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Infiltration Basin or Communal Garden Spaces

Ephemeral Stormwater Feature Cafe/Community Centers Bioswale

Pavilion Bioswale

Garden Allotment Spaces

3’ Sandstone Wall

Sandstone Olaz

Communal Green



stormwater flow pattern: bioswales water channels water feature


infiltration basin ground groundwater

Outdoor Seating Space



Infiltration Basin

BASIN PARK This park would perform as a community gathering space and as a rich ecological space that would handle stormwater in such a manner that visitors might appreciate and become interested in the site’s stormwater flows and ecological characteristics.

traditional town development park/lid

stream arkansas river

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this water feature’s design purpose was to be an entrance feature, focal point, educational element, and stormwater infiltration site. specifications:

• sandstone walls, soil bottoms for water infiltration and plant growth • sections are 2’ deep & hold 1.5’ of water before the water spills into the next level • Planted with plants that could handle periodic inundation and also dry soil

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this project encompassed urban design renovation of a poorly functioning area of springdale, arkansas’ historic district.

i chose this site so i could propose a design that would preserve the site’s rich history while making this past epicenter of community activity an active community site where markets and commerce could flourish. in addition, my design strove to increase the safety of this “forgotten” side of the train tracks.

my proposed final design reflected the rich history of the site and the need for urban renewal, as well as the need for greenway linkages.

springdale historical revitalization & trail greenways

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my mission was to introduce springdale to what a trail system could provide for their community and to propose how it might be carried out. i provided possible linkages within the neighboring city for both bicyclists and pedestrians, and explained the community benefits that such linkages could provide.

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riparian zones

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low impact development and social mixing within a community are such important elements of design to me that i incorporated them into my designs wherever possible. as an honors student, i split my honors work and honors papers between studying the benefits and drawbacks of low impact development and social housing mixing in order to better understand how they could be utilized successfully in a landscape. my honors thesis paper, written in my last semester, was titled: “knowledgeable lid patterning for ecologicallysensitive developments�. in this paper, i explored the different lid methods used, their specifications, and the benefits and drawbacks of them.

flow- through planter detail

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i addressed a wide range of lid methods in my design works that ranged from constructed wetlands, to porous pavements, flow-through planters, infiltrating street bump-outs, and bioswales.

i am interested in more ecologically diverse stormwater control methods than detention ponds.

stormwater control/ treatment train

curb cuts and weirs installed within street bumpouts.

my interest in low impact development and ecology resulted in bioswales being common in my design work. below are examples of various plant species i have either observed to perform well in sites with periodic flooding and dryness, or which i determined through studing that would perform well. Grass-Like Plants:

• Chasmanthium latifolium - Inland Sea Oats • Carex cherokeensis Cherokee Sedge • Carex - Sedges • Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower • Physostegia intermedia False Dragon Head


• Nyssa sylvatica - Black Gum • Acer rubrum - Red Maple • Gleditsia triacanthos inermis Honey Locust • Quercus palustrus - Pin Oak

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• Ilex verticillata Winterberry • Amelanchier ssp. Serviceberry • Aronia ssp. - Chokeberry

my senior design project site was located in fort smith, arkansas. a portion of my design for this project involved some basic vegeation call-outs for three distinct soil moisture variants. the below illustration is based off the site’s climate, proposed grading, and consideration for the soil’s water table levels. Upper Drier Soils • Tripsacum - Gamma Grass • Andropogon - Little Bluestem grass • Chasmanthium - Inland Sea Oats • Elymus - Wild Rye Marginal (Moist Soil) • Hydrocotyle sp. - Pennyworts • Carex - Sedges • Scirpus - Rush • Saururus cernus - Lizard’s Tail • Sagittaria - Arrowhead Standing Water edges • Hydrocotyle sp. - Pennyworts • Equisetum - Horsetail • Typah - cattail • Iris - Water Iris

examples of some of the vegetation species that might be utilized in each of these soil moisture zones.

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Oak Savannah Entrance


High School Acreage

West Gate Entrance

Commercial - to be designed at a later date

population numbers:

Basin Park

Seasonal Wetland


Mowed Park Where HIghline Runs Woodland Woodland Ridge Infiltration Basin

Bioswales / Communal Gardens

Basin Park


Sandstone Terraces

Sandstone Park

Infiltration Swath

Oak Savannah / Prairie

•192 acres greenspace 1 2 (48%) •268 acres developed (52%)

Woodland Valley

West Gate

Reata Subdivision

Oak Savannah/ Prairie Park with Homestead Foundations Scattered Throughout

6.5% 1/2 Acre Lots

Seasonal Wetland

Connecting Greenspace / Infiltration, Conveyence Strip Mixed-Use Node & Gateway

Oak Savannah

Mixed Use


400 1/4 350 1 Acre 300 0.9 0.8 250 Lots 0.7 200

0.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.1 0

5% - 3% Mixed Apartments Use




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Library & Amphitheatre


50’ Wide Lots

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35’ Wide Lots

35’ Wide Lots

* population: around 3,000 inhabitants • public road Historic 1/4 Acre Bandstand frontage: 43,838 Nature Center Trail Lots Connection linear feet. * variety of housing 1/2 Acre Lots sizes available. • note that a senior design project percentage of the this 400-acre development was designed as a traditional town development townhomes and community where: small SFR homes different economic groups could live side by side, a variety of home sizes and types would be split lev would be offered, stormwater would be extensively addressed in lid manners, els which would be greenspace would be preserved for diverse ecology and social usage, outdoor rented out, there connectivity would be encouraged in this largely industrial city, and where fore filling this history, pride of place, and genius loci would be strong gap. Nature Center Trail Connection

Homestead Woods

Cultural History Park & Oak Savannah Connection

50’ Wide Lots

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3 Series1 4 Series2 6.5 645




Seasonal Wetland Seep Historic Officer’s Club and Water Tank Fisher’s Way Development


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20’ Alley Lane


(used where homes do not have public road frontage)

Bioretention Green

12’ Alley Lane



(used where homes have public road frontage)

alley blocks located to the west would create shared communal spaces for the block’s inhabitants. these spaces would take the place of cul-de-sacs and, if needed, could perform as water infiltration basins, neighborhood parks, or neighborhood garden allotments. Local Roads

The local roads would consist of narrow lanes, parking on one side, sidewalks on both sides of the streets, no garages facing the streets, and a bioswale that would convey/infiltrate water from the cross-sloped streets. Mixed Use Road Spaces

Bioswale Parcel

5’ C

10’ B




2’ 5’ A



Commercial/ Residential


4’ 3’







3’ 4’


7’ C


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the commercial core would have crowned streets, with stormwater entering flowthrough planters on either side of the streets. building facades would be crenelated for gathering, cafe/restaurant seating, and store merchandising.

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Commercial/ Residential


tree-lined, interconneecting streets for vehicles and bicylists.

trails and sidewalks weave throughout, connecting the site with the outer community.

stormwater conveyed and infiltrated through bioswales and infiltration basins.

greenspaces of dense oak woodlands, prairie, and oak barrens.

THE LINK when overlaid, the interconnectedness of the site’s design becomes apparent. the joining of these elements would bring the people together in both the public spaces and the more private wooded spaces. this, in turn, would bring safety to these spaces. these connections would encourage social mixing, understanding of stromwater and different ecologies, encourage exercise, and would provide connections with the surrounding community.

traditional town development - connections

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Woodland Ledge Trail Connections

Distorted Radburn Layout Bioswales

home sizes were mixed throughout the development, and all homes were within close proximity to greenspace. home fronts faced onto streetscapes or greenspaces, and alleys would provide back garage access.

20’ Alley

Homes Angled for Easier Water Flow Directing

Connector Roads

these two images illustrate two distinct street/home layouts: • A distorted radburn cluster home layout • angled homes with communal greenspace and back alley access.

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Arterial Road

streets and home placements often took their layout cues from the existing topography and the placement of bioswales for stormwater conveyence.

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design Bioswale & Trail Connector

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Infiltration Basin Strip

Possible Parking for Trail & Natural Area Users


traditional town development - block example

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masterplan of 30 total acres, planned as a traditional urban village development

aspen ridge urban village

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this was a 30 acre undeveloped piece of property in fayetteville, ar. i applied traditional village development concepts to the layout.


some of the incorporated elements: • walkability • mixed-use • mixed housing adjacent to one another • community greenspace • public trails • buildings against the streets • parking as either parallel or inner block various home types & sizes inner block parking Valuable greenspace preservation

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these are two examples from the patternbook produced for this site. they illustrate pedestrian spaces within the development & give a general idea of how these spaces would appear and be carried out.

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i incorporated the following: • mixed-use • variety of home sizes for mixed incomes • mixture of densities • half mile walking radius • town center • closes for passages through blocks • variety of street types & traffic hierarchy • natural greenspace • location for water treatment plant that would make energy from sewage

this project involved redesigning a dying area of fayetteville, ar, while designing with green infrastructure and ecology in mind.

fayetteville, ar urban revitalization

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jetties of large, native stones, embedded in the stream bank, would extend outwards into stream at 45 degrees for a distance of 30% of channel width. Length of stones differed according to the section of stream being addressed. I looked at manners of handling preservation and restoration of the streams and riparian zones

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a ten to fifteen minute sketch done in the dark on a florentian corner. i studied this space so as to understand what made it popular in the day & at night for musicians & tourists. i diagramed the plan of the space, watched how people used it, & how they moved through it so I could hopefully replicate successful elements of this space someday. a 2 minute sketch done in parc de la villete in france.


a five minute sketch in ostia, italy, of what had been the curia (capital) when this had been a flourishing port city for rome.

a five minute sketch at vaux le vicomte outside of paris, france.

in 2009, i applied for, and won, my college’s competitive john williams traveling scholarship. therefore, in 2009 i traveled to edinburgh, scotland, after completing my departmental european study abroad experience. i spent two weeks conducting an independent study of the city layout, its evolution, character, history, and the emotion this city evokes that makes it such a popular tourist destination. this trip was extremely beneficial, as in 2001 i had completed an international internship at the royal botanic garden in edinburgh. edinburgh had left a very clear impression upon me, and with the knowledge of a landscape architecture student, i wished to travel back to edinburgh and explore the reasons i recalled liking or disliking various outdoor spaces there.

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upon arriving back in the states, i was asked to give a lecture to the student body & to our college’s honors award banquet on my findings & experiences on this trip.

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elements addressed in this work:

• plan graded for building, hardscapes, & specific turf slopes

construction documentation

• stormwater calculations • pipe sizing

• detention pond • bioswales

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resume Computer: Autodesk Autocad 2010; Adobe Photoshop and Indesign; Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel. Coursework: Large/small scale design, construction, Low Impact Development, hand and computer drafting. Travel Experience: Italy, France, England (summer 2009), Edinburgh, Scotland (independent study, summer 2009), Scotland and England (summer 2001), Honors/Clubs: Secretary of Tau Sigma Delta, architecture honor fraternity; Sigma Lamba Alpha, landscape architecture honor society; member of ASLA SC since 2006. References, portfolio, senior project booklet, and thesis paper available upon request.


 Research project assistant. Publication by Clark, John R., ed., and Michael D. Richardson. Horticultural Studies. Arkansas. Agricultural Experiment Station: Fayetteville, 1999.

(Lolium perenne x Lolium multiflorum)”

Honors Thesis paper:  “Knowledgeable LID Patterning for Ecologically-Sensitive Developments”. “Morphological Characteristics of Intermediate Ryegrass Cultivars

Fayetteville, AR. (2010-Current).  Planning Department Intern  GIS mapping, ordinance compliance, property research, project review, exemptions, subdivisions, cell towers. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR. (Various Dates)  Student teacher for Architecture Department Summer Girl Camp. (2010).  Teacher assistant for Carl A. Smith’s Graphics Class. (Fall 2009).  Student mentor for Leadership by Design Course. (2006 - 2010). Levy Home Entertainment. Fayetteville, AR. (December 2006 – June 2010).  Merchandiser for Levy books and Alliance Entertainment Corp. Hallmark. Fayetteville, AR. (May 2007 – June 2010).  Merchandiser for Hallmark party product. Bradford Nursery, Inc. Rogers, Arkansas. (April 2002 – August 2006).  Shrub and tree booking and ordering, resident Horticulturist, retail sales, receptionist, customer care, landscape design, and on site plant care. Lakewood Nursery. North Little Rock, Arkansas. (Fall 2001, Summer 1999).  Retail sales and on-site plant care. Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh. Scotland. Study Abroad Internship. (Summer 2000). Cared for tropical, alpine, and Saudi Arabian Collections. Collected and propagated fern spores. Collection, storage, and data recording for RBGE's germplasm database. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, Arkansas. (Fall 1998 - Spring 1999).  Tissue culture propagation and lab organization, under Dr. Jon T. Lindstrom.  Cultured Itea virginica, Drosera capensis, and Pinguicula esseriunas.


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University of Arkansas. (2006-2010). Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. Honors. University of Arkansas. (1998-2001)  Bachelor of Science in Turf and Landscape Horticulture (May 2001). Lyon College. (1997-1998).  Transferred to University of Arkansas

Employment Washington County, Arkansas.


Sarah DaBoll Geurtz

5693 W. Michael Cole Dr. Fayetteville, AR 72704


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