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RDG Wins FIVE Landscape Architectural Design Awards

RDG Planning & Design receives awards from the Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for their involvement with three Central Iowa projects, and one Nebraska project. Along with a design award from the Regional – Central States ASLA for planning and landscape design work on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Enhancements.

April 10, 2008: RDG Planning & Design receives four design awards from the Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) at the annual spring conference. RDG is recognized for their planning and landscape design work on the Pleasant Hill Youth Sports Complex, the Crosswinds Development in Ankeny, the Interstate-235 Master Aesthetic Plan, and Kramer Park in Bellevue, Nebraska. The Crosswinds project received an honor award in the Planning Category, the Pleasant Hill Youth Sports Complex picked up an honor award in the Design-Not Constructed Category, and I-235 Master Aesthetic Plan and Kramer Park each received Merit awards.
Representatives for RDG and the client representatives were recognized at the ASLA Awards Celebration and Lunch on April 10th, 2008, at the Iowa State Center, Scheman Building, in Ames Iowa. This program acknowledges excellence in Landscape Architectural planning and design by selecting those projects relevant to design quality, functionality and relationship to context, impact on public health, safety and welfare, and overall relevance to landscape architecture, the public and the environment.
RDG provided Master Planning and Design services for The Crosswinds development, a four hundred and seventy one acre conservation minded commercial development. This commercial development master plan is unique to Iowa because it calls for a low-impact, regional and local best management practice approach for both site and architectural elements. The site-based recommendations involve the creation of a Green Infrastructure network to collect, infiltrate and convey storm water that falls on the project site and its immediate surroundings.
RDG assisted the City of Pleasant Hill to develop a comprehensive program and master plan for a 70-acre youth sports complex to meet the future recreation needs of a growing community. The process of the master plan development included multiple public forums, stakeholder group meetings, league and organization input sessions, and steering committee review workshops. The master plan design of the project creates a youth sports complex in the context of a multigenerational, year round recreation area and incorporates several different storm water best management practices (BMP’s) to reduce rainwater runoff, enhance water quality, increase rainwater infiltration rates, improve groundwater recharge, provide wildlife habitat, and educate park users on the importance of natural resource stewardship through interpretive signage and exhibits.
Jury Comments: “… good combination of large restoration areas with prairie, and excellent storm water management.”
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. RDG helped develop a plan for redevelopment of a former electrical power plant into a signature riverside park for the citizens of Kramer Park, located in Bellevue, Nebraska.
Jury comments: “nice design . . . very respectful of the environment and context of site.”
April 23, 2008: RDG Planning & Design receives an award from the Central States Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for their involvement with one of Des Moines’ most visible projects. RDG is honored for their planning and landscape design work on the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Enhancements. This project received a Merit award in the Design (Built) category. Representatives for RDG were recognized at the ASLA Awards Celebration and Lunch on April 23th, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri.
MLK Jr. Parkway’s enhancements celebrates this roadway as a pedestrian friendly, at-grade 6 lane parkway, addressing traffic and transportation needs while representing the community’s commitment to downtown pride, quality, and revitalization. The quality of design is found in the integration of simple, timeless materials organized at key pedestrian nodes and throughout the corridor establishing a parkway “rhythm”. Various aspects of the project incorporated efficiency and low maintenance considerations impacting the lighting and plant selections making this an environmentally responsible project. MLK Jr. Parkway improvements impact the community on a broad scope as more people regularly experience this parkway both at the pedestrian and vehicular level than other public place in the community

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