Conservation Design Forum 2010 Summer Newsletter
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CDF Provides Green Streets Training in Main Street Cities Throughout Iowa
IDED Green Streets Main Street - Corning, IAOn March 17, David Yocca led a webinar that included ญญญญa diverse team to provide an overview of integrated sustainable strategies relevant to downtown districts in Iowa cities.  CDF is currently leading educational workshop meetings offered through the Iowa Department of Economic Development in each of these forward-thinking towns seeking to improve the long-term livability, environment, and economy of the communities with these practices.

Main Street cities include:  Bloomfield, Bonaparte, Central City, Charles City, Colfax, Corning, Elkader, Hampton, Iowa Falls, Jewell, Keokuk, LeMars, Manning, Marcus, Mount Vernon, Mount Pleasant, Spencer, Washington, Waverly, and West Union.

US EPA Announces Green Infrastructure Requirements
US EPAThe US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a new rule to greatly improve the standards for managing stormwater management on sites.  The rule would require green infrastructure such as green roofs, rain gardens, and permeable paving to retain and clean 90% of rain water falling on a site during a storm.  Washington D.C. will be subject to the rule initially as a pilot city, and it will eventually apply to cities nationwide.
Tom Price, CDF's Principal Hydrologist/Civil Engineer, was one of the experts retained by the EPA to provide feedback on aspects of the rule. David Yocca, CDF's Principal Landscape Architect/Planner, also met with EPA officials as one of several representatives from the American Society of Landscape Architects' (ASLA) to discuss implications and opportunities associated with sustainable water management integrated into site design. 

Read the Washington post article
Read the EPA's fact sheet

Charles City Permeable Streetscape Under Construction
Charles City Permeable StreetscapeConstruction began this summer on the permeable streetscape for a 16-block area of the downtown historic residential district in Charles City, Iowa.  Street improvements include permeable paving, cobble infiltration areas, and amended soil infiltration areas.  The new streetscape will reduce peak discharges for 10-year storm by over 90%.   The project is partially funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and I-JOBS. 

Read the KWWL articles on the streetscape project

Omega Center for Sustainable Living Receives AIA/COTE 2010 Top Green Project Award
Omega Center for Sustainable Living
Image credit:  BNIM Architects

In April 2010, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) selected the "top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment."  The Omega Center for Sustainable Living and BNIM Architects was honored at the AIA 2010 National Convention and Design Exposition in Miami in June.  CDF provided landscape architecture and water resource engineering assistance on the project. 
Read the press release

Sustainable Sites Initiative Selects Pilot Projects
The Sustainable Sites Initiative has selected over 150 Pilot Projects for the SITES Pilot Program, which began in June 2010.  These projects will provide feedback about the SITES rating system and reference guide, and will be the basis of refinements to the final rating system and technical reference manual. 

Learn more about the Sustainable Sites Initiative 
See the Illinois Pilot Projects
See the Michigan Pilot Projects
The Sustainable Sites Initiative

Chicago Tribune Architecture Critic Blair Kamin reflects on "Ten Years of Green Roofs in Chicago..."
Chicago City Hall Green Roof
Image credit:  Conservation Design Forum

The Chicago City Hall Rooftop Garden, one of the first ecological green roofs in the nation, began the green roof movement in Chicago. Ten years later, the city now has nearly 500 green roofs that cover 7 million square feet of roof top space.  Blair Kamin describes Chicago as "North America's undisputed leader in covering roofs with vegetation," but describes the initiative as still in its infancy. 

Learn more about the article
Learn more about the Chicago City Hall green roof

CDF Principal Landscape Architect/Planner joins Green Roofs for Healthy Cities board
Green Roofs for Healthy CitiesDavid Yocca, CDF's Principal Landscape Architect/Planner, has recently joined Green Roofs for Healthy Cities as a board member.  David will also serve on the editorial advisory board for the Living Architecture Monitor, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities' quarterly publication.

Learn more about Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Lost Valley Visitor Center Grand Opening
Lost Valley Visitor Center with rain gardenThe McHenry County Conservation District (MCCD) has recently completed the renovation of the lodge at the Glacial Park conservation area, now the Lost Valley Visitor Center. CDF was part of the team led by Williams Architects and including MCCD staff landscape architects to design a building and site renovation supportive of the unique landscape ecology of the preserve.  The integration of sustainable practices helped secure an Illinois EPA 319 grant and Illinois Clean Energy Grant, and serves as a demonstration of green strategies for McHenry County communities and businesses. The facility is open to the public, and a grand opening event is scheduled for Saturday, August 14th.
Learn more about the Lost Valley Visitor Center 

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Walsh College Library Expansion achieves LEED Gold
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Johnson Controls Corporate Headquarters featured in Wisconsin Builder Magazine
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Milwaukee City Council Approves Near North Area Plan and Citywide Policy Plan
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Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning
Pocket Park concept
Image Credit:  Conservation Design Forum

As part of Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Project , CDF is working with Iowa State University, Trees Forever, and four Iowa towns to help prioritize and plan for community enhancement projects. The visioning program for Rockford, Clarksville, Gunder, and St. Olaf includes community workshops and conceptual designs and implementation strategies for projects that include downtown streetscape improvements, signage and wayfinding, natural enhancement of road corridors, park and recreational improvements, traffic calming and pedestrian enhancement. The visioning process with be completed in August.

Location:  Clarksville, Gunder, St. Olaf, and Rockford, Iowa
Client:      Iowa's Living Roadways
Team:      Conservation Design Forum, lead, landscape architecture and planning
                    Iowa State University, student interns Marty Albert, Eric Doll, Chris Riggert
                    Trees Forever, community facilitation

Learn more about the program

Hegewisch Marsh Restoration & Interpretive Signage
Hegewisch Marsh Restoration
Image credit:  Conservation Design Forum

Beginning in 2007, Conservation Design Forum and Conservation Land Stewardship, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Environment, began ecological restoration of the 100-acre Hegewisch Marsh. Following the City's lead, CDF/CLS set project goals of restoring natural hydrology, biodiversity and health to a site previously used as an industrial dumping ground.

Ford Calument Environmental Center SignageIn late 2009, CDF began developing interpretive signage to help visitors to the Marsh understand the complex history of the site, the process of restoration in natural areas, and the illustrious future envisioned for the future Ford Calumet Environmental Center and Marsh.  Using materials removed during the restoration process and signage capable of being reclaimed at the end of their temporary life cycle, CDF is creating an installation that will support the expressed mission of Chicago's Mayor Daley, to 'turn the Calumet area into a major showpiece - visitors will come from all over the world to learn about what happens when nature, industry and community interconnect in an urban area."

Location:    Chicago, IL
Client:        Chicago Department of Environment
Team:        Conservation Design Forum,
                       lead, landscape architecture, graphic design
                       Conservation Land Stewardship, restoration and management

More about the Hegewisch Marsh Restoration

San Jacinto Texas Historic Corridor Standards

San Jacinto EpicArtTM

Graphic credit:  Native Sun Productions

The San Jacinto Texas Historic District Corridor Standards is a set of standards for design, development, and maintenance of sites and projects within the District, located southeast of Houston. The standards provide recommendations and guidance to maximize the value, performance, and aesthetic quality of capital projects and long-term operational expenditures throughout the District, primarily along transportation corridors.
The application of the standards will create a consistent character unique to the Historic District that celebrates its heritage, history, culture, and natural elements. Guidelines and standards were prepared for six distinct design scenarios and included recommendations for landscape architecture, infrastructure, circulation, planting materials, water management, lighting, art and sculpture, community gateways, signage, hardscape materials, and site amenities and furnishings. Recommendations for highlighting and celebrating the area's rich history as the birthplace of Texas include the application of EPICArtTM depictions of scenes from local historic events as massive outdoor murals, a concept developed and implemented by Native Sun Productions.

Location:  Houston Region, Texas
Economic Alliance Houston Port Region
Conservation Design Forum, lead, landscape architecture and planning
                      Knudson LP, planning and landscape architecture, facilitation
                      Native Sun Productions, historic interpretation and integration
                      Klotz Associates, civil engineering
                      Caerulean Collaborative, creative direction

More about the San Jacinto Texas Historic District

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Parson's Park
Parson's Park
Image credit:  All Bry Construction 

In 2007 the Chicago Park District, CDF, and Terry Guen Design Associates began a project to convert an asphalt parking lot into a vibrant neighborhood park in Kilbourn Park along Belmont Avenue.   The park was designed for two of the neighborhoods populations; youth and seniors. The youth area features water spray, swings, and several climbing structures, while the senior area includes game tables and a bocce ball court. A Community Presentation Wall encloses the central gathering space and will feature local community art.
The park includes a collection of natural perennials and trees, and a natural stone channel that collects water runoff from the rubber playground surface and the spray park. Water is infiltrated and used for irrigation on site rather than directed into the city sewer system.  Parson's Park opened in May 2010, and has been well received by the community.
Location:    Chicago, IL
Client:        Chicago Park District
Team:        Conservation Design Forum, lead, landscape architecture, water resource engineering
                       Terry Guen Design Associates, facilitation, design

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July 31
Elmhurst Green Fest 2010
James Patchett, President and Founder, CDF

August 4
Trial Garden and Plant Health Field Day 
James Patchett, President and Founder, CDF

September 7
Oakland County Building Sustainable Communities Seminar
Patrick Judd  and David Yocca, Principal Landscape Architect/Planner, CDF

September 11
ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo
David Yocca, Principal Landscape Architect/Planner, CDF; Deb Guenther, Mithun; Jose Alminana, Andropogon Associates; Jacob Blue, Applied Ecological Associates, Inc
September 16-17
Clean Water and Climate Adaptation Summit 2010
James Patchett, President and Founder, CDF

September 22-24
2010 APA Illinois Chapter Conference
James Patchett, President and Founder, CDF

November 17-19
Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
David Yocca, Principal Landscape Architect/Planner, CDF

November 30 - December 3
Vancouver Cities Alive 2010

David Yocca, Principal Landscape Architect/Planner, CDF

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