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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS ILLINOIS CHAPTER
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1 2 4 PRE SIDE N T’S AWARD
ILASLA President’s Letter 2015 Year at a Glance Award Criteria
6 Modern Lakefront
H O N O R AWA R D S
8 Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery 10 Grant Park Skate Park 12 Keller Elementary Learning Garden 14 Loyola Coastal Campus Signage & Sustainability Website 16 New Park, New Legacy 18 Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Policies and Guidelines
M E R I T AWA R D S
20 Buckhead Atlanta 22 Central Park Bluff Stairs 24 Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative 26 Evanston Township High School Campus Improvements 28 Hillshire Brands Roof Terrace 30 Mandeville Canyon Home 32 Morgan Shoal Framework Plan 34 Northeastern Illinois Roadsides 36 Park 566 Framework Plan 38 Pearl of Istanbul 40 Prudential Plaza Roof Garden 42 Rural Retreat: Bunker Hill Farms
J E N S E N AWA R D
44 Asian Art Gallery Gardens
L A N D M A R K AWA R D
46 Ping Tom Memorial Park
48 Public Recognition Award 50 2015 Student Awards 52 Organization / Firm of the Year 55 ILASLA Presidents & ASLA Fellows 56 2015-2016 ILASLA Executive Committee 58 2015 ILASLA Supporters 59 Image Credits 60 Production Notes
IL ASL A PRE SIDE N T ’S L E T T E R It is an honor and a privilege to present the Illinois Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects’ Folio for 2015. Folio showcases the outstanding design talents of Illinois firms in the project categories of design; communications; planning and analysis; and student submissions. These projects represent the best our design community has to offer. This commemorative publication is distributed within the public realm and to our distinguished legislators all across the state to communicate the rich design diversity, technical knowledge, and positive impact of Illinois landscape architects. As evidenced by these extraordinary projects, ILASLA members continue to make a difference in the places we live, work, and recreate. Creativity cannot be contained. While the statistics on unemployment and the economy still fluctuate, the construction industry and development trends across the state, and specifically in the Chicago market, are at an all-time high, and landscape architecture seems to have rebounded and is flourishing again. Project leads are increasing and those who have long been out of work are finding employment. I hope and trust that the momentum of our profession will grow exponentially in the years to come. As a matter of fact, this is an exciting time for landscape architects in Illinois. With the Barack Obama Presidential Library—a high profiled national and international destination—coming to the South Side of Chicago, it represents an outstanding opportunity for vibrant growth and an economic development explosion within the surrounding neighborhoods. Its planned South Side location is no small matter as it will be the first presidential library to be placed in an economically challenged community. The Presidential Library has the potential to revitalize the area, fueling both economic and cultural expansion. What a prime opportunity for landscape architects to command a seat at the design table and bring both an increased public awareness to our profession, and the professional expertise that
licensed landscape architects can provide: vision, imagination, and technical precision. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” I love these words by Abraham Lincoln, and feel they are fitting for the ILASLA membership and the entire landscape architecture profession. Our mission is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments. Therefore, we must not be frightened by the challenges of reality, but know that we can positively and sustainably impact this world and our place within it. At this time last year, then ILASLA President Bradley McCauley challenged us to “…talk to legislators, work with municipalities, excel in creativity amongst other design disciplines, and take action in meaningful organizations so that our voices—as landscape architects—are heard.” ILASLA has risen to the challenge with a renewed focus on advocacy and public awareness. Advocacy Committee Chair Keven Graham serves the Chapter to monitor and address specific legislative issues that affect Chapter members, such as the licensure act upgrade and sunset legislation. Additionally, the Chapter continues to increase involvement with national issues through programs such as the iAdvocate Network and Public Awareness campaign. While ILASLA has made major strides in this area, we need the help of the entire membership to maintain the positive momentum. Recognition of the landscape architecture profession is growing, but MORE MUST BE DONE to get the word out about the outstanding work of our members, such as the awardwinning projects featured within, that contributes to the health and welfare of our communities. Emerging professionals are shaping the future of landscape architecture, and we need their continued involvement in all aspects of the organization. Importantly, their energy is critical to our advocacy initiatives with state legislators and in outreach to universities and school districts. Discover Landscape Architecture (D.L.A.) – A Diversity & Inclusion Initiative,
is a career introduction initiative aiming to address the diversity imbalance within the profession by encouraging and educating middle school/high school girls and people of color with a personal “hands-on” experience that could lead to a successful career in landscape architecture. The goal of this initiative is to fill the pipeline with a diverse population of future landscape architects, who someday will lead and advocate for the continued success of the profession. It is through this broad public awareness, advocacy, and the D.L.A. Initiative that our Chapter brings an increased layer of membership value to each of us. Promoting the ability of landscape architects to develop solutions for social and urban fabric issues throughout Illinois, ILASLA elevates the stature of our profession. Ultimately, these efforts endeavor to increase recognition and prosperity to us collectively and individually. Our Chapter has great momentum thanks to the tremendous leadership and energy of our Member Board Executives, Member Board Members, and Executive Director. The success of our Chapter is due to their work and dedication. Regardless of the task, the entire leadership team launches into their work with vibrant energy, infectious enthusiasm, and creative ideas. I feel very fortunate to be part of this group of passionate leaders. I encourage everyone to get involved in Chapter activities; there are lots of opportunities for participation. This is YOUR organization. Take part, take responsibility, take action! Best Regards and Congratulations!
Darrell E. Garrison, pla, asla, noma, cpsi ILASLA President
Between hosting the national ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO, providing affordable educational opportunities, and advocating for landscape architecture, 2015 was a busy year for ILASLA.
AWARD CRI T ERIA The project categories were used to select this year’s award-winning landscape architecture projects. The jury evaluated projects with consideration for quality and functionality of the design; relationship to context and stated program; environmental responsibility; and relevance to the profession, the public, and the environment.
SPE C IAL HONORS THE JENSEN AWARD Recognizes landscape architectural design that exemplifies the ideals and values of Jens Jensen. This category recognizes built or unbuilt projects that use native plants, employ ecological processes, reconnect people to the landscape, or contribute to the protection and management of natural resources. Only one award will be presented in this category annually.
PUBLIC RECOGNITION AWARD Recognizes projects, legislation, articles, individuals or organizations that have significantly enhanced the Illinois landscape or promoted the profession of landscape architecture in the State of Illinois.
THE LANDMARK AWARD Recognizes a distinguished landscape architecture project completed between 15 and 50 years ago that retains its original design integrity and contributes significantly to the public realm of the community in which it is located. Only one award is presented in this category annually.
ORGANIZATION / FIRM OF THE YEAR Recognizes firms or public agencies, employing landscape architects, that have produced work that continues to influence the professional practice of landscape architecture. The jury considers the quality of the firm’s work, recognition by the public, influence on the advancement of landscape architecture, and professional ethics. Equally important is the firm’s skills in engaging stakeholders, the client, and community.
F OL IO AWARDS PRESIDENTâ€™S AWARD
Only one Presidentâ€™s Award of Excellence may be given to a project in each entry category, and only when merited by the jury. This award is presented for an outstanding advancement of landscape architecture, and for projects that exemplify the land stewardship ethic upon which the profession was founded.
Projects are honored with this distinction for superior professional achievement. Only 20 percent of the entries in any of the categories may earn this distinction.
Projects which demonstrate merit in design and environmental responsibility shall be given this distinction. Any number of entries in any of the categories may be given this award.
Constructed: Recognizes constructed sitespecific works of landscape architecture.
Recognizes achievements in communicating landscape architecture technology, theory, or practice to those within or outside the profession. Entries may include: documents on landscape architecture history, art, or technology; educational material for the nontechnical consumer; events or public service; or material that increases awareness of landscape design, environmental, or conservation issues.
Unrealized: Recognizes unimplemented works of landscape architecture. Residential Design: Recognizes site-specific, built works of landscape architecture for residential use, whether single or multifamily; new construction or renovation.
BURNHAM AWARDS FOR PLANNING AND ANALYSIS Recognizes the wide variety of professional activities that lead to, guide, or evaluate landscape architectural design. Comprehensive plans, master plans, feasibility studies, and design guidelines and standards are examples of submittals for this category.
PROJE C T C A T E GORIE S
STUDENT AWARDS Recognizes academic excellence and outstanding examples of landscape architecture by Illinois landscape architecture students. These awards honor works that represent the academic forefront of the profession of landscape architecture and embody high levels of creativity and imagination.
MODE RN L AKE F RON T HOE RR SC HAUD T L ANDSC APE ARC HI T E C T S PRESIDENTâ€™S AWARD
LOCATION Winnetka, Illinois
CLIENT Private Residence
PROJECT TEAM Brunzell Associates Ltd.; Lightscapes Inc.; Lux Populi; Mariani Landscape; Masonry by Fernando; GLUCK+ (formerly Peter Gluck and Partners)
he suburbs north of Chicago along Lake Michigan present some of the area’s most magnificent views of the water. A 42’ high bluff along the coast offers vistas that create the sensation of floating on the lake itself. It is the primary reason the homeowners selected this site. In contrast to the neighborhood’s traditional architecture, this house is spectacularly unique and integrates itself with the landscape in equally distinctive ways.
The architect mined a significant portion of the house into the cliff, allowing Hoerr Schaudt to maximize the use of the bluff by making use of the unfolding planes of the house’s architecture for a series of terraces. To create more usable outdoor space along the steep slope, the boathouse was moved from the north edge of the property to just beneath the pool on the south edge. Pairing the boathouse with the pool created a larger terrace and better flow between indoor and outdoor living at this level. It also left a portion of the bluff uninterrupted for more naturalized plantings.
Hoerr Schaudt created a series of episodic landscape events that seamlessly unite with the architecture. As the landscape gradually descends the bluff, a simple planting palette of grasses and groundcover—bayberry, rugosa rose, sergeant juniper, and dunegrass—withstand the tough winter conditions of the lake. Repopulating the bluff landscape after building construction required craning in more than a dozen large trees over the top of the house. The more private areas of the house are located in a simple rectangular form that appears to float at the edge of the bluff. This is the only portion of the house that is visible at the front entrance to the house and the landscape architect treated this form as sculpture, designing the front landscape to artfully reveal the striking architecture. A major challenge for the landscape architect was to create an effective privacy buffer on either side of the property while increasing the illusion of expansive space. A richly layered, Midwestern plant palette creates an immersive experience of color and texture in every season. Plants were carefully selected for the right amount of ‘quirkiness,’ a process that involved trips to abandoned nurseries and seeking out mature specimens. A solid framework of winter structure plants such as Norway Spruce, White Pine, native cedar, and hemlock are supported by layers of deciduous trees, flowering shrubs, grasses, and bulbs. Surrounding the property, a custom reclaimed-wood fence creatively fulfills municipal requirements for the pool. In places throughout the property the fence is off-set, letting plants run behind and in front of it, and adding depth to the naturalistic landscape. 7
ABRAHAM L INC OL N NA T IONAL C E ME T E RY SMI T HGROUPJ JR HONOR AWARD
LOCATION Elwood, Illinois
CLIENT U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
PROJECT TEAM Aqua Engineering; Jose DeAvila & Associates; Kepa Services, Inc. / Poettker Construction Joint Venture; Landmark Engineering; Pioneer Environmental Services; The 106 Group; Walton and Associates, PC
PARTIES INVOLVED IN PRIOR MASTER PLAN Harry Weese Associates
s the prime design consultant of a multi-disciplinary team of seven companies, SmithGroupJJR planned and designed a major expansion of this relatively new national cemetery located on the site of the former Joliet Army Ammunition Facility. In addition to providing approximately 20,000 grave sites for Illinois area Veterans and their family members, the team developed designs to remedy maintenance and operational issues stemming from perched groundwater; repair infrastructure to address stormwater management issues; and provide architectural and engineering upgrades to existing buildings.
Through several burial expansion design studies, the team convinced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that correcting groundwater issues and utilizing land proximal to the existing infrastructure was far more practical from the standpoints of cost and future development efficiencies. A 22-acre burial expansion zone was constructed to integrate within the existing infrastructure and allowed a comprehensive stormwater management approach concurrent with the reconstruction of the existing road system. The design accommodated: 12,500 double-depth pre-placed lawn crypts; 6,500 columbarium niches for cremation urns; and 2,500 in-ground cremation grave sites.
The team’s design philosophy was to create a final resting environment worthy of our honorable Veterans and their families. Non-program issues that negatively impacted visitor experiences involved visitor safety, accessibility, and convenience. The team’s design objective was to achieve the program requirements, yet go beyond the program (within budget) to resolve all visitor and client concerns adversely impacting the user experience. The design philosophy was to surpass the serviceable cemetery goal and create a final resting environment worthy of our honorable Veterans and their families. The entry road was redesigned to deliver an intended entry and arrival sequence for visitors. A pair of monumental identity features, designed for a future metal archway, were placed at the front entrance to emphasize and celebrate the National Cemetery’s presence from the highway and assist with visitor wayfinding. Environmentally, the overall development plan preserves large swaths of mature woodlands and minimally disturbs the site’s existing natural systems. Over 30 acres of native prairie plantings were reintroduced to minimize turf-grass maintenance impacts, provide wildlife habitat, and connect to the nearby Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Reserve. Three detention basins were designed to be mesic and contain native plantings to discourage mowing. 687,000 cubic yards of soil was balanced on-site with excess cut formed into berms to buffer future expansion areas from activities adjacent to the property. The team also took advantage of existing mature trees and relocated them to other areas of the site to add value elsewhere in lieu of removal. 9
GRAN T PARK SKA T E PARK ALT AMANU, INC. HONOR AWARD
LOCATION Chicago, Illinois
CLIENT Chicago Park District
PROJECT TEAM Civiltech Engineering, Inc.; Michael Roebke, Skate Park Consultant
ransformed from a vacant lot to an engaging public space for neighboring highrise residents and Chicago skate fans alike, the southern edge of Grant Park is now bustling with visitors to the greenspace, skate park, performance space, and sculpture park. The Chicago Park District and the Grant Park Conservancy approached Altamanu to develop this underutilized area into a multi-use wheelfriendly area and space for small performances and outdoor exhibitions.
By working with the client, different user groups, and the community in its many forms, the team was able to better understand the interwoven relationships of the site to its surroundings; its spatial character, user culture, site systems, and history. Through this extensive, inclusive design and community outreach process, a final concept was enthusiastically approved by all parties.
Once the site of Chicago â€™s iconic Central Station train platform, this highly successful multi-use space has brought new life to the southern edge of Grant Park. The plan utilizes the siteâ€™s grade changes to create a series of levels for different uses and special events. A spiraling path and curved tiered performance space work with the existing topography to enable easy staging and setup for temporary events and performances. A plaza divides the performance space from the skate park proper and creates an intermediate level between the stage and the skate park. The skate park is located at the lower level of the rail lines, allowing spectators views into the space from new overlooks and the 11th Street Bridge to the north. Passing pedestrians, parents, and children often peer into the park with excitement and awe. The skate park area features platforms and elements that appear as uncovered remnants of the Central Station building. The linear nature of the skate plaza not only responds to the desires voiced by the wheeled users during the public process, but evokes the siteâ€™s rail line history. Long linear strips of colored concrete and the linear overlook and promenade are representative of the long trains once occupying the space. Central elongated platforms and stair sets are directly influenced by historic photos of the central platform. The design also introduces raised planting beds, shade trees, and a central drainage swale to capture stormwater runoff for bioinfiltration. The space has already been host to several nationwide skate competitions and tours. The Park District plans to utilize it for other events as well, perhaps in conjunction with Lollapalooza or local universities such as the nearby Columbia College Chicago. The attached performance space on the south side of the skate park allows additional flexibility in how shared-use events can be programmed on-site. 11
KE L L E R E L E ME N T ARY L E ARNING GARDE N C HRIS T Y WE BBE R L ANDSC APE S HONOR AWARD
LOCATION Chicago, Illinois
CLIENT Chicago Public Schools, Openlands
ocated in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood of Chicago, Keller Elementary Regional Gifted Magnet School attracts a diverse range of students from all over the City. With the growing need for alternative outdoor teaching space, the School worked with Openlands, a non-profit that focuses on conservation and creation of open space within the Chicago metropolitan region.
Through the Building School Gardens program, Openlands utilizes City funding which is set aside to maximize the impact of open space through the design and construction of learning gardens in otherwise unprogrammed areas within Chicago Public School property. The school was identified by Openlands as a vibrant location to build on this mission to help students become environmentally sensitive leaders within their communities. As part of this endeavor, Openlands shepherds school participation through training and hands-on environmental stewardship.
A showcase of stormwater best management practices, the garden provides an opportunity for students to learn about the environmental impact of urban dwellers on the land. With Openlands guidance, the Christy Webber Landscapes team worked with Keller Elementaryâ€™s Garden Committee to develop a design concept that responded to the schoolâ€™s particular needs. Through multiple meetings and design reviews, the team developed a program that included an outdoor classroom, a butterfly garden, a rock garden, and an edibles garden. The 3,000-square-foot teaching garden, located on the northwest side of the building provides an alternative learning space for students to individually interact with plants and thereby become stewards of the land. With a 30-student tiered bench classroom area, teachers now have the ability to conduct structured learning sessions while being surrounded by nature. Student engagement continued throughout the construction phase of the project, as children of all ages and abilities helped install the plants within the perennial areas of the garden. Working with Chicago Public Art Group, a local conglomerate of community artists, the students made unique ceramic pieces that were used to create a mosaic mural along the sides of the tiered bench. In addition to the mosaic artwork, students and teachers worked together to design and paint butterfly houses to create habitat for butterflies and showcase unique art pieces within the garden. The project removed 2,000 square feet of impervious pavement. Through the use of stormwater best management practices including permeable pavers and native landscaping, the garden provides an opportunity for students to learn about the environmental impact of urban dwellers on the land.
LOYOLA COASTAL CAMPUS SIGNAGE & SUSTAINABILITY WEBSITE SMITHGROUPJJR HONOR AWARD
LOCATION Chicago, Illinois
CLIENT Loyola University Chicago
s a school with an iconic lakefront campus, Loyola University Chicago is dedicated to smart water management and protection of the region’s most precious resource: its neighbor, Lake Michigan. The Institute of Environmental Sustainability is advancing Loyola’s work to create a more sustainable university community by educating students, staff, and faculty about ways to conserve natural resources and build conservation practices into daily behaviors. Permanent signs have been installed throughout the campus and a comprehensive sustainability website has been developed to raise awareness about the University’s landscape and water management strategies, and to inspire the students and community to take action towards a sustainable future.
The signage uses clear language and colorful graphics to explain the concepts, highlight design features, and identify actions to help protect and restore the campus’ natural hydrology. The signage supports the Institute’s six Environmental Focus Areas: transportation, energy, food, waste, water, and biodiversity. The information provided is further explained on the website with additional resources.
Creating a network of educational and outreach opportunities, this communication project supports the development of a greater appreciation for building sustainable communities. The graphics visually explain the benefits of the stormwater management and sustainable landscape design strategies that are not as readily apparent as other green initiatives on campus. Loyola has installed permeable pavers, drought-tolerant landscaping, rainwater collection cisterns, and living rooftops that all seek to reduce and divert stormwater runoff that otherwise would enter sewer systems, requiring energyintensive cleaning and purification processes. The cisterns connect to Lake Michigan and return over 13 million gallons of water annually to the Great Lakes watershed. Overall campus maps highlight the location of green roofs; gardens; permeable paving; and the extensive network of pipes, underground cisterns, and water purification systems. These were digitally translated into an interactive campus map on the Institute’s website. By providing the information through multiple media platforms, the sustainability campaign expands beyond the campus community and has the ability to reach alumni, industry leaders, and the public at large. The Institute utilized a new technique employing designer-developed analytical diagrams and illustrative schematics to communicate how landscape design and green infrastructure works to achieve the University’s specific sustainability goals. The website and signage demonstrate the Institute’s commitment to the advancement of societal understanding and appreciation of the environment in an urban setting. 15
NE W PARK, NE W L E GAC Y HOE RR SC HAUD T L ANDSC APE ARC HI T E C T S HONOR AWARD
LOCATION Houston, Texas
CLIENT Hermann Park Conservancy
PROJECT TEAM White Oak Studio (Local Landscape Architect); Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Dr. William Welch, Horticulture Consultant; Greenscape Pump Services, Inc.; Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc.; Infrastructure Associates, Inc.; Tellepsen
ermann Park is a 445-acre public park located in Houston’s Museum District, close to Rice University and Texas Medical Center. Several years ago, fifteen acres of Hermann Park were re-dedicated on its 100th anniversary. The fifteen acres would be known as McGovern Centennial Gardens and were envisioned to be the City’s central resource for garden education and enjoyment.
Hermann Park is designed as a series of experiences for a wide variety of audiences—from the casual family visitor to expert gardener. Hoerr Schaudt designed McGovern Centennial Gardens as a series of experiences that suit a wide variety of audiences—from the family on a casual weekend visit to the expert gardener attending classes hosted by local garden clubs. It was created as a pleasure garden for the people of Houston, rather than a formal botanic garden, yet it is still very horticulturally diverse.
The entrance promenade leads to a pavilion designed by architect Peter Bohlin and provides a defined entry into the gardens. Once inside the gardens, one of the main features is a central lawn with a long view to a 30-foot-high garden mount with a cascading waterfall. Visitors can walk the spiral path to the top of the mount to view the entire garden. Multiple gardens surround the central lawn and mount, allowing visitors to stroll through a pine hill walk and woodland garden; relax in a rose garden; explore an arid garden; host or attend events in the celebration garden; and learn with children in the family garden. New entrances improve connections between McGovern Centennial Gardens and Hermann Park facilities, including Miller Theater; cultural institutions such as the Children’s Museum, the Health Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts; and adjacent residential areas. This level of community connectivity furthers the Gardens’ design mission to become a destination for everyone in Houston to enjoy.
SUSTAINABLE URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE POLICIES AND GUIDELINES SITE DESIGN GROUP, LTD. HONOR AWARD
LOCATION Chicago, Illinois
CLIENT City of Chicago, Department of Transportation
PROJECT TEAM Parsons Brinckerhoff
n response to the challenges of global climate change, Chicago’s Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Policies and Guidelines (SUIG) suggests guidelines for planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining a safe, livable, and sustainable city through best management practices and multi-modal planning. In an effort to lead the nation in the innovation and demonstration of sustainable and green infrastructure, SUIG establishes a citywide approach for integrating environmental performance goals into infrastructure design, as well as a five-year implementation plan for all Department of Transportation projects.
The SUIG document is composed of two separate sections: Volume 1 lays out explicit sustainability goals, and illustrates how different strategies complement one another. It describes how the treatment of Chicago’s infrastructure can serve multiple sustainable goals within the realm of the public right of way and how to pull multiple ideas together to form a coherent, effective project. The requirements and policies are described in detail, setting effective dates as they increase in complexity over the next several years. Volume 2 outlines specific strategies, references, and resources to help the audience accomplish the sustainability goals. Technical details, case studies, step-by-step implementation processes, and resource links illustrate each strategy.
The document provides a guide for successful and sustainable street and transportation improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and vehicles alike.
SUIG describes the City’s progressive requirements and policies for each infrastructure project type along with detailed strategies that will optimize sustainable impacts. The guidelines are organized around eight categories: water; energy; materials and waste; climate and air quality; beauty and community; urban ecology; and commissioning. Each of the categories has environmental objectives which are implemented through more than 60 specific requirements and 35 policies.
The SUIG document outlines the strategies that are applicable to a wide variety of Department of Transportation project types, from red light cameras to pedestrian safety improvements; bicycle facilities to riverwalk development and complete roadway reconstruction. The SUIG guidelines are distinctive from past projects in their emphasis on tracking and recording quantitative data as an instrumental step in the process. The guidelines are integrated with the City of Chicago’s Complete Streets Chicago Design Guidelines, published in 2013. Together, these documents comprise a progressive vision for implementing sustainable infrastructure for all of Chicago. The SUIG document works to create a comprehensive process, from project selection through maintenance and commissioning, and incorporates a wide range of physical, socio/economic, and environmental data analysis. 19
BUC KHE AD A T L AN T A HOE RR SC HAUD T L ANDSC APE ARC HI T E C T S MERIT AWARD
LOCATION Atlanta, Georgia
CLIENT Oliver McMillan
PROJECT TEAM Balfour Beatty; Gensler; Irrigation Consultant Services; Pappageorge Haymes Partners; Pine & Swallow Environmental; Ruppert Landscape; Select Trees; Smallwood Reynolds Stewart Stewart
uckhead Atlanta is a high profile, mixed-use development in Georgia’s capital city. The expansive, 10-acre district is located at the intersection of two of Atlanta’s main arteries, Paces Ferry and Peachtree Roads. Upscale and targeted to luxury retailers, the new district, which has been dubbed the “Rodeo Drive of the South,” is a mix of 1.5 million square feet of luxury retail, restaurants, office space, and residences set within the existing neighborhood of Buckhead Village.
Atlanta’s history of sprawl means that most retail districts in the city are car-focused and do little to create an enjoyable pedestrian experience. The developers of Buckhead, Oliver McMillan, identified the pedestrian experience as a key way to support a luxury brand and to differentiate Buckhead from other developments. The landscape architect led the design of the streetscape for the entire development. The goal was to make the landscape distinctive and welcoming, with mature trees to give shade, beautiful plantings that celebrate the seasons, and quality materials that identified Buckhead as a special place. Variety, scale, and shade infuse the street level with an energy and vibrancy that are typical of a thriving urban environment.
The pedestrian experience was identified as a key way to support a luxury brand and to differentiate Buckhead from other developments. Diversity in street materials and styles help Buckhead feel like it was built over time and create a sense of discovery. The design features three distinct planting styles, 28 container options, multiple planter curb treatments, and a mix of paving materials. Sidewalks feature a combination of granite, basalt, and concrete to create variety and durability. In Buckhead’s central road and plaza space, the road surface is designed using unit paving to evoke the timelessness of cobblestone paving. The lush plantings beneath the trees and along the sidewalk are more like gardens than streetscape plantings in their complexity and design, and they make Buckhead distinctive. The gardens create a soft buffer between strolling pedestrians and cars driving into the neighborhood. Three planting styles for parkway garden spaces introduce variety and texture throughout the development. Subtle modifications to the City of Atlanta’s standard street requirements helped create a more pedestrian-scaled environment. To make streets feel less exposed to traffic and cars, Hoerr Schaudt advocated for a maximum pedestrian right of way. Buckhead’s streets are narrow and the sidewalk’s street-side planters are as wide as possible to buffer people from vehicles. The scale of mature trees, limbed high to allow for visibility to retail signage and identity, help people walking along the sidewalk feel more secure and welcome. 21
C E N T RAL PARK BL UF F S T AIRS SMI T HGROUPJ JR MERIT AWARD
LOCATION Highland Park, Illinois
CLIENT Park District of Highland Park
he City of Highland Parkâ€™s Central Park had been the site of a bluff staircase since the early 1980s, providing pedestrian access to the lakefront. Over time the bluff has shifted repeatedly, as unstable and highly saturated soils caused by glacial deposits eroded. This was further aggravated by the replacement, decades ago, of the Cityâ€™s water supply which makes its way up the bluff from the water plant. In response, the City had been continually faced with costly repair and improvement efforts to maintain a useable staircase. In 2009, the staircase was condemned after structural problems caused by erosion displaced the first few flights of the stairs. It was demolished soon after.
In this project, a new multi-use stairway was designed to reestablish a direct pedestrian connection between the City and its public lakefront and beach. Early on in the design process, the opportunity was recognized not just for a connection, but for a multi-level civic space, wherein users can determine their own level of engagement and find memorable topographic experiences no matter how far they choose to travel vertically along the stairs. The structure consists of seven flights of stairs and four landing areas; two minor and two major. The two major landings act as platforms for gathering, resting, and observation of the unique bluff environment. Seating areas are incorporated into these platforms to accommodate those who wish to rest and enjoy the quiet surroundings and magnificent views.
The material palette was critical to the design intent. Each component was selected not just for its function, but for its contributions to an aesthetic feeling of the stairs as a natural outgrowth from the bluff landscape. Also essential to the design were ecological sensitivity, durability, longevity, and ease of maintenance in order to limit the burden of an onerous operating budget for many years to come. The primary structure was to be weathering steel. This material intentionally weathers to a stable, protective, and self-healing warm brown patina and provides durability essential in this often humid and cool environment. The deck and stair treads were to be constructed of open-grated aluminum to allow natural light and precipitation to penetrate the staircase and reach the understory growth necessary to maintain bluff stability.
The stairs become not just a utilitarian connection, but rather a civic space for people to engage in topographic and landscape experiences at a variety of levels. Although unbuilt, this project serves as an example of an innovative and resilient structural solution for a delicate environment, designed and engineered for constructability and ease of long-term maintenance. 23
DORC HE S T E R AR T + HOUSING C OL L ABORA T IVE SI T E DE SIGN GROUP, LT D. MERIT AWARD
LOCATION Chicago, Illinois
CLIENT Dorchester Artist, LLC (Theaster Gates, Chicago Housing Authority, The Rebuild Foundation and Brinshore Development LLC)
PROJECT TEAM Carsello Engineering Inc.; Landon Bone Baker Architects; Prism Engineering; TRM & Associates, Inc.
riginally conceived in 2011 and completed in 2014, the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative (DA+HC) is a unique community of mixed-income housing for artists, arts professionals, and those with a creative impulse located in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. Once a 36-townhome, low-income public housing development, the previously abandoned buildings were redeveloped to serve artists and community members with the intent of fostering dialogue and collaboration.
Thirty-two of the original townhome units were rehabilitated, while four of the units were removed to create a 2,200-square-foot community Arts Center, which serves the residents, community members, and nearby institutions. Envisioned to be open and available to everyone, the Arts Center functions as a hub for community programs such as “Coffee, Tea, and Chat” and as a general neighborhood gathering space. Bringing the intent of the building development to the outdoors, the landscape design is informal and contemplative; defining fully accessible communal and private spaces that foster a feeling of security and respite. An inviting entrance to the Art Center emphasizes the unique identity of the DA+HC through an open and flexible plaza that extends the gathering space from the indoor center to the “front yard.” The plaza is defined by a hardscape palette of concrete, composite decking, and crushed stone that complements the modern aesthetic of the brick walls, recessed doorways, and chamfered corners of the building renovation. The front of the project site is surrounded by a simple palette of hardy, native plantings that provide year-round interest while minimizing maintenance. To the back, the courtyard design of the building configuration was maintained, allowing a “private” front and back porch for each residential unit that feeds into informal, playful, and communal spaces. The shared spaces within the communal courtyards feature a material palette of a variety of textured bluestone and limestone, and composite decking that gives the landscape a natural and contemporary aesthetic. The back of the site features a diverse palette of native and adapted plants that infiltrate stormwater; soften the hardscape; and provide color, texture, and structure throughout the year. Unique elements such as a rock garden, planted flagstone spiral, and informal seating plaza with outcropping stone create a variety of seating and gathering spaces. A performance deck adjacent to the back of the Arts Center further extends the indoor programming, and has quickly become a popular spot for community events and performances.
Redeveloped to serve artists and community members, the landscape for this abandoned public housing supports the project intent to foster dialogue and collaboration with spaces that are both contemplative and communal.
EVANSTON TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS IMPROVEMENTS 3D DESIGN STUDIO MERIT AWARD
LOCATION Evanston, Illinois
PROJECT TEAM CLIENT Evanston Township High Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc.; Ernie Loberg Construction; FBG Corporation; The Architects School District 202 Partnership
ver the past five years 3D Design Studio has worked with the Evanston Township High School District 202 to plan and transform the school grounds into a beautiful, inspirational, and welcoming environment akin to a university campus appearance. The new campus image and identity has not only enhanced the visual, social, and educational experience, but has given a great sense of pride to students, faculty, and alumni alike.
The landscape architect was charged with the creation of a campus beautification master plan that completely renovated the appearance and character of the schoolâ€™s open space. The focus became three primary beautification areas: the public Main Entry; the primary West Side student entries; and the Tennis Center comprised of seven competition tennis courts. While the immediate need was to fix the â€œwear patternsâ€? across the entry lawn by adding a few sidewalks, the Main Entry was reimagined as a central courtyard gathering space. Eight large brick and limestone columns complement the beautiful Gothic school architecture, along with a new monument sign in an elevated planter.
The new campus image has enhanced the visual, social, and educational experience; and fostered a great sense of pride in students, faculty, and alumni alike. The West Side Beautification elevates the entry experience including a refined perimeter streetscape; storage and security of over 300 bikes; and enhanced student entries and signage. Pedestrian improvements include new median lights and banner poles with landscaping along the entry roadway; and new walkways feature bollard lighting, benches, and trash receptacles, all set in permeable paving. Through the efficient parking design, a generous gathering area featuring circular bench seating around three specimen shade trees offer students areas to gather and mingle. The entire west side landscaping was renovated to complement the new enhancements. The Tennis Center turned dilapidated courts into some of the finest tennis courts in the state. The court surfaces were stripped; geotextile fabric and paving installed; and perimeter drainage was installed surrounding the courts, all connected to a rain garden. A gateway entry features monument brick and limestone columns connected with sculptural signage. Spectator bleachers are enclosed within brick walls, and two accessible restrooms were added to the adjacent garage building. Leading all design efforts, the landscape architect directed the work scopes of the architect and civil engineer throughout the project. To date, the project has received overwhelming applause and accolades from the staff, faculty, and alumni, as well as visitors to the campus. 27
HIL L SHIRE BRANDS ROOF T E RRAC E WOL F F L ANDSC APE ARC HI T E C T URE, INC. MERIT AWARD
LOCATION Chicago, Illinois
CLIENT Hillshire Brands
PROJECT TEAM Clune Construction Company; Intrinsic Landscaping, Inc.; Landtech, Inc.; Lindsay & Associates, Inc.; Perkins + Will
illshire Brands is a self-described “meat-centric” food solutions company for the retail and food service markets. In 2012 the company relocated from the suburbs to its current location in Chicago’s West Loop. The building was thoroughly renovated to accommodate Hillshire’s operations and employees, and more specifically to promote a dynamic culture of communication, chance encounter, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
As part of the renovation, Hillshire committed to providing attractive, inviting outdoor spaces where employees could enjoy their lunch break, participate in special events, hold meetings in a non-traditional setting, or simply decompress. A new roof terrace was created to provide an outdoor amenity, reinforce the company’s developing corporate culture, and assist in the recruitment of new employees and retention of existing employees.
The roof terrace was conceived as a place for employees to relax and refocus; for formal and informal meetings; and for corporate gatherings and special events. The terrace includes an outdoor demonstration kitchen with a communal harvesttype table and other seating. Lounge areas are located on the perimeter, in order to enjoy outstanding views of the surrounding Chicago skyline. Meeting areas have overhead shade structures and conference tables suitable for meetings or more informal uses. Paving throughout is lightweight ipe wood decking that has a warm, informal feeling. Pathways allow spaces to flow together, facilitate circulation, and encourage chance encounters between employees who are otherwise separated by space planning or corporate organization. The relocation of Hillshire Brands from the suburbs to downtown is significant because of what it says about the vitality, culture, and attractions of urban locations. Historically corporations have moved from downtown to the suburbs; recently the direction has been reversed, as employers seek a younger demographic to energize the company, and also seek the benefits of operating and working in close proximity with other professionals and specialists in a wide range of businesses. With the realization in some industries that quality and committed employees are attracted to an urban lifestyle, location, and amenities, and to both working and living in or near the downtown core, corporations have begun to align themselves with those goals and provide a package of on-site amenities. The Hillshire Brands roof terrace is a manifestation of that change in culture. 29
MANDE VIL L E C ANYON HOME BARKE R E VANS L ANDSC APE ARC HI T E C T URE MERIT AWARD
LOCATION Los Angeles, California
CLIENT Deborah Cincotta and Jim McDermott
PROJECT TEAM Dunsmuir Institute; JMC2 Civil Engineers; Royal Landscape
andeville Canyon is located in southern California on the west side of Los Angeles. The property, not quite a full acre, has characteristics of a typical canyon profile: rocky, steep slopes, and sandy, flat floors. It was this unique setting that guided and informed the landscape architectâ€™s design decisions; from the treatment of the slopes and flatter areas, to the siting of the house and major landscape elements.
Barker Evans Landscape Architecture engaged in a collaborative design effort with the architect and client from the beginning of the project, resulting in a decision to position the home at the southern end of the property at the lowest spot. Although this placement may seem counter-intuitive, the result was a home with commanding views of the canyon walls and space to transition from the built landscape to the natural landscape beyond. To minimize the use of retaining walls and the need for extensive grading, the property was divided into three zones from west to east. Zone One, the west side of the property, integrates a series of low garden walls to create three terraced spaces. The lowest terrace accommodates the house, a seating patio with fire element, and a gravel dining terrace. The middle terrace contains a pool, spa, and play lawn. The upper terrace is reserved as a native California
Sycamore grove. Zone Two accommodates a plateaued tennis court and large vegetable garden. Zone Three, the eastern portion of the property, is a protected hillside revegetated with Coast Live Oak trees.
Although the California drought had not yet come to a crisis point, the design team was consistently mindful of water usage. Although the drought in California had not yet come to a crisis point when the design process began in the summer of 2013, the design team was consistently mindful of water usage and sustainable practices. The landscape architect found opportunities to increase permeable surfaces by integrating gravel and decomposed granite wherever practically possible. As well, the vegetable garden is watered with the householdâ€™s grey water system. The plant palette throughout the site integrates both native and drought tolerant plant species. Large swaths of the property were revegetated with native trees; 24 California Sycamores and 36 Coast Live Oaks now populate the property. These trees, once found abundantly along the canyon floor and walls, provide habitat to local birds and other native fauna. 31
MORGAN SHOAL F RAME WORK PL AN SMI T HGROUPJ JR MERIT AWARD
LOCATION Chicago, Illinois
CLIENT Chicago Park District
PROJECT TEAM M3 Engineering; MWH Global; Studio V Design
PARTIES INVOLVED IN PRIOR MASTER PLAN Bauer Latoza Studio, MWH Global
he Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago have been improving the Lake Michigan shoreline over the last 20 years to reinforce its natural composition and create upgraded amenities for park visitors. One of the last remaining sections is the narrow strip of parkland from 45th Street to 51st Street, called Morgan Shoal. Built in the 1920s, the shoreline is failing and no longer protects Burnham Park and Lake Shore Drive from flooding and erosion. The Morgan Shoal Framework Plan was conceived in order to document site challenges and remedies for this natural occurrence.
The complex issues of shoreline protection, cost considerations, and maintaining and expanding views were important to capture in a short yet comprehensive document that could easily be shared with stakeholders and the general public. Graphically rich, concise information is presented as a piece that the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago may use to examine and evaluate conclusions drawn from an in-depth analysis that readily made use of public input. A conceptual plan for Morgan Shoal developed in 2003-2004 incorporated feedback gathered from a series of public meetings. Due to the economic downturn in 2007-2008, the project was never constructed. In 2014 the Chicago Park District rebooted the project with public input in mind.
As a result, the Morgan Shoal Framework Plan report was developed to share with the general public and assist in securing funding. While early plans showed land creation out into the lake, overwhelming public input demonstrated that Morgan Shoal was something to be preserved and kept for future generations to explore. Based on input, the new design ideas led to preservation of the shoal, a more passive park experience, and viewing areas along the lakeshore.
The Morgan Shoal Framework Plan report beautifully documents recommendations for future development, bolstering public perception of the shoal as an environment worth preserving. One of the areaâ€™s most distinct geological features, Morgan Shoal represents a combination of both natural and manmade elements; an environment unique to the region. An offshore bedrock formation emerges from the bottom of Lake Michigan and comes within a few feet of the waterâ€™s surface, while remnants of a 1914 shipwreck are strewn about the shoal. Public access, a variety of uses, and stunning views of the skyline will allow Morgan Shoal to become a premier destination for Chicago residents and its many visitors.
NOR T HE AS T E RN IL L INOIS ROADSIDE S HE Y AND ASSOC IA T E S, INC. MERIT AWARD
LOCATION 6-county Metro Chicago Area, Illinois 34
CLIENT Illinois Department of Transportation
PROJECT TEAM Upland Design Ltd
ithin the 6-county area of northeastern Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is responsible for 28,000 centerline miles of roadways. Associated with this major transportation network, but often overlooked, are 10,000 acres of roadside landscapes adjacent to toll-free expressways and primary routes. This project was the culmination of a multi-year effort to document thousands of acres of roadsides and comprehensively, efficiently, and sustainably guide the development and management of these landscapes.
Hey and Associates, Inc. collected field data necessary to prepare GIS-based mapping and databases for thousands of acres of expressway and state arterial route roadsides. This data included vegetative cover type, invasive weed populations, and roadside structures. In addition to location, descriptors were added to create a relational database that can be used to streamline roadside maintenance. Results of these efforts will make roadside landscape maintenance more sustainable and efficient via reduced mowing frequency, more efficient use of herbicides, and the use of integrated pest management techniques—a system labeled Targeted Vegetation Management (TVM).
The culmination of a multi-year effort, the project documents thousands of acres of roadsides and comprehensively, efficiently, and sustainably guides the development and management of these public landscapes. On the behalf of IDOT District 1, the landscape architect provided invasive weed control coordination with other Northeastern Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership (NIIPP) partners “across the fence.” By sharing data of mapped desirable and undesirable plant communities, the effects of management were maximized through this collaboration. These efforts resulted in the firm receiving the 2015 Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month Business of the Year Award. New maintenance contracts were developed to specifically address more natural roadside landscapes such as prairies and wetlands without increasing overall roadside management funding. The devastating impacts of the Emerald Ash Borer on the roadside urban forest were also inventoried and analyzed, resulting in allocation of additional funding to remove hazards presented by thousands of dead and dying ash trees along roadways. GIS mapping and database information, coupled with the TVM approach, were also extensively used to inform millions of dollars of roadside improvements associated with major roadway construction projects including the Eisenhower/I-290 expressway resurfacing in 2010; I-80 expressway additional lanes and resurfacing in 2011; I-55 expressway reconstruction in 2013; and Bishop Ford expressway reconstruction in 2014. Future roadside design work should consider the cover type classification system and associated routine maintenance plans so that new roadside landscapes are sustainable—ecologically, culturally, and economically.
PARK 566 FRAMEWORK PLAN HEY AND ASSOCIATES, INC. MERIT AWARD
LOCATION Chicago, Illinois
CLIENT Chicago Park District
PROJECT TEAM Cheri K. Lewis Engineers, LLC; Primera Engineers, Ltd; Upland Design Ltd
s part of the 1909 Plan of Chicago, Daniel Burnham envisioned a continuous lakefront park network stretching from end to end along the city’s shoreline. Positioned between Rainbow Beach Park and Steelworkers Park, Park 566 encompasses approximately 70 acres of land along the lakefront which will be an integral part in completing the “last four miles” of Chicago’s lakefront parks.
Hey and Associates, Inc. was retained by the Chicago Park District to facilitate a public planning process and prepare a framework plan that reflects a shared vision for Park 566, as well as a technical memorandum outlining detailed design solutions to complex site conditions. Although today Park 566 looks like vacant land, not long ago the site was part of the former U.S. Steel Mill at South Works. Much of the industrial infrastructure remains, including building foundations, sewers, underground tunnels, roadways, and railroad tracks. Even though not always clearly visible due to the fill materials placed onsite and volunteer vegetation, these reminders of the past needed to be understood and accounted for in future park development.
From steel mill to parkland, Park 566 will tell the story of Chicago’s rich industrial past and its transformation from an abandoned site to a thriving public space.
In early 2015, numerous community meetings were held to develop a vision for Park 566 and build consensus for its potential use. Input, and subsequent deliberations, led to the articulation of guiding principles and recommendations which included continuous lakefront open space; habitat creation for birds and other wildlife; establishment of native plant communities; representation of industrial history; innovative stormwater management; passive recreation; and designing a park for people and nature.
The Park 566 Framework Plan incorporates the industrial past, lakefront location, and the guiding principles by embracing a variety of recreational and educational opportunities. Park features including trails and overlooks; multi-purpose open space; large expanses of native vegetation to support biodiversity and an abundance of wildlife; vehicular and pedestrian access points; fitness stations; nature-themed play; and interpretive exhibits all support the vision of the community and the Chicago Park District. As Daniel Burnham once stated, “The Lakefront by right belongs to the people. It affords their one great unobstructed view, stretching away to the horizon, where water and clouds seem to meet. No mountains or high hills enable us to look over broad expanses of the earth’s surface; and perforce we must come even to the margin of the Lake for such a survey of nature.” 37
PE ARL OF IS T ANBUL F ORUM S T UDIO, INC MERIT AWARD
LOCATION Istanbul, Turkey
CLIENT Hema / Hattat Holdings
ocated at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Istanbul has long been an amalgam of cultures and a record of civilizations past and present. Today, Istanbul is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Expanding democracy, global investment, and abundant tourism are reshaping the region. The Pearl of Istanbul is at the heart of this transformation. Envisioned by Turkey’s business and civic leaders, championed by Istanbul’s Mayor, and designed by Forum Studio’s urban planning team, the Pearl marks Istanbul’s arrival as a global destination.
Situated in a natural cove just outside of the bustling city center of Istanbul, the Pearl takes full advantage of its connection to the Marmara Sea; the natural beauty of the site’s topography contributing to the region’s reputation as a cosmopolitan resort. The centerpiece of the development is a marina, comprised of a string of manmade islands. The islands are conceived as an alternative to a utilitarian seawall; they harmonize with, and extend, the region’s natural landscape. Changes in scale— from the monumental to the intimate—accommodate a variety of uses that will include nightlife and entertainment as well as family-friendly activities and academic marine research facilities. Connected by pathways and organized around a central “pearlescent” node, the Pearl’s islands form a calm harbor with more than 500 boat slips and commercial terminals for cruise ships. In the inner harbor, floating islands reduce impact on existing marine habitats and allow for future flexibility.
At 1,660,000 square feet, the Pearl of Istanbul is poised to become a landmark destination and an important driver of prosperity in the region. The Pearl is no less ambitious on land. Sculptural towers rise along the shore, alternating with landscaped terraces that cascade towards the water, mimicking natural plateaus of the region. The buildings’ massing is designed to capture spectacular views of the marina, as lively at night as it is during the day, and the sea beyond it. Luxury accommodations will position the Pearl as a second home to the world’s elite. But plentiful hotel rooms and accessibly-priced apartments will ensure that the Pearl remains approachable to a broad public. The towers’ base will house retail and restaurants. Wrapping around the other side of the towers’ base, the development will present a welcoming façade to the surrounding community, with street-level retail, services, and traditional cafes that are the region’s hallmark. 39
PRUDENTIAL PLAZA ROOF GARDEN WOLFF LANDSCAPE ARCHITEC TURE, INC. MERIT AWARD
LOCATION Chicago, Illinois
CLIENT Jones Lang LaSalle
PROJECT TEAM Bear Construction; Christy Webber Landscapes; Solomon Cordwell Buenz; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
n 2013 the owners of the Prudential Plaza committed to substantial reinvestment in this 1950s era high-rise office building in order to keep it competitive and attractive in the downtown Chicago office rental market. The goal was to reposition the property by upgrading existing systems and spaces, such as the lobby, security, elevators, and other common areas, and to provide new amenities that would differentiate the property in the marketplace. The lead role in the repositioning fell to a new tenant amenity floor. Because other office buildings also offer interior tenant amenities, the heavy lifting with respect to differentiation in the marketplace fell to the proposed roof garden, an amenity which many properties cannot offer.
The Prudential Building not only has an outdoor roof garden, it has an outdoor roof garden with spectacular and unparalleled views of the Loop skyline, Grant Park, the South Loop skyline along Roosevelt Road, Lake Michigan, and a view from almost immediately above Chicago’s signature Millennium Park.
Capitalizing on views of the surrounding skyline, the roof garden is a distinctive amenity for high-rise owners looking to remain competitive in the office rental market. The roof garden capitalizes on the site’s greatest asset, the views from the 11th floor to the surrounding skyline and the parks and lake below. The roof garden has a raised promenade on its east, south, and west sides such that users are above the building’s opaque parapet wall and are looking through a transparent glass security railing. The Park Promenade above Millennium Park is anchored by an outdoor bar on the west end and a fire pit lounge on the east. Other roof garden amenities available to all of the building’s tenants include a self-service bar (that can also be staffed by caterers for special events) with an overhead trellis; a fire pit lounge with another overhead trellis; and a raised promenade along the garden’s south perimeter, that raises users above the building’s parapet and offers uninterrupted views. A central lawn area is an unexpected and wonderful amenity in and of itself, but also becomes the venue for informal activities, such as a game of “bags,” and accommodates performances with its small stage and surrounding terraced seating. Extensively landscaped with subtle indirect lighting, the garden can be used well into the evening. The Prudential Plaza has undergone a substantial transformation in the past two years. The new roof garden has been a significant factor in providing an amenity that other properties cannot offer and thus an equally significant factor in the repositioning of this property in the downtown office rental market. 41
RURAL RE T RE A T: BUNKE R HIL L F ARMS ILT VIGNOC C HI MERIT AWARD
LOCATION McHenry County, Illinois
CLIENT Private Owner
PROJECT TEAM American Hydrotech, Inc.; Doomis Custom Builders; Greengard Inc.; Hey and Associates, Inc.; Stan Leonard Designs
unker Hill Farms is a 230-acre privately-held recreation and charitable function facility in McHenry County, Illinois. Planned and constructed primarily from 2007 to 2012, the former agricultural site has been transformed to contain a number of recreational features balanced with conservation areas and naturalistic landscapes. The goal was to create a place of outdoor beauty that could be used for private recreational use, as well as serve as a setting for large-scale charitable events benefiting the local community.
A model for post-agricultural rural land use and conservation, Bunker Hill Farms is unique in that the amount of acreage offers the opportunity for an intermingling of programmed and passive recreational activities with mindful stewardship of the land. By the same token, the master planning of the site allows for flexibility should the use of a particular area change. The property transformation included a multi-story lodge with underground parking and a rooftop garden to capture significant views. Site amenities range from RV camp sites to beaches for swimming and boat launches; as well as the creation of an 18-hole golf course. To navigate the site, a 3.5-mile road system and multi-use recreational trails utilize five bridges, including 350 feet of timber bridge over wetlands and streams. To enhance and create topographic features, the project involved the movement of approximately 1 million cubic yards of soil. Fill from the excavation of a 12-acre, 60-foot-deep lake was used to create a ski/recreation hill. As well, an existing 2-acre lake was reshaped into a 4-acre lake with waterfall features to control flooding and establish on-site stormwater storage.
Mindful of the areaâ€™s glacial history, the design takes cues from natural topography and waterways to create a place of beauty and remarkable recreational opportunities. Being mindful of the areaâ€™s glacial history and resulting topography, the design of the site takes cues from naturally occurring hills, knolls, streams, and lakes to create a place of beauty and remarkable recreational opportunities. Low-key structures, used minimally throughout the site, add to the sense of openness and connection to nature. Indigenous materials such as lannonstone are used extensively, as well as native plantings where appropriate. The landscape plan included the planting of 15,000 trees of various varieties, including fruit trees and sugar maples for future syrup harvesting. The design is a mix of ornamental plantings in high-visibility spaces and the creation of conservation and ecological restoration areas. ILT Vignocchi was responsible for all landscape design and planning on the site, including the golf course; and led the team of architects, and civil and environmental engineers. As a design-build firm, ILT Vignocchi also served as the primary contractor for the site work and oversaw construction impact on the landscape. 43
ASIAN AR T GAL L E RY GARDE NS C RAIG BE RGMANN L ANDSC APE DE SIGN JENSEN AWARD
LOCATION Lake County, Illinois
CLIENT Private Owner
PROJECT TEAM Advanced Sprinkler Systems; Altounian Construction; Booth Hansen; Buss Landscape Company; GRO Horticultural Enterprises
ver several decades, an American collector assembled an outstanding collection of Asian artifacts, displayed in and around his residence. As the collection grew and space in the original garden became limited, Craig Bergmann Landscape Design encouraged the collector to commission a building and additional gardens within a 2.25-acre area for better display and continued scholarly research.
Today, two distinct gardens adjacent to a new museum building function as outdoor galleries that exhibit ancient Asian sculpture. The overall landscape strikes a careful, yet relaxed balance between Asian and Midwestern aesthetics, honoring both in simplicity, material selections, and style.
The overall experience is one of exploration and discovery, with sequenced moments along pathways that encourage a pause to appreciate the collection. To the west of the gallery, a serene, geometric Zen-inspired garden extends exhibit space from the gallery’s west courtyard out into the landscape. Originally a rough clearing with few trees, the new garden creates a wide-open space that features especially large pieces. The main design element—a manipulated turf lawn with angular path—is distinctly Asian. It dissolves into the wilder, Midwestern woods enclosing it with a planting design that transitions from highly cultivated lawn into a rough turf of Prairie Dropseed and then eventually into native grasses and wildflowers. The plantings create a visually compelling room of scale, texture, color, and seasonal change that is experienced from within the gallery as well as outside. The Gallery Garden, located to the south of the gallery, is comprised of the gallery entrance, islands of open space where sculpture is exhibited, and a pathway network that runs through the property. For many decades before this project, this area was bare of understory plantings and was comprised of 100-year-old oak and hickory trees within lawn. To create flexible, interesting settings for the collector’s sculpture in this area and mitigate the impact of the building, the landscape architect designed a series of island beds of richly layered perennial and woody plants that restore a naturalized environment to the site. These planted areas are connected by swaths of open lawn throughout the garden. The Gallery Garden has a casual, dynamic, and informal feel in comparison to the Zen Garden’s formal stability. This gives the curator the flexibility to change or add to what is exhibited as the collection grows. 45
PING T OM ME MORIAL PARK SI T E DE SIGN GROUP, LT D. LANDMARK AWARD
LOCATION Chicago, Illinois
CLIENT Chicago Park District
PROJECT TEAM McClier Corporation (now AECOM), MWH Global
ing Tom Memorial Park is a shining example of the transformation of vacant open space into a vibrant community anchor. Completed in multiple phases over more than 10 years, the expanded 19-acre site includes a traditional-inspired Chinese pavilion with gardens, a boathouse, a fieldhouse, a naturalized shoreline with boardwalk, multiuse pedestrian trails, and a variety of small and large community gathering spaces.
The site stems back to the late 1960s when the Dan Ryan Expressway spur cut through Chinatownâ€™s only public green space, Hardin Square Park. After 40 years of waiting, and in a bold expansion plan pioneered by the late Ping Tom, the parkland was part of a 60acre mixed-use development on former railroad land. Situated along the Chicago River near the 18th Street Bridge, the initial 7-acre historic railroad site was acquired by the Chicago Park District in 1991, and subsequently transformed into much needed open space for the Chinese community. The space has continued to grow and is bustling with community members, visitors, and explorers. Visitors travel to Chinatown from the Loop using the water taxi, while seniors walk from the surrounding neighborhood to practice tai chi every morning in the pavilion overlooking the Chicago River. Children are frequently seen running through the playground, and generations of families walk from one end of the park to the other, bonding over char siu bao and tea in their thermoses. The Dragonboat Races every July brings hordes of participants and spectators to the river edge.
The park attracted development to the surrounding area, transforming the Chinatown neighborhood into the distinctive and energetic community it is today. The design of Ping Tom Memorial Park reflects Chinese culture in an American context. Arriving at the park, the visitor is greeted by the Four Dragon Gatewayâ€”a representation of a traditional Chinese entrance courtyard that frames views of the Chicago River and Pavilion behind, while the dragons face North toward the energy of the city. Traditional Chinese gardens often include ponds, rocks, trees, flowers, and an assortment of halls and pavilions connected by winding paths. The intent of these paths and pavilions is to create carefully composed scenes throughout the garden, unrolling like a scroll of landscape paintings. The Pavilion and the adjacent landscaped terraces, gardens, and seating areas were designed to this concept, eliciting imagery of a classical Chinese setting and serving as a community gathering destination throughout the year. Offset by steel bridges and concrete columns with the city skyline in the distance, the park has become a green oasis among transportation and industrial facilities. The success of the first phase of the park, completed in 1999 has been the catalyst to its continued development, including the North Shoreline expansion, 18th Street Underbridge, Boathouse, and Fieldhouse. 47
PUBL IC RE C OGNI T ION AWARD KRIS S. JARAN T OSKI E X E C U T I V E V I C E P RE S IDE N T A ND D IRE C T OR , C H I C AGO B O TA N I C G A RDE N
Each year, ILASLA recognizes projects, legislation, articles, organizations, or individuals that have significantly enhanced the Illinois landscape or promoted the profession of landscape architecture in our state. This year, the Chapter bestows the award to Kris S. Jarantoski, Executive Vice President and Director of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
or almost 40 years, Jarantoski has been caring for and shaping the Chicago Botanic Garden into one of the world’s great living museums and conservation science centers. With 50,000 members and more than one million visitors each year, the Garden offers natural Illinois landscapes and beautifully executed gardens on 385 acres, situated on and around islands, and miles of lake shoreline.
Jarantoski started from the ground up. Educated with two degrees in ornamental horticulture, he first joined the Garden as an Assistant Horticulturist in 1977, supervising plant records and labeling, home demonstration gardens and natural areas. As a Horticulturist from 1977-1984, he trained and expanded the grounds staff as various garden features were built. He established high maintenance standards and developed the most diverse student internship program in North America. As he obtained further education in business management and museum management, Jarantoski advanced to lead operations and development of all horticulture departments. In 1993, Jarantoski became the Vice President of the Chicago Horticultural Society, and Deputy Director of the Chicago Botanic Garden. In addition to these roles, he became the liaison to the Cook County Forest Preserve District, procured funding and grants, assumed full responsibility for all Garden administration; and oversaw all Garden design and construction including many landscape architectural projects. 48
Jarantoski was named Director of the Chicago Botanic Garden in 1995 and Executive Vice President of the Chicago Horticultural Society in 2001. He remains in these roles to this day. As Director, Kris develops and directs the horticulture, plant collections, garden operations, facilities and planning for a very progressive botanic garden. He has also expanded the Garden’s science program. To fund the Garden’s projects, he works with the Development Department. While doing all of this, Jarantoski has conducted research, published a dozen articles, and promoted the Garden and Illinois landscapes through lectures and tours. He represents the Garden in various professional organization roles, being most active in the American Public Gardens Association. Of particular interest to ASLA members, Jarantoski has significantly enhanced the Illinois landscape and promoted the profession of landscape architecture by working with world-class landscape architects, contractors, and staff to create one of the greatest and most beautiful botanic gardens in the world. First as Deputy Director and then as Director of the Chicago Botanic Garden, Jarantoski has played a major role in the creation of 20 improvement projects from 1993-2014. Jarantoski is currently donating 24,000 images (his slide collection) to be digitized and archived at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Besides slides of individual plants and trips to other public gardens, the collection includes photographs which document the construction of the entire Garden—a significant part of the legacy of the facility and its landscape development. In tribute to Kris Jarantoski’s vision and immeasurable contributions to the Chicago Botanic Garden over the decades, a campus bearing his name is now in development, dedicated to the beauty and wonder of plants. The new plant production facility and display garden on the Kris Jarantoski Campus will ensure the organization’s ability to maintain and even redefine horticultural excellence, support advanced plant conservation research, and expand its highly successful plant-based education programs. The Illinois Chapter, ASLA is proud to recognize Kris S. Jarantoski for his dedication, leadership, and outstanding contribution to the Illinois landscape.
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20 15 S T UDE N T AWARDS UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN DEPARTMENT OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE ASLA Student Awards ASLA Undergraduate Certificate of Merit Madeline Schuette Mengzhen Liu
ASLA Undergraduate Certificate of Honor Kathleen Ferrero Zhu Ya Yang ASLA Graduate Certificate of Merit Qianyu Li ASLA Graduate Certificate of Honor Elizabeth Barr Illinois Chapter ASLA Outstanding Student Awards Junior – Sam Stuber Senior – Kathleen Ferrero Graduate – Faezeh Ashtiani Beatrice Hornemann Scholar (Zonta Award) Yue Zhang Bruce Borland Scholarship JaeWon Kim Nandin Dashdondog Dan Ryan Award James Rappe Gary Kesler Prize Jie Bao Cherie Kluesing Fellowship Jiang Wang Pauline Tilton Kennedy Travel Prize Molly Briggs Ya Chen
George & Dorothy Fiel Travel Fellowship Xiaoyin Kuang Ryerson Travel Fellowship Elizabeth Barr Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship Molly Briggs Wadsworth Business Scholarships Austin Chalkey Casey Stabosz Joseph Shanahan Kathleen Ferrero Madeline Schuette Matthew Reynolds Shurui Zhang Xiaoying Li Xin Tian Xuan Qi Ya Chen Yue Zhang Sigma Lambda Alpha Initiates-PSI Chapter Elizabeth Barr Heena Gajar Jiapei Huang John Whalen Min Kang Xinyue Sui Ya Chen Natalie Alpert History Prize Aissa Maiga Herschel Rogers Olmsted Scholar Kathleen Ferrero, bla Prize for Excellence in Woody Ornamentals Matthew Reynolds
MOVEMENT: DANVILLE’S DOWNTOWN & RIVERFRONT Haoyang Li, Suke Yao, Yaxuan Shi, Yiliang Zhang, Yiqi Deng, Yun Huang University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Olmsted Scholar Nominee, IIT, 2016 Stephen Ulman MLA Graduate Admissions Scholarships, 2015-16 Stephen Ulman Yu Si Zhimin Yang
The Vermillion Riverfront project is the product of a Graduate Studio in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Landscape Architecture. The project aims to raise public awareness of the Vermilion Riverfront landscape, and its potential of being a rich and vibrant public space as part of the larger urban green-line system. Movement is the main concept of the project. It is based on Danville’s urban history, dynamic natural processes, and the mental image of the City. The design reveals ecological processes in shifting water levels and sediment, movement of sun, and changes in shade. As well, it enhances perceptions of the region’s natural elements. The sustainable approach is a departure from the area’s conventional picturesque landscape design to a new dynamic landscape design model.
MEMORIAL TO MINING: A DANVILLE STORY Yiliang Zhang, Yini Chen University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Danville would like to establish a new identity for its downtown by reclaiming its riverfront as an active public space. Danville is a city with a significant history of coal mining. Although mining contributed to its booming economy, and improved living quality, it left numerous scars on the earth. In the design, the natural phenomenon of the sun is used to interpret the long covered history of coal mining. The main concept is the experience of sunshine to amplify the warmth and lightness to recall people’s feeling in the mine shafts, arouse cultural imagination, and educate visitors about the history. The design is about past and future, brightness and darkness. The riverfront park is expected to improve public safety and health; and promote growth of tourism, which will revitalize Danville.
UNDE RGROUND AGRIC ULT URE Qingyi Zhao University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Underground agriculture is a way to reclaim abandoned tunnels in coal-mining systems, putting them to new, productive uses. Underground agriculture is also a way to help revive the economy of mining districts, transforming from a basis in limited-lifespan extraction industry to an unlimited-lifespan generative industry. Furthermore, this method could help address an extreme situation facing cultures and economies today: sustaining food production in the face of systematic failures, growing urban populations, and climate change. The coal mining system produces, and then abandons, large amounts of infrastructure that could be put to new purposes. Such infrastructure includes rail networks that transport materials at local and regional scales; tunnel conditions with distinct environmental properties (stable structure, temperature, and humidity); and pertinent mechanical systems (electricity, water, and ventilation) that are well suited to controlled agriculture. As one industry—mining—falls away, another—agriculture—can take its place.
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Resulting from a thoughtful placemaking process, the public spaces designed by the firm have successfully redefined the shape and character of communities throughout Chicagoland. Such projects include the redevelopment of Henry Palmisano (Stearn’s Quarry) Park, a 27-acre former limestone quarry turned landfill, into an active and educationally focused environmental park. The firm recently completed the innovative and acclaimed Judge Fisher Senior Apartments, and the Woodlawn Senior Housing development; places that had a positive physical, social, and economic impact on the surrounding communities. As one of the pioneers of the now famous Chicago median program, site design group, ltd. has completed over 60 miles of unique, bold, and complex streetscape developments in the past two years alone. Involved in several forward-thinking green infrastructure projects, the firm is working with the City of Chicago to develop the new Placemaking/ Liveable Streets Guidelines. In 2015, the firm celebrated their 25th anniversary—a milestone marked by celebratory, educational, and
outreach efforts to raise awareness of the landscape architecture profession. Alongside the Chicago Architecture Biennial and the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting, the firm hosted a two-week collaborative Popup gallery: TAKE IT OUTSIDE. The Popup brought attention to the value of exterior environments and design interventions that connect people to the outdoors. The gallery was a mix of unrealized, in progress, and completed works; featuring concepts, construction drawings, built images, as well as project artifacts. Open to the public and a venue for targeted events, the Popup drew more than 1,000 visitors. As a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), the firm believes a diverse team enhances design solutions. The firm’s staff have wide-ranging professional and educational backgrounds, including landscape architecture, architecture, planning, natural resources, arboriculture, English, museum curation, fine arts, graphic design, construction management, and marketing communications. The growth, success, and evolution of the firm is attributed largely to the individual contributions and unique makeup of this dynamic team. In turn, staff are dedicated to the advancement of the profession and deeply involved in local community and professional initiatives. From their inclusive, community-oriented design approach to their dedication and contributions to the profession of landscape architecture, the Illinois Chapter, ASLA is proud to recognize site design group, ltd. as the 2015 Firm of the Year.
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Richard C. Bumstead, fasla
Keven Graham, fasla
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Darrell Garrison, asla Bradley McCauley, asla J. Christopher Lannert, asla Christopher M. Gent, asla Steven Halberg, asla Amy Olson, asla Greg Stevens, asla Erin Fiegel, asla James Gamble, asla Ann Lindsay Viger, asla Carrie Woleben-Meade, asla Brian Hopkins, asla Jay Womack, asla Eric F. Hornig, asla Richard Hayden, asla Keven Graham, fasla Gerald J. Milewski, asla Scott Mehaffey, asla Lori Lyman, asla Lori Lyman, asla Ann Lindsay Viger, asla Ann Lindsay Viger, asla Steven Halberg, asla Steven Halberg, asla Gary B. Kesler, fasla Gary B. Kesler, fasla Robert Zolomij, asla Susan L.B. Jacobson, fasla Susan L.B. Jacobson, fasla James Ash, asla James Ash, asla James Gamble, asla James Gamble, asla Mark Hunner, fasla Mark Hunner, fasla James Elson Jr., asla Carl L. Goetz, asla John Cook, asla
David Yocca, fasla
Paul H. Gobster, fasla
Theresa Guen-Murray, fasla
Scott Mehaffey, fasla
James M. Patchett, fasla
Douglas Hoerr, fasla
Peter Lindsay Schaudt, fasla
Bernard P. Jacobs, fasla
Anthony Tyznik, fasla
Allen R. Edmonson, fasla
Brian Orland, fasla
Gary B. Kesler, fasla
Terry Warriner Ryan, fasla
Franklin C. Clements, fasla
Mark Hunner, fasla
Joseph Nevius, fasla
Susan L.B. Jacobson, fasla
Terence G. Harkness, fasla
Robert B. Riley, fasla
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20 15-20 16 IL ASL A E XE C U T IVE C OMMI T T E E PRESIDENT Darrell Garrison, asla, pla, noma, cpsi, is President/ CEO of Planning Resources Inc. in Wheaton. Darrell has experienced professional success in the development of livable communities through planning and designs for parks and recreation spaces, downtown streetscapes, public plazas, education institutions, commercial developments and sustainable site master planning. He is the immediate past Board Chair of the Landscape Architect Registration Board with the Illinois Department of Financial Regulations, and a member of the National Organization for Minority Architects (NOMA). He is also a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI). Darrell earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a degree in Environmental Design from Ball State University. He previously served ILASLA as the Public Service Chair and explored ways to engage public service initiatives to increase awareness and recognition of the profession. PAST PRESIDENT Chris Lannert, asla, pla, President of The Lannert Group, founded the firm in 1982. Since its inception, he has built The Lannert Group into a nationally recognized landscape architectural, planning, and community consulting firm. The firm enjoys an excellent reputation for combining technical expertise with artistic vision and has received numerous awards from ASLA, American Institute of Architects, American Planning Association (APA), Home Builders Association of Illinois, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and Urban Land Institute (ULI). Chris is experienced in working with municipal planning departments, engineers, architectural firms, developers, and corporations. He received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University. Chris is a member of APA, ULI, and NAHB; and is a past Board Member and President of the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and a past member and Chair on the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations Board.
PRESIDENT ELECT Alan Watkins, asla, is an account representative with Clarence Davids & Company. He earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005, and a Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University in 2013. His responsibilities at Clarence Davids & Company entail sales; estimation; project and account management; and the pursuit of new clients. He has served ILASLA as Secretary from 2009-2015 and Host Chapter Co-chair for the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO held in Chicago. Alan is passionate about educating high school students about the profession and has worked to increase ILASLA membership. TRUSTEE Brad McCauley, asla, pla, is the Managing Principal at site design group, ltd. in Chicago. Brad joined the firm after graduation from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. His body of work includes urban waterfronts, streetscapes, residential, urban parks, playgrounds, and open space design in both the public and private sectors. A licensed landscape architect, Brad has also received Construction Document Technology certification from the Construction Specification Institute. TREASURER Steven Halberg, asla, pla, is no stranger to leadership within ILASLA. He has previously served the Chapter as both Treasurer and as a two-time President. Steve earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and also has a Masters in Business Administration from Illinois Benedictine College. He is a licensed landscape architect in Illinois and Wisconsin, and is CLARB certified. During his forty-year career as a landscape architect in Illinois, Steve has served as Superintendent of Parks and Planning with the Elk Grove Park District; Director of Planning and Development with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County; President and Principal Designer with David Gill/Steven Halberg Limited - Golf Course Architects; and Landscape Architecture Manager for Bonestroo. He is currently a Senior Consultant with Planning Resources Inc.
SECRETARY Renee TeVogt, associate asla, is a landscape designer at Clarence Davids & Company. Her responsibilities include design at a variety of scales—ranging from private residential gardens to extensive commercial seasonal displays and rooftop decks. She earned her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013, where she was active in ASLA as Student Chapter President. Prior to her role as Secretary for ILASLA, she served as Internal Communications Chair in charge of the monthly newsletter, weekly emails, website, and social media. Serving as Secretary, Renee keeps detailed records of chapter correspondences and is reorganizing ILASLA records for better use within the organization. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR Susan Ragaishis earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona, where she studied Theater Performance, Directing, and Art. After 10 years of professional theater, she changed her focus to nonprofit management and worked in administration for the Latino Institute, corporate development for Brookfield Zoo, and as a Regional Director for the American Cancer Society. Since joining ILASLA in 2011, she has primarily worked to support and motivate the Executive Committee. However, she also represents each member and works to provide rich and meaningful experiences for everyone from education and networking to partnerships and advocacy efforts.
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2015 ILASLA AWARD COMMIT TEE
Cassandra Rice, asla, Committee Chair Andrew Trimble, associate asla Jessica Pilon, associate asla Julie Smith, asla, pla Sarah White, asla, pla
Keven Graham, fasla, pla CELEBRATION C0-CHAIRS Ellen Schmidt, asla, pla Sarah Dreier, asla DOWNSTATE MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE Ken Massie, asla, pla EDUCATION CHAIR Kenon Boehm, associate asla EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR Rob Reuland, asla, pla FELLOWSHIP CHAIR Jenna Whalen, asla INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR Chase Morgan, asla MARKETING CHAIR Carrie Woleben-Meade, asla, pla PUBLIC AWARENESS CHAIR Matthew Houser, asla EMERGING PROFESSIONALS CO-CHAIRS Jeffrey Reyna, asla Mike Barcelos, asla Rebecca Simantz, asla MEMBERSHIP CHAIR Jeff Trost, asla SPONSORSHIP CHAIR Amy Olson, asla, pla, isa
20 15 IL ASL A SUPPOR T E RS Landscape architects lead the stewardship, planning, and design of our built and natural environments. The Societyâ€™s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship. In support of this mission, the Illinois Chapter, ASLA invests in education and networking events for our members. Such gatherings give members the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the field, interact with colleagues, share industry news and products, and most importantly, build key relationships to help grow and improve their businesses. We are grateful to the people and organizations that supported the Illinois Chapter, ASLA in 2015.
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IMAGE C RE DI T S Credits listed top to bottom, left to right COVER “Phormium” by jar [o] is licensed under CC BY 2.0 MODERN LAKEFRONT 1-4: Scott Shigley ABRAHAM LINCOLN NATIONAL CEMETERY 1, 3-4: Aaron Kiley 2: SmithGroupJJR GRANT PARK SKATE PARK 1-3: Altamanu, Inc. 4: Spydersurfboards KELLER ELEMENTARY LEARNING GARDEN 1-3: Susan Kirt 2: Christy Webber Landscapes LOYOLA COASTAL CAMPUS SIGNAGE AND SUSTAINABILITY WEBSITE PROJECT 1, 4: SmithGroupJJR 2: Loyola University Chicago 3: Natalie Battaglia – Loyola University Chicago
CENTRAL PARK BLUFF STAIRS 1-4: SmithGroupJJR DORCHESTER ART + HOUSING COLLABORATIVE 1: Ballogg Photography 2-4: Barry Rustin Photography EVANSTON TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS IMPROVEMENTS 1-4: Dan Dalziel HILLSHIRE BRANDS ROOF TERRACE 1-3: Robert R. Gigliotti Photography MANDEVILLE CANYON 1: John Kiffe 2: Barker Evans Landscape Architecture 3-4: Peter Starman
ASIAN ART GALLERY GARDENS 1-4: Linda Oyama Bryan PING TOM MEMORIAL PARK 1: Andrew Bruah 2, 4-5: Rose Yuen Photography 3: Ron Gordon Photo MOVEMENT: DANVILLE’S DOWNTOWN & RIVERFRONT 1: Haoyang Li, Suke Yao, Yaxuan Shi, Yiliang Zhang, Yiqi Deng, Yun Huang MEMORIAL TO MINING: A DANVILLE STORY 1: Yiliang Zhang, Yini Chen
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ORGANIZATION / FIRM OF THE YEAR 1-3: site design group, ltd.
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FOLIO 2015 IS AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE ILLINOIS CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS. This publication’s goal is to increase public awareness of landscape architecture as a profession and recognize the works of our profession that bring honor to us all. With this year’s issue, we offer our readers a glimpse of a number of unique projects that highlight the work of Illinois landscape architects. The entire contents of this issue, including the plans, photographs and all artwork are under copyright agreement with the Illinois Chapter, ASLA and may not be copied or reproduced except as specified under contract with the Illinois Chapter, ASLA. To the best of our knowledge, all information at the time of publication is accurate. The Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the publisher, the copywriter and designer, and the production firm are not liable for omissions or errors.