LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

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Landscape Architecture is an integral part of our multi-disciplinary design expertise.  Site planning, urban and landscape design, and natural features preservation are essential components of our design and engineering services.  Our landscape architects offer special attention to low-impact, aesthetically pleasing, and environmentally sustainable design solutions.

Landscape Architects provide direction for the functional and aesthetic use and preservation of land.  Through the use of feasibility studies, they formulate graphic and written criteria to govern the planning, design and management of land and water resources.  These plans determine the location and siting of improvements, including buildings and other features, as well as the access and environs for those improvements.  Design of land forms, storm water drainage, soil conservation and erosion control methods, site lighting, water features, irrigation systems, plantings, pedestrian and vehicular circulation systems and related construction details all contribute to the overall success of a plan.  These plans are seamlessly created in harmony with our other disciplines to provide successful and sustainable solutions for our clients.

Case Studies

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Design and buildout of 10-acre multifamily parcel
  • 53 Townhouse condominium units and site amenities
  • Common area “gathering place” is large gazebo elevated above the detention pond, hiding the outlet structure
  • Plantings, fountain, cascade and landscaping create an “oasis” in the middle of the community to be enjoyed by all residents and guests

 

LOW-IMPACT DESIGN

  • Creative use of Special Zoning Area designation
  • Efficient land use with multi-family housing
  • Storm water management both functional and site amenity
  • Creative camouflage of utility infrastructure

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pedestrian Bridge provides a beautiful focal point for the City of Chelsea’s Veterans Park
  • The weathered steel bridge spans 40 linear feet over Letts Creek and is eight feet wide
  • Removes pedestrians and bicyclists from the heavy traffic on the nearby M-52 vehicular bridge, and allows Chelsea residents to have direct access to park. Increased green space for tailgating opportunities and improved pedestrian connectivity
  • Provide 3D TruView files to client for communication assistance and aid in all phases of design
  • Midwestern Consulting designed the bridge abutments, boardwalk ramps approaching the abutments on each side of the bridge, and landscaping plans for the flagpole area of the park

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Community Design charrette, rehabilitation, and redesign of existing canoe livery at Gallup Park on the Huron River
  • Heavily-used public facility offers day-camps, boat rentals, fishing, and playgrounds
  • Analysis and redesign of vehicular/pedestrian circulation systems to minimize conflicts between uses
  • Optimize facility operations, especially access to boats and delivery of products

LOW IMPACT DESIGN

  • Separation of pedestrian and vehicular uses, utilizing permeable pavers to reduce runoff
  • Re-use and distribution of existing planting materials for screening.
  • Use of low maintenance, low-water plant materials
  • Incorporation of barrier free access to all locations around the facility

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Two acres of the northwest corner of existing Veterans Memorial Park was reshaped into the City’s first skatepark
  • Coordinated with nationally renown skatepark designer, Wally Hollyday Design
  • Preserved existing woodland area on the site

LOW-IMPACT DESIGN

  • Bioretention swales encourage infiltration, then overflow into underground chambers for retention of greater than the 100-year storm event
  • Utilized existing parking lot

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Worked with Mitchell & Mouat architects to upgrade 50-year-old private athletic club
  • Renovated, replaced, and expanded three building sites
  • Reconfigured site utility systems
  • Brought site to modern ADA accessibility and safety standards
  • Extensive landscaping and plazas to match existing site and reflect club vision

LOW-IMPACT DESIGN

  • Reused existing parking lot to reduce construction impacts
  • Designed stormwater system to infiltrate 100-year storm event