Featured Projects and ASLA Awards
Three RDG Planning & Design projects receive design recognition from the Central States Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) The projects receiving Merit Awards include: The University of North Carolina – Greensboro (UNCG) Kaplan Center for Wellness, Springfield Railroad Improvements-1908 Springfield Race Riot Memorial, and Walnut Creek Watershed Plan.
The UNCG Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness is part of the Spartan Village, a mixed-use redevelopment area on the southern edge of campus comprised of industrial, business, and residential properties. The Center provides over 216,000 gross square feet of recreation and wellness space and occupies the majority of its five-acre city block site. A dedicated portion of the site’s southern edge creates a landscape buffer to soften views and scale from existing residential neighborhoods. A series of bioretention cells in this area provide stormwater treatment and peak discharge attenuation.
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The Springfield Railroad Improvements – 1908 Race Riot Archeological Site Mitigation Concept is located at the site of a culturally significant landmark in Springfield, Illinois. This project is designed to create a meaningful and inspirational place that is both a physical memorial and emotional experience that captures the pain and loss based on the history of the 1908 Springfield Race Riots. Creating something that would heal the community. As part of the project we provided the client with the concepts and tools needed to garner interest from potential donors.
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The Walnut Creek Watershed Plan focuses on developing a highly-effective, well-communicated, science-based plan for improving water quality across the watershed. It’s purpose is to interpret very technical information in a way that can be understood by implementer, policy makers and the general public, to develop consensus among potentially conflicting interests and lead directly to on-the-ground, measurable results. Walnut Creek’s Watershed Plan has become a model for the entire state and has led directly to action, e.g., Clive’s Greenbelt Plan and local ordinance updates.