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2016 AWARDS CELEBRATION ST. LOUIS ASLA WINTER PARTY


THANK YOU FOR A GREAT 2016 IT HAS BEEN MY PLEASURE TO SERVE OVER THE LAST YEAR AS YOUR CHAPTER PRESIDENT. IT WAS A REWARDING EXPERIENCE, AND I COULDN’T HAVE ASKED FOR A MORE ENERGIZED EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

Felipe DeNarvaez, PLA, ASLA, MLA ST. LOUIS ASLA PAST PRESIDENT


A NOTE TO OUR CHAPTER MEMBERS As a chapter, we continue to promote the development, education and awareness of the landscape architecture profession in the greater St. Louis area, and it was my honor to be part of those efforts in 2016, One event in particular to highlight from the last year was the first ‘Socializing With Allied Professionals (SWAP) Meet’ at Urban Chestnut. The event was very well

attended by architects, planners, engineers, lighting designers, interior designers and even general contractors. As a chapter, we felt this event was well over due and I plan on helping support these types of socials for our members to network and connect with other professionals in our allied industries. Thank you to our members and volunteers

for their continued support of our professional organization, especially at our local level. I appreciate your passion and commitment to making the Landscape architecture community here in St. Louis so robust and active. I leave the leadership role in the very capable hands of Russ Volmert, who has already taken on some great initiatives, starting with the needed

reformatting of our annual awards, which was no small undertaking. And last but not least, a huge thank you to our sponsors! It is because of your support we can represent our members, hold events and defend licensure when needed. I look forward to being an ongoing part of our chapter’s efforts and am excited about what 2017 will bring! Thank you.


IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR

WELCOME TO OUR ST. LOUIS CHAPTER ASLA ANNUAL AWARDS CELEBRATION! WE HAVE MUCH TO RECOGNIZE AND SHOWCASE, IN SAINT LOUIS, REGARDING OUR PROFESSION OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE.

design community. The visibility and professionalism of the Chapter is important as we continue to advocate for and support our profession throughout the region, state and at the national level.

The Chapter is led by a dedicated Executive Committee, including Trustee Scott Emmelkamp and Our Chapter has grown in Executive Director Elizabeth members, participation of Graff. Their collective vision events and sophistication and hard work has lead our since my last term as Chapter Chapter to be one of most president in 2000. The St. active, creative and organized Louis Chapter has become an within the American Society active and visible professional of Landscape Architects. organization in the local


GREETINGS MEMBERS, GUESTS, & STUDENTS Our past president, Felipe DeNarvaez, served the Chapter wonderfully, advocating at the state and national level, as well as representing the Chapter at numerous events in the Saint Louis area. Felipe lead the effort to establish continuing education units and professional development as a critical service for the Chapter, to offer our members, on an annual basis. The many Chapter events are only possible through the sponsorship and collaboration with our business partners. We are truly appreciative of their

support of our organization. Our goals for the upcoming year include a continuation of professional development opportunities, increase chapter membership and advocacy for the profession. The upcoming year will offer many opportunities for members to be involved, we encourage you to do so. We congratulate our Award recipients and all nominees who have showcased their talents and creativity in this year’s Design Awards competition. Our revised award format was developed to broaden the categories

to allow for more member participation at all levels of design and planning. We hope that the new format will continue to evolve into a balanced and robust awards process. The Saint Louis Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects has much to celebrate and showcase this

year as the leading organization for our profession in the state and region. Please continue to support the Chapter, our sponsors and our profession throughout the coming year. The new year of 2017 brings much promise to our city and region, let our profession help lead the way in Saint Louis where it’s Nothing Impossible.

Russ Volmert, PLA, ASLA, AICP ST. LOUIS ASLA PRESIDENT


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A WORD ABOUT ADVOCACY Advocacy is a critical component for the practice of landscape architecture. Many practitioners enjoy licensure which allows them to practice in all fifty states. What would landscape architects do without licensure? An important fact is that in the last five years, licensure has been challenged three times in Missouri with another attempt being considered for the 2017 legislative session. The annual advocacy day event is an ongoing effort to educate the representatives about landscape architecture and reduce the threat of deregulation. Be proactive and join in our advocacy efforts today! Contact me anytime at susan@slmconsult.com for more information. Thanks for your support!

Susan Maag, PLA ST. LOUIS ASLA VP OF ADVOCACY


A MESSAGE FROM YOUR TRUSTEE EXCITING TIMES! 2016 was quite a year for our chapter members and the American Society of Landscape Architects. It is exciting that the outlook for the profession is improving as many local firms have hired new staff and have an increased workload. At ASLA National, it is exciting that after over a year of construction the Center for Landscape Architecture is finally substantially complete.

important to landscape architects. Advocating for the profession is one of the most important things that we can do whether it is on the national level or on the local level. We are currently planning for the 2017 Advocacy Day visit at the end of April. I look forward to representing the St. Louis Chapter again this year at this important event. More than ever, it is critical to show your support for issues that are important to landscape architects. I encourage you to get involved. If you don’t know what you can do just reach out to me.

The headquarters staff moved out of their temporary office space in early January to the Center for Landscape Architecture. Staff is reporting that the renovated space is terrific even though there are a few remaining punch list items that need to be addressed.

Finally, I would like to express my excitement for the next generation of landscape architects. I had the pleasure of participating on the jury to review projects submitted for student awards. The work that we reviewed demonstrated high levels of quality and creativity.

In spring of 2016, our chapter leadership participated in Advocacy Day in Washington, DC as part of ASLA’s mid-year meetings. During Advocacy Day we visit with our National elected officials and work to educate them on the profession as well as advocate for issues that are

I look forward to continuing to serve as your Chapter Trustee in these exciting times!

Scott Emmelkamp, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP ST. LOUIS ASLA TRUSTEE


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THE ROBERT GOETZ AWARD ACKNOWLEDGES A CHAPTER MEMBER’S PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROFESSION OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE.

Noel has been involved in projects from the very beginning of Great Rivers Greenway’s formation, including the very first “pilot” greenway project along the River des Peres. Over the years, Noel and his team have worked on numerous greenway projects along River des Peres, the Mississippi River and other greenways throughout the St. Louis region. — TODD ANTOINE, GREAT RIVERS GREENWAY

NOEL FEHR PLA, ASLA

Noel has provided outstanding service to the St. Louis Chapter over his 40-year career. He served multiple terms as treasurer and was a key leader organizing efforts to raise funds to support establishing State licensing of landscape architects. His outstanding and innovative work has been routinely recognized by the St. Louis Chapter, with more than 20 awards to his name. —SCOTT EMMELKAMP, PLANNING DESIGN STUDIO


EMERGING YOUNG PROFESSIONAL AWARD

THIS AWARD ACKNOWLEDGES A YOUNG PROFESSIONAL’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ST. LOUIS CHAPTER AND THE PROFESSION OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE.

MICHELLE OHLE

PLA, ASLA, LEED AP

Michelle is an unabashed booster for our profession. One who loves what she does, and happens to be very good at it. She excels at big picture design and beautiful graphics, but is also adept at assembling a tight set of construction documents. She can give an engaging board room presentation, but also drive a hard bargain in the construction trailer. She’s an affable marketer, but also an organized project manager.... a fine example by which future recipients might be measured. — MATT SNELLING, [dtls]


THE CIVIC STEWARDSHIP AWARD ACKNOWLEDGES THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF PUBLIC AGENCIES, INSTITUTIONS, NOT-FORPROFITS OR INDIVIDUAL WHO HAVE EXHIBITED STEWARDSHIP OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES, COMMUNITIES, LANDSCAPES AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT OF THE ST. LOUIS REGION.


JAY DOTY

CIVIC STEWARDSHIP AWARD

Jay has made a great contribution to the stewardship of our natural resources as well as tirelessly educating the public and advocating for increased awareness of the honeysuckle problem in our state. Recently, he became involved with the Missouri Invasive & Exotic Plant Species Task Force (MIEPSTF). He is the only landscape architect on that Task Force.

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The Landscape Architecture program at Washington University in St. Louis has a close working relationship with our chapter. We’re proud to include student work in our awards program. Congratulations to our winners!


HUI YANG, YI ZHANG “UMWELT IN LANDSCAPE”

Human and Great blue heron (which we encroached at Bubbly Creek)’s umwelts are intertwining and conflicting all the time on the Bubbly Creek area. However, because the incompatibility between these two subjectivities, we cannot imagine a Bubbly Creek for the human and the Great blue heron without a designed interlocking of umwelts. Through the understanding of umwelts, we try to better deal with the relations between different species of their compatibility, incompatibility, symbiosis and competition.

MERIT AWARD


MERIT AWARD

SHELBEY SILL

“TO THE IS-LAND: CONNECTING ESPERANZA” Esperanza, a small village of hotels, bars, and restaurants, lies along Vieques’ southern coast which is attractive to both locals and tourists. Although full of life along the street set above the flood wall, there is hardly a connection to the sea, the existing coral reef ecosystem, and adjacent habitat preservation zone. With little walkable beach available, how can the life beyond the wall better connect to the water below?


YUHAN ZHANG JIAHUI GUO “THE LANDSCAPE OF WASTE”

This project focus on the excavated quarries in hinterlands of Chicago — canal towns, which are now the common sites for landfills. Although these quarries have been filled with waste, the wound caused by human disturbance can never be healed, as a landfill can cause several kinds of environmental pollution. To move in a more just direction, this project came up with two projections: making Chicagoans more aware of garbage production and proposing a new form and process of landfill to reduce pollution.

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New to this years award parameters, this category was broken into two: “under 3 acres” and “over 3 acres” to better differentiate and be more inclusive of projects.


FORUM STUDIO ROUTE 66 STATE PARK PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE CONCEPT PLAN Eureka, MO The bridge at Route 66 State Park represents an important link in the trail network along the Meramec River Greenway. Located along the old Route 66 highway, the bridge is a historic Warren Truss structure that is one of just four left in Missouri. Rusting and deterioration has made the bridge unsafe for vehicular traffic, and in 2010 the bridge was shut down. This project was a feasibility study that explored design options to either repair, preserve, or rebuild the

bridge and create a new pedestrian bridge experience across the Meramec River. The completion of the bridge would immediately create a premiere trail way experience for bicyclists and hikers in the St. Louis region, celebrating the natural resources along one of the region’s most important natural corridors. Additionally, future programming and recreational opportunities for both the park and the museum were developed that would be anchored by the new bridge.


MERIT AWARD under 3 acres


MERIT AWARD over 3 acres

FORUM STUDIO

GREENWAY PARK MASTER PLAN In 2016 the detailed master plan for more than 20 acre Mississippi Greenway Park was developed. The Mississippi Greenway Park would be a new urban oasis which would provide the opportunity to be an active, highly programed, and active park in contrast to the calm, monumental essence of the Arch Grounds. The plan takes cues from nature and the natural systems that made this place what it is today, including frequent flooding.


SWT DESIGN OLD NORTH ST. LOUIS SUSTAINABILITY PLAN The Sustainability Plan offers overall neighborhood strategies to help meet the community’s goal to foster environmentallyfriendly redevelopment while preserving the area’s historic assets and improving quality of life. These strategies include: improving connectivity to enable people walking, biking, or taking public transit to easily get to and from the neighborhood; enhancing environmental performance to help the community reach its sustainability goals and provide value-added benefits to the neighborhood; and encouraging more productive land use to make the most of vacant and underutilized properties and promote increased density.


MERIT AWARD over 3 acres


FORUM STUDIO

FORT WAYNE RIVERFRONT MASTER PLAN Fort Wayne, IN

MERIT AWARD over 3 acres

A new vision for the Fort Wayne riverfront has begun. Managed by the City’s Planning Department, our team was selected to reimagine the riverfront through a series of charrettes, public engagement, and conceptual design improvements. These improvements will focus on increased recreational use of the river, dining and entertainment venues, programmed events and ecological restoration. Programmed areas include an urban plaza and waterfront promenade that will create a dynamic new destination for entertainment that is linked to the CBD, Headwaters Park, surrounding venues, neighborhoods and the extensive River Greenway Trails.


FORUM STUDIO PENN STATE HALLS RESIDENCE MASTER PLAN University Park, PA

Along with the renovation of all fourteen existing residence halls, the 21-acre site was master planned to establish a campus environment that promotes student success and does so by enhancing connectivity to all aspects of the student experience. The master plan is

organized around three branded open spaces: Central Green, Promenade Plaza and Great Lawn. A reduction in vehicularpedestrian conflicts and a cohesive, sustainable planting strategy also work to establish a new character for the sprawling residential complex.


HONOR AWARD


New to this years award parameters, this category was broken into two: “under $500k construction” and “over $500k construction” to better differentiate and be more inclusive of projects.


LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE DESIGN


ARCTURIS

MSD PROJECT CLEAR,

St. Louis, MO

The MSD Project Clear Site Design project is a sustainable design project addressing water quality at the neighborhood level as part of a larger regional stormwater initiative, Project Clear. The six different sites incorporate stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) by utilizing layouts, grading, soils and plantings to slow runoff and allow for percolation on site. The designs also used other sustainable design elements such as permeable pavement, reconstructed soils, local stone and native landscape plantings. The sites are located in neighborhoods which lack parks and investment, so each site also provides some open space and landscape to the area.


MERIT AWARD under $500k


MERIT AWARD under $500k

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MONSANTO RAIN GARDEN PILOT PROJECT, Creve Coeur, MO For this pilot project, the Client and design team made an early commitment to create a highly functional raingarden utilizing the existing soil profile instead of imported material. With the success of this installation, and continual monitoring, this strategy may be utilized throughout the 500-acre campus to further reduce overall stress on an aging stormwater infrastructure network, all while minimizing soil disturbance. The final design solution employs locally-sourced stone in dry creek beds to direct runoff from a 3,500 SF roof into a 1,600 SF bio-retention basin.


HOK

PHILLIPS 66 CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS Houston, TX The new 1.1 million s.f. Corporate Headquarters campus master plan maximizes open space on the 15 acre Conceptual rendering arrival drop-off urban site. The open space strategy was campus looking northeast planned as a sequence of spaces to be experienced by visitors and employees alike. The landscape includes grasses, 2016 St. Louis site ASLA Chapter Awards ______________________________________ forbs, coastal oak, and other Project Name: Phillips 66 Corporatelive Headquarters Category: Landscape Architecture Design material to fountain the Gulf Upon entering the arrival drop-off, plant visitors are greeted by anative 30 ft. circular which reflects the dynamic quality of the sky of this region. The landscape surrounding the arrival drop-off is more formal and frames the space. A water runnel extends out to the main site entry greeting visitors. Coastal Prairie. The landscape design is also intended to provide ecological diversity within an urban context, create wildlife habitat, provide dynamic visual interest from the office floors above, and active and passive recreation 2016 St. Louis ASLA Chapter Awards ______________________________________ Project Name: Phillips 66 Corporate Headquarters Category: Landscape Architecture Design opportunities for employees. The original concept of this area illustrates the landscape characteristic of the campus and desired aesthetic effect.


MERIT AWARD Over $500k


SWT DESIGN

THE COMMONS AT CORTEX INNOVATION COMMUNITY, St. Louis, MO Cortex Innovation Community has quickly developed into a hub for startup biotechnology companies, urban residences and streetside shopping. A neighborhood master plan led to the creation of a special taxing district and a commitment from partner institutions to fund a first phase of open space improvements for the district, including improvements to nine city blocks of streetscape and a central park in the heart of the area, known as the Cortex Commons.

MERIT AWARD Over $500k


[dtls] WILDWOOD GARDEN AT BELLEFONTAINE CEMETERY St. Louis, MO Bellefontaine Cemetery, founded in 1849, is one of the most historic cemeteries in the United States. Situated around the existing Columbarium, Wildwood Valley Garden is a new commemorative space organized by a naturalized stream, accessible paths, bridge crossings and overlooks. The diverse and colorful and garden is a horticultural showcase featuring tree groves, perennial and shrub beds, prairie wildflower drifts, and emergent and wetland plantings. It is a series of sensory experiences, starting at a bubbling spring and cascading over a series of falls and gentle riffles before tumbling over a final set of falls into a tranquil pool.


MERIT AWARD Over $500k


FORUM STUDIO REINSURANCE GROUP OF AMERICA Chesterfield, MO

Set on a 17 acre site, Reinsurance Group of America HQ campus is an interactive and connective workplace provided vista views and access to nature. The buildings are integrated into the landscape in a sensitive manner that minimizes the impact of the development on the local ecosystems. A formal landscaped arrival plaza welcomes visitors to the lobby. The private ‘backyard’ consisting of a restored woodland and prairie landscape engages the site with framed views toward the valley while providing employee amenities such as: 1/3 mile walking trail, a fitness deck, dining terrace, and a gathering lawn for office wide events.


HONOR AWARD


The unbuilt category recognizes site specific designs which have been designed but will not progress into construction.


UNBUILT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE


FORUM STUDIO

PEAR OF ISTANBUL, Istanbul, Turkey Today, Istanbul is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Expanding democracy, global investment, and abundant tourism are reshaping the region for generations to come. The Pearl of Istanbul is at the heart of this transformation. 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.

MERIT AWARD


GOODBYE 2016! THANKS FOR EVERYTHING


CAROLYN GAIDIS VP OF EVENTS SUE WIEST DECORATIONS MICHELLE OHLE GRAPHICS/DESIGN ELIZABETH GRAFF GRAPHICS/AWARDS COORDINATION ASLA WISCONSIN AWARDS JUDGING CHAPTER HOK VENUE BUTLER’S PANTRY CATERING


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2016 ASLA Awards Booklet  

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