging community members to help them shape their own future. At Penn and West Broadway avenues - a five-cornered intersection - a complex partnership evolved from Ackerberg’s vision. The corner lot was a barren triangle owned by Metro Transit, who had installed a standard bus shelter at the acute apex. Next to this was a brick building facing Broadway that had been vacant for 13 years. Ackerberg wanted to renovate the 14,000 SF structure, but hoped to re-orient it to face a plaza on Metro Transit’s land, instead of towards West Broadway. Metro Transit agreed to provide the land, if others funded, developed, and maintained the plaza. Funding for the plaza was obtained from Hennepin County’s TransitOriented Development funds, while Minneapolis Art in Public Places program provided funds for constructing public art. Together, the plaza/art budget was $230,000 for design, engineering, and construction. Catalyst agreed to maintain the transit plaza, and Minneapolis Art in Public Places agreed to maintain the art. Mary Altman of Minneapolis Art in Public Places put out a call for a public artist and landscape architect team, and the community selected Marjorie Pitz. A design committee was formed, with strong leadership from Ackerberg.He exhorted the committee to think boldly, as he wanted a powerful, exciting icon to anchor this corner and change perceptions of North Minneapolis. Art was to be the catalyst for change.

Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change

The transit plaza serves buses on Penn and West Broadway, and waiting passengers required shelter. Metro Transit was willing to provide a standard bus shelter free of charge, but it would have dominated the tiny plot and diluted the sense of uniqueness everyone wanted. The committee agreed that making the bus shelter into “the art” would be best. But what concept was right for this artistic bus shelter and plaza? Seven concepts were initially created for this 2,400 SF plaza, including some wild proposals. One concept transformed the plaza into a checkered tablecloth, set with a giant plate, silverware, and coffee cup people could sit upon. At the corner of this dinner table scheme was a vase of flowers serving as the bus shelter. Ackerberg was intrigued and delighted with the flower vase, and steered the committee toward its implementation. The kitschier components of the scheme fell away, leaving the bus shelter as the focal element within a simpler plaza. The bright 8-foot diameter flowers standing 24 feet in height fulfilled the community goal of making West Broadway come alive with color. The flowers bob gently in the wind and command attention from people driving past in buses or cars. The bus shelter is disguised as a crystal vase, making the art functional, interactive and fun. This joyful public artwork succeeds in becoming a gateway and neighborhood icon, and in creating a sense of place. But Blossoms of Hope is not just about stamping a site with a colorful new symbol. It welcomes residents and transit riders to an oasis of calm within a rushing sea of cars. The plaza provides a green lawn and curved beds of soft grasses to make the space feel relaxing, alive, and healthy. Because Catalyst maintains the plaza, the landscape actually grows, and this “life” is an important symbol to influence neighborhood self esteem. The plaza’s softness and “greenness” is one effort towards making an oasis of calm. In addition, low brick walls flow in undulating curves through the plaza to create niches for conversation, and to buffer the interior plaza from constant traffic on Penn and West Broadway. Catalyst envisioned a restaurant occupying the first floor of its building, and asked for plaza space that could serve for outdoor dining. Unfortunately, this additional street life has not yet materialized. Comfort for transit riders also directed the plaza and shelter design. The 12-sided “circular” bus shelter sits at the apex of the plaza, but its doors no longer face into the winter winds that fiercely tunnel down Broadway’s northwesterly alignment. Additional outdoor seating is provided close to the bus stops, and curvilinear curbs also provide seats. Having options of where to wait for the bus makes the transit plaza feel safer, in addition to being more comfortable. The significant drop in graffiti tagging might indicate the positive impact of this functional artwork upon the community. These attempts to soften a harsh intersection - and to provide refuge - welcome people and make them feel like they can relax a little bit more. By creating a comfortable place to gather and wait for a bus, people can let go of some defense mechanisms, and feel more alive and connected to their community. This is the ultimate act of engaging the community, when people respond to the plaza and art, and the “place” becomes beloved by neighbors. The initial reaction by the community, however, was one of frustration because money was spent on art instead of heat for the bus shelter. This is not surprising. The priorities for public space must be safety, followed by comfort followed by aesthetics. In this case, it was not possible for any of the funders/owners to pay for heat, yet it can be added someday using a wiring conduit beneath the plaza. This year the City of Minneapolis commissioned evaluator Rachel Engh to conduct public intercept surveys at several Art in Public Places artworks. Her findings at Blossoms of Hope reveal that 78 percent of the people surveyed feel this artwork “contributes or adds to this place.” Common responses suggest that it adds color and contributes


to the vibrancy. Quotes include: “It really represents the growth the Northside has had,” and “It shows that sometimes even though it might be rough to live on the Northside, it’s a beautiful place with beautiful people.” A tornado hit the intersection of Penn and West Broadway when Blossoms of Hope was at 99 percent completion on May 22, 2011, and most surrounding buildings were badly damaged. Just when Catalyst had invested to spark new interest in local redevelopment, the North Minneapolis tornado devastated the community. Miraculously, however, the plaza, flowers, bus shelter, and Catalyst’s 5 Points Building were virtually unscathed. Within hours of the tornado’s touchdown, Catalyst Community Partners and KMOJ-FM radio (the building’s first tenant) began operating an emergency resource center at the 5 Points Building where hundreds of residents gave and received food, water, essentials, and blankets. For the first seven days of recovery, the transit plaza became a central gathering spot for volunteers, organizers and residents needing assistance. KMOJ-FM broadcasted for 53 hours straight without electrical power, providing public announcements and updates via a small gas generator. Approximately 15,000 pounds of food, 10,000 pounds of clothes, and eight pallets of water were distributed to more than 2,000 people at 5 Points Building. This act by Catalyst of opening their new building to the grieving community was a genuine engagement with the neighborhood, as they offered water, food, clothing, and news. Catalyst truly supplied a place of refuge and “hope” for community members. It was during this disaster that the bus shelter artwork got its name. People marveled that the flowers withstood the epicenter of tornado damage, and felt cheered by their happy colors and their resistance to destruction. A local school principal coined the name, when she commented that the blossoming flowers were a symbol of hope. Lessons learned at this project about community engagement include: • Commit fully to the neighborhood you work in - as if it is your own - and work as a committed partnership to engage the community in diverse ways. • Engagement isn’t just about public meetings and communication - it can mean hiring neighbors for construction, building new businesses that offer employment, and creating places for people to gather and talk for years to come. • Complex partnerships are challenging, but when risk is spread among many partners, a project may move forward against great odds. • Place-making-art and public landscapes can be a catalyst for community change, even in the “toughest” of areas. • Public art should appeal to a broad audience, and not be esoteric. Aiming to deliver joy and simple pleasure is a valid goal. • Art, creativity, courage, and vision can create hope - the impossible can become possible.

Marjorie Pitz, FASLA, is an AESLAGID and CLARB Board Member, and the Fellows Representative on ASLA-MN’s Executive Committee.

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


Engaging in Play

Michael Dowling Elementary, Minneapolis

Conceptual rendering of the music area Source Flagship Recreation, Image Credit: Landscape Structures, Charlie Colvin


pon arrival at Michael Dowling Elementary, it’s apparent that something special is going on in this place. Maybe it’s the 18-acre campus blessed with a forest of mature

oaks. Maybe it’s the sense of history suggested by the picture of President Franklin Roosevelt presiding over the dedication of the therapy pool. Or maybe it’s the fleet of wheelchairs parked just inside the front doors. It could be a combination of all of these details, but something about the atmosphere lets visitors know that things are a little different here. Founded in 1924, the school’s primary mission was providing education to children with disabilities in the city of Minneapolis. This proud tradition continues today along with a strong emphasis on environmental education, math, science and technology. The school has some amenities not typically found in urban public schools. The campus contains a greenhouse, cross-country ski trails, a therapy pool and the second oldest community garden in the United States. It also includes an enclosed courtyard, just shy of an acre, containing a hidden gem.



Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change


by Charlie Colvin, ASLA

My relationship with the school started in September of 2013. At our first meeting on campus, Joe Rossow, Principal at Dowling, gave us a tour of the Ramps playground. I was blown away by the potential of this space. The enclosed courtyard contains a fascinating relic of our society’s early efforts to support children with special needs. The multi-level structure of concrete, wood and steel, constructed in the late 1970s at a cost of over $1 million, has a dramatic presence. It represents an early effort to create engaging, accessible play spaces for children of all abilities. Unfortunately, this stately relic was a little down at the heels and was suffering from the effects of almost four decades of Minnesota weather and constrained maintenance budgets. The scale of the existing structure is impressive. A series of 11-foottall concrete panels supports a six-foot-high deck extending 70 feet from the raised lawn. Additional walls and panels further divide the enclosure into discrete spaces. The main spaces are the entry courtyard, a swing area with an earthen mound, a large sunny court, and a raised lawn area. Two smaller spaces complete this organization, a defunct stream table within an amphitheaterlike space and a pure circle containing a concrete table as a focal element. Long ramps create the transitions between levels while geometric cutouts in the panels add interest to the structure.

Finally, two mature maples growing through the decking create a tree-house feel to two of the large deck spaces. The space has a mysterious, labyrinthine feel with secluded nooks and semi-secret areas under the deck. Rossow’s vision involved extended the learning environment of the school into the outdoors. He challenged us to create an environment with curriculum-based play events that was accessible to the entire student body. Our response was that we could do it, but only if the students and staff - who were going to live, teach and play in the space - guided the design. Of all the stakeholders in this project, we knew the students would be the toughest group to engage. Managing input from 500+ K-5 students was going to be a challenge. Ultimately, we decided that letting them draw out their visions was going to be the best way to get a sense of what they were looking for - sort of a charette in classroom format. So in the late fall of 2013, we held a series of assemblies where I presented the project to the students who then went back to the classroom with an assignment to help us understand how they wanted to play through drawing and writing. And draw they did.

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


We ended up with a sheaf of sketches and wish lists which, had we been able to do everything, would have been the neatest playground/amusement park/aquatic center in the western hemisphere. My personal favorite was a 50-foot zip line that ended in a hot tub. That kid has a future in the play industry! In the end, we filtered through all the ideas, focusing on the most popular and the most feasible within the constraints of the budget and current playground safety guidelines. With the play events defined by the students, we started working with the teachers to determine how to weave curriculum into the play experience. In series of meetings over six months, we worked through multiple design iterations, honing down the requirements for curriculum-based play events. In addition to basic skills, the teachers wanted the play elements to help their students overcome one of the greatest challenges for children with special needs; engaging with their environment. Many of these children face serious physical, mental and sensory challenges to engaging in play. Providing play experiences promoting socialization, while accommodating mobility and motor skills issues, supports development in these critical areas. The play equipment chosen for the project reflects those goals. Select pieces engage large muscle groups in climbing, and support social games such as hide and seek. They also provide a sanctuary for children with disorders like autism who need a retreat after becoming over-stimulated. The children can observe the activity of the playground while working on self-regulating their emotions. The Omni-spin Spinner is wheelchair accessible, promotes cooperation between peers while providing stimulation to the vestibular and proprioceptive sensory systems. The interactive play panels that define circulation include movable elements that develop fine motor skills. Graphic examples of local phenomena connect the space to the nearby Mississippi River, cultural landmarks along with local flora and fauna, illustrating the school’s relationship to the surroundings at a variety of scales. Finally, the assisted zip line allows wheelchair-bound children the chance to fly with their friends. The team of teachers from the Leadership Committee was instrumental in helping us construct the messages for each panel. The subject matter varies from the monarch butterfly migration, through common birds the children might see on site, to a panel with embedded prisms illustrating the color spectrum. One of my favorites is the panel about simple machines. This panel uses examples from nearby play equipment like slides and the corkscrew climber as examples of the inclined plane and screw,

providing a direct connection between the curriculum and play. Engaging the play equipment and playground experience in connecting children to their surroundings creates meaningful experiences on and off the playground. Dowling has a long history of engaging with the community as well, and this project was no different. Parents from the school were eager to help with a variety of tasks including fund-raising and volunteering to help construct areas of the play space. Teams of volunteers will help dismantle and rebuild the garden areas, bringing them into the heart of the space from their current location in a secluded corner. Other parents helped research potential grant opportunities and developed a MNGIVE webpage for the project to solicit donations. Their continued support will ensure the project receives the care required to keep it viable for future generations. The local business community got involved as well. Soon after the project started, Big River Timberworks, a local business specializing in custom log homes, approached us with an offer to help with design of the outdoor classroom. A semi-circular arrangement of four panels and the circular walls separating the main ramp from the lower level create a framework for the space. An octagonal concrete water feature used to be the focal element but it had not worked in years. Here again, we really tried to preserve the history and infrastructure from the original design by repurposing the stream table as seating and using the four panels as the “blackboard� for the classroom. Big River was instrumental in fleshing out the details of the seating surface and designing a roof over the stage area along with amphitheater-style seating to the space in anticipation of using the space for graduation ceremonies. The final challenge to completing the design was engaging with the site itself. Preserving the original Ramps structure created some challenges we do not typically encounter in playground design. Connecting modern play equipment to the existing structure was one. Enhancing the safety of the existing structure was another. We spent weeks crawling around the site with tape measures, the original drawings and a transit in an effort to document the existing conditions with the goal of designing solutions to the various safety and construction issues. Like many older sites, there were multiple layers of construction and repair to decipher and understand. Abandoned utilities, tree root zones, and proposed but uncompleted infrastructure were all part of the mix. The result of this nine-month odyssey is depicted in the final design. The final design includes an entry courtyard, an area for swings, an outdoor classroom, a suite of outdoor musical instruments and the Sun Court play area with unitary surfacing for wheelchair access. The entire upper deck transformed into a treehouse, while the somewhat chaotic circulation of the lower level was constrained while still allowing access to the tunnel and play spaces under the deck. A variety


Photoshop collage showing the play equipment in the Sun Court, Image Credit: Landscape Structures, Cole Dehn



Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change


Rendering of the schematic design showing the major areas and play elements, Image Credit: Landscape Structures, Jenny Gray

of custom play panels address critical site safety and circulation issues while adding interest by educating children about their environment. Every element in the design helps children engage with their surroundings, their own bodies and with each other. Each area provides a variety of activities devoted to sensory stimulation and motor skill development while incorporating curriculum elements into the experience. The entry from the school leads into a courtyard with a variety of interactive panels to engage the children. An abacus panel helps with fine motor skills while teaching historical methods of manual calculation. The gear panel teaches the concept of cause and effect, engaging the larger muscle groups and the visual sensory system. Numbers and letters mounted on the wall help the younger users grasp basic concepts, pulling the learning experience into the outdoors. The highlight of the space, however, is the water wall. Here the children can construct their own paths for the water using a variety of channels, wheels and pipes they can configure in endless variety. Fine motor skills, tactile, visual and auditory systems, planning, and cause-and-effect lessons combine in a system that accommodates children of all ability levels and is wheelchair accessible. Multiple panels surround the wall with information about water use, the hydrologic cycle and the major biomes of Minnesota. The complete installation stimulates multiple sensory systems simultaneously, engaging the children while imparting lessons about this precious resource. Another space worthy of examination is the Sun Court. Every element focuses on supporting the needs of the children while connecting them to their environment. Elements like the Cozy Dome and Omni-Spin address sensory and developmental needs while promoting social play and interaction. The traditional play equipment connects to the Ramps deck, creating an exit

from the deck into the playground while climbers allow access to the treehouse overlooking the space. The existing ramps and deck allow for wheelchair access to the slides, preserving the original intent of the design. At ground level, a series of panels controls the circulation through the tunnel area underneath the deck. Panels about geology, the history of the space since the Wisconsin glaciations and local landmarks connect the children to their surroundings. The panel containing prisms will cast a series of rainbows around the underside of the decking, illustrating the color spectrum and adding interest to the experience. Finally, the surfacing in the shape of Minnesota with the three major rivers and major cities bolsters the connections to the region. The design for the entire space illustrates how a process of extended engagement, using a classical design process taught in many schools of landscape architecture, allows the end users to drive design solutions. This process relies on empathic listening, an iterative approach to refining design elements and a willingness to cooperate with other professionals. This process, because it is client driven, frequently results in built work as clients and funders are motivated to see the results of their efforts realized. Support for the project, from the district, the staff, and parents and the children has been impressive from the start. Their involvement in the design sustains that support. Seeing the excitement and commitment demonstrated by everyone involved has been tremendously rewarding. It is a space in which they can all take pride since they were instrumental in its creation.

Charlie Colvin has spent the last 30 years creating outdoor spaces for people. He currently works at Flagship Recreation where his primary focus is playgrounds for children with special needs.

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


image credit: Andy Tucker, Flickr

by Chris Behringer, ASLA & Stephen Goltry, PLA, ASLA, AICP

Students Emerge as PARK DESIGNERS Minnesota landscape architects integrate with FAIR School children


AIR School Downtown is a kindergarten through third grade and ninth through 12th grade campus in the heart of the city, and is the only public

school in downtown Minneapolis. The FAIR school’s educational philosophy is that the student experience is enhanced by the school’s partnerships with the community through its FAIR + Program, or integrated learning. Students gain access to opportunities with business, arts, and academic organizations. Within is the Partnership + Program, which became the focus of our teaching engagement.



Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change

OUTREACH We learned we would be bringing the ”landscape architecture“ subject to two classes of third graders. Our mission became to introduce landscape architecture into their classes, thus tailoring it to compliment their math and science class for the last six weeks of the 2014 spring semester school year.

introduced - the vocabulary and definitions of site design. The coloring book exercise served as that great "get acquainted" time for the student and "seeing us" as real landscape architects.

Through these early meetings with our partners, Mike Elston (FAIR School Partnership Specialist) and third grade teachers Linda Siverson-Hall and Carey Yang, we learned that this age group learns best within an environment that emphasizes guidance, ”doing things,” hands-on activities, active engagement, and no boundaries on what these students were setting out to explore, experience, and question.

The Research & Site Analysis Session Our students were introduced to the "research” component or a more familiar term, "site analysis,” their knowledge of a specific place to begin their design. Here students were introduced to the relationships between soil types, typography, and climates. This was followed by a site visit. As the students and landscape architects walked around the site, we asked the students to think about:

As we prepared our classroom lessons and learned how third graders think and learn, by necessity, we knew we had to be able to answer their questions. In working with their teachers, we worked to expose the key fundamental topics in landscape architecture expressed in a manner they would understand. These key elements included landscape architectural design, planting design, site analysis, and of course their client. Topics had to be delivered at a third-grade "listening level,” with subjects or comparisons to which they could quickly relate. We learned our collaborative involvement to bring "integrated landscape architecture" into the classroom meant incorporating something for them to design and experience. Working with FAIR+ teachers, we concluded that selecting the site at the northwest corner of Hennepin Avenue and 10th Street would be ideal for them to design their own park. This location would be no more than a block from their classroom. Here a place, nearby and familiar to them, enhanced their ability to develop connections to relate to "their park" as we would introduce site planning and design fundamentals to them. As these weeks continued, each student learned to share and collaborate with other students, an experience that they may not have previously had in a setting like this. 1 The Defining Session Our first class began with a series of consecutive weekly sessions ending with each student's own park design. Here the type of lessons were outlined as to what they would be experiencing from us. Chris Behringer introduced the initial planning team members, Graham Sones and Stephen Goltry, and acknowledged additional landscape architects would be joining their class in the next sessions. Those who volunteered included Bryan Carlson, PLA, FASLA; Coal Dorius, Associate ASLA; Damon Farber, PLA, FASLA; Greg Kellenberger, PLA, ASLA; Marjorie Pitz, PLA, FASLA; and Kathryn Ryan, PLA, ASLA. This class included understanding the meaning of landscape architecture and the fundamental activities landscape architects perform. These ideas were communicated utilizing a video by the Landscape Institute.2 This video sparked interest among the students, by providing background knowledge for the upcoming weeks. An additional learning tool, a landscape architecture coloring book, published by the North Carolina ASLA Chapter, was given to the students to compliment the video. 3 The coloring book showed landscape images, these images and plans told about the landscape architectural design process. New vocabulary was also

1) Currently, how is this site being utilized? 2) What would be another idea for designing this site? 3) What kind of changes would you like to appear on the site? and; 4) What is your vision for this site? Interesting questions and curious exclamations came from students knowing this parking lot would be each one's place to create a park. As we walked about the future park site, students saw and reacted to this asphalt parking lot in a manner that raised another point of view for who we would be teaching. They discovered it was big, no landscape vegetation, and within view of their own school's second floor outdoor playground. Examples of site planning, design and the importance of developing a conversation at the beginning with the client and their community friends were presented. This lesson served to introduce the third graders to the future of the park's land, the park's future users, and how the land could contribute to the park and to the client. This process began to lay out fundamentally how the landscape architect and the client create the optimum landscape and park design solution, especially important after the site visit. During this visual presentation the students were able to see potential uses for the space. For instance, the students were asked to call out park and playground activities they had experienced. This included ball parks or sports fields, playgrounds, lakes and shorelines, and trails. This laid their beginning for grasping the client's perspective in relationship to the landscape architect. Our third graders’ client most appropriate to this site would be the City of Minneapolis's Department of Planning and Economic Development, or for class terms, "city planner." Next these third graders looked at a project showing how the various aspects of a neighborhood became part of the site influences for a design. Here we emphasized the process for understanding the different aspects of neighborhood, and how that influenced how the overall design could be improved. It was important for the students to learn about the park user for whom they would be designing. This was accomplished by letting each student become exposed to an item that would

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


represent an activity by a person using the park. For example, a few items we brought to the session that day were an umbrella, book backpack, and a baby stroller. We asked them to select an item, and then express what type of person or group would use that item and how many different types of activities they could imagine in the park. The Brainstorming Session Students were asked to reflect and image what they would like for their future park. We wished the students to do some creative thinking and sharing ideas with each other that could help lead to designing their park. Additionally, part of organizing to have a plan for the park site included an aerial photographic site map. This was a new experience for them to see the ground "from above.” Once they saw these plan sheets, each landscape architect was assigned two to four students. This became the manner for the way we would begin the next four weeks of class. Here we begin to form some great classroom relations with our students. Next we focused asking the student groups to recall what activities they would like in their park. Then, after exploratory discussion, the students where asked where would the student locate that "park item" in the park. Even more, students were asked which "places" they were "brainstorming" - if they would be quiet places, active, restful, and/or exciting. Furthermore, students were asked how they, or a person in the park, would move or get from one place to another in the park. This question was to encourage and enlighten them to think about the existing bus stop, a

sidewalk and its size, or a place they made to use in the park such as a picnic shelter. Here students were handed new tools and medium to show and tell us and their teachers their ideas for a park. Colored markers and pencils where selected and they drew the shape of an activity where they thought it may occur. The student also had a "first time" experience to draw and write on tracing paper, forming their first schematics. The Design Session Now the students were "fully armed" with every fundamental a landscape architect needs to begin design. They now knew the meaning of landscape architecture, learned the definition of site planning, had a walking inspection tour of the proposed site for their park, and now primed with the completion of the brainstorming class, prepared to draw a park design. What will the term “design" mean most appropriately to these third graders? Here the real "looking" and "doing" tasks came forth immediately in these small mentoring group settings. As students began to "shape" their park, we landscape architects asked them to consider how the activities they wanted would function in the new park? Our questions had to be stated simply so they understood what we wanted. Here again, reinforcing that student's "take away" "learning quotient" or "experience,” so they could say, "Guess what I did at school today? I designed a park!" The Build Session “What are you going to build on your park site?” To kick-off this session we brought in our extra copies of landscape architecture and design magazines. Students curious and excited looked through them selecting

Landscape Designer Coal Dorius worked with her students on the selection of materials to be placed in their parks.



pictures of design or landscape elements they liked that would meet their park design needs. They were animated and excited to show us items they would place in their park. They responded quickly to cutting out photographic images of what they liked, or what most closely represented what each student desired for his or her park. In making their material boards they attached the images to where they wanted them on their park site plan. Observing their enthusiasm towards the images selected indicated they were reaching a new level of understanding of how to solve a problem. As this exercise progressed, some students were discovering they were changing and improving their design as they selected these new images. Equating size and quantities continued to be a challenge, but one student exclaimed how he was going to feed park people, and wrote “BURGERS HERE” on his food plaza roof - all printed capital letters, of course, with a bright marker! The Learning & Sharing Sessions Here the students prepared to share and present their design solutions. We began the session reflecting on what they learned in the previous sessions of designing and building their park. As they prepared, they were asked, "What do you like best about what you made or created?" And, "How did you enjoy the park design process and what did you learn?" Students completed their designs preparing to tell their park story to their teachers, classmates and family. As anticipated, some students had just a few things to present, while others had design solutions

Students work on their materials boards with Bryan Carlson, FASLA.

Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change

to share, and welcomed the questions. It was evident in their designs and level of participation that they enjoyed this new learning opportunity. As we progressed through this closing session, each of us were pleasantly surprised by the individual thank you note cards from each student in our group. They were designed, printed, and drawn with trees, flowers, and hand lettered. What an original, creative surprise. This experience was fulfilling because of what became of the professional and student interaction. Typically, a one- or two-week program doesn't have a chance to become anything meaningful to the students. It took a big commitment to pull eight sessions together. As the weeks went by, our curriculum was tested and tailored by the students and teachers to reach the desired outcome. Following this eight-session program it seemed most students gained a greater understanding and personal connection to landscape architecture. Impact with a Forward Vision Overall, our teaching team learned this type of educational outreach involvement has been in place in the Twin Cities, and a number of metro regions in the country, not only in our allied design and planning professions, but in the business, legal, health, and the performing arts communities as well. We also sensed coming into this professional aspect of outreach, and bringing the message about who is a landscape architect and what is landscape architecture enlightens the young students' minds to the profession at an early moment in their educational lives. And therefore, that type of message plays a part to increase the possibilities for more students to entering the profession.

We envisioned that this instructional process would have an impact on the students beyond the learning sessions with the possibility of ongoing engagement and a further understanding of our profession and its role in our society. Being part of a creative process is to accept new challenges and share part of what you know with others. We all departed that last class knowing we must have changed someone's life with a new perspective for learning new things; or just possibly they changed us! One of our team members said "The difficulty of sharing with kids with short attention spans and emotional challenges seemed exhausting at first, but on the last day our bonds were touchingly real, and I realized I would truly miss them! It made me wish I could continue the connection, and help these individuals become strong." In conclusion, one hopes we left FAIR + School with a great sense of accomplishment for helping students and staff accomplish their learning mission. After all these hours and weeks we left that day in June with a sense we lifted young minds to a new level as well as our own. As a chapter, we would like to continue to move forward, to bring this form of new learning and engagement to more young minds. All of you landscape architects reading this article have the skills to share your knowledge instructionally so others may learn design. Our chapter will continue its involvement.

Chris Behringer, ASLA is an Urban Designer with more than 35 years experience working on both public and private planning and design projects. She specializes in urban design, park system planning, master planning and ecologically based design. The Fair School Project has been a benchmark for ASLA-MN and Chris. Stephen Goltry, PLA, ASLA, AICP is a consulting landscape architect & planner in Minneapolis. Throughout his career he has been involved in planning and design here and abroad. His recent experience to bring landscape architecture to 3rd graders underscored the importance of introducing landscape architecture to young minds.

Footnotes 1.

FAIR+; Acronym for Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary, Resources. Founded in Crystal, Minnesota, 2000, and downtown Minneapolis, 2009. Both are magnate schools, part of West MetroEducation Program. (https://sites.


"I Want To Be a Landscape Architect . . .," a video produced for the Landscape Institute Royal Charter by Room 60, LLP, Portland Road Studios, Kingston-upon-Thames, England.


“What Does a Landscape Architect Do? Coloring and Activity Book; published by North Carolina Chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects.

Wouldn’t you like to be a teacher to a future landscape architect?

image credits: Chris Behringer, ASLA

Landscape Architect Stephen Goltry and his students looked at modifications to their park design based upon materials selected.

Marjorie Pitz, FASLA and her students gathered markers and drawing materials to work on their site plans.

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20




ariations in demographics and current environmental reclamation projects in the Twin Cities present great opportunities for landscape architects to rethink the ways that local governments and private institutions engage the community during the design phase of environmental restoration and public revitalization projects.

As a new resident in the Twin Cities I was curious about and later impressed by the plans for the Mississippi Riverfront redevelopment. In particular, I appreciate how the different visions are connecting the city back to the river while providing a space integrated with nature. These plans include a host of designed activities that one could engage in next to the river – activities like kayaking, jogging, walking, or even just sitting by the river. However, I wondered if those activities and spatial designs accounted for the needs of all of the Twin Cities’ diverse community groups. Observation and personal experiences led me to conclude that when restoring landscapes, designers tend towards redesigning the space with a cultural bias that strongly favors a naturalistic approach. I therefore began looking into how planners and designers could approach redesign projects of environmentally sensitive areas to both recover the natural landscape and address the actual needs of diverse user groups.



Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change


an intercultural approach to industrial riverfront design by Bianca Paz, Associate ASLA

image credit: Bianca Paz

Immigration into Minnesota and specifically the Twin Cities has increased significantly over the last half century, and particularly the last 10 years. This resulted in a highly diverse urban community. Immigrants are vital for Minnesota’s economy; they pay taxes, fill job vacancies, engage in entrepreneurial activities and consume local good and services. They also face numerous challenges adapting to a new culture and language. Most suffer through economic woes, experience isolation from services and experience emotional stress from living in a foreign culture. To assist immigrants in their difficult transition, cities should promote spaces that are flexible enough to be of use to multiple user groups and should focus on how these groups integrate and participate in the urban and natural environment. The distinct composition of a diverse population creates unforeseen and difficult (but necessary) variables that a city must address in the creation of public spaces. The potential benefits, however, are obvious. A multicultural population can add cultural richness and reshape the urban landscape, providing a new character to a previously deteriorated environment. It has been suggested that a truly successful public space is one that not only serves the needs of the current residents, but one that can easily adapt to fit the needs of groups that will use the space years later. This topic has presented a constant challenge in the planning process. It can be a challenge to simply obtain the opinions of

various user groups, many of which may be at odds, much less to effectively incorporate them into the creation of a project that satisfies all of those groups. This challenge is further complicated when asking different user groups to collaborate for one common goal. In many cases, the designer is forced to create highly specialized spaces that provide great value to certain user groups but that have minimal value to others and to do so without satisfying the stated objectives of the project. In landscape architecture we are trained to think about the experiential aspects of the place we design. I believe that integrating different cultural experience perspectives into a particular space will increase the possibilities of that design. The accommodation of different values and beliefs can only be achieved when we allow local communities to be part of the revitalization of our environment. During my last year of study for my landscape architecture master’s degree, I conducted research about cultural diversity and public space design with an emphasis on the redesign of a post-industrial area. I focused my study on North Minneapolis (NoMi), one of the Twin Cities’ most diverse communities. NoMi has a majority African-American population with a foreign born population that has increased in recent years. This area has struggled economically, has been isolated from healthy environments and affected by natural disasters. Urban spatial barriers have for decades prevented a connection with the Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


adjacent Mississippi River. This effect is most notable in the industrial fields occupying the entirety of North Minneapolis’ Mississippi riverfront. Fortunately, the community’s well organized population has begun leading changes for the well-being of the neighborhood. Local Initiatives like sustainable food and arts programs are slowly helping involve residents in the revitalization process of the area. I will use my capstone project, “NoMi River Park. Culture Diversity as a Model for an Inclusive Riverfront Redesign,” to illustrate the strategies I applied to pursue a strong culturally sustainable approach in the development of a new park that will transform the upper river industrial edge into a multi-purpose recreational place. These strategies were defined by three major goals: 1. Providing an inclusive design program that fits the needs and interests of the local residents while filling the gap in recreational and cultural services in the area; 2. Creating an accessible and smooth connection between North Minneapolis neighborhoods and the Mississippi riverfront; and 3. Cleaning and repurposing the former industrial site through public partnerships. This approach proposes a four-phase implementation process that allows for solutions to develop organically as the community becomes aware of both the issues at the site and the interests of other potential user groups. This is essential to the effective development of the project, as it is sometimes not until users begin to see the project progress that they are able to formulate their idea of what an ideal space would look like. Activating borders: A place before a park There are three physical barriers that disconnect North Minneapolis from the riverfront: Interstate 94, railroad tracks, and an industrial strip abutting the river. While within easy walking distance of the Mississippi, North Minneapolis feels completely isolated from the riverfront. This condition is one addressed by Richard Sennett in his discussion of urban edges. He distinguishes ”boundaries vs. borders“ in an urban setting. Boundaries, which are rigid and impermeable (highways are a classic example), segregate and establish closure. In contrast, borders are typically informal and facilitate active social exchange between communities on each side. They are active and ever-changing, defined by rituals and social norms. Following Sennett’s suggestions, I looked to create fluid borders on both sides of the highway and in the industrial field and generate urban conditions that encourage dialectical and

dialogical relationships between different community groups. There are many opportunities and creative ways to make a space an adaptable destination for the community. My proposal suggests transforming the existing noise barrier wall along the west side of the highway into an active border. The topography of the area (the west edge sits on a hill) allows for the creation of overlooks that highlight the natural beauty of the river and the large structures of the Upper River Harbor while the site undergoes phytoremediation and structural overhaul. The noise barrier wall could work as a canvas for art projects, while the linear space next to the wall could become a playground with some trails for bikers and skaters. These are simply suggestions; alternatives would come from the community after hosting a series of open street events to get neighborhood input. The fundamental idea is to have a place at the border that attracts the community to the space, integrates them into the decision-making process, and invests them in the larger project before further work is done along the riverfront. Intersecting cultures: Exchange-cooperate-celebrate A truly viable space is one that can flexibly and effectively serve the needs of a large number of user groups. A project site that is too broad or too specific risks either excluding potential users or being ignored in favor of sites that better fulfill the requirements of those user groups. The best way to achieve these results is by involving user groups in the creation of the new development, not only to meet their needs but also to give them a sense of common ownership and investment in the space. My proposal identifies three requirements to engage North Minneapolis’ diverse cultural groups and integrate their needs into the program of activities expected to be at any phase of the project. Every activity programmed at the site should be framed using these three goals: Promote exchange, encourage cooperation, allow celebration. Activities meeting these goals create an atmosphere that permits cultural integration, breaks social barriers and makes people feel comfortable sharing public space with cultural groups different from their own. Looping the borders: A walk towards the river One design strategy I suggest is looping the borders. The loop design or circuit helps us understand our place, creates a feeling of familiarity, and provides a sense of safety essential for users of the public space. This strategy is ideal for bringing visitors to

image credit: Bianca Paz

The project aims to enhance North Minneapolis by simultaneously removing barriers that limit its ability to improve, while creating a new eastern edge focal point.



Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change

image credit: Bianca Paz

restoration process of the larger site by becoming the first zero waste market in the Twin Cities, producing its own compost for the replacement of contaminated soil in the area and providing an indirect way of public participation in the restoration process. The market would host different entrepreneurial projects that empower community involvement in remediation projects. It will allow organized institutions to work in partnership with the city and designers on small scale remediation projects or repurposing of the existing industrial infrastructure. Partners could be educators, artists, or food entrepreneurs, among others. The incorporation of external organizations may require more time and resources, but represent a highly effective mechanism for involving them in the design process. Consolidating the park: A restored place becomes part of our lives In Ethics and Ecological Restoration, Andrew Light proposes we become more respectful of natural systems and more interested in maintaining their integrity when we think of them as part of our lives. When given a chance to restore the river’s edge and turn it into a park, we offer the community a chance to become intimately connected with both the site and nature around it. Light suggests that participatory restorations become not only a restoration of nature, but also of the human cultural relationship with nature.

The NoMi River Park plan proposes a multi-phased reconfiguring of a heavy industrial site abutting the Mississippi River.

the site not just to experience the park but also the neighborhood it occupies. Moreover, it helps sew the edges on each side of the border into the neighborhood context and expands the impact zone of the project. The NoMi Park framework proposes two major loops. The first is a pedestrian/bike path linking the noise barrier wall area to the rest of North Minneapolis. Two streets that currently connect the border area to an existing park will turn into major pedestrian connections, creating a loop around the neighborhood. Later in the project, the loop will be extended to connect the neighborhood to the riverfront. Crossing over the highway via wide pedestrian bridges, the loop will connect the natural revitalized riverfront landscape with the more urbanized neighborhood across the highway, creating juxtaposition without the isolation that predominated before implementation of the project. The second loop is a transportation loop extending from the river’s edge east to Central Avenue. This loop, which would feature the use of buses and street cars, would give residents from Northeast Minneapolis easier access to the site and further eliminate the current barrier between the two neighborhoods. While the future park site is recovering and being restored, people can use the ribbon loop that wraps around the site to access the river. If properly implemented, the loop should become a destination by itself, one allowing people to witness the remediation and reconstitution process as it happens on the site. Bringing people together: A public market that feeds an environmental restoration In the next phase, a public market is established on the Mississippi River edge in the former industrial site. Public markets support local food systems, reactivate local economies and bring different cultural groups together. The NoMi River Park design framework suggests a global food market surrounded by local restaurants. The park design is tailored to provide a space to sit and eat by the river, further promoting the market and surrounding businesses. In that manner, the market functions as an anchor for the future park project and matures into an iconic public destination for the community and for the entire city. The market can contribute to the

When all phases have been developed, the new park creates synergy with the adjacent area. Instead of looking to minimize the negative effects of I-94 and the industrial sites next to the river, this park design framework lets the neighborhood reconquer the space in the same way that the project design allows the natural environment to slowly regain control of the industrial site. Just as the environmental remediation of the site will take place slowly over a period of time and involve multiple phases, the community takes back the project site in phases over time. This phasing allows the community to not only have an active role in the organic development of the site, but also allows for its use during the implementation of the project - not just after the project has been completed. Steve Ramussen Cancian states that designers need to start seeing projects through different lenses. He suggests we need to get away from universal design biases and implement a variable approach from the beginning of the planning process. Critically, we need to invest significant time and resources developing relationships and strategies with the community before the project starts. It is then essential that we continue to revisit and develop those strategies throughout the design process. The NoMi Park proposed framework aims to serve as a model to future public space designs that require a multicultural intervention approach. It could be applied in areas that call for a restoration project and the softening of existing barriers. The numerous cultural and socioeconomic groups in the Twin Cities need access to open, beautiful, flexible, and perpetually evolving public spaces that break down cultural divides, provide the communities with a shared source of pride, and act as a driver for positive developments in the community as a whole. Turning physical and spatial barriers into active borders could help to integrate those spaces into the larger development plans for the future of Minneapolis and the Twin Cities metro area. Bianca Paz graduated with an MLA from the U of MN. She previously studied Architecture in Ecuador with a Specialization in City, Public Space and Culture in Barcelona. Bianca has experience working in urban revitalization projects with private and public firms in Quito, Barcelona and Miami. She is currently working with the City of Saint Paul Parks Design & Construction Division and is a mother of a 2-year-old daughter.

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


RECONNECTING a campus and a park

by Lydia Major, PLA, LEED AP, ASLA

Soft plantings and broad stairs connect MCTC’s Fine Arts plaza to Loring Park and its urban surroundings.


he Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) campus occupies unique territory in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, forming the north corner of Loring Park. Despite this close proximity, before its

recent renovation, the campus and the park felt very separate, especially at the southwest end of campus, in front of the Irene H. Whitney Fine Arts Center and Philip C. Helland Student Center.

In its previous configuration, the main entry to the Student Center was on the second story, up an imposing set of stairs and behind large walls. The Fine Arts Center entry was hidden behind an underutilized amphitheater. Long lines of retaining walls and hedges created a severe edge between the campus and the park. Difficult grades and uneven pavement made the area difficult to negotiate, especially in the winter. There was no sense of arrival at the Fine Arts Center Theater and no place for theatergoers to gather during a performance. It was a primary goal of MCTC leadership to reconnect the campus to Loring Park and more closely integrate the campus with its urban setting. Achieving that goal was about more than creating physical access between the two spaces. It was about helping students, faculty, and staff engage with the landscape and allowing community members to feel welcome on campus. The new Fine Arts Plaza, along the northwest side of Loring Park, erases the old division between the campus



and the park - pulling down walls, opening up views, and drawing green right up to the doors of the Fine Arts Center and Student Center. While only about 35,000 square feet in size, the plaza has already gained attention and praise for its compelling design and contribution to this important seam between campus and park. More importantly, it has succeeded in helping students connect with the campus landscape and the city beyond. The plan for the new Fine Arts Plaza replaced the walls and hard edges with inviting gardens that step down to the park. Long sweeps of pervious pavers draw students around the buildings. The curves of pavers reflect design elements established elsewhere on campus - both indoors and out - and contrast with the linear forms of the stepped garden terraces. The warm brown paver “swishes” soften a broad open space just outside the Fine Arts Center entrance where theater-goers can mingle on a warm summer night. The stepped garden walls provide ample outdoor seating that is frequently occupied by students and staff, as well as visitors.

Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change

DESIGN AWARD all image credits: LHB, Inc.

Broad “swishes” of pervious pavers draw pedestrians around the building, warm the expansive outdoor gathering area, and provide one part of the stormwater treatment system.

Planted terraces step down from the Fine Arts building entrance to the edge of Loring Park.

across a field of concrete, directly inspired the flooring inside the building. Views and entrances were all designed to tie the buildings to the site and, further, to the park. Today, students and staff enjoy panoramic, multi-story views from the building to the stepped gardens and Loring Park.

The terrace walls are highlighted by strips of LED lights, giving the plaza an inviting, theatrical glow at night.

The terraced gardens overflow with plants in a soft palette of blue and lavender. MCTC leadership visited Three Rivers Park District’s Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, Minnesota, and were intrigued by the plantings. Using that landscape as inspiration, the planting design relies heavily on texture and color for its soothing and inviting feel, which complements the harder lines of the dark concrete walls. Summersweet, gray dogwood, and yew provide the structure, while a variety of grasses and perennials give the gardens depth and variety, as well as scents and sounds that encourage visitors to pause. At the south end of the plaza, a tightly-spaced allée of aspen creates a green gateway into the south end of campus. The rustle of the aspen leaves adds another sensory experience to the space, providing a subtle backdrop for the sounds of city and campus life. Serviceberry clump closer to the building and swamp white oak are loosely clustered outside the Student Center. The linear arrangement of the oak trees and pedestrian lights reflects the historic location of a street along that side of Loring Park. Together, the plantings provide a habitat for humans and wildlife alike at the edge of this urban campus. LHB's landscape architects, engineers, and architects worked closely with each other, MCTC leadership, and the contractor, Stahl Construction, from concept through construction, shaping the new Student Center addition and Fine Arts Center entry. Elements from outside the building, such as great sweeps of pervious pavers

These improvements are not just skin-deep. In addition to the significant reduction in hard surfaces and the addition of pervious pavers and rain gardens, nearly the entire area beneath the portion of the plaza in front of the Fine Arts Center is a stormwater treatment system. LHB's landscape architect and civil engineer ensured that all the runoff from the surrounding roofs and pavement are treated in this underground system, dramatically improving the quality of water entering the sewers. A sunken garden space outside the Fine Arts Center entrance hints at the relationship of the surface improvements to those going on below grade. The Fine Arts Plaza is no less compelling at night, when long strips of LED lights shine from beneath the caps of the concrete walls. The glow of the building seems to spill out into the landscape, creating a space that is as beautiful and inviting at night as in the day. The structure of the hardscape, planting design, and lighting of the space also ensure that it is gracious and functional in the winter, as well as summer. Students, staff, and patrons of the two centers all enjoy the plaza throughout the year. Excellent care of the space by MCTC staff ensures that the plaza remains beautiful in all seasons. By engaging the campus community in a more vibrant plaza space, MCTC has strengthened its connection to its urban setting. It has provided an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to use and understand their landscape in a new way. Since construction, students spend more time in the space, lingering to enjoy the setting and even touching and smelling the plants. Rather than just passing through on their way to somewhere else, it is now a destination in itself and a setting as dramatic as the performances held in the Fine Arts Center. _SCAPE NOTE In the previous issue of _SCAPE, the MCTC Fine Arts Plaza by LHB, Inc. was inadvertently omitted in print from the magazine. As such, _SCAPE offers space to highlight this merit award winning design and apologizes for the oversight.

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


Bryan Carlson Planning & Landscape Architecture

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Bryan Carlson, PLA, FASLA

3128 Dupont Avenue S. Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55408 T: 612.623.2447

Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 1 Landscape Architects: 1

Coen + Partners, Inc.

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Shane Coen, FASLA, PLA Robin Ganser, ASLA Bryan Kramer, ASLA

400 First Avenue North Suite 210 Minneapolis, MN 55401 T: 612.341.8070 F: 612.339.5907

Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 13 Landscape Architects: 12 Administrative: 1

530 North Third Street Minneapolis, MN 55401 T: 952.451.0144 F: 515.288.8359 Other Office Locations Des Moines, IA; Kansas City, MO; Sioux Falls, SD; Cedar Rapids, IA


Example Projects • Washington Square Park, Kansas City, MO • Higher Ground, St. Paul, MN • Nicollet Mall Redesign, Minneapolis, MN • California Residences, Beverly Hills, CA • Anytime Fitness Campus, Woodbury, MN • Lawrence University Master Plan, Appleton, WI

Categories of Project Work 20% Residential 20% Parks and Open Spaces 20% Urban Design and Streetscapes 20% Master Planning 20% Site Planning



Categories of Project Work 30% Site Planning/Development Studies 20% Residential Gardens 20% Master Planning 10% Parks, Open Space, Recreation 10% Urban Design and Streetscapes 10% Recreation/Resort Planning

Example Projects • Peninsula Papagayo Resort & Golf Community, Guanacaste, Costa Rica • Peace Plaza, Annenberg Plaza, Feith Family Park, Rochester, MN • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Campus, Minneapolis, MN • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Visitors Center, Chaska, MN • Campbell Garden, Hanson Hall, U of MN, Minneapolis, MN • WW II Veterans Memorial, State Capitol, St. Paul, MN

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Terry Minarik, PLA, ASLA Brian Clark, ASLA Chris Della Vedova, ASLA, LEED AP Terry Berkbuegler, ASLA, LEED AP Jon Jacobson, ASLA Chris Cline, ASLA Patrick Alvord, ASLA, AIA, LEED AP

Categories of Project Work 20% Urban Design and Streetscapes 20% Parks and Open Space 20% Site Planning and Development 15% Master / Comprehensive Planning 10% Campus Planning 5% Transit Facilities Planning 5% Athletic Facilities

Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 37 Landscape Architects: 32 Planners: 1 Administrative: 4

Example Projects • MPRB Service Area Master Planning, Mpls, MN • Kettlestone Master Plan + Design Guidelines, Waukee, IA • Riverview Art Garden at Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS • University of Iowa Pappa John Biomedical Discovery Building, Iowa City, IA • Main Street Streetscape, Kansas City, MO • Downtown River Greenway, Sioux Falls, SD

Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change

FIRM DIRECTORY If your project requires the professional service of a qualified landscape architect, the ASLA-MN directory is a valuable starting point. Firms listed will welcome any inquiry and the opportunity to discuss your specific project with you. The firms listed in this directory have at least one landscape architect registered to practice in the State of Minnesota. Firms have paid to appear in this directory; those with company logos have paid an additional fee. Firms are listed alphabetically according to their official name. This directory does not constitute a recommendation by ASLA-MN of any of these firms, or of one firm over another.

Other Office Locations Los Angeles, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Biloxi, MS; Denver, CO; San Diego, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Seoul, Korea; Beijing, China Firm Principals or Contact(s) David Motzenbecker, PLA, ASLA Andrew Dresdner, AICP

Cunningham Group Architecture, Inc. 201 Main Street Southeast Suite 325 Minneapolis, MN 55414 T: 612.379.3400 F: 612.379.4400

DAMON FARBER 401 Second Avenue North Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401 T: 612.332.7522 F: 612.332.0936

Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 270 Landscape Architects: 6 Planner: 2 Technical: 19 Administrative: 45 Other: 198 (76 Architects-Registered, 62 Architects Non-registered, 16 Interior Designers, 44 Additional Professionals)

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Tom Whitlock, ASLA, PLA Jesse Symynkywicz, ASLA, PLA Joan, MacLeod, ASLA, LEED AP, PLA Chuck Evens, PLA Jean Garbarini, ASLA, PLA Matt Wilkens, PLA Julie Aldrich, PLA Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 13 Landscape Architects: 8 Technical: 4 Administrative: 1

Categories of Project Work 25% Corporate Campus 20% Master Planning - Corporate and Education 15% Mixed Use Development 15% Urban Design and Planning/Plazas and Courtyards 15% Parks and Recreation 10% Theme Park and Resort Development Example Projects • Epic Systems Corporation, Verona, WI • Heywood Campus - Master Plan, Minneapolis, MN • Resort and Theme Park - Master Plan, Doha, Qatar • Union at Berkley Park, Kansas City, KS • Ramsey Civic Square Park, Ramsey, MN • Cathedral High School, St. Cloud, MN

Categories of Project Work 20% Campus Planning/Higher Education 20% Corporate 20% Multi-Family Housing 20% Parks and Open Space 5% Historic Research and Planning 5% Health and Wellness 5% Cultural Institutions 5% Urban Design and Planning Example Projects • The Parklot Project, Minneapolis, MN • University of Minnesota Athletes Village, Minneapolis, MN • Central Park, Maple Grove, MN • Minnehaha Regional Play Area, Mpls, MN • Target Northern Campus, Brooklyn Park, MN • Blake School Masterplan, Hopkins, MN

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


Hart Howerton 13911 Ridgedale Drive Suite 220 Minnetonka, MN 55305 T: 952.476.1574 F: 952.476.1573 Other Office Locations San Francisco, CA; New York, NY; Cambridge, MA

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Roland Aberg, Principal, ASLA Anne Howerton, Principal, ASLA John Burkholder, Principal, ASLA John Larson, ASLA, PLA Jennifer Lau, AICP Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 118 Landscape Architects: 11 Planners: 16 Administrative: 21 Architects: 62 Interior Designers: 3 Graphic Designers: 5

Other Office Locations Los Angeles, CA; Milwaukee, WI; Rochester, MN; Sacramento, CA; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC

HGA Architects and Engineers 420 5th Street North, Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401 T: 612.758.4000 F: 612.758.4199

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Ross Altheimer, PLA, ASLA, FAAR Theodore Lee, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C Emanouil Spassov, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C Trygve Hansen, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C Erica Christenson, PLA, ASLA Nissa Tupper, ASLA Stephen Himmerich Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 600 Landscape Architects: 5 Planners: 10 Technical: 130 Engineers: 85 (3 civil, 30 structural, 30 mechanical, 20 electrical, 2 industrial) Administrative: 120 Architecture: 250

Categories of Project Work 45% Architecture 35% Landscape Architecture/Master Planning 15% Architectural Planning 5% Interior Design Example Projects • University of Minnesota Scholars Walk, Minneapolis, MN • Minnehaha Creek Corridor Restoration, Hopkins/St. Louis Park, MN • Redwood City Waterfront Village, Redwood City, CA • Sun Valley Airport Mixed Use Development, Hailey, ID • Hillocks Village Master Plan, Chattanooga, TN • Pellissippi Research Campus, Alcoa, TN

Categories of Project Work 25% Site Planning/Development Studies 20% Urban Design and Streetscapes 20% Master/Comprehensive Planning 20% Plazas, Courtyards, Rooftop Gardens and Rain Gardens 10% Parks and Open Space 5% Interior Landscape/Plantings Example Projects • Military Family Tribute, Minnesota State Capitol Mall, Saint Paul, MN • Surly Destination Brewery, Minneapolis, MN • Whitetail Woods Regional Park, Empire Township, Dakota County, MN • Macalester College Fine Arts Building and Noguchi Sculpture Courtyard, Saint Paul, MN • Saint Louis Art Museum Expansion and Sculpture Garden, Saint Louis, MO • Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Campus Modernization, Fort Snelling, MN

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Mark Koegler, ASLA, PLA Paul Paige, PLA Brad Scheib, AICP Bryan Harjes, PLA, LEED AP

Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc. 123 North Third Street, Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401 T: 612.338.0800 F: 612.338.6838

Landform Professional Services, LLC 105 South 5th Avenue Suite 513 Minneapolis, MN 55401 T: 612.252.9070 F: 612.252.9077

Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 17 Landscape Architects: 8 Planners: 4 Administrative: 1 Landscape Designers: 4 Categories of Project Work 20% Park and Greenway Planning and Design 15% Comprehensive Planning 15% Transit and Corridor Planning 15% Urban Design 15% Streetscape Design 10% Park, Trail and Recreation Planning 5% Master Planning 5% Bike and Pedestrian Planning

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Darren Lazan, PLA Robert Schunicht, PE Kendra Lindahl, AICP Michelle Chapman Steve Sabraski, PE Danyelle Pierquet, PLA Trish Stinnett, PLA Mary Matze, MLA/MURP Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 19 Landscape Architects: 3 Planners: 2 Technical: 8 Engineers: 3 (civil) Land Surveyor: 1 Administrative: 2

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Michael Schroeder, PLA Mark S. Anderson, PLA Heidi Bringman, PLA, LEED AP BD+C Lydia Major, PLA LEED AP Brooke Donahue, Associate ASLA Tiffani Navratil Hannon, Associate ASLA Sarah Weeks, Associate ASLA Sandy Meulners, Associate ASLA

LHB, Inc. 21 West Superior Street, Suite 500 Duluth, MN 55802 T: 218.727.8446 F: 218.727.8456 Other Office Location 701 Washington Avenue North, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 250 Landscape Architects: 4 Planners: 1 Technical: 9 Engineers: 51 (15 civil, 14 structural, 2 surveyors, 13 mechanical, 6 electrical, 1 fire protection) Administrative: 43 Other: 142 (4 Graduate Landscape Architects, 28 Graduate Engineers, 25 Licensed Architects, 15 Graduate Architects, 3 Certified Interior Designers, 66 A/E Design Technicians, 1 Historic Preservationist)

Example Projects • Penn Avenue Vision and Implementation Framework, Minneapolis, MN • Elk River Park and Recreation Master Plan, Elk River, MN • Rochester Comprehensive Plan, Rochester, MN • North Urban Regional Greenway Master Plan Update, Dakota County, MN • West Duluth St. Louis River Corridor Visioning, Duluth, MN • Osseo Main Street Streetscape and Renovation, Osseo, MN

Categories of Project Work 20% Parks and Open Space 20% Urban Design and Streetscapes 20% Master/Comprehensive Planning 20% Site Planning and Development 20% Residential Example Projects • Hybrid Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances, New Richmond, WI • Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital Landscape, St. Louis Park, MN • Union at Berkley Park, Kansas City, MO • Waite Park and Harrison Park Wading Pools, Minneapolis, MN • 2700 Hennepin, Minneapolis, MN

Categories of Project Work 20% Parks and Open Spaces 20% Streetscapes/Highways/Transit 15% Urban Design 15% Wetlands/Stormwater 10% Campus 10% Greenways/Trails 10% Resource Management/Regional Planning Example Projects • Roseville Parks and Recreation Master Plan, Roseville, MN • Minnehaha Avenue Streetscape, Mpls, MN • Firemen’s Park Master Plan and Final Design/ Construction Documents, Chaska, MN • Seward Friendship Store, Minneapolis, MN • Superior St. Streetscape, Duluth, MN • Grand Avenue/T.H. 23 Corridor Improvements, Duluth, MN

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


Firm Principals or Contact(s) Barry Warner, FASLA, AICP, PLA Mike McGarvey, ASLA, LEED AP, PLA Ken Grieshaber, ASLA, PLA Joni Giese, ASLA, AICP, PLA Michael Jischke, ASLA, PLA

SRF Consulting Group, Inc. 1 Carlson Parkway North Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55447 T: 763.475.0010 F: 763.475.2429

Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 292 Landscape Architects: 11 Planners: 25 Technical: 50 Engineers: 156 (Civil, Structural, Water Resources, Electrical, Traffic) Administrative: 15 Other: 35 (Right-of-way, Survey, Wetlands)

Other Office Locations Fargo, Madison, Bismarck, Milwaukee, Minot, Omaha

Categories of Project Work 20% Parks and Open Space 15% Master/Comprehensive Planning 15% Site Planning/Development Studies 15% Transit Facilities Planning 15% Urban Design and Streetscapes 10% Redevelopment Planning 10% Corridor/Transportation Planning Example Projects • Saint Anthony Falls Regional Park Master Plan, Minneapolis, MN • Bottineau Blue Line Station Area Planning, Minneapolis, MN • Lake Vermilion State Park, Minnesota DNR • Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area Site Design, Bloomington, MN • Central Corridor Green Infrastructure Plan, Saint Paul, MN • Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Urban Design, Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN

Westwood Professional Services 7699 Anagram Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344 T: 952.937.5150 F: 952.937.5822

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Paul Schroeder, PLA, ASLA Cory Meyer, PLA, ASLA Kevin Teppen, PLA, ASLA Chad Feigum, PLA, ASLA Jeff Westendorf, PLA, ASLA Dan Cleland, PLA, ASLA

Other Office Locations St. Cloud, MN; Scottsdale, AZ; Overland Park, KS; Minot, ND; Dickinson, ND; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; San Antonio, TX

Bob Close Studio, LLC 705 Raymond Avenue Suite 200 Saint Paul, MN 55114 T: 651.600.9538



Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 350 Landscape Architects: 6 Planners: 3 Technical: 60 Engineers: 60 (civil, electrical) Administrative: 26 Other: 195 (environmental, surveyors, inspectors)

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Bob Close, FASLA, PLA Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 1 Landscape Architects: 1 Categories of Project Work 70% Public Realm 20% Master Planning 10% Housing Mixed-use

Categories of Project Work 75% Final Design and Construction Plans 15% Concept/Site Planning 5% Graphics 5% Studies/Reports Example Projects • City Place, Woodbury, MN • Byerly’s Mixed Use, Edina, MN • CarMax Auto Super Stores, Brooklyn Park and Maplewood, MN • Orchestra Hall Expansion, Minneapolis, MN • Mill & Main Apartments, Minneapolis, MN • Stonemill Farms, Woodbury, MN

Example Projects • Lowertown Ballpark, Saint Paul, MN • Pentagon Office Park, Edina, MN • Central Mississippi Riverfront Master Plan, Minneapolis, MN • Lakefront Promenade, White Bear Lake, MN • Boatworks Commons, White Bear Lake, MN • St. Anthony Parkway Interpretive Facility, Minneapolis, MN

Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change

Calyx Design Group, LLC 1583 Berkeley Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55105 T 651.334.5498

Perkins + Will, Inc. 84 10th Street South, Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55403 T: 612.851.5000 F: 612.851.5001 Other Office Location(s) Atlanta; Austin; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Dallas; Dubai; Dundas; Honolulu; Houston; London; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Ottawa; Research Triangle Park; San Francisco; São Paulo; Seattle; Shanghai; Toronto; Vancouver; Washington, DC

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Benjamin Hartberg, PLA, ASLA, CLARB, LEED AP BD+C Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 1.5 Landscape Architects: 1 Technical: .5

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Leo Alvarez, FASLA, AIA, LEED AP Ana Nelson, PLA, ASLA John Slack, PLA, ASLA Krisan Osterby-Benson, PLA Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 1639 Landscape Architects: 29 Urban Designers/Planners: 36 Technical: 171 Administrative: 319 Architect: 724 Interior Designer: 325 Planning and Strategies: 13 Branded Environments: 22

SEH, Inc. 3535 Vadnais Center Drive Vadnais Heights, MN 55110 T: 651.490.2000 F: 888.908.8166

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Gregg Calpino, PLA, LEED-AP, ASLA Bob Kost, PLA, AICP, LEED-AP, ASLA Karyn Luger, PLA, PE, ASLA Andrew Montgomery, Associate ASLA Jon Ruble, PLA, ASLA Monte Appelgate, PLA, ASLA Mark Engel, PLA, ASLA Andy Masterpole, PLA, ASLA, LEED-AP Karl Weissenborn, PLA, ASLA, CLARB

Other Office Locations Rochester, Minnetonka, Mankato, Duluth, MN; Chippewa Falls, Madison, Delafield, WI; Denver, Pueblo, CO

Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 660 Landscape Architects: 9 Planners: 15 Technical: 87 Engineers: 291 Administrative: 88 Other: 170 (RPRs, Surveyors, Architects, Scientists)

Categories of Project Work 50% Commercial 30% Industrial 15% Municipal 5% Residential Example Projects • Great Southern Bank, Maple Grove, MN • Unity Medical Center, Balsam Lake, WI • Pope County Courthouse Addition, Glenwood, MN • Villas of Lilydale, Lilydale, MN • NJPA Headquarters Building, Staples, MN

Categories of Project Work 25% Site and Development Studies 20% Trails, Parks and Open Space 20% Urban Design and Streetscapes 15% Campus and Research Park Planning 15% Transit and Corridor Planning 5% Market Research Example Projects • Bottineau LRT Station Area Planning Phase II, Hennepin County, MN • Land O’Lakes Headquarters Expansion, Arden Hills, MN • Northeast Park Recreation Center, Minneapolis, MN • Lowry Avenue Community Works, Minneapolis, MN • Atlanta Beltline, Atlanta, GA • Botanica Waterfront Botanical Gardens, Louisville, KY

Categories of Project Work 25% Transportation Infrastructure Planning and Design 25% Park, Recreation and Trail Planning and Design 20% Urban Design and Master Planning 10% Community Planning 10% Land Development, Land Use/Zoning 10% Landscape Planning and Design Example Projects • I-35W Transit/Access Project, Minneapolis, MN • Onalaska Waterfront Master Plan, Onalaska, WI • Uptown Streetscape, Rochester, MN • The Interchange + Target Field Station, Minneapolis, MN • Red Wing Bridge Project, Red Wing, MN • Wolf Lake Regional Park, Hammond, IN

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


SGA Group, Inc. 1409 Willow Street Suite 110 Minneapolis, MN 55403 T: 612.353.6460

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Robert J. Gunderson, PLA, CLARB, ASLA Graham Sones, PLA, ASLA Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 3 Landscape Architects: 2 Administrative: 1

Other Office Location 5324 Clementa Avenue SW Waverly, MN 55390-5402

Categories of Project Work 80% Park Planning, Master Planning, Site Planning/Development 10% Education/Institutional Planning and Landscape Architecture 5% Urban Design, Residential 5% Historic Landscape Architecture, Research/Preservation

Todd Wichman Landscape Architecture LLC

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Todd Wichman, FASLA, PLA

870 West Osceola Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55105 T: 651.222.6781 F: 651.222.4798

Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 1 Landscape Architects: 1 Categories of Project Work 25% Site Planning/Development Studies 20% Educational/Institutional 20% Parks and Open Space 15% Urban Design and Streetscapes 10% Redevelopment Studies 5% Consulting Landscape Architect 5% Residential/Gardens

Example Projects • Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park, Monticello, MN • City Athletic Complex Concept, Monticello, MN • Franklin Township Park Suitability Study, Delano, MN • New Public Works Facility, Crystal, MN • YMCA Camp Manitou Re-Development, Monticello, MN

Example Projects • Central Corridor Parking Improvement Program - Multiple Sites, Saint Paul, MN • Griggs Midway/Dickerman Site Redevelopment, Saint Paul, MN • Oromo Community Center, Saint Paul, MN • Snelling & University Site Redevelopment, Saint Paul, MN • Landscape Architectural Site Plan Review, Vadnais Heights, MN • Annual Garden, MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN

A Roland Aberg, PLA, ASLA Principal, Hart Howerton 13911 Ridgedale Drive, Suite 220 Minnetonka, MN 55305 (952) 476-1574 Timothy Agness, PLA, FASLA Landscape Architect 12136 Everton Avenue North White Bear Lake, MN 55110 (651) 429-8997

Thomas Badon Jr., ASLA MSP Outdoor Services 10908 South Shore Drive Plymouth, MN 55441 (612) 310-3246 Chris Behringer, ASLA Senior Urban Designer Behringer Design 3811 Bassett Creek Drive Minneapolis, MN 55422 (763) 233-2650

McRae Anderson, ASLA, CLP President McCaren Designs, Inc. 760 Vandalia Street, Suite 100 Saint Paul, MN 55114 (651) 646-4764 Kathleen Anglo, PLA, ASLA Lead Landscape Architect City of Saint Paul - Department of Parks and Recreation 25 West 4th Street 400 City Hall Annex Saint Paul, MN 55102 (651) 266-6368 Andrea Arnoldi, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. 2550 University Avenue West Suite 238N Saint Paul, MN 55114 (651) 643-0452


Jason Aune, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Aune Fernandez Landscape Architects 705 Raymond Avenue, Suite 200 Saint Paul, MN 55114 (651) 341-3611


Eric Alward, Associate ASLA Landscape Designer Biota | A Landscape Design + Build Firm 211 St. Anthony Parkway, Studio 102 Minneapolis, MN 55418 (612) 781-4000


Adam Arvidson, PLA, FASLA Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board 2117 West River Road North Minneapolis, MN 55411 (612) 230-6470

Karen Blaska, PLA, ASLA Park Planner/Landscape Architect Anoka County 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard Northwest Andover, MN 55304 (763) 767-2865 Brett Blumer, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department 2015 North Van Dyke Street Maplewood, MN 55109 (651) 748-2500 Adrienne Bockheim, ASLA Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. St. Anthony Main 201 Main Street Southeast, Suite 325 Minneapolis, MN 55414 (612) 379-3400 Regina Bonsignore, PLA, ASLA 391 Mount Curve Boulevard Saint Paul, MN 55105 (651) 278-3071 Jessie Bourquin, ASLA Retired

Ronald Beining, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Ron Beining Associates LLC 1787 Lake Street Lauderdale, MN 55113 (612) 418-0772

Scott Bradley, PLA, FASLA Minnesota Department of Transportation 395 John Ireland Boulevard St. Paul, MN 55155 (651) 284-3758

Kevin Biehn, PLA, CPESC, LEED AP BD+C, ASLA Landscape Architect Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc. (EOR) 651 Hale Avenue North Oakdale, MN 55128 (651) 770-8448

Heidi Bringman, PLA, LEED AP BD+C, ASLA Landscape Architect | Wetland Specialist LHB, Inc. 21 West Superior Street Suite 500 Duluth, MN 55802 (218) 279-2429

Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change


William Brohman, Associate ASLA Chad Buran, PLA, ASLA Project Manager Margolis Company 295 West Larpenteur Roseville, MN 55113 (651) 488-7258 Barbara Burgum, PLA, ASLA 19380 Walden Trail Deephaven, MN 55391 (952) 404-1734

C Andrew Caddock, PLA, LEED-AP, ASLA Senior Planner University of Minnesota 319 15th Avenue Southeast Donhowe Bldg. #400 Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 624-9555 Camille Calderaro, MLA, ASLA, CPSI Playground Design Consultant Fireflies Play Environments, Inc. 620 Northwestern Bldg. 275 East 4th Street Suite 620 Saint Paul, MN 55101 (651) 221-0915 Bryan Carlson, PLA, FASLA Principal Bryan Carlson Planning & Landscape Architecture 3128 Dupont Avenue S., Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612) 623-2447

Wallace Case, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect 4812 West Lane Minnetonka, MN 55345 (952) 474-3542 Bruce Chamberlain, PLA, ASLA Chamberlain + Partners 4037 Zenith Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612) 743-6424 Erica Christenson, PLA, ASLA HGA Architects and Engineers 420 5th Street North, Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 758-4245 Craig Churchward, PLA, FASLA Principal and Owner Avenue Design Partners 701 Washington Avenue North Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 655-0651

Shane Coen, PLA, FASLA Founder and Principal Coen + Partners, Inc. 400 First Avenue North, Suite 210 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 341-8070 Donald Colberg, RLA, ASLA Colberg Tews Landscape Architecture 3101 East Franklin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612) 850-2223 Joseph Collins, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect / PM Topo, LLC 325 Cedar Street, Suite 1000 Saint Paul, MN 55101 (612) 929-2049 Charles Colvin, ASLA Flagship Recreation, LLC 4940 West 35th Street Saint Louis Park, MN 55416 (763) 550-7860

Anna Claussen, ASLA Director, Rural Strategies Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy 2105 1st Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612) 870-3423

Stewart Crosby, PLA, ASLA Associate SRF Consulting Group, Inc. 1 Carlson Parkway North, Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55447 (763) 452-4780

Roger Clemence, FASLA University of Minnesota College of Design Landscape Architecture (612) 625-6860

Allyson Czechowicz, Associate ASLA Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. 2335 Highway 36 West Saint Paul, MN 55113 (651) 604-4753

Robert Close, PLA, FASLA Owner Bob Close Studio, LLC 705 Raymond Avenue, Suite 200 Saint Paul, MN 55114 (615) 600-9538

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


Nathan Ekhoff, ASLA Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. 2335 Highway 36 West Saint Paul, MN 55113 (651) 604-4903

D Matthew Davis, ASLA Shaw Design Associates, Inc. 3119 East 26th Street, Suite B Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612) 293-9680

Amy Elias, ASLA SRF Consulting Group, Inc. 1 Carlson Parkway North Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55447 (763) 475-0010

Mark DeBower, PLA, ASLA Jostens 3601 Minnesota Drive Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55435 (952) 838-7568 Brooke Donahue, ASLA LHB, Inc. 701 Washington Avenue North, Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 338-2029 Coal Dorius, Associate ASLA Juxtaposition Arts | WHR | University of Minnesota (612) 418-8007 Jonathan Duesman, PLA, ASLA Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board 2117 West River Road North Minneapolis, MN 55411 (612) 230-6400 Barbara Dunsmore, Affiliate ASLA 10602 Fenner Avenue Southeast Delano, MN 55328

E Bernard Edmonds, ASLA 1980 Margaret Street Saint Paul, MN 55119 (612) 735-4565 Steven Eggert, Associate ASLA Project Planner Westwood Professional Services, Inc. 7699 Anagram Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (952) 937-5150



Mark Engel, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect SEH, Inc. 717 3rd Avenue Southeast Rochester, MN 55904 (507) 288-6464 Gene Ernst, PLA, ASLA Owner, Principal Ernst Associates 1949 Woodstone Lane Victoria, MN 55386 (952) 283-1415 Sarah Evenson, Associate ASLA Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc. 123 North Third Street Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 338-0800

F Jon Fahning, ASLA Vice President - Real Estate Development Shingobee Development 669 North Medina Street P.O. Box 8 Loretto, MN 55357-0008 (763) 331-4964 Damon Farber, FASLA DAMON FARBER 401 Second Avenue North Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 332-7522

Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change

Chad Feigum, PLA, ASLA Project Manager / Landscape Architect Westwood Professional Services, Inc. 7699 Anagram Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (952) 937-5150 Frank Fitzgerald, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. St. Anthony Main 201 Main Street Southeast Suite 325 Minneapolis, MN 55414 (612) 379-3400 Regina Flanagan, PLA, ASLA Independent Consultant Art . Landscape . Design 1506 Osceola Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55105-2321 (651) 587-0447 Robert Friend, Affiliate ASLA Specialized Environmental Technologies 4250 Creekview Circle Saint Bonifacius, MN 55375

G Michael Gair, ASLA Retired Emeritus (612) 251-0469 Donald Ganje, PLA, FASLA City of Saint Paul - Department of Parks and Recreation 25 West 4th Street 400 City Hall Annex Saint Paul, MN 55102 (651) 266-6425 Jean Garbarini, PLA, ASLA Senior Associate DAMON FARBER 401 Second Avenue North, Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 332-7522

Anne Gardner, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect City of Saint Paul - Department of Parks and Recreation 25 West 4th Street 500 City Hall Annex Saint Paul, MN 55102 (612) 802-9928 Samuel Geer, MLA/MURP, LEED AP, Associate ASLA Landscape Designer / Planner Urban Ecosystems 3042 42nd Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612) 520-1176 Marcia Gibson, Affiliate ASLA Chief Sales Officer Hedberg Supply 1205 Nathan Lane North Plymouth, MN 55441 (612) 366-0697 Joni Giese, PLA, AICP, ASLA SRF Consulting Group, Inc. 1 Carlson Parkway North Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55447 (763) 475-0010 Kerry Glader, Affiliate ASLA Sales Manager Plaisted Companies, Inc. P.O. Box 332 11555 205th Avenue Northwest Elk River, MN 55330 (763) 633-6571 Stephen Goltry, PLA, ASLA, AICP Landscape Architect & Planner Goltry Design 3026 West Lake Street Suite 201 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (612) 920-3825 Richard Gray, ASLA, LEED AP Senior Landscape Architect TKDA 444 Cedar Street Suite 1500 Saint Paul, MN 55101 (651) 292-4420

Jeff Greeney, Affiliate ASLA Hedberg Supply 1205 Nathan Lane North Plymouth, MN 55441 (612) 366-3269 Kenneth Grieshaber, PLA, ASLA Principal SRF Consulting Group, Inc. 1 Carlson Parkway North Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55447 (763) 475-0010 Gabrielle Grinde, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc. 123 North Third Street Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 252-7141 Robert Gunderson, PLA, CLARB, ASLA Landscape Architect SGA Group, Inc. 1409 Willow Street Suite 110 Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612) 353-6460

H Jim Hagstrom, PLA, FASLA Landscape Architect/Principal Savanna Designs, Inc. 3637 Trading Post Trail South Afton, MN 55001 (651) 436-6049 Nathan Hall, Associate ASLA City of Brainerd (218) 831-6385 Todd Halunen, PLA, CLARB, ASLA Landscape Architect Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. 2550 University Avenue West Suite 238N Saint Paul, MN 55114 (651) 643-0448

Brady Halverson, PLA, ASLA Associate Partner, Landscape Architecture Practice Leader BKV Group Long & Kees Building 222 North Second Street Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 373-9531 Tara Hanlon-Nevins, ASLA Assistant Designer Mom’s Landscaping & Design 12276 Johnson Memorial Drive Shakopee, MN 55379 (952) 277-6667 Charles Hanna, Affiliate ASLA Outdoor Lab Landscape Design 147 10th Street East Saint Paul, MN 55101 (651) 202-3662 Trygve Hansen, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C HGA Architects and Engineers 420 5th Street North Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401-2338 (612) 758-4523 Thomas Harrington, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. 2550 University Avenue West Suite 238N Saint Paul, MN 55114 (651) 643-0448 Benjamin Hartberg, PLA, ASLA, CLARB, LEED AP BD+C Senior Landscape Architect Calyx Design Group, LLC 1583 Berkeley Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55105 (651) 334-5498 Stefan Helgeson, PLA, ASLA Stefan Helgeson Associates 3609 West 55th Street Edina, MN 55410 (952) 925-3799

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


Diane Hellekson, PLA, CLARB, ASLA Landscape Architect HNTB Corporation 5500 Wayzata Boulevard Suite 450 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (763) 852-2123 Clinton Hewitt, FASLA Professor Emeritus University of Minnesota College of Design Landscape Architecture 89 Church Street Southeast Ralph Rapson Hall - Room 101 Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 625-7355 Amber Hill, Associate ASLA Planner/Designer Coen + Partners, Inc. 400 First Avenue North Suite 210 Minneapolis, MN 55401 Drew Holmgren, Associate ASLA Vern Holmgren, ASLA Consult / President ILD Associates 5150 Delta River Drive Lansing, MI 48906 (517) 648-5723

Ryan Hyllested, Associate ASLA Landscape Designer Westwood Professional Services, Inc. 7699 Anagram Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (952) 697-5721


Bruce Jacobson, PLA, ASLA Sean Jergens, PLA, ASLA Senior Landscape Architect SRF Consulting Group, Inc. 1 Carlson Parkway North Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55447 (763) 475-0010 Michael Jischke, PLA, ASLA SRF Consulting Group, Inc. 1 Carlson Parkway North Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55447 (763) 475-0010 Clayton Johnson, ASLA Designer Yardscapes, Inc. 8609 Harriet Avenue South Bloomington, MN 55420 (952) 887-2794 Philip Johnson, ASLA Ayres Associates 3433 Oakwood Hills Parkway Eau Claire, WI 54701-7698 (715) 834-3161

Michael Horn, PLA, ASLA Senior Landscape Architect Three Rivers Park District 3000 Xenium Lane North Plymouth, MN 55441-1299 (763) 559-6760



Rebekah Johnson, PLA, ASLA 346 Bellis Street Duluth, MN 55803 Spencer Jones, PLA, ASLA Principal Spencer Jones, Landscape Architect 809 Ivanhoe Drive Northfield, MN 55057 (507) 645-4188 Lucius Jonett, Associate ASLA Water Resources and Landscape Designer Wenck Associates, Inc. 1800 Pioneer Creek Center P.O. Box 249 Maple Plain, MN 55359 (763) 479-4254

Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change

K Tiffany Kafka, Affiliate ASLA Marketing Representative Kafka Granite LLC 550 East Highway 153 Mosinee, WI 55445 (800) 852-7415 Kevin Keenan, ASLA Principal Keenan & Sveiven, Inc. 15119 Minnetonka Boulevard Suite A Minnetonka, MN 55345-1520 (612) 475-1229 Michael Keenan, Associate ASLA reGEN Land Design 3042 42nd Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55408 (651) 340-8568 Eva Kelly, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Alliant Engineering, Inc. 233 Park Avenue South Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN 55415 (612) 767-9330 Steven King, FASLA Chairman Landscape Structures, Inc. 16523 Black Oaks Circle Wayzata, MN 55391 (763) 972-5372 Keith Kinnen, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect, Environmental Specialist Karvakko Engineering 2300 Bemidji Avenue North Suite 101 Bemidji, MN 56601 (218) 444-8004 R. Mark Koegler, PLA, ASLA Senior Vice President Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc. 123 North Third Street, Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 338-0800

Mike Konieczny, PLA, ASLA Business Development Manager Landscape Forms (269) 337-1311 David Kopfmann, ASLA Yardscapes, Inc. 8609 Harriet Avenue South Bloomington, MN 55420 (952) 887-2794 Robert Kost, PLA, AICP, LEED-AP, ASLA Design Director SEH, Inc. 10901 Red Circle Drive Suite 300 Minnetonka, MN 55343 (612) 247-4704 Jen Krava, ASLA Mark Kronbeck, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Alliant Engineering, Inc. 233 Park Avenue South Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN 55415 (612) 758-3080

L Katherine Lamers, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board 2117 West River Road North Minneapolis, MN 55411 (612) 230-6400 Lillian Leatham, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc. 123 North Third Street Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 338-0800 Theodore Lee, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C Associate Vice President HGA Architects and Engineers 420 5th Street North Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 758-4306

Bruce Lemke, ASLA Design/Sales Plantscape, Inc. 6300 Bury Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55346 (952) 224-9929 Bill Livingston, ASLA Clearwater Recreation LLC 329 East Lake Street Waconia, MN 55387 (952) 442-1820 Karyn Luger, PE, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect SEH, Inc. 10901 Red Cricle Drive Suite 300 Minnetonka, MN 55343 (952) 912-2600

M L. Peter MacDonagh, PLA, FASLA Director of Design & Science The Kestrel Design Group, Inc. 7109 Ohms Lane Minneapolis, MN 55439 (952) 928-9600 Lydia Major, PLA, LEED AP, ASLA LHB, Inc. 701 Washington Avenue North Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 752-6956 Margaret Malde-Arnosti, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Southview Design 2383 Pilot Knob Road Saint Paul, MN 55120 (651) 775-4318 Timothy Malooly, Affiliate ASLA President Water in Motion, Inc. 175 James Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55405 (763) 559-1010

Geoffrey Martin, PLA, ASLA Geoff Martin Studio, urban design + landscape architecture 4909 Zenith Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612) 518-0796 Roger Martin, PLA, FASLA Consultant Roger Martin, Landscape Architect 2912 45th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612) 729-8245 Jody Martinez, PLA, ASLA Design and Construction Manager City of Saint Paul - Department of Parks and Recreation 25 West 4th Street 400 City Hall Annex Saint Paul, MN 55102 (651) 266-6424 Andrew Masterpole, PLA, ASLA, LEED-AP Senior Landscape Architect/ Urban Designer SEH Inc. 3535 Vadnais Center Drive Vadnais Heights, MN 55110 (651) 490-2000 Stephen Mastey, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Landscape Architecture, Inc. 2350 Bayless Place Saint Paul, MN 55114 (651) 646-1020 Robert Mattson, FASLA 36120 Tamarack Road Crosslake, MN 56442 John McConkey, ASLA Market Research and Insights Manager Landscape Structures, Inc. 601 7th Street South Delano, MN 55328 (763) 972-5348

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


Andrew McDermott, ASLA Landscape Architect/Supervisory General Engineer U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 5600 American Blvd West 9th floor Bloomington, MN 55437 (612) 713-5263

Aaron Mikonowicz, PLA, ASLA U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 180 5th Street East Suite 401 Saint Paul, MN 55101 (651) 290-5606

Andrew Montgomery, Associate ASLA SEH, Inc. 10901 Red Cricle Drive Suite 300 Minnetonka, MN 55343 (651) 490-2000

Kristine Miller, Ph.D., ASLA Professor and Department Head University of Minnesota College of Design Department of Landscape Architecture Rapson Hall 89 Church Street Southeast Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 626-7948

David Motzenbecker, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. St. Anthony Main 201 Main Street Southeast Suite 325 Minneapolis, MN 55414 (612) 379-3400

Renee McGarvey, ASLA U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 180 5th Street East Suite 700 Saint Paul, MN 55101 (651) 290-5640

Maleah Miller, PLA, ASLA Project Manager Alliant Engineering, Inc. 233 Park Avenue South Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN 55415 (612) 767-9337

Satoko Muratake, ASLA Landscape Architect Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. St. Anthony Main 201 Main Street Southeast Suite 325 Minneapolis, MN 55414 (612) 379-3400

Samantha McKinney, Associate ASLA Landscape Architect-In Training WSB & Associates 701 Xenia Avenue South Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (763) 287-8315

Terry Minarik, PLA, ASLA Principal Confluence 530 North Third Street Suite 201 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (952) 451-0144

Egle Megits, ASLA Landscape Planner/Designer DAMON FARBER 401 Second Avenue North Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401

Stephen Mitrione, M.D., ASLA M.D. 1806 Hubbard Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55104

Michael McGarvey, PLA, LEED AP, ASLA Principal SRF Consulting Group, Inc. 1 Carlson Parkway North Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55447 (763) 249-6753

Ryan Menzel, Affiliate ASLA Sandra Meulners, Associate ASLA LHB, Inc. 701 Washington Avenue North Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 338-2029 Cory Meyer, PLA, ASLA Sr Project Manager / Landscape Architect Westwood Professional Services, Inc. 7699 Anagram Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (952) 937-5150



Steve Modrow, ASLA Principal Biota | A Landscape Design + Build Firm 211 St. Anthony Parkway Studio 102 Minneapolis, MN 55418 (612) 781-4000 Mark Moeller, ASLA City of Winona City Hall P.O. Box 378 Winona, MN 55987 (507) 457-8250

Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change

Bryan Murphy, PLA, ASLA City of Saint Paul - Department of Parks and Recreation 25 West 4th Street 400 City Hall Annex Saint Paul, MN 55102 (651) 266-6411 Richard Murphy Jr., PLA, FASLA President Murphy Logistics 701 24th Avenue Southeast Minneapolis, MN 55414 (612) 623-1287 Laura Musacchio, ASLA Associate Professor University of Minnesota College of Design Department of Landscape Architecture 89 Church Street Southeast Ralph Rapson Hall - Room 101 Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 626-0810 Josephine Musumeci, Affiliate ASLA Ecological & Cultural Landscapes Advocate Midtown Greenway Coalition Board (612) 872-1053

N Jonathan Nelsen, Associate ASLA Landscape Designer Bolton & Menk Inc. 12224 Nicollet Avenue Burnsville, MN 55337 (952) 890-0509 Ana Nelson, PLA, ASLA Perkins+Will 84 10th Street South Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612) 851-5053 Joan Nelson - MacLeod, PLA, LEED AP, ASLA Landscape Architect DAMON FARBER 401 Second Avenue North Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 332-7522 Catherine (Cassie) Neu, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect 4326 Grand Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55409 (612) 669-8584

O Colleen O’Dell, Associate ASLA Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board 2117 West River Road North Minneapolis, MN 55411 (612) 230-6469 Joel Odens, PLA, ASLA Bolton & Menk Inc. 12224 Nicollet Avenue Burnsville, MN 55337 (952) 890-0509 Peter Olin, PLA, FASLA Professor Emeritus University of Minnesota College of Design (612) 301-1275

Brian Olsen, Associate ASLA Thomas Oslund, PLA, FASLA oslund.and.assoc. 115 Washington Avenue North Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 359-9144 David Owen, PLA, ASLA 3486 Ivy Place Wayzata, MN 55391

P Crystal Passi, ASLA Landscape Planner Anoka County Parks and Recreation 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard Northwest Andover, MN 55304 (763) 757-3920 Gregory Pates, PLA, ASLA Planner/Landscape Architect Minnesota Department of Transportation District 6 Rochester, MN 55901 (507) 286-7680 Bianca Paz, Associate ASLA City of Saint Paul - Department of Parks and Recreation 25 West 4th Street Saint Paul, MN 55102 (651) 266-6418

Bryce Peterson, ASLA CEO Plantscape, Inc. 6300 Bury Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55346 (952) 934-7666 Nicole Peterson, Associate ASLA LOCI P.O. Box 18521 Minneapolis, MN 55418 (612) 351-2026 Danyelle Pierquet, PLA, ASLA Project Lead Landform Professional Services, LLC 105 South Fifth Avenue Suite 513 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 638-0226 David Pitt, ASLA Professor University of Minnesota College of Design Department of Landscape Architecture 89 Church Street Southeast Ralph Rapson Hall - Room 101 Minneapolis, MN 55455 (651) 788-2936 Marjorie Pitz, PLA, FASLA Principal Martin & Pitz Associates, Inc. 1409 Willow Street Suite 110 Minneapolis, MN 55403 (651) 778-9558

Tyler Pederson, PLA, ASLA Project Designer Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board 2117 West River Road North Minneapolis, MN 55411 (612) 230-6418

Frederick Poehler, PLA, ASLA Project Designer Habitat Studio 4319 Bryant Avenue South Suite C204 Minneapolis, MN 55409 (612) 590-1163

William Pesek, PLA, ASLA City of Saint Paul - Department of Parks and Recreation 25 West 4th Street 400 City Hall Annex Saint Paul, MN 55102 (651) 266-6419

Marc Putman, PLA, ASLA Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. 2335 Highway 36 West Saint Paul, MN 55113 (651) 636-4600

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


R Matthew Rentsch, ASLA (612) 385-1443 Ann Rexine, ASLA Planner Three Rivers Park District 3000 Xenium Lane North Plymouth, MN 55441 (763) 694-1103 Lorelei Ritter, ASLA Topo, LLC 325 Cedar Street Suite 1000 Saint Paul, MN 55101 (612) 929-2049 Thomas Ritzer, PLA, ASLA Campus Landscape Architect University of Minnesota Twin Cities 2904 Fairmount Street SE Room 150C Minneapolis, MN 55414 (612) 624-8225 James Robin, PLA, ASLA Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. St. Anthony Main 201 Main Street Southeast Suite 325 Minneapolis, MN 55414 Maura Rockcastle, ASLA Senior Associate Tom Leader Studio 701 South 2nd Street 8th Floor Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 375-8709 Marisabel RodrĂ­guez, PLA, ASLA, IFLA, CAAPPR Director, School of Landscape Architecture Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico P O Box 192017 Hato Rey, PR 00919-2017 (787) 622-8000



Charlene Roise, Affiliate ASLA President Hess, Roise and Company The Foster House 100 North First Street Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 338-1987 Sandra Rolph, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. St. Anthony Main 201 Main Street Southeast Suite 325 Minneapolis, MN 55414 (612) 379-3400 Stephan Roos, PLA, ASLA Senior Research Fellow Center for Rural Design, University of Minnesota 1420 Eckles Avenue Coffey Hall Room - 277 Saint Paul, MN 55108 (612) 624-9273 Kathryn Ryan, PLA, ASLA Platform-3D, LLC 3736 Sheridan Avenue S. Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612) 382-4565

S Mark Salzman, PLA, CLARB, ASLA Principal Landscape Architect HNTB Corporation 5500 Wayzata Boulevard Suite 450 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (763) 852-2125 Danielle Sanborn, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Anoka County - Parks 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard Northwest Andover, MN 55304 (763) 767-2864

Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change

William Sanders, PLA, FASLA Senior Landscape Architect Loucks Associates 365 Kellogg Boulevard East Saint Paul, MN 55101 (763) 496-6784 James Saybolt, ASLA Principal Biota | A Landscape Design + Build Firm 211 St. Anthony Parkway Studio 102 Minneapolis, MN 55418 Nichole Schlepp, PLA, ASLA Senior Landscape Architect SRF Consulting Group, Inc. 1 Carlson Parkway North Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55447 (763) 475-0010 Paul Schroeder, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP Senior Project Manager Westwood Professional Services, Inc. 7699 Anagram Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (952) 906-7456 Cory Schulz, PLA, CLARB, ASLA Lead Landscape Architect Parsons Brinckerhoff 520 Nicollet Mall Suite 800 Minneapolis, MN 55402 (612) 677-1251 Lacy Shelby, ASLA City of Minneapolis 105 Fifth Avenue South Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55401 Emily Shively, ASLA Planner City of Oakdale 1584 Hadley Avenue North Oakdale, MN 55128 (651) 730-2720

William Short, PLA, ASLA White Bear Township 1281 Hammond Road White Bear Township, MN 55110 (651) 747-2758 Stephen Shurson, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Three Rivers Park District 3000 Xenium Lane North Plymouth, MN 55441 (763) 559-6766 Anthony Siebenaler-Ransom, ASLA Eric Simmons, ASLA Hunter Industries 1940 Diamond Street San Marcos, CA 92078 (630) 200-7581 Carmen Simonet, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Carmen Simonet Design LLC 354 Stonebridge Boulevard Saint Paul, MN 55105 (651) 695-0273 Harold Skjelbostad, PLA, ASLA Biko Associates Incorporated 4916 Ewing Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612) 929-6758 John Slack, PLA, ASLA Perkins+Will 84 10th Street South Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612) 851-5000 Robert Slipka, PLA, ASLA Senior Landscape Architect WSB & Associates 701 Xenia Avenue South Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (763) 231-4844

Nancy Snouffer, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Polk County - Zoning 100 Polk County Plaza Balsam Lake, WI 54810 (715) 485-9247

Barbara Stark, PLA, ASLA Barbara Stark, Landscape Architect 2311 East 3rd Street Duluth, MN 55812 (218) 728-6019 Charles Stewart, PLA, ASLA

Tim Solomonson, Associate ASLA Graduate Landscape Architect Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc. 123 North Third Street Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 252-7137 A. Graham Sones, PLA, ASLA Senior Vice President SGA Group, Inc. 1409 Willow Street Suite 110 Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612) 353-6460 Emanouil Spassov, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C Landscape Architect HGA Architects and Engineers 420 5th Street North Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 758-4448 Ron Spoden, RLA, ASLA Senior Landscape Architect ATS&R 8501 Golden Valley Road Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN 55427 (763) 525-3218 Benjamin Sporer, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Perkins+Will 1315 Peachtree Street Northeast Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 443-7615

Ellen Stewart, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect City of Saint Paul - Department of Parks and Recreation 25 West 4th Street 400 City Hall Annex Saint Paul, MN 55102 (651) 266-6380 Jennifer Stromberg, Associate ASLA Doris Sullivan, FASLA Landscape Architect/Designer Luke Sydow, PLA, ASLA SAS Associates Landscape Architecture 605 Board of Trade Building 301 West First Street Duluth, MN 55802 (218) 391-1335 Robert Sykes, PLA, ASLA Emeritus Associate Professor University of Minnesota College of Design (952) 925-0167 Jesse Symynkywicz, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect DAMON FARBER 401 Second Avenue North Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 332-7522

Anna Springer, Associate ASLA Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc. 123 North Third Street Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 338-0800

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20




Cory Tauer, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect I&S Group 115 East Hickory Street Suite 300 Mankato, MN 56002 (612) 681-1914

Travis Van Liere, PLA, ASLA Principal Travis Van Liere Studio 4146 Coffman Lane Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612) 760-0494

Jennifer Thompson, PLA, ASLA, AICP Pioneering Engineering 2422 Enterprise Drive Mendota Heights, MN 55120 (651) 251-0627 Thomas Thorson, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Jeff Timm, ASLA President Jeff Timm Landscape Construction 1204 Juliet Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55105 (651) 698-9635 Brian Tourtelotte, PLA, ASLA Senior Landscape Architect City of Saint Paul - Department of Parks and Recreation 25 West 4th Street Saint Paul, MN 55102 Kevin Tousignant, Associate ASLA Nissa Tupper, Associate ASLA Landscape Designer HGA Architects and Engineers 420 5th Street North Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 758-4295 Gary Tushie, PLA, ASLA Tushie Montgomery Architects & Associates 7645 Lyndale Avenue South Suite 100 Richfield, MN 55423 (612) 861-9636



Richard Varda, ASLA Principal Target Corporation 50 South 10th Street TP3-1120 Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612) 761-7214 Don Varney III, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect City of Saint Paul - Department of Parks and Recreation 25 West 4th Street 500 City Hall Annex Saint Paul, MN 55102 (651) 266-6427


Sarah Weeks, Associate ASLA Landscape Designer LHB, Inc. 701 Washington Avenue North Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 766-2807 Karl Weissenborn, PLA, ASLA, CLARB SEH, Inc. 3535 Vadnais Heights Center Drive Suite 300 St. Paul, MN 55110 (651) 490-2000 Alan Whidby, PLA, ASLA Owner Alan Whidby Landscapes PO Box 1835 Minnetonka, MN 55345 (952) 938-6116 Thomas Whitlock, PLA, ASLA Vice President DAMON FARBER 401 Second Avenue North Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 332-7522

Troy Wanless, ASLA Territory Manager Forms+Surfaces 11525 37th Avenue North Plymouth, MN 55441 (612) 327-5639

Todd Wichman, FASLA, PLA Landscape Architect Todd Wichman Landscape Architecture LLC 870 West Osceola Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55105 (651) 222-6781

Barry Warner, FASLA, AICP, PLA Senior Vice President SRF Consulting Group, Inc. 1 Carlson Parkway North Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55447 (763) 475-0010

Matthew Wilkens, PLA, ASLA DAMON FARBER 401 Second Avenue North Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 332-7522

Andrea Weber, PLA, ASLA Project Manager Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board 2117 West River Road North Minneapolis, MN 55411 (612) 230-6466

Engage in the Future - Step Up, Reach Out and Create Change

Craig Wilson, ASLA, LEED AP Principal Sustology 2400 Cedar Shore Drive Minneapolis, MN 55416 (612) 455-2177

Timothy Wold, PLA, ASLA Associate SRF Consulting Group, Inc. 1 Carlson Parkway North Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55447 (763) 475-0010 John Workman, Associate ASLA (612) 741-7353 Kent Worley, ASLA Landscape Architect ASLA 2559 English Oak Court Grand Rapids, MI 49512 (616) 827-3041 Anthony Wotzka, Associate ASLA Minnesota Department of Transportation 395 John Ireland Blvd. MS 686 St. Paul, MN 55155 (651) 366-3606

Steven Wyczawski, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect URS Corporation 100 South Fifth Street Suite 1500 Minneapolis, MN 55402 (612) 373-6375

Y Scott Yonke, PLA, ASLA Director of Planning and Development Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department 2015 North Van Dyke Street Maplewood, MN 55109-3796 (651) 748-2500 ext. 330

Z Jessica Zehm, ASLA Sales & Marketing Design Manager Commercial Aquatic Engineering 6500 Carlson Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55346 (952) 345-6445 Jeffrey Zeitler, PLA, ASLA ATS&R 8501 Golden Valley Road Golden Valley, MN 55427 Cynthia Zerger, AICP, ASLA Planner/Designer Toole Design Group 212 3rd Avenue North Suite 405 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 584-4094

Victor Stanley, Inc. 1.800.368.2573 Maryland, USA

Plaisted Companies, Inc. 763.441.1100 Elk River, MN

ADVERTISING Thinking about your next project? Contact these advertisers for more information on the products and services they offer. Want to advertise with ASLA-MN? Contact Kathy Aro at 612.339.0797 or for more information.

Bachman’s Wholesale 651.463.3288 Farmington, MN

VERSA-LOK Retaining Wall Systems 651.770.3166 Oakdale, MN

Borgert Products, Inc. 1.800.622.4952 St. Joseph, MN

Gertens Wholesale Inver Grove Heights, MN 651.450.1501 www.gertens/wholesale/


Plymouth: 763.512.2849 Stillwater: 651.748.3158 Farmington: 651.423.5048

JTH Lighting Alliance

Hunter | FXLuminaire 760.744.5240 San Marcos, CA

Landscape Forms

Landscape Structures

Mlazgar Associates


1.800.430.6206 x 1333 MN, ND, SD, WI

Eden Prairie: 952.943.8080 Grand Forks: 701.746.5407

Winter 2014-15 | Issue #20


International Market Square 275 Market Street, Suite 54 Minneapolis, MN 55405-1627 T: 612.339.0797 F: 612.338.7981

_SCAPE 2014 2015 Winter  
_SCAPE 2014 2015 Winter