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President’s Message ASLA-MN’s 2013 theme, Healthy Living by Design, is a strong link between human health and landscape architecture. Our 2014 theme, Engage in the Future, is also a strong link between creating a shared future that is ecologically robust, aesthetically powerful, and socially dynamic. We are bridging the gap with these two themes, focusing on the positive effects that the landscape architecture profession has on community health, well-being, planning and advocacy. Landscape architecture continues to develop and respond to the systematic investigation of existing social, ecological, and physical conditions and processes in the landscape. With this in mind, 2014 will be an engaging year. ASLA-MN will continue to engage in our communities, and with all of you who share your time and resources we will continue to be successful.

Our Government Affairs Committee is working hard this year to facilitate our Lobby Day at the Minnesota Capitol (on March 27), which will focus on targeted issues and improve awareness of the landscape architecture profession at the state and local levels. All of this information and more will be available on our website,, which has a complete new look.

I am extremely excited about some of the activities and events we will be engaging in this year. Our strategic plan will be updated with new priorities that align with our strategic objectives: advocacy and awareness, member service and support, supporting the future of the profession and governance and management.

Enjoy this issue of _SCAPE, we are again on track to deliver this publication to you twice a year; the Awards and the Directory issues. It is also a valuable tool for serving ASLA-MN members and promoting the profession of landscape architecture through education and information. This is made possible by our many volunteers, sponsors, chapter members and outside friends of landscape architecture. All of your time and efforts are incredibly important and without them we would not succeed. Thank you.

We will be reaching out to the younger generation with development of some educational programs and support of existing city programs. Please look for more information in our e-newsletter on how you can become involved. We are looking to host a service project. We will continue to maintain our strong relationships with our allied organizations. We will partner and support through events such as the AIA MN Convention, Northern Green Expo and the up and coming Celebration of Water.

I encourage all members to think about a way to give back to our community. Join ASLA if you aren’t a member, volunteer for a committee, mentor a student, or participate in a community project. When we participate, educate, and advocate collectively, we engage a stronger future. Thank you.

Chris Behringer, ASLA President ASLA-MN

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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.

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In Memoriam Charles Elmer Wood - Landscape Architect and Farmer Written by son Charlie for the Charles Wood’s family

“Chuck was a dear friend to many, respected colleague, a visionary, landscape architect turned farmer, a person of principles, and above all an envied family man who loved each and every member of his family…he was proud of them all..” - Herb Baldwin


t was a sunny, early fall day when Charles looked over his crop fields and across Pleasant Lake one last time. In the early morning hours on September 14, 2013, with his family at his side, he passed away due to complications from lung disease. He was 80 years old.

Charles was born in Blue Earth, Minnesota on May 12, 1933 as the eldest son of the late Elmer and Elsie Wood (Arndt). He and his sister Verna grew up together in Holstein, Iowa. The family later moved to Fairmont, Minnesota where Charles graduated from Fairmont High School in 1951. He studied architecture and landscape architecture at Iowa State University. He married Ann Wood (Luedtke) on July 17, 1953. The couple began their family while at the university and had 3 children when he completed his degree in landscape architecture in 1958. Charles and family moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts in the fall where he studied landscape architecture and urban planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He worked under the guidance of Hideo Sasaki while at Harvard and graduated with a Master of Landscape Architecture in 1959. He and his young family returned to Minneapolis where Charles worked as a staff landscape architect at the Minneapolis Planning Commission for the next 3 years. In 1962, Charles decided to step out on his own and founded the office of Charles Wood & Associates where he quickly developed a reputation as a leading landscape architecture and urban planning firm in the upper Midwest. At the same time, his family continued to grow with the arrival of 2 more children. His firm would work on commercial projects throughout the United States. He was also an adjunct professor of landscape architecture at the University of Minnesota in the early 1970s with former architecture dean, Ralph Rapson.

Charles, Ann and their 5 children moved to the country in 1972, buying a small farm outside New Prague, Minnesota. Perhaps to challenge himself to the fullest, he decided that farming would be an ideal dual profession. The farm rapidly grew to several hundred acres of corn and soybeans while buildings were constructed to raise hogs. Charles worked hard on the farm and at his office throughout the 1970s. In 1976, Charles Wood & Associates worked with Skidmore Owings and Merrill out of Chicago on the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. Charles continued to expand his farm operations in the 1980s and practice landscape architecture. He championed a strong belief in the in the concept of sustainable living in both agriculture and architecture. This core philosophy bridged his two careers and was reflected in his design projects. In the 1990s, Charles collaborated with Leonard Parker Associates to design the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Minnesota Judicial Center in St. Paul, Minnesota and the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile. He also developed the Macalester College master site plan and completed many projects at the University of Minnesota. Toward the end of his career he liked to design residences and farm with his son Graham. Charles is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ann Wood, his 3 sons Greg, Graham and Chuck and his 2 daughters, Gwen Wood and Gretchen Wessel. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren and his sister Verna Poquette and brother-in-law Norm Poquette.

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University of Minnesota Department of Landscape Architecture Update Kristine Miller, UMN | LA Department Head & Professor


hank you to ASLA-MN and _SCAPE for the chance to update readers on news at the University of Minnesota Department of Landscape Architecture. Our goal is to use this opportunity to connect with local professionals and alumni and to keep your informed about news and events.

After many meetings, and lots of hard work by the full-time and adjunct faculty who teach the technology and design studio courses, we are rolling out our new technology sequence beginning in Fall 2014. Along the way we have begun to pilot new assignments that work across courses to integrate grading, planting design, stormwater and emerging landscape infrastructure systems with studio and in-the-field experiences.

Our New Landscape Infrastructure & Technology Curriculum In this update I want to introduce _SCAPE readers to some of the revisions we have made to keep our MLA curriculum effective and up to date. Starting about four years ago, the faculty began discussing the best way to deliver information on the technical side of landscape architectural practice. People tend to teach in the same ways they were taught, and for many of us that meant separate courses for different areas of technology – a semester of grading, a semester of materials and details, a semester of planting design, a semester of storm water management. When possible, lessons from technology were reinforced in studio projects - but this was not always the case.

The new technology sequence introduces many technical knowledge sets early on but in smaller chunks and in an integrated fashion. The new sequence also crosses over between the tech class and the design studio so students can quickly apply what they are learning. As the studios grow in scale and complexity the technology courses grow in scale and complexity - so that by the time students are preparing for the final capstone project, they have a strong understanding of the breadth and depth of landscape architectural implementation across a variety of scales and contexts.

This was certainly my own experience. We learned grading, planting design, and detailing in discrete stand-alone experiences. Each class was useful, but they didn’t allow me to understand how all of these elements worked together in larger systems. This format of instruction had benefits – it allowed for clarity in subject matter. But it didn’t really reflect the ways that things work together in the real world. And it was frankly a challenge to remember what I learned in that first tech course two years earlier well enough to apply it in my studio courses. We began the process with a set of questions. How can we best deliver technical skills and information in a way that gets reinforced over time and allows students to see the connections between systems? How can we incorporate the increased breadth of landscape infrastructure and site technologies that are required in contemporary practice? And how do we do this without overwhelming them in those first few semesters when everything is new? Tackling a major revision to the curriculum was daunting – it required a lot of time and collaboration among lots of people, but given the increasing complexity that the profession requires we felt we needed to adopt an integrated approach to design and technical subjects.

Revising the tech sequence has meant a serious amount of coordination among staff and faculty and would not have been possible without the hard work of a dedicated team of people. With decades of practice experience, Professor in Practice Joe Favour, Assistant Professor Matthew Tucker, Senior Lecturer Vince deBritto, with assistance from Professor John Koepke and Adjunct Professor Robert Gunderson, led the evaluation of the existing curriculum planning and are leading the ongoing roll out of the new courses and their integration in all years of the MLA program. In the Fall 2013 semester, Professors Favour and Gunderson piloted two new courses in the first and second year of the MLA program. These two courses will be complemented with new courses in the Fall of 2014 and Spring and Fall of 2015, with the full MLA curriculum changes in place by 2016. We invite you to get in touch (via Facebook and LinkedIn by using search engine keywords University of Minnesota and landscape architecture) for each website.

Professor Miller recently received a Bush Foundation Fellowship and the University of Minnesota Award for Outstanding Community Engagement for her ongoing work in North Minneapolis on environmental design and equity.

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The Landscape of Senior Housing


Gina Bonsignore, RLA, ASLA & Adam Maleitzke, MLA, MURP This year alone, the Twin Cities metropolitan area will add more than 1,000 senior housing units. As reported in a recent Star Tribune article, 6,000 new senior units are expected to be built between 2010 and 2040, and the number of Twin Cities residents over the age of 65 will double. So we will be building lots of these places. What will they be like? The site plans and landscape design of many senior buildings recently or currently under construction fall short of their potential to enrich the lives and improve the health of residents, employees and the surrounding neighborhoods. This missed opportunity may be due to constrained budgets, perceived market demand, or lack of participation by landscape architects at the earlier stages of planning. How can we do better? I ask myself, in what place can I envision my lively, yet increasingly frail 93-year-old father who will not be parted from his beloved, spacious home, nestled on a secluded cul-de-sac? What features would change his mind? He loves sitting on the porch of his mountain cabin, watching the birds, the meadow and forest. He’s also a gregarious sort. He loves to cook and Trader Joe’s is one of his weekly shopping stops, whether or not he needs anything. And yes, he’s still driving. But when he’s not? What then? So I’m thinking about a place that: • Stimulates social interaction among fellow residents and with the outside world; • Appeals to visitors – friends and family, especially grandchildren; and • Has access to and views of nature, yet is near retail, a swimming pool and (for sure) a good restaurant. Of course, my dad is not your dad. He likes where he lives. Where do you and I want to be and what choices do we want for our family members?



According to Martin Plakut, President and CEO of Episcopal Homes, “Residents are looking for ways to stay healthy, to be engaged in their community, to maintain connections to the places and services that have always been part of their lives (doctors, shopping, churches). They are looking for places where they feel a sense of community and can make friends, places where they can stay engaged in life.” Unfortunately, many of the senior living choices are in locations that seem isolated and disconnected from adjacent neighborhoods. Set back from the road, rising behind a sea of parking, the buildings are surrounded by comfortable, innocuous landscapes of turf, trees and a few shrubs. These sites are easily cared for by commercial landscapers and undemanding to the eye. But with some simple site planning strategies, the outdoor spaces would contribute much more to the lives of the residents as well as those of the people working there and living nearby.

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The Twin Cities has a regional government program that funds demonstration projects to promote just those kinds of environments for everyone, not just seniors. The Metropolitan Council’s Livable Communities Demonstration Account (LCDA) is a program that helps cities and counties implement development that supports the use of transit, intensifies land uses, connects housing and employment, and provides a mix of housing types and affordability. These grants are available to qualifying communities throughout the region. In 2011, Transit-Oriented Development (LCA-TOD) grants were added to leverage the region’s public investment in its transit infrastructure. These grants are targeted to development projects within station areas that are currently active or along transitways that are expected to be open by 2020. Funding can be used for a variety of activities not typically funded by other granting agencies including placemaking elements, public parking ramps, site acquisition, and infrastructure. Local governments are the applicants for the grants, in collaboration with developers and design teams. The applications are evaluated in a two-step process. The first step includes a staff technical review of development proposals, using these and other criteria listed here: Category






Number of affordable housing units produced

Sample Metrics

Transit Accessibility, Walkability, Ridership


Station Area

Existing level of transit service, estimated transit commuting potential, walk/bike commuting potential, intersection density, block size, walk route to station, mix of uses

Jobs & Economic Competitiveness



Construction jobs, permanent jobs, living wage permanent jobs, property tax generation

TOD Design



Floor-area ratio, dwelling units per acre, job density, intensity (workers + residents), parking ratio

Environmental Design



Site perviousness, runoff, acres of land cleaned


Percentage of funding committed

Leverage & Partnerships

After Step 1 evaluation, members of the Livable Communities Advisory Community (LCAC) - a group of design and development professionals appointed by the Metropolitan Council chair evaluate each project as to its demonstration value, readiness, and potential to catalyze future investment. While there are many types of innovation and demonstration, the committee is most excited to see projects that capitalize on unique opportunities presented by the site, its context, the partners involved and programs. What does this all mean for senior housing? Remember those forecasts? Many of the housing projects submitted to the program are senior buildings. Often the site plans presented with the applications are bare bones without much detail: turf, a few canopy trees, and maybe a rain garden, typically located in what seem to be leftover spaces. This paucity of information is understandable. Clients, often housing authorities or non-profits, try to keep costs down while seeking funds for their projects. Therefore, the area around the building is often a sea of undifferentiated green, with little detail.

At last year’s AIA MN Convention, co-author Adam Maleitzke, who coordinates the LCA-TOD grant fund, and I had the opportunity to present to architects on this topic in a session that was co-sponsored by ASLA-MN. For this audience, we also made the argument that up-front site planning with landscape architects and civil engineers could both make a better Livable Communities application, and would also capture opportunities for projects that would be better in terms of marketability, socially and environmentally. These benefits apply not just to Livable Communities-funded projects or senior housing, but to any mixed use and multi-family family projects. Market Research What do seniors want to buy, and what are the trends? According to a recent Building and Construction Design article, there are eight “Ways to Win in the Senior Housing Market,” including the need to provide unique - or at least distinctive - amenities, integrating seniors into the larger community and playing up the market value of sustainability. The article advises that successful projects have a: “marketing edge - location near a vibrant urban core or up-to-date suburban shopping mall. In such a case, adding a walking trail or sidewalk to connect to such an amenity may be all that’s needed” and that “Natural features are a big plus” nearby park amenities “are home runs… Create your own amenities, for instance add first floor retail space, including a café, courtyard and roof terrace, to make up for a lack of amenities in the neighborhood.” Remember, this article is not only about Livable Communities or transit-oriented development, it’s also about selling senior housing in a competitive marketplace: “Prospective senior residents have an increasingly sophisticated understanding of sustainability and take an active interest in how their housing impacts the environment.” Social Science Research, Healing Gardens Those observations are not in contradiction to what we know about how important access to nature is for people, especially in terms of healing. A good summary article on the topic of healing gardens is Clare Cooper Marcus’ piece on the www.DesignandHealth website. In summary, research has shown that green space and encounters with nature are good for people. Encounters with everyday nature restore the ability to concentrate, calm feelings of anxiety, and reduce aggression. Drawing from Roger Ulrich’s work, these healing sites help mitigate stress to the extent that they: • • • •

Foster a sense of control and access to privacy; Provide settings where users can gather together and experience social support; Create opportunities for physical movement and exercise; and Provide access to nature and other positive distractions.

There are specific things we can do to enhance those effects, as Cooper Marcus summarizes. The most used types of outdoor spaces

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Above: The Episcopal Homes courtyard design will maximize the small amount of green space available. Image Credit: Civil Site Group

in healing settings are easy to see and get to, and have familiar residential garden features: front porch/garden, back garden. To regionalize this to Minnesota, we can add the vocabulary of patios, decks, screened and three season porches to the list. Projects should also provide choices for outdoor spaces – private, semi-private, and social areas, with physiological comfort and security with a variety of seating in sun or shade, and protection from breezes. For memory-impaired residents, an enclosed homelike garden space is desirable. The sites should also facilitate exercise. In particular, walking can be facilitated through a variety of looped routes, the reassurance of handrails, seating at frequent intervals and materials without excessive glare. From a Livable Communities and TOD perspective, pedestrian and bicycle connections to the larger neighborhood and transit are critical, not just for residents and their families but also for employees. If buildings are set back from arterial roadways, the farther the residents are from any transit options, except those provided by van and para-transit services. For the well-elderly [those who are not physically or mentally impaired], these options can feel like a limit to their freedom to come and go. Also, while views of nature are restorative, for the well-elderly, many prefer “front porch” locations, watching traffic, deliveries and the activity of the neighborhood. Sustainable Site Design During our presentation, we steered the architects to the Sustainable Sites website for tools to go deeper into the why, the hows and measurements for success in sustainable site planning. This collaborative effort spearheaded by ASLA and the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Foundation discusses benefits and attributes for people as well as the planet. The proposed system of credits, which will be released in 2014, places emphasis on pre-design collaboration with allied professionals, including civil engineers and



landscape architects. Waiting until design development, after the building is sited and the circulation patterns are set, can negatively impact sustainable site opportunities. What can be done about it at the site scale? Green roofs and walls are one answer, and these are appearing more and more in the site plans we review. But wait. Let’s go back to basics, because there’s much to be done on the ground level. It’s clear that architects have gotten the message about rain gardens, because they appear, typically located in leftover spaces and seem to be perennial gardens, with no vertical dimension. With green space at such a premium, especially on TOD sites, there is no room for unconsidered, leftover spaces. Trees and shrubs make excellent choices in these depressions, making them more effective vertical elements to create the public and private outdoor spaces that are valued by people. While the Livable Communities program does not provide funding for turf and trees in general, it does fund placemaking and stormwater elements. Shrub and native grass layer are especially important to many bird species and are excellent alternatives to turf. Native prairie plants have deep and well-developed root systems that facilitate absorption of rainwater through the soils as well as through evapotranspiration. Do they require maintenance? Yes, but not the weekly care of turf and shrubs. Because of the excellent research coming out of the University of Minnesota, locals are also increasingly aware of the plight of our native bees. Fortunately, for TOD sites, it does not matter how small an area is planted with native vegetation. The birds and bees will come. We should also return to the basics of planting for energy conservation: screening the winds from the northeast and planting canopy to the west and east of a building, parking lot or A/C condenser. On the site plans reviewed by LCAC, trees are rarely

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placed for these benefits and are often within tiny parking lot bump-outs, even when a strip of open area is adjacent. That configuration may be a city requirement, but does nothing for tree growth and health. It Can be Done It might seem that all of these things are easily managed in a spacious suburban site. However, many of these elements can come together on a very small site. At Sunrise Homes in Roseville, extensive use of shrub plantings creates a setting for front porch views and seating areas near a small shelter and play structure. Getting to the recreation park next door is easy. Getting around by transit is a bit of a challenge here because of the stop location and discontinuity of public sidewalks. That transit piece is important and AARP and Streetfilms has produced a short, compelling video on seniors and transit. Streetfilms, as self-described on their website, has become the go-to organization for educational films about sustainable transportation, and inspires action and behavioral change worldwide. There is a great example in St Paul. Next year, Episcopal Homes will open The Terrace at Iris Park at University and Fairview on the Green Line. This project received Livable Communities TOD funding in 2011. The site plans show: • • • • • •

Buildings oriented to street activity and transportation; A mix of uses within the site and station area; Good relationship to the park; A network of walking opportunities; Stormwater areas designed as focal point amenities; and Private courtyards and publically-accessible open spaces.

These features are a good fit for the Livable Communities program, but will they sell? When the developer of this project, Episcopal Homes CEO Marvin Plakut, was asked about how important transit access is in marketing, he says that it’s extremely important and that, “transit access is vital for those who plan to use it regularly. But it is also vital in the way it contributes to a sense of autonomy, freedom, and opportunity to participate in the global movement for improved public transportation. Transit conveys feelings of vibrancy and life.” What does he have to say about the importance of high quality green spaces? They are, “very important. We are very fortunate to have a beautiful city park adjacent to our campus. And recognizing the importance of green spaces to our current and future residents, our project has a .5 acre central courtyard with water features, seating and walkways. Our project will also have an indoor winter garden.” The market has enthusiastically embraced this model of senior housing. To date, more than 75 percent of the units have been reserved for The Terrace at Iris Park, which is expected to open this November. As the region continues to evolve and develop, there are many opportunities within station areas for senior housing and many more in the context of regional LCDA grants. Luckily for everyone involved in developing these projects, market demand is in alignment with social and environmental goals. Early engagement of landscape architects offers the best chance of promoting transit-oriented, livable senior housing projects that allow residents to be active, healthy, and self-sufficient.

Gina Bonsignore is a landscape architect in private practice and is currently serving her eighth year on the Metropolitan Council’s Livable Communities Advisory Committee. Adam Maleitzke is a Senior Planner with the Metropolitan Council, where he coordinates the Livable Communities Transit-Oriented Development grants. Resources and Further Information Livable Communities TOD Grant Fund www.DesignandHealth Active Living For All Ages, Creating Neighborhoods around Transit AARP and Streetfilms Video, Filmed and Edited by Robin Smith “8 Trends Shaping Today’s Senior Housing” January 2013, Accessed 10/14/13, Building and Design + Construction

Top: The Episcopal Homes site plan along the new light rail transit Green Line. Designed by Trossen, Wright, Plutowski. Iris Park redesign will be led by Ellen Stewart, landscape architect with the City of St. Paul Parks Department. Below: Episcopal Homes also maximizes the limited amount of surface parking- inviting in the community for an annual car show. Green spaces could be seasonally programmed as well. Winter 2013-14 | Issue #18


Coniferous Forest


Prairie Grasslands

Tallgrass Aspen Parklands

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Minnesota’s cast of biome characters

Deciduous Forest

Distinguishing Minnesota’s Biomes Minnesota is home to some of our country’s most breathtaking scenery and diverse natural resources. As landscape architects, we have the privilege and ability to improve public spaces, preserve our natural resources, and improve the health of the environment and the people who enjoy it...

Keith Kinnen, PLA, ASLA Prairie Grasslands Biome Image Credit: Taliesin


innesota happens to be extremely diverse when it comes to vegetation, soils, climate, and its distinct biomes. Biomes are large geographic regions with similar climate, vegetation, and animals. Minnesota consists of four different biomes, which can be identified through the distinct features in the landscape as you travel throughout the state. The four biomes include; the deciduous forest in the southeast, the prairie grassland in the southwest, the tallgrass aspen parkland in the northwest, and the coniferous forest in the northeast. Because of these unique diversities, it is our obligation as landscape architects to understand the biomes we are working in so that we may respect the form of the land when designing public spaces. 8


In the northeastern portion of Minnesota lies the Coniferous Forest Biome. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area lies right in the heart of this biome and anyone who has had the fortune of visiting this little piece of paradise has experienced first-hand the largest of the four biomes in the state. This region receives an abundant amount of precipitation, which provides the area with plentiful lakes and vegetation. Because winters are cold in this region, spruce, fir and other evergreen trees found in this biome are cone-shaped, which allow them to shed large amounts of snow without damaging branches. These cone-shaped trees also have needles, rather than leaves, which remain on the tree through all seasons and allow the trees to photosynthesize enough energy to sustain the long winters. The southeast portion of Minnesota is home to the Deciduous Forest Biome, also known as the Eastern Broadleaf Biome. Plants here have adapted to extreme fluctuations in precipitation and

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temperature which allows them to handle cold winters, wet springs, and hot dry summers. Maples, oaks, aspens, and birch trees dominate the landscape in this biome. If you are ever visiting the Northfield area, I would highly recommend taking the time to visit Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. This park has great opportunities for hiking, birding, and sightseeing and it is one of the best examples of this biome in the state. In the southwest you will find the Prairie Grasslands Biome. Extending from the Dakotas, this region is composed of rolling hills dense with grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. These plants have naturally deep root systems that allow the plants to receive adequate moisture in the warm, dry summers. For those interested in rock climbing, a visit to Blue Mound State Park near Luverne is in order. This park provides ample opportunities for climbing, biking, historical observation, and it is home to 533 acres of prairie grassland and herds of bison! The last, and smallest, of the biomes is the Tallgrass Aspen Parklands Biome. Located in the northwestern portion of the state between the prairie grasslands of the Dakotas and the coniferous forests of the northeast, this biome is slowly disappearing as the gap between the surrounding biomes closes. This region provides a mosaic of both plant and wildlife diversity that includes tallgrass prairie and sedge fens with groves of deciduous trees such as aspens and bur oaks. Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge, located near Crookston, is one of the last preserved remnants of this biome and I would recommend stopping to see its beauty if opportunity ever allows.

Healthy biomes create clean air. A complete and healthy biome performs as an extremely efficient machine, filtering pollutants out of the air and producing clean oxygen. Clean air reduces the risk of respiratory diseases, such as lung cancer and emphysema, and it allows us to have active lifestyles while enjoying the smell of the great outdoors. Healthy biomes create clean water. A healthy biome is continuously filtering water both above and below ground. With an abundance of vegetation, it is able to filter sediment and contaminants from stormwater before it reaches our lakes and aquifers. Canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and fishing would not be possible without clean water. Healthy biomes improve mental health. Studies have shown that people who spend more time participating in outdoor activities have significantly lower risk of mental health issues including Alzheimer’s, dementia, stress, and depression. In fact, people who regularly participate in outdoor activities test noticeably higher in imagination and creativity, have higher intellectual development skills, and develop stronger social relationships. Employers have even discovered that employees who are able to interact with environmental elements during their daily duties show improvements in performance and overall job satisfaction. Humans have a need to connect with nature. Whether we actively explore the different biomes or simply view them as we drive to work each day, they deliver us relaxation through their vibrant colors and abundance of wildlife. As landscape architects, planners and problem solvers, we have a commitment to understand the biology of the environments and natural resources we manipulate on a daily basis - it is our duty to recognize how simple changes can impact the environment, and therefore, our daily lives. Take time to visit landmarks such as Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Blue Mound State Park to better understand the diversity our state has to offer. It is a privilege having the opportunity to create spaces that promote health and well-being for ourselves, the environment, and future generations.

Why is biome health important? Preserving our natural resources protects the environment around us. It is directly linked to our quality of life and the number of healthy years we live; research indicates that 25 percent of all diseases in the world are related to environmental factors. I like to think of biomes as a “Jenga” puzzle. Healthy biomes consist of clean This map illustrates the four biome regions in the state, each consisting of different plants, wildlife and features air, clear water, nutrient-rich soil, and a that give Minnesota its unique identity. plethora of plants and wildlife. If all of Image Credit: Keith Kinnen the pieces to the puzzle are present, the biome is stable. However, if you begin to remove certain pieces of the biome, eventually it will collapse like the “Jenga” puzzle. For example, if water quality diminishes, Keith Kinnen is a MN native who is the Lead Landscape Architect at plant life decreases - which affects wildlife. It has a ripple effect Karvakko Engineering based out of Bemidji, Minnesota. He has been throughout the biome. involved with several environmental projects throughout the Midwest.

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The Mississippi River Trail Bikeway Using the Bicycle to Enrich Community Life Liz Walton Bicycling is on the rise nationwide. Whatever the reason: recreation, transportation, personal health, environmental health, or defraying transportation costs, it’s a movement with momentum. Transportation agencies, local governments, schools, businesses, advocates, and others are being challenged and inspired to get on board, and each in different ways. This is the story of Minnesota’s Mississippi River Trail Bikeway (MRT), a bicycle route that follows the Mississippi River. It’s the story of how partners with interest in increasing bicycling and access to the Mississippi River joined forces to package America’s iconic river with the bicycle, creating a rallying point for people to bring life to communities and communities to life. It’s the story of a “big idea” and how creatively thinking differently about our attractions, resources (both physical and human), and societal demands builds new energy and benefits to communities. Above: Bemidji, one of five nationally designated bicyclefriendly communities along Minnesota’s MRT. Image credit: Natalie Gille


Defining the MRT The MRT is a bicycle route that provides a unique bicycling experience along the length of the Mississippi River from its Headwaters in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. It travels roughly 2,500 miles on existing roads and multiuse trails and, as such, is a virtual “string of pearls” connecting Minnesota to nine other states, cities such as St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans, and hundreds of other river communities. It was first conceived in the 1990s as a community and economic development tool for the Mississippi Delta region, where multiple floods had devastated the area. Partners in the region determined a bicycle route would provide a sustainable economic river activity


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RECREATION tolerant of occasional flooding. The MRT was later adopted by the upper Mississippi states. Minnesota’s route begins at the river’s source in Itasca State Park, where the water is just ankle-deep and resembles a narrow stream. The route winds continuously over 600 miles along the river and its tributaries to the Iowa border, passing through woodlands, prairies, valleys, and bluffs, and includes a cross-section of the state’s landscape, history, and culture. It includes roughly 100 miles of the off-road Paul Bunyan and Heartland State Trails managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and is sometimes on two sides of the river. With these additional segments, Minnesota’s route totals over 800 miles. In developing its route, Minnesota sought to provide the highest quality river experience on the safest facilities with opportunities tailored for bicyclists of all types and ages to follow America’s river. Bicycling the entire MRT has special appeal to adventurous bicyclists comfortable with and knowledgeable about sharing the road with vehicles. For less experienced bicyclists (but who are nonetheless adventurous), the many off-road segments allow them to also experience the river. Just 20 percent of Minnesota’s MRT is on state roads managed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), with the remainder on county and local roads and trails, making Minnesota’s route truly one of partnerships. The route passes through nearly 70 cities, 21 counties, 90 townships, and two reservations and tribal lands and connects eight state parks, one state recreation area, three state trails, 10 regional trails, and one national park. What better an opportunity (and challenge) to work with so many partners to advance a sustainable bicycle vision? Adding value to communities The MRT is a tool for active transportation, recreation, tourism, and community health and economic vitality. It allows both visitors and residents adventure and the opportunity to explore America’s cultural and natural heritage at the pace of a bicycle. Regions are small on a bike. Fifty miles is generally the distance a cross-county cyclist will travel in one day. The MRT can help bring communities together. It offers social enrichment and cohesion by encouraging a sense of community with neighbors that share common issues and heritage and can share cooperative solutions and a broader outlook. They can repackage the river and its culture for a continuous bicycling opportunity. They can connect to each other via bicycle and share the responsibilities and benefits that come from the MRT. The MRT encourages healthy and life-extending outdoor activity and offers additional local economic activity as it represents a modest opportunity for businesses to profit from a new set of travelers seeking locally provided services. And as more cities realize that businesses and employees look at the quality of life and transportation choices, bicycling facilities and routes like the MRT can help set cities apart. In Minnesota, abandoned railroad land is increasingly unavailable, expensive, and fragmented, making trail development more difficult. And even though additional off-road segments appealing to families and beginning bicyclists will be incorporated into future

alignments, most of Minnesota’s route will continue to share the road right-of-way with cars, trucks, and motorcycles. By connecting existing roads and on-road bicycle facilities to trails, Minnesota created a cost-effective MRT, bringing new users to the existing network without land acquisition and development costs, and created an MRT that’s ready to ride. MRT: a masterpiece in the making With MnDOT as the lead agency, it and a small group of other government agencies, non-profits, and river and bicycle enthusiasts began by developing a conceptual Minnesota route, and then tested it on “ground truthing” bicycle rides. But Minnesota sought more than just a route. With growing interest statewide to increase and promote multimodal transportation options, MnDOT committed staff and funding in 2010 toward a two-phased, multi-year effort to broadly implement, market, and manage Minnesota’s MRT. It hired the multi-disciplinary firm Stantec for the first phase, then added sub-consultants, the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (bicycle education/advocacy), Preferred Results (marketing/promotion), and Richardson and Richter (policy/implementation planners) in the second. The team worked to refine and designate the route, develop maps and a biddable sign installation plan set, advance bike-friendliness, install signs, market and promote the MRT, and explore how to sustain the route. Phase One The team facilitated a series of community workshops up and down the river, inviting diverse stakeholders, including local governments, road and trail authorities, cycling advocates, and others to broadly and jointly identify a set of criteria to guide and refine the alignment. The MRT would serve as the spine; partners would establish connecting routes and local loops. With a vetted route, the team created Minnesota’s first MRT navigation maps, available in printable form and downloadable digital GIS and GPS files. The team also created the Mississippi River Trail Bikeway Marketing Toolbox to support and supplement existing local marketing efforts so partners could share marketing responsibilities. The Toolbox contains information for those experienced and new to marketing. It describes the MRT product, target audiences, marketing resources, roles marketing partners might play, and offers marketing tactics and strategies, maps, promotional graphics, templates, checklists, photographs, and other materials to use and modify. Phase Two The team hosted a general series of marketing and promotion meetings and Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) workshops for all cities along the route to inspire local enthusiasm and self-interest. Workshop information was based on the Marketing Toolbox and the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program. With the goal of creating a string of marketable BFCs along the MRT, the team also competitively selected six distributed communities to receive technical assistance to create their own local MRT Marketing Action Plan and receive a BFC assessment and report. Winter 2013-14 | Issue #18


The strategy was to educate MRT cities about the five “E”s associated with bicycle-friendliness (engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation/planning) and assist those cities to understand the value and benefits of bicycling, implement the Es, and promote bicycling locally and beyond. The goal was to light the fire of self-interest so partners could pool their expertise and individual resources and realize the responsibilities and benefits of the collective effort. A cross section of community members jointly participated. They included elected officials, staff, law enforcement, health professionals, business leaders, advocates, educators, and more. The BFC reports provide numerous strategies for local communities to implement, such as amending their comprehensive plans and ordinances; building networks that connect to other trails and bicycle facilities, taking people where they want to go; creating bicycle advisory committees; identifying places to buy bike parts where bike shops do not exist; and hosting events. Among others, the marketing plans created new regional bike maps; MRT information in maps and brochures, and events to celebrate the MRT, such as the Bicycle Alliance-led bike/train combo, Train and Trail Tour. The team worked closely with all road and trail authorities to identify locations where MnDOT’s contractor will install navigation signs authorized under municipal agreements. MnDOT will install all initial signs; partners will maintain and install replacements. Coordinating work to install signs on roughly 1,600 miles of MRT was a big undertaking. That’s 800-plus miles northbound; the same southbound - and under diverse ownership. MnDOT expects to finish sign installation in 2015. Minnesota’s MRT is truly a route of partnerships. MnDOT was the convener, but for the MRT to succeed, no one group can go it alone. MnDOT does not own the MRT. It will continue Above: Long-distance MRT cyclists at the historic Read’s Landing Overlook. to be involved, but success depends on local enthusiasm and support. With Richardson and Richter’s policy analyst, Minnesota held a series of meetings to evaluate options for local road and trail authorities to cooperatively manage route revisions, MRT signs, route maps, construction detours, and marketing. Partners are on board, but they universally indicated they want MnDOT to remain as manager and to continue to convene local and regional partners as needed. The landscape architect’s role Landscape architects are versed in revealing the art of possibilities and played a key role in shaping Minnesota’s MRT. They were involved in, and often led, every MRT project activity. At MnDOT, they led preliminary work and initial route development, co-led the multi-phased MRT work, and remain involved in all aspects



of the project. Landscape architects from Stantec primarily wrote and managed the Marketing Toolbox and wrote design guidelines for off-road segments to assist MRT communities statewide as they plan future segments and to assure consistent and predictable conditions for bicyclists. Landscape architects from MnDOT and the Bicycle Alliance led the BFC efforts. The team worked closely with the landscape architect from the National Park Service’s 72-mile long Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA) in the Twin Cities. She participated in team-led marketing and BFC workshops specially arranged for the park and the 26 cities within, and leads its Alternative Transportation System (ATS). The MRT is a key element of the ATS, which builds on existing public transit, the Nice Ride Minnesota bike share program, and current river access, to enable and encourage park visitors and area residents to travel the park without a car. In addition, landscape architects worked closely with a variety of disciplines. They were assisted by others skilled in GIS, civil engineering, public health, and tourism. The MRT project exemplifies the multifaceted skills that landscape architects can lead and perform: analysis and planning, spatial design, community outreach, leading the political process, marketing, and generally integrating non-motorized transportation. The work is ongoing and will never really be complete. Immediate pending work will update the MRT-Minnesota website, making revisions to incorporate online tools to track and manage signs, communicate detours and construction projects along the MRT, and receive and address comments related to the route. Partners will continue to communicate, with the goal to continuously capitalize on opportunities, such as projects on or adjacent to the MRT that offer cost-effective improvements including adding wider paved shoulders, new bike lanes, or new trails, and new bicycle network connections. Project significance With its extensive public outreach, Minnesota has now solidified existing relationships and established new partnerships. Each local road and trail authority passed resolutions of support for the MRT. With that support, partners sought to institutionalize Minnesota’s MRT. They pursued and overwhelmingly received legislative authorization designating the MRT as Minnesota’s first state bikeway (MN 160.266). Using that unanimous support, Minnesota also designated the MRT as U.S. Bicycle Route 45, the state’s first entry in the emerging network of cross country bicycle routes. The marketing and BFC meetings served as a model for work under Minnesota’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), where the Minnesota Department of Health, MnDOT, and the Bicycle Alliance joined forces to instruct similarly diverse partners in competitively-selected Minnesota communities in the five Es and the value of a bicycle-friendly community. The team worked closely with the uniquely urban MNRRA. The MRT is a key component in MNRRA’s ATS Trip Planner and its new recreational guide, the Mississippi River Companion. The MRT serves as a prototype for bikeway planning in Minnesota. MnDOT expects to establish other state bikeways and will develop bikeway protocols, with specific needs or issues for each route addressed within. It will work with partners such as the DNR and trail associations to advance stalled trail building projects with an MRT-type formula of using existing roads for interim connections until trails are built.

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Above: Sample brochure from the Mississippi River Trail Bikeway Marketing Toolbox.

Minnesota is recognized for its strong planning approach. In 2013 it received awards from the Minnesota Chapter of the ASLA and the American Planning Association, and in 2012 from the American Planning Association’s Minnesota Chapter. MnDOT was in the unique position to unleash positive change toward healthy, sustainable communities. The MRT has significantly helped Minnesota move forward in being a more bicycle-friendly state. There are now five bicycle-friendly communities along the MRT. Bicyclists and communities are enthused about the quality of Minnesota’s MRT, and the route is on its way to aiding economic development, and ushering in a new level of cooperation between government agencies, businesses, non-profits, and bicycling and river enthusiasts. The MRT is a tremendous vehicle to tie economic value to environmental stewardship and an enhanced quality of life. What’s your MRT? Minnesota developed a prototypical strategy and goals to establish the MRT, but it is just that - a prototype that will be improved upon. Communities and design professionals can use this prototype to develop bicycle routes, but can also use MRT planning as a guide to bringing diverse groups together for other types of projects. Not every community has a Mississippi River, but every community has unique and attractive resources; the key is how to capitalize and repackage the resources into something relevant and greater.

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Minnesota’s MRT is the big idea that connects people with the river, communities to each other, and the river and its unique history and culture to the nation in new ways to promote bicycle transportation, recreation, tourism, and bicycle-friendly communities. It adds value to existing infrastructure by providing new uses for an already maintained transportation and recreation road and trail network and offers the opportunity to travel the Mississippi at the intimacy of a bicycle where one can touch and be touched by the river, and be immersed in the river’s way of life and a route filled with history, enchantment, and remarkable adventure. As Mark Twain so aptly noted, “Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.”

Liz Walton is a licensed landscape architect who has worked at MnDOT over 25 years in areas ranging from vegetation management, preserving historic roadside properties, and advancing bicycling and walking opportunities. Resources and Further Information Mississippi River Trail Bikeway Marketing Toolbox Marketing%20Toolbox%20-%20June%20 2011.pdf

Minnesota’s first state bikeway: statute MN 160.266 statutes/?id=160.266&format=pdf

Bicycle Friendly America

U.S. Bicycle Route 45

The Five E’s Nice Ride Minnesota MRT Minnesota

MNRRA’s ATS Trip Planner Mississippi River Companion htm

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What is public well-being? How do landscape architects create public well-being? Is it very important?

Despite the fact that landscape architects swear to protect public health, safety and welfare, we barely know what “public welfare” is. Unlike health and safety, there are no code books that spell out minimum standards. Yet the ambiguous nature of public welfare may be the wishy-washy key to the value of landscape architecture. If you think about the qualities of landscape architecture that are most difficult to describe, quantify, and measure, you might discover the real significance of our profession. Here are some values landscape architects add that are hard to define: • • • • • • • • •

Sense of history and culture; Building of community; Sense of place; Vibrancy and life to an area; Healing effects of living with nature; Resiliency of a neighborhood; Stewardship of wildness; Aesthetic values; and Sense of serenity.

Clearly, we are dealing with senses and feelings, and these are hard to quantify. Yet these intangible qualities all contribute to a sense of well-being. These attributes may be immeasurable, but they arouse deep feelings and attachments, and are essential to a high quality of life. We need to better understand these ambiguous components of well-being, and clarify their value to the public. Three years ago, the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) realized it did not understand public welfare clearly enough, and it embarked on a journey to define the words. CLARB checked with architects and engineers, and discovered no licensed profession could define public welfare. CLARB then hired a consultant to describe public welfare from the point of view of landscape architecture. Here is the result: Public welfare means the stewardship of natural environments and of human communities to enhance social, economic, psychological, cultural and physical functioning.

At Left: Mill Ruins Park improves public well-being by keeping history alive, Minneapolis, MN Image Credit: Google Image

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Seven outcomes were identified as public welfare: 1. Enhances environmental sustainability; 2. Contributes to economic sustainability; 3. Promotes public health and well-being; 4. Builds community; 5. Encourages landscape awareness and stewardship; 6. Offers aesthetic and creative experiences; and 7. Enables communities to function more effectively. An interesting part of CLARB’s study was to review what the word public means. Historically, there were centuries in the Dark Ages where there was no concept of public. Only when the church and state began fighting each other did the ruling classes begin to consider the larger masses of lay people as a collective group with power. The invention of the printing press allowed church and state to communicate with commoners to persuade them toward their respective positions. Thus began the growth of civic influence, and public power has increased every century since. Recent phone and computer technologies have changed public power in previously unimaginable ways. The advent of social media has enabled people to subvert government control and communicate faster than authorities can react. The public continually evolves, and is difficult to measure. It is important to note that many types of public groups co-exist but may disagree with each other. These disagreements can play out in the form of public protest on public turf, which landscape architects may design to accommodate civic events. Sometimes there are disagreements over how to use public land itself, such as arguments between snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. When these publics collide, landscape architects are often employed by public agencies to determine the use of public land. There are also public members who have no voice, including children, alienated groups, and the animal kingdom. Shouldn’t they be our clients, too? Finally, our protection of the public realm must include future inhabitants whose demography might vary from our client’s. When you consider the conflicts that occur between a client’s wishes and the well-being of a community, you can see how tricky our oath to “protect public welfare” becomes. CLARB also reviewed what the word welfare means. It evolved from fare well, which was expressed when a loved one undertook a journey across the frightening countryside. Eventually the meaning expanded to include the well-being of a collection of people. The terms welfare and well-being are interchangeable for our purposes, and perhaps well-being is easier to understand. When you combine public and welfare, you refer to a state of well-being for a community. When you look at CLARB’s seven attributes of public well-being, you can see that some are easier to measure than others. Economic vitality can be measured in dollars, and environmental health can be measured by Sustainable Sites or LEED. Functional success can be measured by efficiencies of travel, parking, and reduction in accidents. Still, some qualities elude our abilities to measure them. How much happier will a community be if its historic landscape is preserved to create a stronger sense of place? How much resiliency results from a neighborhood that knows each other because they all use the park? Despite the ambiguity of public well-being, everyone can tell it when it succeeds. For instance, can you imagine how different



Minneapolis would be if Horace Cleveland hadn’t advocated for public access around the river and lake edges? There would be no jogging beside the lake or bicycling along the river, and our quality of life would have suffered. The economic, social, psychological, and environmental health of Minneapolis would have been less than it is today. The lesson learned is that landscape architects must advocate for public well-being even if the client isn’t interested in spending his/her money that way. Good civic leaders understand how landscape architecture can improve public well-being. In the 1970s, Minneapolis experienced “white flight,” when outlying malls hurt downtown retail, and people of wealth moved to the suburbs. To save the downtown, officials hired landscape architects. Lawrence Halprin transformed Nicollet Avenue into the world’s first transit mall, which rewarded pedestrians with a curvaceous flow of urban vitality. M. Paul Freidberg created Peavey Plaza to delight concert and festival goers, and then designed Loring Greenway to attract investment in a new urban village. These landscape architecture projects were enormous investments that paid off as downtown’s economic vitality rebounded. Clearly, however, the impact of Nicollet Mall, Peavey Plaza, and Loring Greenway was more than economics. These iconic projects put Minneapolis on the map as a vital, progressive city. Locals felt a strong sense of place that was unique and special. Festivities in Peavey Plaza created a compelling place for community interaction and camaraderie. Residents along the Loring Greenway enjoyed nature in the midst of the city. A recent example of public well-being is the Midtown Greenway. The Greenway transformed a vacant rail corridor into one of the top 10 most successful bikeways in the nation - even though it is only 5.5 miles long. The trail has become an economic driver, with more than 1,200 new apartments developed along its edge in a period of economic distress. This bicycle commuter route also enhances the walk-ability of its thriving local neighborhood, enticing people to live without depending on personal automobiles. The route hosts 1.5 million trips a year, thus handling more traffic than 77 percent of the roads in Minneapolis. Landscape architects played a key role in creating the greenway, but public well-being also resulted from the Greenway Coalition’s efforts to host community events, organize safety patrols, and build a strong sense of place. Well-being along the Greenway has blossomed, and it fulfills all seven of the components for public welfare. Perhaps the most significant current example of landscape architecture improving public well-being is the renaissance of the Minneapolis downtown riverfront. Once a dense matrix of mills, industry, warehouses and railways, the area was largely abandoned and inaccessible in the early 1970s. A sand and gravel operation consumed the shoreline, and no one could get near the river’s edge. The city invested $338 million to reactivate the district, which has to date leveraged $1.9 billion of private investment. The renaissance began with the purchase of land and the creation of 140 acres of riverfront parkland between 1975 to 2005 on both banks of the river and its islands. New infrastructure was created after removing rail lines, including re-purposing the Stone Arch Bridge and building new roads to bring people into the

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Midtown Greenway, Minneapolis, MN - Google Image

Nicollet Mall at night, Minneapolis, MN - Google Image

Mill Ruins Park, Minneapolis, MN - Marjorie Pitz

district and to the river’s edge. West River Parkway was created, which completed a long-missing link in the 52-mile Grand Rounds Parkway system. Approximately $59 million was invested into public parks and trails alone, and this open space created a zone of life and appeal that attracted investors, businesses, more than 2,000 residents and 2,000 jobs - and continues to grow. Visitors and locals come to this district for entertainment, recreation along the river’s edge, proximity to nature, and the historic remnants that permeate the culture of this vital district.

movement was largely grass-root driven, and used the growing influence of public power to change our policies. Activist neighborhoods drove the creation of both the Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail and the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, which not only improved environmental health, but public well-being as well. Another remarkable outcome of the environmental movement is LEED, which is a voluntary option to impress the public with increased environmental health. With LEED, new methods were developed to rank environmental health that had never before been quantified.

The Midtown Greenway and the Downtown Riverfront both fulfill all the qualities of public well-being as they: • • • • • • •

Enhance the economy; Add nature to urban life; Improve public health through recreational trails; Build a sense of community with places for events; Create landscape awareness with interpretative signage; Provide aesthetic experiences; and Improve the physical functioning of their areas.

Both projects began with investments in landscape architecture, and have drawn people like a magnet. The sense of well-being near these places continues to expand. The topic of well-being is rising in the public’s consciousness, just as the topic of environment did decades ago. The environmental

Just as environmentalists worked to create new policies and public expectations of a greener planet, perhaps we should develop techniques to advocate for public well-being. The phrases community resilience and sense of place are increasingly found in the public realm. How will we convey the value of these goals and raise public expectations? Perhaps the ambiguous realm of public welfare is our new frontier, and new methods of ranking well-being will be developed. Who better than landscape architects should advocate for the inalienable right for the pursuit of public wellbeing?

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

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Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Leading by Example in the Upper River Mary Matze, MLA, MURP In the last issue of _SCAPE, Ellen Stewart provided a terrific overview of riverfront visions in the Twin Cities, highlighting Saint Paul’s Great River Passage and Minneapolis’ River First Vision. In the City of Minneapolis, riverfront redevelopment is also guided by the recently-approved Above the Falls Plan Update (ATF). This plan grapples with what happens to the riverfront between the parks by identifying opportunities to maximize industrial, residential, and commercial opportunities. At the core of these planning documents is a basic issue - how can cities maintain equitable access to the river, while recognizing the river as an economic and environmental asset? In Minneapolis, the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) has committed to addressing this basic issue with the completion of its innovative building and grounds. The construction of this project comes at a time when neighborhoods in the Upper Riverfront - the riverfront north of the Plymouth Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis - are hungry for continuous parks, trails, and other amenities along the riverfront. Access along the Upper Riverfront is severely limited by privately-held land and unknown contaminants in privately-held parcels. A recent report from the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership shows that only 40 percent of the Upper Riverfront is available to the public. In contrast, Minneapolis’ Lower Gorge and Central Riverfront have 100 percent, and 70 percent, respectively, of the riverfront accessible to the public. MWMO’s vision for the Northeast Minneapolis riverfront property was created with access in mind, and involved much more than just installing a trail to the river. The design addressed three areas: restoration of the historic stream and ravine, using the facility and site as a community resource and living laboratory, and the desire of the organization to engage the employees in the active maintenance of the building and grounds. This vision for the facility and site was truly an interdisciplinary action. MWMO’s Education and Outreach Manager Jenny Winkelman says that community and advisory involvement was essential to creating a facility that would be both significant and accessible. Feedback from participatory sessions influenced the design of the building and grounds, and ultimately helped MWMO craft an interpretive vision for the site. In 2009 the MWMO assembled a team of planners, engineers, architects, and landscape architects to carry out their vision. The interdisciplinary team included Jim Roe Museum Planning, Stearns Consulting, Barr Engineering Co., and architects Michael Huber and Sarah Nettleton. Phase 1 of the project – construction of the building and installation of adjacent site features - was completed At right: The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization’s front entry features a cistern that channels storm water from the building’s roof into a sunken tree grove below.



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in early 2012. Phase 2 of the project began in September 2013 and will fulfill MWMO’s vision for a comprehensive, indoor and outdoor community center and educational facility. This phase is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014. A filled ravine MWMO’s new facility is located at the intersection of Lowry Avenue and Marshall Street NE in Northeast Minneapolis, where a stream-fed ravine once flowed into the Mississippi River. Through the years the ravine was filled with debris, and at some point, a union hall was built on it. Doug Snyder, executive director of MWMO, was surprised by the variety of materials they found during excavation, which included pockets of bottles, concrete, metal, and sawdust. He notes that it’s “not the kind of thing you can traditionally build on.” To address the mess and to remediate the soil to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recreational standards, MWMO received a $370,000 Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) grant for Phase 1 of the project, and $300,000 from Hennepin County in the form of two Environmental Response Fund (ERF) grants. These grants were necessary boosts to the effort, as environmental clean-up costs ran to approximately $800,000, or 20 percent of the total site and facility cost. More than 17,500 tons of contaminated soil was removed from the site and replaced by 7,500 tons of clean soil to create a four-foot thick, clean soil cover under all green space. Engaging the riverfront This project will provide much-needed public access to the waterfront between Plymouth Avenue and St. Anthony Parkway in Minneapolis. Original considerations for the park included an elevator or stairway that would connect to the riverfront, preventing hillside soil erosion. Snyder recalls that it was decided that a switchback path would maximize the interpretive and interactive elements on site, while minimizing maintenance cost. This solution also positions the path to connect with future trails along the riverfront.

Through form and plantings, the design reflects the transition from an urban landscape on the east side of the building to a more natural landscape along the river shoreline on the west, as envisioned in interpretive and site development concept plans. Urbanized forms on the east side of the building are captured through the use of monoculture plant massings and rectilinear concrete runnels with open grate bridges. As visitors approach the main entrance of the building, the landscape transitions into curvilinear swales planted with a wet prairie. Following the path down to the river, visitors wind between sedge meadows, short grass prairie, and oak savannah plantings - arriving at a beach area surrounded by native floodplain species. Monolithic limestone blocks serve as seating and retaining walls, referencing the exposed bedrock outcrops of the upper Mississippi blufflands. This urban to natural gradient allows visitors to experience a range of plant communities in the heart of an intensively managed urban landscape. Managing stormwater From the architectural details to landscape features, MWMO’s site is the ultimate example of integrated stormwater management. MWMO takes a proactive approach to capture suspended solids and phosphates through prairie plantings and filtration media throughout the site. Snyder says that the stormwater management features are almost too efficient, as the restored streambed is always dry except in extreme precipitation events. In fact, the site has been designed to handle much higher volumes of stormwater runoff than it is currently receiving. The MWMO property has been designed to treat runoff from adjacent properties - including Siwek Lumber and Tony Jaros Rivergarden Bar - and runoff it receives from its own buildings. While the City of Minneapolis has been unwilling to allow runoff from the public right-of-way to be diverted into the site, Snyder is considering an arrangement with the owner of the planned Betty Danger Country Club across the street to direct runoff from this new development into MWMO’s stormwater treatment features. This move would make full use of the site’s capacity to treat stormwater.


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Above: Just over 17,500 tons of contaminated soil was removed from the site. At right: The design effectively treats storm water while providing an active space for visitors to engage with the riverfront.

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This project isn’t just about how much stormwater can be captured and treated, it is also about using design to help visitors understand the impact of the landscape on water quality. The design highlights passive stormwater management features throughout the site as design elements. These prominent features help visitors consider how the landscape impacts and urban water quality and ecology. Barr used several strategies to call attention to water: Earthwork Barr’s design re-imagines the former streambed to improve the hydrology of the site. Water is moved through the site to four large bio-retention basins connected by concrete runnels that sequentially treat stormwater before releasing it to the Mississippi River. Plantings Native plants and drought-tolerant cultivars are used throughout the site, minimizing the need for watering. Whenever possible, stormwater is captured and used to irrigate landscape plantings. Most notably, a gravel patio at the front of the site is surrounded by what Project Manager Eric Holt describes as a ”sunken tree grove” – or trees planted in basins that are fed by stormwater from surrounding runnels. This irrigation model was inspired by the ancient irrigation techniques used in the Islamic palaces and mosques in Spain. Runoff control MWMO’s building is home to a green roof that will be planted with drought-, heat-, and winter-resistant plantings. Runoff from the standard building roof is captured by a cistern located at the front of the building. Water collected in the cistern is then released into the surrounding runnels to irrigate landscape plantings on site. Neighborly relations In order to reduce the impervious surfaces, MWMO worked out a shared parking agreement with the neighboring Tony Jaros Rivergarden Bar and obtained a variance from the City of Minneapolis to allow for fewer required parking spaces. Permeable pavers were used around the buildings to connect the main facility to the lab and garage.

A living laboratory MWMO’s Board of Commissioners and staff envisions the grounds as a living laboratory and a resource to the community. Several stormwater management features allow for future water quality sampling and experimentation with various filter media such as iron-enhanced sand and spent lime, which are used to remove pollutants from runoff. The design even includes a gravel bed nursery used to facilitate root growth in young trees. Interpretive elements are also incorporated on site, including custom bronze markers set into the sidewalk within the 100-year floodplain that indicate where historic flooding has occurred. As the riverfront is inundated by ephemeral flooding or even larger events, visitors will be able to see how the water level compares to the historic flooding at this location.

Active living Snyder calls the MWMO grounds “Participatory Green,” and explains the concept as a way to empower workers, visitors, and site users to engage in active management of their space. The building facilitates subtle, increased activity in a worker’s day by placing various rooms throughout the building. The kitchen, restroom, and break areas are on the first floor, while offices and more intimate meeting spaces are located on the second floor. The prominent staircase at the entry encourages users to take the stairs rather than the elevator, which is tucked farther away from the entrance. Outside, the shared parking agreement allows workers to park on the neighboring lot and take a few extra steps on the way in and out of the building. The MWMO facility has effectively created a park for its workforce and the public outside its back door. Mounds, terraces, and outdoor rooms provide space for active play, and the ADAaccessible switchback path brings visitors from the building to the river shoreline, an effective solution to a 25-foot change in grade. Ridges and limestone block “stepping stones” invite climbing, rock hopping, and exploring the prairie. When policy and zoning collide While most policy makers, community members, and business owners want to see revitalization in the Upper River, design concepts, policy, and city ordinances often conflict. Snyder says that developing the project was only achieved by working with city officials to address zoning ordinance issues at local and state levels. MWMO’s parcel is in a Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District, a Shoreland District, and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA). Any new development must comply with multiple zoning standards, plus standards of general applicability. Unfortunately, the standards in each overlay may differ with stated policies or even with each other. MWMO ultimately had to change its vision for capturing even more stormwater than it currently does because of conflicting zoning policies. As the city moves forward with riverfront development, Snyder expresses hope that planning professionals will work toward an emphasis on performance-based standards. Future development on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis MWMO is an example of new development that is taking a proactive stance on active living and riverfront revitalization in the Upper River. The future of development in the riverfront is changing and will be influenced by the updated MNRAA standards. The City of Minneapolis also is considering how to best adjust zoning and design standards so that developments contribute to building a walkable, healthy, and clean future. As developers, businesses, and other land owners plan developments in the Upper Riverfront, MWMO has provided an excellent example of a building and landscape that meets and exceeds standards and goals that have been outlined in the Above the Falls master plan.

Mary Matze, MLA, MURP, is a Senior Research Analyst at the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership.

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Creating Greenwalls


Embrace the


McRae Anderson, ASLA, CLP Every year I spend a bit of time at our local AIA

trade show. More often than not I’m just renewing friendships and saying hello to Architects I’ve worked with over my 30 plus years in interior landscaping. However, last year we featured three large photos, one of a green roof, one of a greenwall and one of green plants. And did we have action at our booth everyone wanted to know about greenwalls! The photo was of a project we installed some 15 years ago. So while greenwalls aren’t exactly new, they are an idea whose time has come. You also know that’s true when you see them appearing in McDonald’s advertizing and in Whole Foods Markets. What is a Greenwall? Greenwalls, also known as vertical planting systems, vertical gardens, plant walls or vegetated walls, have been successfully implemented in several projects around the world over the past 15 years. European projects and Canadian projects have taken the lead in implementing these planting systems. But even more importantly, nature has been producing spectacular vertical landscapes for thousands of years. Additionally, those ivycovered walls of many of our institutions of higher education are also considered “greenwalls.” When air is circulated through a greenwall, it becomes an active bio-wall air filtration system.

oxygen and reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Exterior greenwalls reduce energy consumption by keeping the building cooler in summer through the plants’ own transpiration process, reducing the need for air conditioning. Both interior and exterior greenwalls create a sound barrier, reducing noise inside the building. Where do Greenwalls work? Greenwall first made their appearance in zoological exhibits, but they are adaptable to almost any vertical surface. They make a dramatic visual statement. They are attractive, distinctive, and make any visitor take notice of the building. Whether a green wall is inside or outside a building, it adds remarkable visual value to the area. The single biggest factor to their success is having properly designed systems for maintaining the greenwall. When designing a greenwall, we can look to both the successful commercial applications and nature for the basic design of vertical planting systems. Design Considerations There are several important design and structural differences between ground-level garden design and vertical-garden designed projects. Here are a few special construction requirements and considerations for developing the vertical garden. •

Most greenwalls are simply a vertical planting system for both interiors and exteriors of buildings. The basic greenwall system is created by providing a planting substrate into a modular wall system.

The components of most vertical planting systems include:

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Plants specifically selected to meet the particular design intent (interior greenwalls use tropical plants, mostly vining, climbing and fern varieties; exterior greenwalls use sedums and other hardy vines and climbers); Modular panel system, to contain the roots and the growing medium; an integrated drip irrigation system and controls; Catch basin to control the water runoff; and Structural support system.

Plants stay in place because they are rooted into the growing media, which is held in place by the modular wall system and attached to the wall using a structural support system. Greenwalls act as a biofilters, improving air quality by breaking down harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and creating clean oxygen. Greenwalls absorbs carbon dioxide, release

At Left: Jamieson Place Biowall, Calgary, Alberta Image Credit: Greenwalls Vertical Planting Systems

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Protection of the integrity of the structural support system and waterproofing protection of that system; Positive drainage throughout the system so that plantings at the bottom will have optimal growing conditions without becoming oversaturated; Long-term, lightweight planting medium that is not subject to deterioration through decomposition (normally this is a synthetic product); Irrigation and fertilization for optimum plant growth and sustainability; Adaptation of the plantings to the environmental conditions; and Provisions for maintenance.

The single most important element in the construction of a greenwall is to protect the integrity of the structural components supporting the vertical garden. For this reason, there must be waterproofing of exceptional longevity to prevent damage and to reduce the possibility of a long-term expensive reconstruction. Load Bearing Capacity You just can’t hang a greenwall on any old wall you have, because they can weigh from 25 to 40 pounds per square foot once they are fully saturated with water. So consult with a structural engineer to verify the load-bearing capacity of your wall or the structure on which you’ll be hanging the greenwall. Winter 2013-14 | Issue #18


Waterproofing There are several types of waterproofing available; however, fluid applied elastomeric materials offer excellent protection. Also, we have found that for modular system is best protected by a powder-coated protection similar to the racks in a dishwasher. Also, if funding permits, the structural members can be constructed of stainless steel verses waterproofing the system.

The relatively thin, well-drained soilless mixtures used in a greenwall cannot provide the plantings with the subsurface water normally available to ground-level plantings. Care must be exercised to prevent the planting medium from drying out and causing damage to the plant materials. Normally a sensor controlled drip irrigation system can manage the irrigation system using a minimum amount of water.

Planting Provisions Like any planting, the success of this installation will depend upon providing the correct infrastructure on which the vertical garden is to be built. Therefore, it is imperative to take care in choosing and installing materials of the highest quality and species conducive to the greenwall environment. This means in an arid area, you must use plants that can stand the dry conditions; in an interior greenwall, you need to select plants that can take the lighting levels offered by the space.

Ventilation Good ventilation is necessary in the photosynthesis and transpiration cycles because it helps dissipate the diffused water vapor molecules resulting from transpiration. Therefore, good ventilation is necessary to maintain a normal transpiration rate, which in turn is necessary for the normal photosynthetic rate. However, placement of HVAC grilles directly next to the planting can result in problems of drying and even burned foliage due to excessive moisture loss (i.e. forced transpiration). This is mainly a problem during the winter heating season when hot, dry, blowing air comes in direct contact with the foliage of the plant.

Drainage Requirements The system can be designed as a closed drainage system or an open system. •

In closed drainage systems, the water irrigation water is collected and recycled. However, this system needs to have a little water sent to the drain to control the build-up of soluble salts that are left over as the water evaporates. Failure to drain water from the system can result in damage to the greenwall. The closed system is more ecological to operate; however, it does have drawbacks. For instance, if any plant disease becomes introduced into the plantings it is effectively transmitted throughout the system by the use of recycled water. This drawback can be managed by a process of ultraviolet sanitation of the recycled water. In an open system, excess irrigation water is discharged into the building’s drainage system. By using an open system, the build-up of salts in the planting medium and the sanitation issues are reduced significantly.

Excess irrigation water must be captured at the base of the greenwall. Any time you have water free flowing through the plantings, there is bound to be some dripping from the plantings themselves that cannot be avoided. Therefore, you must have an area at the base of a greenwall that can become a wet surface. Planting Medium The critical criteria of a suitable planting medium for greenwall planting include: lightweight; the ability to hold nutrients; adequate moisture holding capacity; and the capability of developing a firm root zone (for plant stability) while maintaining the ability to easily drain. Additionally, if the system is to become an active greenwall/bio-wall air filtration system, the media must provide adequate air exchange. Irrigation The supply of moisture to the soil mass is critical to the survival of the greenwall. Although it may sound like an elementary process, the supply of moisture to the plants is a rather complex operation. The supply of water, how it will be supplied, and some inherent problems with water types are all factors to be considered in the design process if the plantings are to be successful and economical.



Drafts Interior greenwalls should not be subject to drafts of hot or cold air. Even a rapid change of 15 to 20 degrees has the potential to damage foliage plants. Consistent temperatures are best for interior foliage plants. Heat and cold radiation close to exterior glass and doors can and will damage plants, unless it is modified through air circulation. Temperature Most interior greenwalls are designed using tropical and semi tropical plant materials. This is because those plant materials are adaptable to our human comfort zones. Therefore it is generally recognized that temperatures of 72 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer are acceptable. Night temperatures can and should be 10 degrees cooler, or 62 to 65 degrees F. Other Design Considerations Finishes of Surrounding Areas A greenwall system generates humidity and it is possible through routine operation and maintenance that some dripping or splashing may occur. This should be taken into account when determining the finishes around the greenwall system. Storage Provisions should be made for the storage of gardening materials and supplies. This storage should be readily available to the horticultural staff caring for the plantings. Additionally, this area can function as the location of the greenwall’s irrigation controller. Safety and Serviceability The difficulty in managing a vertical garden lies in maintaining the safety of staff who care for the plantings. Specifically designed lift systems or ladder systems must be included to facilitate routine maintenance. Maintenance Regular professional maintenance of the plantings and facilities should be accounted for in budgeting and planning. Special attention must be given to pruning plant materials in order to

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Top: McDonald’s Fresh Salad Billboard, Chicago, IL, Image credit: Leo Burnett Chicago, IL At Left: Whole Foods, New York City, NY, Image Credit: John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Inc. At Right: Feynman Center Promega Corp. Madison, WI, Image credit: McCaren Designs/Greenwalls V.P.S.

maintain balance between plant size and root growth (based on limited availability of rooting area). Regular grooming on the plants to remove dead and dying foliage should be accounted for and systems designed to facilitate this activity. Conclusions There are lots of great examples of greenwalls in commercial applications. Take a minute and search the Internet for images to see the broad variety and artistic expression created with greenwalls. They can be implemented indoors or outdoors in nearly any climatic conditions as long as proper consideration is giving to designing the system.

This environmentally-friendly product provides an ambiance and visual marketing opportunity. And even though greenwalls aren’t well known in the United States, their potential benefit to sustainable projects is significant. With careful plant selection and planning, the greenwall can thrive in most places - indoors and out.

McRae Anderson is Principal Designer and President of McCaren Designs, Inc., in St. Paul. He can be reached at 651.646.4764 or

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If you need 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.

Bryan Carlson Planning & Landscape Architecture 212 2nd Street Southeast, Suite 319 St. Anthony Main Minneapolis, MN 55414 T: 612.623.2447

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

Confluence 530 North Third Street Minneapolis, MN 55401 T: 952.451.0144 F: 515.288.8359

Other Office Locations Des Moines, IA; Kansas City, MO; Iowa City, IA; Sioux Falls, SD

Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 1 Landscape Architects: 1 Categories of Project Work Residential Gardens - 20% Site Planning/Development Studies - 30% Parks, Open Space, Recreation - 10% Urban Design and Streetscapes - 10% Master Planning - 20 % Recreation/Resort Planning - 10%

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Terry Minarik, ASLA, PLA Brian Clark, ASLA, PLA Chris Della Vedova, ASLA, LEED AP Terry Berkbuegler, ASLA, LEED AP Chris Cline, ASLA Steve Ford, ASLA Jon Jacobson, ASLA Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 31 Landscape Architects: 22 Licensed / 6 LAIT Planners: 1 Administrative: 2



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

Categories of Project Work Site Planning and Development - 15% Parks and Open Space - 20% Urban Design + Streetscapes - 30% Transit Facilities Planning - 5% Master/Comprehensive Planning - 15 % Campus Planning - 10% Athletic Facilities - 5% Example Projects Wells Fargo West Des Moines Campus, West Des Moines, IA Downtown River Greenway, Sioux Falls, SD Main Street Streetscape, Kansas City, MO K-7 Corridor Economic Development Strategy, Leavenworth/ Wyandotte Co., KS Iowa State Capitol West Terrace, Des Moines, IA Coralville Sports Complex, Coralville, IA

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FIRM DIRECTORY Damon Farber Associates 401 Second Avenue North Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401 T: 612.332.7522 F: 612.332.0936

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 Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 13 Landscape Architects: 8 Technical: 4 Administrative: 1

Other Office Location Park Rapids, MN Firm Principals or Contact(s) Kevin Biehn, ASLA, PLA, CPESC, LEED AP BD+C Brad Aldrich, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP BD+C Brett H. Emmons, PE, ENV SP, LEED AP BD+C Cecilio Olivier, PE Camilla Correll, PE Sonya Carel, RA, NCARB, LEED AP BD + C

Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc. (EOR) 651 Hale Avenue North Oakdale, MN 55128 T: 651.770.8448 F: 651.770.2552

Hart Howerton 1055 Wayzata Boulevard East Suite 220 Wayzata, MN 55391 T: 952.476.1574 F: 952.476.1573 Other Office Locations San Francisco, CA; Cambridge, MA; New York, NY

Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 32 Landscape Architects: 2 Engineers: 11 (6 water resources, 4 civil, 1 agricultural) Scientists: 12 Architect: 1 Administrative: 3 Other: 3

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Roland Aberg, Principal ASLA Anne Howerton, Principal ASLA John Larson, ASLA, PLA Jennifer Lau, ASLA John Burkholder, ASLA Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 93 Landscape Architects: 16 Planners: 13 Technical: 4 Administrative: 15 Architects: 40 Interiors: 5

Categories of Project Work Corporate - 20% Hospitality and Housing - 20% Parks and Open Space - 20% Campus Planning/Higher Education - 20% Historic Research and Planning - 5% Health and Wellness - 5% Cultural Institutions - 5% Urban Design and Planning - 5% Example Projects Ecolab Campus Master Plan, Eagan, MN Central Park, Maple Grove, MN U of M Ambulatory Care Center, Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District Greening, Minneapolis, MN Nic on 5th Housing, Minneapolis, MN U of M Microbiology Building, Minneapolis, MN

Categories of Project Work Site planning & Sustainable Development (mixed-use, residential, institutional, corporate, park)- 35% Lake/Stream Studies & Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy Plans - 45% Resource Assessment & Restoration (stream, wetlands, habitat, fauna, etc.) - 20% Example Projects S. Quater Residential Redevelopment, Minneapolis, MN Oak Glen Golf Course Stream Restoration, Stillwater, MN Organic Valley Corporate Campus Planning, Cashton, WI Amery Regional Medical Center, Amery, WI U of M Carlson Plaza Renovation, Minneapolis, MN McVicars Creek Greenway Restoration, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Categories of Project Work Landscape Architecture/Master Planning - 34% Architecture - 44% Architectural Planning - 18% Interior Design and Graphics - 4% Example Projects Scholars Walk - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN Minnehaha Creek Remeander and Education Boardwalk, Hopkins / St. Louis Park, MN Redwood City Waterfront Village, Redwood City, CA Sun Valley Airport Site Mixed Use Development, Hailey, ID Hilocks Village Master Plan, Chattanooga, TN Pellissippi Research Campus, Alcoa, TN

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HGA Architects and Engineers 420 5th Street North, Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401-2338 T: 612.758.4000 F: 612.758.4199 Other Office Locations Los Angeles, CA; Milwaukee, WI; Rochester, MN; Sacramento, CA; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC

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

Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. 2550 University Avenue West Suite 238N St. Paul, MN 55114 T: 651.645.4197 Other Office Locations Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin



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

Categories of Project Work Site Planning/Development Studies - 25% Parks and Open Space - 10% Urban Design and Streetscape - 20% Master/Comprehensive Planning - 20% Plazas, Courtyards, Rooftop Gardens and Rain Gardens - 20% Interior Landscape / Plantings - 5%

Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 600 Landscape Architects: 5 Planners: 10 Technical: 130 Engineers: Civil: 3 Structural: 30 Mechanical: 30 Electrical: 20 Industrial: 2 Administrative: 120 Architecture: 250

Example Projects Whitetail Woods Regional Park, Empire Township, Dakota County, MN Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Campus, Modernization, Ft. Snelling, MN Surly Destination Brewery, Minneapolis, MN Macalester College Fine Arts Building and South Courtyard, Saint Paul, MN Saint Louis Art Museum Expansion and Sculpture Garden, Saint Louis, MO Military Family Tribute, Minnesota State Capitol Mall, Saint Paul, MN

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

Categories of Project Work Comprehensive Planning - 15% Corridor and Transit Planning - 15% Park and Greenway Planning and Design - 20% Urban Design - 15% Streetscape Design - 15 % Park, Trail and Recreation Planning - 10% Master Planning - 5% Bike and Pedestrian Planning - 5%

Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 16 Landscape Architects: 8 Planners: 4 Landscape Designers: 4

Example Projects Dakota County Greenway Planning and Design, Dakota County, MN UMore Park Master Plan, Rosemount and Empire Township, MN Great River Passage Master Plan, Saint Paul, MN Storm Lake Comprehensive Plan, Storm Lake, IA St. Paul Parks and Recreation Master Plan, Saint Paul, MN Osseo Main Street Streetscape and Renovation, Osseo, MN

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Tom Harrington, PLA Todd Halunen, PLA, CLARB Andrea Arnoldi, PLA Jennifer Krantz, PLA Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 1953 Landscape Architects: 82 Planners: 70 Technical: 455 Engineers: 1123 (Civil, Structural and Electrical) Administrative: 223

Categories of Project Work Land Development - 30% Roads and Highways - 30% Aviation - 15% Transit - 10% Planning - 10% Parks and Recreation - 5% Example Projects Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension), Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie, MN Bemidji City Park, Bemidji, MN Blue Line Trolley, San Diego, CA MAC T-2 Green Roof, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport - Terminal 2 Anoka Main Street Revitalization, Anoka, MN South Loop District Master Plan and Streetscape, Bloomington, MN

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

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 Principals or Contact(s) Darren Lazan, PLA, ASLA Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 18 Landscape Architects: 3 Planners: 2 Technical: 6 Engineers: 4 Civil Engineers Land Surveyor: 1 Administrative: 2

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Michael Schroeder, PLA Mark Anderson, PLA Jason Aune, PLA Heidi Bringman, PLA, LEED AP BD+C Lydia Major, PLA, LEED AP Brooke Donahue, Associate ASLA Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 250 Landscape Architects: 5 Planners: 1 Technical: 11 Engineers: Civil: 15 Structural: 14 Surveyors: 3 Mechanical: 11 Electrical: 6 Fire Protection: 1 Administrative: 43 Graduate Landscape Architect: 1 Graduate Engineers: 28 Licensed Architects: 25 Graduate Architects: 15 Certified Interior Designers: 3 A/E Design Technicians: 66 Historic Preservationist: 1

Categories of Project Work Parks and Open Space - 20% Urban Design and Streetscapes - 20% Master/Comprehensive Planning - 20% Site Planning and Development - 20% Residential - 20% Example Projects Webber Park Master Plan, Minneapolis, MN Webber Park Natural Swimming Pool, Minneapolis, MN Shoreview Town Center, Shoreview, MN The Heights at Linden Square, Gladstone, MO The Residence at The COR, Ramsey, MN

Categories of Project Work Campus - 20% Greenways/Trails - 10% Parks and Open Spaces - 10% Resource Management/Regional Planning - 10% Streetscapes/Highways/Transit - 20 % Urban Design - 15% Wetlands/Stormwater - 15% Example Projects Lilydale Regional Park Roadway and Shelter, Saint Paul, MN Wayzata Bay Center Redevelopment, Wayzata, MN MPRB - North Lake Calhoun/South Lake of the Isles Design Charrette, Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis Community and Technical College – Fine Arts Plaza, Minneapolis, MN Lincoln Park Middle School, Duluth, MN USFWS International Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Trenton, MI

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

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

WSB & Associates, Inc. 701 Xenia Avenue South, Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN 55416 T: 763.541.4800 F: 763.541.1700 Other Office Locations St. Paul, MN; St. Cloud, MN; Rochester, MN; Northfield, MN



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 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, surveying, wetland/ natural resource specialists

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Paul Schroeder, ASLA, PLA Cory Meyer, ASLA, PLA Chad Feigum, ASLA, PLA Jeff Westendorf, ASLA, PLA Dan Cleland, ASLA Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 420 Landscape Architects: 5 Technical: 60 Engineers: 60 (Civil and Electrical) Administrative: 26 Other: 269 (Environmental, Survey, Inspectors)

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Candace Amberg, PLA, ASLA Jason Amberg, PLA William Bleckmann, PLA, ASLA Amanda Prosser, PLA George Watson, PLA Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 230 Landscape Architects: 5 Planners: 5 Technical: 98 Engineers: 83 Other: 39

Categories of Project Work Site Planning/Development Studies - 15% Parks and Open Space - 20% Urban Design and Streetscape - 15% Redevelopment Planning - 10% Master/Comprehensive Planning - 15 % Transit Facilities Planning - 15% Corridor/Transportation Planning - 10% Example Projects Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan, Minneapolis, MN Central Corridor Green Infrastructure Plan, Saint Paul, MN Dakota Rail Regional Trail, Hennepin and Carver Counties, MN Northstar Commuter Rail TOD Strategy, Anoka and Sherburne Counties, MN North Minneapolis Greenway, Minneapolis, MN Lake Vermilion State Park, Minnesota DNR

Categories of Project Work Concept/Site Planning - 20% Final Design and Construction Plans - 70% Graphics - 5% Studies - 5% Example Projects Lyndale Station, Richfield, MN Orchestra Hall Expansion, Minneapolis, MN Mill & Main Apartments, Minneapolis, MN Whole Foods/Starbucks Centennial Lakes, Edina, MN Byerly's Mixed Use, Edina, MN Stone Mill Farms, Woodbury, MN

Categories of Project Work Private Development Site Planning and Design - 10% Grant Writing and Application Process - 5% Trail Planning and Design - 15% Public Park Master Planning and Design - 35% Transportation Corridor Administration - 15 % Contract and Construction Administration - 10% Environmental Remediation Planning and Design - 10% Example Projects West Cedar Lake Parkway and Dean Parkway Trail Improvements, Minneapolis, MN Flinthills Park Outdoor Recreational Complex, Rosemount, MN Mississippi Commons - D.C. Chandler Park, Champlin, MN James I Rice Parkway and West River Road Parkway Trail Improvements, Minneapolis, MN Hilde Performance Center Site Improvements, Plymouth, MN Round Lake Park Site Improvements, Eden Prairie, MN

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

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

Coen + Partners, Inc. 400 First Avenue North Suite 210 Minneapolis, MN 55401 T: 612.341.8070 F: 612.339.5907

HNTB Corporation 5500 Wayzata Boulevard Suite 450 Minneapolis, MN 55416 T: 763.852.2100 F: 763.852.2199

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Bob Close, FASLA, PLA Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 1 Landscape Architects: 1

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

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Shane Coen, FASLA, PLA Bryan Kramer, ASLA Robin Ganser, ASLA Brent Holdman, AIA Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 9 Landscape Architects: 7 Administrative: 1 Architect: 1

Other Office Locations California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin Firm Principals or Contact(s) Mark Salzman, ASLA, CLARB, PLA Diane Hellekson, ASLA, CLARB, PLA

SEH, Inc. 3535 Vadnais Center Drive Vadnais Heights, MN 55110 T: 651.490.2000 F: 651.490.2150

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Veronica Anderson, AICP, ASLA Gregg Calpino, PLA, LEED-AP, ASLA Bob Kost, PLA, AICP, LEED-AP, ASLA Karyn Luger, PLA, PE, ASLA Andrew Montgomery, ASLA Jon Ruble, PLA, ASLA

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

Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 572 Landscape Architects: 8 Planners: 18 Technical: 265 Engineers: 226 Administrative: 55

Categories of Project Work Public Realm: 70% Housing Mixed-use: 10% Master Planning: 20%

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

Categories of Project Work Commercial: 50% Industrial: 30% Residential: 5% Municipal: 15%

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 Residential - 20% Parks and Open Spaces - 20% Urban Design and Streetscapes 20% Master/Comprehensive Planning - 20% Site Planning - 20 %

Example Projects Washington Square Park, Kansas City, MO Anytime Fitness Campus, Woodbury, MN 1 John Street Rooftop, Brooklyn, NY Prospect Park Station, Minneapolis, MN Legislative Office Building, St. Paul, MN LifeSource Campus, Minneapolis, MN

Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 39 Landscape Architects: 2 Planners: 5 Technical: 11 Engineers: Civil Engineers: 12 Structural Engineers: 6 Administrative: 3

Example Projects Franklin Avenue Bridge Restoration, Minneapolis, MN Lyndale Avenue Bridge over Minnehaha Creek, Minneapolis, MN Holman Field Floodwall, St. Paul, MN Lake St. Croix Historic Overlook, Oak Park Heights, MN Shaker Heights Streetscape, Cleveland, OH Gerald Desmond Bridge, Long Beach, CA

Categories of Project Work Transportation - 60% Urban Design - 20% Park, Parkways, Trails - 20%

Categories of Project Work Park and Trail Planning and Design - 25% Urban Design and Master Planning - 20% Transportation Infrastructure Planning and Design - 25% Community Planning - 15% Landscape Planning and Design - 15 %

Example Projects Target Station Transit Plaza, Minneapolis, MN Waterfront Revitalization Initiative, East Chicago, IN Becker Comprehensive Plan and Downtown Plan, Becker, MN Spring Lake Trail, Dakota County, MN Park Siding Park & Playground, Minneapolis, MN Gateway to the Indiana Dunes, Porter, IN

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SGA Group, Inc. 1409 Willow Street Suite 110 Minneapolis, MN 55403 T: 612.353.6460 Other Office Location 5324 Clementa Avenue SW Waverly, MN 55390 T: 763.675.3129

Todd Wichman Landscape Architecture LLC 870 West Osceola Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55105 T: 651.222.6781 F: 651.222.4798

Travis Van Liere Studio 4146 Coffman Lane Minneapolis, MN 55406 T: 612.760.0494

Yaggy Colby Associates 717 3rd Avenue Southeast Rochester, MN 55904 T: 507.288.6464 F: 507.288.5058

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

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Todd Wichman, FASLA, PLA Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 1 Landscape Architects: 1

Firm Principals or Contact(s) Travis Van Liere, PLA, ASLA Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 3 Landscape Architects: 1 Technical: 1 Administrative: 1

Other Office Locations Mason City, IA; Delafield, WI; Burnsville, MN Firm Principals or Contact(s) Andrew Masterpole, PLA, ASLA, LEED-AP Mark Engel, PLA, ASLA Monte Applegate, PLA (IA), ASLA Roger Dupler, PLA (IL), AICP, ASLA

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

Example Projects YMCA Camp Manitou Re-Development, Monticello, MN Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park, Monticello, MN Monticello Athletic Fields Planning, Monticello, MN Collinwood Regional Park Lake Access Parking, Dassel, MN

Categories of Project Work Site Planning/Development Studies - 25% Parks & Open Space - 20% Urban Design & Streetscapes - 15% Educational/Institutional - 20% Redevelopment Studies - 10 % Consulting Landscape Architect - 5% Residential/Gardens - 5%

Example Projects Central Corridor Parking Improvement Program - Multiple Sites, Saint Paul, MN Griggs Midway/Dickerman Site Redevelopment, Saint Paul, MN Raymond & University Site Redevelopment, 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

Categories of Project Work Residential - 70% Parks - 10% Institutional - 10% Urban - 10%

Example Projects Lake of Isles Residence, Minneapolis, MN Whitetail Woods Regional Park, Empire Township, MN Lake Minnetonka Residence, Woodland, MN Lakeview Residence, Deephaven, MN Welland International Flatwater Center, Toronto, Ontario Nature's Gate Equestrian Farm, Stillwater Township, MN

Categories of Project Work Site Design/Planning - 20% Residential Land Development - 20% Land Use/Zoning - 20% Streetscape/Urban Design - 20% Park & Recreation Facilities - 20%

Example Projects Metropolitan Market Place, Rochester, MN Uptown Street Reconstruction, Rochester, MN Homewood Suites, Rochester, MN Boys & Girls Club, Rochester, MN 2nd St. SW Transit & Reconstruction, Rochester, MN City of Rochester - Trail Wayfinding, Rochester, MN

Firm Personnel by Discipline Number of Employees: 80 Landscape Architects: 4 Planners: 2 Technical: 10 Engineers: 26 Administrative: 13 Other: 25 (13 surveyors, 8 construction inspectors, 4 real estate specialists)



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A Roland Aberg, ASLA Principal, Hart Howerton 1055 Wayzata Boulevard East, Suite 220 Wayzata, MN 55391 (952) 476-1574 Timothy Agness, PLA, FASLA Landscape Architect 12136 Everton Avenue North Saint Paul, MN 55110 (651) 429-8997 Brad Aldrich, PLA, LEED AP BD+C, ASLA Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc. (EOR) 651 Hale Avenue North Oakdale, MN 55128 (651) 770-8448 Ross Altheimer, PLA, ASLA, FAAR Director of Landscape Architecture HGA Architects and Engineers 420 5th Street North, Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401-2338 (612) 758-4255 Eric Alward, Associate ASLA Candace Amberg, PLA, ASLA WSB & Associates, Inc. 701 Xenia Avenue South, Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (763) 231-4848



Blake Anderson, LEED AP, Assoc. ASLA SmithGroupJJR W286N3298 Woodgate Ct Pewaukee, WI 53072 (608) 327-4423 McRae Anderson, ASLA, CLP President, McCaren Designs, Inc. 760 Vandalia Street, Suite 100 Saint Paul, MN 55114-1303 (651) 646-4764 Veronica Anderson, ASLA SEH, Inc. 10901 Red Cricle Drive, Suite 300 Minnetonka, MN 55343 (952) 912-2600 Megan Andrada, Affiliate ASLA Marketing Manager Landscape Structures, Inc. 601 7th Street South Delano, MN 55328-8605 (763) 972-5237 Andrea Arnoldi, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. 2550 University Avenue West Suite 238N Saint Paul, MN 55114 (651) 643-0452

Meg Arnosti, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Southview Design 1875 East 50th Street Inver Grove Heights, MN 55105 (651) 203-3012 Adam Arvidson, PLA, FASLA Treeline 4348 Nokomis Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612) 968-9298 Sarah Ash, ASLA Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc. 123 North Third Street, Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 338-0800 Jason Aune, PLA, ASLA Landscape Designer LHB, Inc. Loose-Wiles Building 701 Washington Avenue North, Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 338-2029

B Thomas Badon Jr., ASLA MSP Outdoor Services 10908 South Shore Drive Plymouth, MN 55441 (612) 310-3246

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Chris Behringer, ASLA Behringer Design 3811 Bassett Creek Drive Golden Valley, MN 55422 (763) 233-2650 Ronald Beining, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Ron Beining Associates llc 1787 Lake Street Lauderdale, MN 55113 (612) 418-0772 Kevin Biehn, PLA, CPESC, LEED AP BD+C Landscape Architect Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc. (EOR) 651 Hale Avenue North Oakdale, MN 55128 (651) 770-8448 Robert Binder, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Civil Site Group, Inc. 1214 32nd St West 4931 West 35th Street, Suite 200 Saint Louis Park, MN 55416 (612) 803-0938 Karen Blaska, PLA, ASLA Park Planner/Landscape Architect Anoka County 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard Andover, MN 55304 (763) 767-2865

Brett Blumer, PLA, LEED AP, ASLA Landscape Architect Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department 2015 North Van Dyke Street Maplewood, MN 55109-3796 (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 Gina Bonsignore Landscape Architecture, LLC 391 Mount Curve Boulevard Saint Paul, MN 55105-1325 (651) 278-3071

William Brohman, Associate ASLA (785) 550-5354 Michael Bronkala, ASLA President Water Resource Management, Inc. 4524 East Laurel Drive Northeast Seattle, WA 98105 (206) 473-1149 Chad Buran, PLA, ASLA Project Manager Margolis Company 295 West Larpenteur Roseville, MN 55113 (651) 488-7258 Barbara Burgum, PLA, ASLA


Jessie Bourquin, ASLA Scott Bradley, PLA, FASLA Minnesota Department of Transportation 395 John Ireland Boulevard St. Paul, MN 55155 (651) 284-3758 Heidi Bringman, PLA, LEED AP BD+C, CWD, ASLA Landscape Architect | Wetland Specialist LHB, Inc. 21 West Superior Street, Suite 500 Duluth, MN 55802 (218) 279-2429

Andrew Caddock, PLA, LEED-AP, ASLA Senior Planner University of Minnesota 319 15th Ave SE 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 Winter 2013-14 | Issue #18


Bryan Carlson, PLA, FASLA Principal Bryan Carlson Planning & Landscape Architecture St Anthony Main 212 2nd Street Southeast, Suite 319 Minneapolis, MN 55414 (612) 623-2447

Craig Churchward, PLA, FASLA Principal and Owner Avenue Design Partners 701 Washington Avenue North, Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 655-0651

Joseph Collins, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect / PM Hartman Companies Commercial Contractor 8099 Bavaria Road Victoria, MN 55386 (952) 443-4274

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

Charles Colvin, ASLA Flagship Recreation, LLC 5607 Cedar Lake Road South Saint Louis Park, MN 55416-1421 (763) 550-7860

Roger Clemence, FASLA University of Minnesota 89 Church Street Southeast Ralph Rapson Hall - Room 101 Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 625-6860

Mitchell Cookas, ASLA Director of Sustainability Solution Blue, Inc. 318 Cedar Street Saint Paul, MN 55101 (651) 294-0038

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

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

Anthony Chevalier, PLA, ASLA Chevalier Design 2783 Xerxes Avenue South, Suite 202 Minneapolis, MN 55416

Shane Coen, PLA, FASLA Founder and Principal Coen + Partners, Inc. 400 First Avenue North, Suite 210 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 341-8070

Allyson Czechowicz, Associate ASLA Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. 2335 Highway 36 West Saint Paul, MN 55113 (651) 636-4600

Erica Christenson, PLA, ASLA HGA Architects and Engineers 420 5th Street North, Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401-2338 (612) 758-4245

Donald Colberg, PLA, ASLA Colberg Tews Landscape Architecture 3101 East Franklin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612) 850-2223

Wallace L. Case, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect 4812 West Lane Minnetonka, MN 55345 (952) 474-3542 Eric Castle, ASLA Assistant Professor University of Minnesota Crookston 2900 University Avenue Hill Hall 109 Crookston, MN 56716 (218) 281-8119 Bruce Chamberlain, PLA, ASLA Assistant Superintendent for Planning Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board 2117 West River Road Minneapolis, MN 55411 (612) 230-6467



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

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Mark DeBower, PLA, ASLA Jostens 3601 Minnesota Drive, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55435 (952) 838-7568 Patty Deuhs Typar Geosynthetics 1611 County Road B, W102 Saint Paul, MN 55119 (651) 330-2920 Coal Dorius, Associate ASLA 3728 17th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55407 (612) 418-8007 Barbara Dunsmore, Affiliate ASLA 10602 Fenner Avenue SE Delano, MN 55328


Mark Engel, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Yaggy Colby Associates 717 3rd Avenue Southeast Rochester, MN 55904 (507) 288-6464 Gene Ernst, PLA, ASLA President, Ernst Associates 3250 Chaska Boulebard Chaska, MN 55318 (612) 448-4094

F Jon Fahning, ASLA Vice President - Real Estate Development Shingobee Builders, Inc. 669 North Medina Street, P.O. Box 8 Loretto, MN 55357-0008 (763) 331-4964

Bernard Edmonds, ASLA 1980 Margaret Street St. Paul, MN 55119 (612) 735-4565

Damon Farber, FASLA Damon Farber Associates 401 Second Avenue North, Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 332-7522

Steven Eggert, Associate ASLA Project Planner - Landscape Architecture Westwood Professional Services, Inc. 7699 Anagram Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (952) 906-7458

Chad Feigum, PLA, ASLA Project Manager / Landscape Architect Westwood Professional Services, Inc. 7699 Anagram Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (952) 937-5150

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

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 Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55105-2321 (651) 587-0447

G Michael Gair, ASLA (651) 464-3130 Donald Ganje, PLA, FASLA City of Saint Paul - Division 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 Associates 401 Second Avenue North, Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 332-7522 Anne Gardner, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect City of Saint Paul - Division of Parks & Recreation 25 West 4th Street 500 City Hall Annex Saint Paul, MN 55102 (612) 802-9928 Samuel Geer, Associate ASLA (612) 520-1176 Joni Giese, PLA, AICP, ASLA SRF Consulting Group, Inc. 1 Carlson Parkway North, Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55447 (763) 475-0010

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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 Goltry Design 3026 West Lake Street, Suite 201 Minneapolis, MN 55416-4515 (612) 920-3825 Richard Gray, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP Senior Landscape Architect, TKDA 444 Cedar Street, Suite 1500 Saint Paul, MN 55101 (651) 292-4420 Jeff Greeney, Affiliate ASLA Hedberg Landscape & Masonry Supplies 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



Joshua Gulick, ASLA Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. 2550 University Avenue West, Suite 238N Saint Paul, MN 55114 (651) 645-4197

Trygve Hansen, PLA, ASLA HGA Architects and Engineers 420 5th Street North, Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401-2338 (612) 758-4523

Robert Gunderson, PLA, CLARB, ASLA Landscape Architect SGA Group, Inc. 1409 Willow Street, Suite 110 Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612) 353-6460

Sarah Harding, PLA, ASLA Associate Landscape Architecture | Urban Design SRF Consulting Group, Inc. 1 Carlson Parkway North, Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55447 (763) 452-4757

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 (218) 831-6385 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 Nursery Manager Cal’s Market & Garden Center 6403 Egan Drive Savage, MN 55378 (619) 384-7473

Thomas Harrington, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. 2550 University Avenue West Suite 238N Saint Paul, MN 55114 (651) 643-0446 Benjamin Hartberg, PLA, ASLA, CLARB, LEED AP Sr Landscape Architect Calyx Design Group, LLC 1583 Berkeley Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55105 (651) 334-5498 Stefan Helgeson, PLA, ASLA Stefan Helgeson Associates 2355 Polaris Lane North, Suite 120 Minneapolis, MN 55447 (952) 925-3799 Diane Hellekson, PLA, CLARB, ASLA Landscape Architect HNTB Corporation 5500 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 450 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (763) 852-2123

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Clinton Hewitt, FASLA Associate Vice President/Assoc. Professor University of Minnesota 89 Church Street Southeast Ralph Rapson Hall - Room 101 Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 625-7355 Michael Horn, PLA, ASLA Senior Landscape Architect Three Rivers Park District 3000 Xenium Lane North Plymouth, MN 55441-1299 (763) 559-6760 Ryan Hyllested, Associate ASLA Landscape Designer Westwood Professional Services, Inc. 7699 Anagram Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (952) 697-5721

J Bruce Jacobson, PLA, ASLA Director of Landscape Architecture Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. St. Anthony Main 201 Main Street Southeast, Suite 325 Minneapolis, MN 55414 (612) 379-3400 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 Joshua Johnson, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Littlejohn Engineering Associates 401 Franklin Street, Suite B Huntsville, AL 35801 (256) 533-3311 Philip Johnson, ASLA Ayres Associates 3433 Oakwood Hills Parkway Eau Claire, WI 54701-7698 (715) 834-3161 Rebekah Johnson, PLA, ASLA 346 Bellis Street Duluth, MN 55803 Matthew Fair Jones, PLA, CLARB, ASLA Owner/Design Director matthew fair jones . LLC P.O. Box 19301 Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612) 822-6552

K Tiffany Kafka, Affiliate ASLA Marketing Representative Kafka Granite LLC 550 East Highway 153 Mosinee, WI 55445 (800) 852-7415 Laura Kamin-Lyndgaard, PLA, ASLA 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 Gregory Kellenberger, PLA, ASLA President Landmark Design, Inc. 4045 Watertown Road Maple Plain, MN 55359-9616 (952) 476-6765

Spencer Jones, PLA, ASLA Principal Spencer Jones, Landscape Architect 809 Ivanhoe Drive Northfield, MN 55057 (507) 645-4188

Steven King, FASLA Landscape Structures, Inc. 601 7th Street South Delano, MN 55328-8605 (763) 972-5372

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) 479-4200

Keith Kinnen, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect, Environmental Specialist Karvakko Engineering 2300 Bemidji Avenue North, Suite 101 Bemidji, MN 56601 (218) 444-8004 Winter 2013-14 | Issue #18


R. Mark Koegler, PLA, ASLA Senior Vice President Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc. 123 North Third Street, Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 338-0800 David Kopfmann, ASLA Yardscapes, Inc. 8609 Harriet Avenue South Bloomington, MN 55420 (952) 887-2794

Jen Krava, Associate ASLA Tadd Kreun, PLA, FASLA oslund.and.assoc. 115 Washington Avenue North, Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 359-9144

Jeffrey Lawler, ASLA J. Lawler Design, LLC 11441 Wild Heron Point Eden Prairie, MN 55347 (952) 240-7217 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, LEED AP BD+C, ASLA Associate Vice President HGA Architects and Engineers 420 5th Street North, Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401-2338 (612) 758-4306

Kevin Kroen, Associate ASLA Landscape Designer Ryan Compnaies, Inc 50 10th Street South, Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612) 492-4984 Mark Kronbeck, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Alliant Engineering, Inc. 233 Park Avenue South, Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN 55415-1108 (612) 758-3080


Katherine Lamers, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. 2335 Highway 36 West Saint Paul, MN 55113 (651) 967-4534 Elizabeth Ann Laurie, ASLA 15215 60th Avenue North Plymouth, MN 55446 (612) 559-1030

Robert Kost, PLA, AICP, LEED-AP, ASLA Design Director SEH, Inc. 10901 Red Cricle Drive, Suite 300 Minnetonka, MN 55343 (612) 247-4704



Bruce Lemke, ASLA Design/Sales Plantscape, Inc. 6300 Bury Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55346 (952) 224-9929

Miles Lindberg, PLA, ASLA Sr Landscape Architect Westwood Professional Services, Inc. 7699 Anagram Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (952) 937-5150 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 55439-2142 (952) 928-9600 Lydia Major, PLA, LEED AP, ASLA LHB, Inc. Loose-Wiles Building 701 Washington Avenue North, Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 581-0850 Timothy Malooly, Affiliate ASLA President, Water in Motion, Inc. 175 James Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55405 (763) 559-1010 Geoffrey Martin, PLA, ASLA Roger Martin, PLA, FASLA Roger Martin, Landscape Architect (612) 729-8245

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Jody Martinez, PLA, ASLA Manager of Design and Construction City of Saint Paul - Division 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, Yaggy Colby Associates 717 3rd Avenue Southeast Rochester, MN 55904 (507) 288-6464 Stephen Mastey, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Landscape Architecture, Inc. 856 Raymond Avenue, Suite C Saint Paul, MN 55114 (651) 646-1020 Robert Mattson, FASLA 36120 Tamarack Road Crosslake, MN 56442 Sarah Mauel, Associate ASLA 13613 Joseph Ave Becker, MN 55308 Jennifer Mc Cartney, Associate ASLA 6016 113th Avenue N. Champlin, MN 55316 (763) 350-9851 John McConkey Market Research and Insights Manager Landscape Structures, Inc. 601 7th Street South Delano, MN 55328-8605 (763) 972-5348

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

Cory Meyer, PLA, ASLA Senior Project Manager / Landscape Architect Westwood Professional Services, Inc. 7699 Anagram Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (952) 937-5150

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

Aaron Mikonowicz, PLA, ASLA U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 190 5th Street East, Suite 401 Saint Paul, MN 55101-1479 (651) 290-5606

Renee McGarvey, ASLA U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 190 5th Street East, Suite 401 Saint Paul, MN 55101-1479 (651) 290-5640 Egle Megits, ASLA Landscape Planner/Designer Damon Farber Associates 401 Second Avenue North, Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 332-7522 Ryan Menzel, ASLA American Peat Technology 36203 350th Avenue Aitkin, MN 56431 (218) 927-7888 Alice Messer, PLA, ASLA City of Saint Paul - Division of Parks and Recreation 25 West 4th Street 400 City Hall Annex Saint Paul, MN 55102 (651) 266-6412

Kristine Miller, ASLA University of Minnesota Campus Planning Office 89 Church Street Southeast Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 625-7355 Maleah Miller, PLA, ASLA Project Manager Alliant Engineering, Inc. 233 Park Avenue South Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN 55415-1108 (612) 767-9337 Terry Minarik, PLA, ASLA Principal Confluence 530 North Third Street, Suite 201 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (952) 451-0144 Stephen Mitrione, M.D., ASLA 1806 Hubbard Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55104

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Steve Modrow, ASLA biota | A Landscape Design + Build Firm 211 St. Anthony Parkway, Studio 102 Minneapolis, MN 55418 (612) 781-4000 Mark Moeller, ASLA Winona City Planner City of Winona, City Hall P.O. Box 378 Winona, MN 55987-0378 (507) 457-8250 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 Satoko Muratake, ASLA Landscape Architect Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. St. Anthony Main 201 Main Street Southeast, Suite 325 Minneapolis, MN 55414 (612) 379-3400 Bryan Murphy, PLA, ASLA City of Saint Paul - Division of Parks and Recreation 25 West 4th Street 400 City Hall Annex Saint Paul, MN 55102 (651) 266-6411 Richard Murphy Jr., PLA, ASLA President Murphy Companies 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) 267-5916 Josephine Musumeci, ASLA University of Minnesota 89 Church Street Southeast Ralph Rapson Hall - Room 101 Minneapolis, MN 55455

N Jonathan Nelsen, Associate ASLA Landscape Designer Bolton & Menk Inc. 12224 Nicollet Avenue Burnsville, MN 55337 (952) 890-0509 ext. 2975 Ana Nelson, PLA, ASLA Senior Landscape Architect Perkins+Will, Inc. 84 10th Street South, Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612) 851-5053 Joan Nelson - MacLeod, PLA, LEED AP, ASLA Landscape Architect Damon Farber Associates 401 Second Avenue North, Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 332-7522

Diane Norman, ASLA Director of Business Development RSP Architects 1220 Marshall Street Northeast Minneapolis, MN 55413 (612) 677-7376

O Colleen O’Dell, Associate ASLA Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board 2117 West River Road Minneapolis, MN 55411 (612) 625-1450 Joel Odens, PLA, ASLA Bolton & Menk Inc. 12224 Nicollet Avenue Burnsville, MN 55337-1649 (952) 890-0509 Peter Olin, PLA, FASLA Professor Emeritus University of Minnesota College of Design Department of Landscape Architecture Retired (952) 443-1412 Thomas Oslund, PLA, FASLA, FAAR CEO/ Director of Design oslund.and.assoc. 115 Washington Avenue North, Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 359-9144 ext. 101 David Owen, PLA, ASLA 3486 Ivy Place Wayzata, MN 55391-9745 (952) 884-7300

Catherine Neu, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect 4326 Grand Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55409 (612) 669-8584 Healthy by Design, Bringing Life to Communities and Communities to Life

Crystal Passi, Associate ASLA 999 Edgerton Street Saint Paul, MN 55130

Nicole Peterson, Associate ASLA Landscape Architect Intern Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc. (EOR) 651 Hale Avenue North Oakdale, MN 55128 (651) 770-8448

Ann Rexine, ASLA Planner Three Rivers Park District 3000 Xenium Lane North Plymouth, MN 55441-1299 (763) 694-1103

Gregory Pates, PLA, ASLA Planner/Landscape Architect Minnesota Department of Transportation District 6 Rochester, MN 55901 (507) 286-7680

Danyelle Pierquet, PLA, ASLA Project Lead Landform Professional Services, LLC 105 South Fifth Avenue, Suite 513 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 638-0226

Lorelei Ritter, ASLA Topo, LLC 112 North Third Street, Suite 500 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 929-2049

Bianca Paz, Associate ASLA Student University of Minnesota 89 Church Street Southeast Ralph Rapson Hall - Room 101 Minneapolis, MN 55455 (305) 283-3129

David Pitt, ASLA, FAICP Professor University of Minnesota 89 Church Street Southeast Ralph Rapson Hall - Room 101 Minneapolis, MN 55455 (651) 788-2936

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

Marjorie Pitz, PLA, FASLA Principal Martin & Pitz Associates, Inc. 1409 Willow Street, Suite 110 Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612) 871-0568


Bryce Peterson, ASLA CEO Plantscape, Inc. 6300 Bury Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55346 (952) 934-7666 Nels Peterson, Affiliate ASLA Nels Peterson Designs 2779 Xerxes Avenue South, Suite 201 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (612) 562-3233

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

R Matthew Rentsch, ASLA Landform Professional Services, LLC 105 South Fifth Avenue, Suite 513 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 252-9070

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 (612) 379-3400 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

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Charlene Roise, Associate ASLA President, Hess, Roise and Company The Foster House 100 North First Street Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 338-1987 Sandra Rolph, PLA, LEED AP, ASLA 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 MN 89 Church Street Southeast Ralph Rapson Hall - Room 101 Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 724-6624 Kathryn Ryan, PLA, ASLA URS Corporation 100 South Fifth Street, Suite 1500 Minneapolis, MN 55402 (612) 373-6497

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 Andover, MN 55304 (763) 767-2864



William Sanders, PLA, FASLA Loucks Associates 365 Kellogg Boulevard East Saint Paul, MN 55101-1411 (651) 221-0401

Stephen Shurson, PLA, ASLA Three Rivers Park District 3000 Xenium Lane North Plymouth, MN 55441-1299 (763) 559-6766

James Saybolt, Affiliate ASLA Principal Biota | A Landscape Design + Build Firm 211 St. Anthony Parkway, Studio 102 Minneapolis, MN 55418 (612) 781-4000

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

Nichole Schlepp, PLA, ASLA Senior Landscape Architect SRF Consulting Group, Inc. 1 Carlson Parkway North, Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55447 (763) 475-0010 ext. 4702

Carmen Simonet, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Carmen Simonet Design 354 Stonebridge Boulevard Saint Paul, MN 55105 (651) 695-0273

Paul Schroeder, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP Senior Project Manager Westwood Professional Services, Inc. 7699 Anagram Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (952) 906-7456

Harold Skjelbostad, PLA, ASLA Biko Associates Incorporated 4916 Ewing Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55410 (612) 929-6758

Cory Schulz, PLA, ASLA Lead Landscape Architect Parsons Brinckerhoff 520 Nicollet Mall, Suite 800 Minneapolis, MN 55402 (612) 677-1251 William Short, PLA, ASLA White Bear Township 1281 Hammond Road White Bear Township, MN 55110-5866 (651) 747-2758

John Slack, PLA, ASLA Senior Landscape Architect Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. 2335 Highway 36 West Saint Paul, MN 55113 (651) 967-4554 Nancy Snouffer, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Polk County - Zoning 100 Polk County Plaza Balsam Lake, WI 54810 (715) 485-9247

Healthy by Design, Bringing Life to Communities and Communities to Life

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, LEED AP BD+C, ASLA Landscape Architect HGA Architects and Engineers 420 5th Street North, Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401-2338 (612) 758-4448 Ron Spoden, PLA, 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, Inc. 84 10th Street South, Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612) 851-5000 Barbara Stark, PLA, ASLA Barbara Stark, Landscape Architect 2311 East 3rd Street Duluth, MN 55812 (218) 728-6019

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

Robert Sykes, PLA, ASLA Associate Professor University of Minnesota 89 Church Street Southeast Ralph Rapson Hall - Room 101 Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 625-6091

Ellen Stewart, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect City of Saint Paul - Division of Parks and Recreation 25 West 4th Street 400 City Hall Annex Saint Paul, MN 55102 (651) 266-6380

Jesse Symynkywicz, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect Damon Farber Associates 401 Second Avenue North, Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 332-7522

George Strzala Borgert Products, Inc. 8646 Ridgewood Road, Box 39 Saint Joseph, MN 56374 (320) 363-4671 Doris Sullivan, FASLA 615 North First Street Apartment 402 Minneapolis, MN 55401 Eric Swanson, Affiliate ASLA Minnesota Representative Landscape Forms, Inc. 431 Lawndale Avenue Kalamazoo, MI 49048 (269) 337-1333 Luke Sydow, PLA, ASLA SAS + Associates 605 Board of Trade Building 301 West First Street Duluth, MN 55802 (218) 391-1335

T Jessica Teskey, Associate ASLA Amy Thielen Coldspring 17482 Granite West Road Cold Spring, MN 56320-4578 (320) 685-5000 John Thomas, ASLA Thomas Landscape 2276 Doswell Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55108 (651) 646-3360 Jennifer Thompson, PLA, ASLA Pioneering Engineering 1747 Louise Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55106 (651) 251-0627 Thomas Thorson, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect

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Jeff Timm, ASLA President Jeff Timm Landscape Construction 1204 Juliet Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55105 (651) 230-5591

Richard Varda, ASLA Principal Target Corporation 50 South 10th Street, TP3-1120 Minneapolis, MN 55403 (612) 761-7214

Brian Tourtelotte, PLA, ASLA Senior Landscape Architect City of Saint Paul - Division of Parks and Recreation 25 West 4th Street 400 City Hall Annex Saint Paul, MN 55102 (651) 266-6414

H. Donald Varney III, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect City of Saint Paul - Division of Parks and Recreation 25 West 4th Street 400 City Hall Annex Saint Paul, MN 55102 (651) 266-6427

Matthew Tucker, ASLA University of Minnesota College of Design Department of Landscape Architecture 89 Church Street Southeast Ralph Rapson Hall - Room 101 Minneapolis, MN 55455 Nissa Tupper, Associate ASLA Landscape Designer HGA Architects and Engineers 420 5th Street North, Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401-2338 (612) 758-4295 Gary Tushie, PLA, ASLA Tushie-Montgomery & Associates 7645 Lyndale Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55423 (612) 861-9636

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



W Troy Wanless, PLA, LEED AP, ASLA Principal, LEO Landscape Architecture 11525 37th Avenue North Plymouth, MN 55441 (612) 327-5639 Barry Warner, PLA, FASLA, AICP Senior Vice President SRF Consulting Group, Inc. 1 Carlson Parkway North, Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55447 (763) 475-0010 Andrea Weber, PLA, ASLA Project Manager Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board 2117 West River Road Minneapolis, MN 55411 (612) 230-6466 Sarah Weeks, Associate ASLA Planner/Designer SRF Consulting Group, Inc. 1 Carlson Parkway North, Suite 150 Minneapolis, MN 55447 (763) 452-4737

Karl Weissenborn, PLA, ASLA Owner, Principal Landscape Architect & Project Manager KEW Consulting Services 16572 Joplin Path Lakeville, MN 55044 (952) 345-5955 Jeffrey Westendorf, PLA, ASLA Associate Landscape Architect Westwood Professional Services, Inc. 7699 Anagram Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (952) 937-5150 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 Associates 401 Second Avenue North, Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 332-7522 Todd Wichman, PLA, FASLA Landscape Architect Todd Wichman Landscape Architecture LLC 870 West Osceola Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55105 (651) 222-6781 Matthew Wilkens, PLA, ASLA Damon Farber Associates 401 Second Avenue North, Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 332-7522

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Craig Wilson, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C Principal Sustology 2400 Cedar Shore Drive Minneapolis, MN 55416 (612) 455-2177 Anders Wisnewski, ASLA Principal Anders Wisnewski Design 3427 40th Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612) 987-3419 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 3131 Excelsior Boulevard Apartment 711 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (612) 741-7353 Kent Worley, ASLA Landscape Architect 2559 English Oak Court Grand Rapids, MI 49512 Anthony Wotzka, Associate ASLA Minnesota Department of Transportation 395 John Ireland Boulevard, 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

Z Jessica Zehm Sales & Marketing Design Manager Commercial Aquatic Engineering 6500 Carlson Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55346 (952) 345-6445 Jeffrey Zeitler, PLA, ASLA TKDA 444 Cedar Street, Suite 1500 Saint Paul, MN 55101 (651) 292-4519


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