RDG Principal Receives Presidents Award

Contact: Rich Gardner, ASLA
(515) 288-3141
Jon Crose, ASLA – Principal and one of the Founding Fathers of RDG Planning & Design, was awarded the Iowa ASLA President’s Award for Landscape Architecture. Jon graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture degree in 1956. In 1965, Crose started the firm, Crose and Associates, which operated out of his home. Now as a part of RDG Planning & Design, the business has grown to include offices in Des Moines, Kansas City, Omaha, and Coralville. Jon taught classes at Iowa State University, served on the Anaweim Housing Board, the Urbandale Tree Board, the Landscape Architecture Registration Board, and has held every officer position within the Iowa Chapter of ASLA. In 1976, Jon chaired the committee to establish Landscape Architecture licensure law. More recently, he served on the committee that helped found the practice law. Jon’s dedication to and knowledge of the profession is second to none. “Jon is an influential representative of the profession and has remained in this capacity for the past 40 years”, states long-time business partner, Rich Gardner.
RDG Planning & Design has been involved with a number of significant Landscape Architecture projects throughout the state. RDG authored the Aesthetic Design Guidelines for I-235 improvements, developed the masterplan for Gray’s Lake Park, created the plans for Prairie Ridge Recreation Park in Ankeny, and developed the streetscape enhancements in Des Moines for Martin Luther King Drive, and other locations. RDG Planning & Design is currently working on streetscape enhancements for South 24th Street in Omaha, renovation of Drake’s Outdoor Track and Stadium, and Coralville Riverfront Improvements. Nationally, RDG has provided landscape design services on the following: University of Texas at El Paso Recreation Sports Masterplan, Wheaton College Sports and Recreation Complex, University of Florida Baseball Stadium and Tennis facility, University of Minnesota Duluth Stadium, Hastings College Stadium, and Southern Methodist University Dedman Center.


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