Centerra Metro District Celebrates Earth Day with Sustainable Initiatives

Centerra Metro District strives to positively impact the planet, not just for Earth Day but every day of the year. Throughout the last several years, the Metro District has launched a series of sustainability initiatives to conserve water and encourage the use of alternative transportation. Water Conservation Through partnerships with …


Taylor Kohrs Constructs New Park in Thornton 

Colorado-based general contractor Taylor Kohrs recently began construction of a 2.3-acre park located at 88th & Santa Fe Drive in Thornton. The ADA-compliant park, constructed for the City of Thornton and designed by Design Concepts, will feature a zip line, playground, custom-made soccer pitch, synthetic turf areas, shade structure, detention …


Two Landscape Architecture Firms Merge

Denver landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm studioINSITE has joined forces with Midwest-based landscape architecture firm, Confluence. With eight additional locations outside of Denver, Confluence has emerged as one of the most comprehensive, growth-oriented landscape architecture, planning and urban design firms serving clients throughout the Midwest and Western U.S. “This new …


Improving Social, Physical and Emotional Health Through Intentional Design

By Laurel Raines, Dig Studio, president | founder A national competition sponsored by Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) in 2012 invited the design community to “re-imagine play” and help radically transform Denver’s playgrounds. By liberating play equipment from typical defined bubbles of space and spreading play opportunities throughout park environments, people of all …


Design Workshop Receives Multiple Industry Awards

Design Workshop, an international landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm, has received multiple awards in 2020, recognizing the firm, its employees and projects across the U.S., including Colorado. “While the pandemic has required our team to shift the way they work with each other and clients, we are resilient …


SLAM Landscape Architecture & Planning Studio Expands to Denver

As part of its strategic plan to grow the integrated practice across nine offices, the S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM), a national multi-disciplinary design firm, has expanded its SLAM Landscape Architecture & Planning Studio (LA&P) to 1900 Grant Street, Denver. This location is part of a recent acquisition of five CBRE | Heery …

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Major Restoration on Tap for Denver’s South Platte River

A leader in river restoration and development, S2O Design and Engineering has been selected to execute a signature component of downtown Denver’s River Mile development—the restoration of the iconic South Platte River. The effort will incorporate sustainability, aquatic and riparian habitat enhancements, and flood control along a more than 1-mile-long …


‘Build the Canopy’ Grants Available to Property Owners in Downtown Denver

The third round of Urban Forest Initiative ‘Build the Canopy’ grants launched on July 29, 2020. This grant program, created by the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, and City and County of Denver, with funding support from private donors, has the goal of building a robust tree …


Water Conservation and Sustainability Initiative Launches at Centerra

McWhinney, a master-planned developer and investment firm, has launched an official Water Conservation and Sustainability Initiative for its Centerra community in collaboration with environmental nonprofit High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC), to enhance water conservation and sustainable practices in northern Colorado. Over the course of the next year, Centerra, HPEC and local community stakeholders including the …


Using Drones as a Tool to Drive Public Engagement

By Sara Egan and Maddie Clark Landscape architects and planners have relied on Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAVs or drones) for site analysis, monitoring construction progress and benchmarking projects in recent years. Data and birds-eye imagery from drones can even enhance storytelling to bolster community engagement and deepen the clarity and …