SLAM Landscape Architecture & Planning Studio Expands to Denver

S/L/A/M Collaborative's Jessica Petro and Adam Loughrey.

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 architectural design studios, focused on healthcare, sports facilities and justice, adding to SLAM’s existing education, corporate, healthcare and sports/recreation expertise.

The SLAM LA&P Studio has been supporting the firm’s national practice and brings the expertise and diverse portfolio and versatile skills of Associate Landscape Architect and Project Manager, Jessica Petro, PLA, ASLA, with team support from Adam Loughrey to launch the new studio. Our integrated practice and culture afford an ease of transition and growth to our community of professionals.

Joining a group of talented design thinkers focused on the healthcare and corporate markets, Jessica will augment these markets, as well as expand the practice offerings, bringing 15 years of experience in landscape architecture and an expertise in the higher education and independent education sectors. Distinguishing her work in the field of landscape architecture is her leadership skills and thoughtful sensitivity to contextual site design and sustainability, with a specialization in native plant design and xeriscaping. Under her leadership, clients will benefit from her expertise in programming and site planning, feasibility studies, complex regulatory approval processing and managing the design process through each stage of construction, from early planning and conceptual design through construction documentation, bidding and construction administration.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude in Landscape Architecture and Planning from the University of Connecticut, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Flagler College, and an Associate Degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her work has won recent notable ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Honor and Excellence Awards in multiple states. She also a member of the following organizations: ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects), SCUP (Society for College and University Planning), CPTA (Connecticut Protective Tree Association), and is a recent member of the Denver Downtown Partnership.

SLAM Principal and LA&P Studio Leader Daniel Granniss says, “I am excited about Jessica’s energy to lead this geographic expansion. Both her and Adam’s expertise across various markets will result in a dynamic and artful contribution to the SLAM growth strategy. I’m confident they will continue our passion to deliver inspirational projects that tie directly to a client’s mission and programmatic needs.”

The Landscape Architecture & Planning Studio is focused on innovative design and comprehensive master planning services with extensive experience in regulatory approval processing, that build lasting, and often, legacy partnerships with clients, through a foundation of resilience, wellness, sustainable architecture and smart growth woven into their work. The Studio’s notable projects include a nearly 20 year partnership with Providence College that has forged the Campus Transformation Plan; delivery and implementation of a Campus Master Plan in support of Sacred Heart University’s aggressive growth plan; and over 20 years of experience transforming the campuses of the University of Notre Dame and Emory University, and other institutions across the nation.

SLAM Denver Principal Russ Sedmak, RA says, “From day one of joining the SLAM family, we were impressed with how our cultures aligned and shared a mutual enthusiasm for positive future growth. This is a great example of SLAM’s commitment to strategic growth and their ability to take advantage of a great opportunity. We look forward to Jessica and Adam making an impact on future projects in the state and nationally.”

SLAM has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Glastonbury, CT, Iowa City, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, and Philadelphia.


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