As the warm summer afternoons wane and the golden hues of autumn linger on the horizon, we find ourselves looking back in reflection at our milestones and critical fortunes as we celebrate our 10th anniversary and recent project awards. Just this month, Land Collective was bestowed with an Honor Award from the National ASLA for our work at Grand Junction Plaza, our first built work to be recognized at the national level.
When we conceived the design for the new park in response to the challenges posed by climate change-induced flooding, we were confident in our vision for a socially-purposeful intervention capable of addressing a wide range of community needs. Still, the public response has exceeded our wildest expectations, and the City of Westfield has enthusiastically embraced Grand Junction as a treasured civic amenity. As the awards jury aptly points out, Grand Junction provides “green infrastructure that is well-loved, inclusive, and welcoming to a mix of people. The project addresses stormwater management through new and dynamic landscapes that captivate users’ curiosity while framing views and providing programming for the community.”
Earlier last month, Grand Junction also earned an Award of Excellence from the Indiana Chapter of ASLA. Both the national ASLA and INASLA awards add to a growing list of accolades bestowed on the project, including Monocle’s International Award for Best Ecological Effort and ASLA PA-DE’s Award of Excellence for General Design.
Next month, we will be travelling to the Twin Cities for the National ASLA Conference where Principal David A. Rubin will join Westfield’s Mayor Andy Cook and Philip Tevis from Flatland Resources to deliver a session on Grand Junction. If you plan to attend the conference, we invite you to join us!
In other news, we’re delighted to share that our SCUP Award-winning Hillside Framework Plan at the University of Pittsburgh has received INASLA’s Planning & Analysis Award. As part of our ongoing work at the university, we’ve created a framework plan for the upper campus that successfully establishes a unified identity across the varied topography of the 68-acre campus, addressing the challenges of circulation, access, drainage, and connectivity between the upper and lower parts of campus. At the request of the university, Land Collective recently completed the Lower Campus Master Plan, and we’re starting to implement the projects from that vision presently.
While our ultimate reward is witnessing the positive impact on those who occupy and enjoy the spaces we design, we are grateful and encouraged for the continued recognition from our fellow industry professionals and, especially, members of the public. As we celebrate these achievements, we would like to thank our esteemed clients and dedicated partners who have collaborated tirelessly on these projects—and, of course, National ASLA and the Indiana chapter for these recognitions!
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