RDG Honored with Regional Landscape Architectural Design Awards

RDG Planning & Design recently received awards from the Central States Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for their involvement with two highly visible projects in the Des Moines area. RDG is honored for their planning and landscape design work on the Gray’s Lake Park Master Plan and Phase 1 Improvements, as well as the Interstate Highway 235 Master Aesthetic Plan. The Gray’s Lake Park project received an Honor award in the Planning and Analysis category, the highest award in that category, and the Iowa Interstate 235 Master Aesthetic Plan is the proud recipient of a Merit Award. Representatives for RDG and the City of Des Moines were recognized at the ASLA Awards Celebration and Lunch on April 20th, 2007, at the Embassy Suites in Kansas City, Missouri. This program acknowledges excellence in Landscape Architectural planning and design by selecting those projects relevant to design quality, functionality, environmental responsibility, and public relevance and welfare.

Lying in the shadows of the downtown Des Moines skyline, Gray’s Lake Park began as a sand and gravel pit. Today, it stands as the “crown jewel” of the Des Moines Parks and Recreation system, offering year-round recreational, social, and civic amenities. Once the hangout for the homeless and drug pushers and an easy place to dump left over trash, Gray’s Lake Park has now become the post card for Des Moines. It capitalizes on one of the few remaining opportunities in Des Moines to provide a high quality, activity oriented, multi-purpose open space environment that showcases the community and its citizens.
Jury Comments: “Works well with engaging river and custom design elements . . . outstanding use of materials -diverse use of site”.
The Iowa Interstate 235 Master Aesthetic Plan developed a “plan” for improving the appearance of the entire Interstate Highway 235 corridor and enhancing the appeal and image of the Des Moines metropolitan area. RDG, teamed with local and national architects and engineers, served as the prime consultant for this comprehensive master plan for roadway and bridge improvements. The plan included design concepts for pedestrian and road bridges, right-of-way landscape plantings, lighting, sound barriers, signage support systems, and landscape maintenance. The concept is to create a memorable “linear parkway” to showcase the State of Iowa and focus on the State Capitol, Des Moines landmarks, and community neighborhoods.
Jury Comments: “. . . a great job of telling the story – strong graphics and conceptual development . . . makes a statement and concerns pedestrian use.”
RDG is a distinctive group of extraordinary individuals with the shared purpose of making more of life through Purpose-Driven Design. This employee driven organization allows employees to “hang their hats” in most any place, as part of a business enterprise with few boundaries. From offices in Ames IA, Des Moines IA, Coralville IA, La Crosse WI, Omaha NE, Chicago IL, and Fort Myers FL, RDG serves a broad variety of clients in the markets of Artistry, Athletic Fields and Complexes, Community and Regional Planning, Corporate, Government, Healthcare, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Museums and Cultural Centers, Parks and Recreation, Police and Fire Safety, Religious, Senior Living, Sports, Transportation Enhancements, and Urban Design. RDG brings important knowledge in specific disciplines of practice, including Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Integrated Art, Interior Design, Community and Urban Planning, Graphic Design, Lighting Design, Mechanical / Electrical Engineering, Strategic Planning, and Sustainable Design.

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