Season's Greetings!

2011: a year in reviewne
 We at CDF are grateful for the many wonderful opportunities we have had this past year. As we look ahead to 2012, we look forward to continuing our collaboration with friends, colleagues, clients, and team members to make tomorrow even brighter.


Oak Forest Preserve CDF leads master planning process for Cook County's Oak Forest Preserve

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County retained a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team led by CDF to develop a master plan for the recently acquired site.

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Garvey property The Garvey Property receives restoration grant

Earlier this year, the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC) was awarded a $250,000 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Joint Venture grant to purchase and restore 120 acres of forest and wetland along the Black River.

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Navy Pier

Navy Pier : The Centennial Vision - CDF in the top 5

CDF joins New York-based firm !melk landscape architecture as one of the top five finalist teams for reimagining Navy Pier for the 100-year anniversary in 2016.



Clinton River Auburn Hills Riverside Park begins design development

CDF, along with OHM Advisors, began design and engineering services for the development of park improvements at Riverside Park, part of the Auburn Hills Riverwalk Master Plan (completed in 2009 by CDF). The design includes an amphitheater, promenade, rainwater management system, and streambank restoration.

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Charles City phase 1

CDF begins second phase of Charles City Green Streets

This fall, CDF began Phase 2 of the Charles City Permeable Streetscape plan, adding an additional nine residential blocks to the original 18-block area, completed in 2010. The new streetscape includes permeable pavement, cobble infiltration areas, trench grates, and amended soil infiltration.


CDF performs Natural Areas Survey for the Park District of Highland Park

Conservation Design Forum is conducting floristic surveys at several natural areas managed by the Park District of Highland Park.




implementation. implementation 

West Union under constructionWest Union Green Streets Pilot Project construction underway  

Forty percent of West Union, Iowa's innovative Green Street project is now complete, with lighting, porous paving, rain gardens, and sidewalk amenities constructed through the south half of the downtown.

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Hegewisch Marsh Natural Area

Hegewisch Marsh Natural Area interpretive signage installed

A series of educational and interpretive signs describing ecosystem function, human influence, flora, and fauna in the Hegewisch Marsh Natural Area were installed in fall 2011.




Park West, Oregon, IL

Park West and Hawk Prairie improvements complete

New play spaces, trails, boardwalk, and amenities for all ages are now complete at Oregon, Illinois's Park West and Hawk Prairie.





Cole Park

Chicago Park District playgrounds construction update

In 2010, CDF began working with the Chicago Park District to re-design children's play spaces in four parks throughout Chicago: Nat King Cole Park, Frank J. Wilson Park, Buttercup Park, and Gompers Park.



Woodlawn Center South

Woodlawn Center South construction complete

Woodlawn Center South, the first phase of redevelopment of the Grove Parc Plaza subsidized housing in Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood, was completed in fall 2011.





Ann Arbor Municipal Center sculpture

Ann Arbor Municipal Center water sculpture dedicated

This fall, the new Ann Arbor Municipal Center's interactive water sculpture, designed by Herbert Dreiseitl, was dedicated by Mayor John Hieftje.




Advocate Lutheran General

Advocate Health Care received SMALL feet/large FEAT award

Advocate Health Care was honored with the SMALL feet/large FEAT award, a recognition given by the Illinois Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council to an organization that makes great strides towards reducing its impact on the environment.


West Union parkway planter

West Union Green Streets Pilot Project awarded COSCDA President's Award for Innovation

The Iowa Economic Development Authority and the community of West Union, Iowa, were awarded the President's Award for Innovation from the Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA) for the Green Streets Pilot Project, currently under construction in West Union.

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Kresge Foundation Headquarters Kresge Foundation Headquarters featured as a Landscape Architecture Foundation Case Study

The Kresge Foundation Headquarters was one of the first sustainable site case studies in LAF's 2011 Landscape Performance Series, a new program that brings researchers, students, and designers together to quantify the benefits of sustainable design.


The Sustainable Sites Handbook

The Sustainable Sites Handbook released

Author Meg Calkins released The Sustainable Sites Handbook, "the definitive resource guide for sustainable site design, construction, and management."





CDF welcomes Sarah Alward and Ben Oxender to our team

CDF is pleased to announce the addition of Sarah Alward and Ben Oxender to our team. Sarah is a 2011 Master of Landscape Architecture graduate of the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment. At Michigan, Sarah focused on urban agriculture, ecological design and the intersection of art and landscape architecture. She joined CDF's Elmhurst office as an assistant designer.     


Ben is a licensed landscape architect who joined CDF's Ann Arbor office. Ben has 7 years of collective experience and brings with him a wealth of knowledge including Midwestern plant communities and ecological systems, site planning, design, graphics and construction.   


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