Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New! December 2010 E-blast - Happy Holidays from WPi!

WPi December 2010 E-blast

Newest Issue of WEEDS - WPi Energy + Environmental Design Solutions!

Feature Articles Include:
Expanding the “Green Initiative”, SITESTM Pilot Project Selection & Raising the Bar...plus Much, Much More!

Update on Green Rating Systems - LEED 2012 Rating System Draft Released

Abstracted from:  Sustainable Sites Initiative Winter 2010 - SITES Update

Green Rating Systems Hold Public Comment Period
LEED 2012 Rating System Draft Released

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has released a draft version of the LEED 2012 rating system for public comment. Beginning November 8, 2010, and running through January 14, 2011, the first comment period will be followed by a second in July and August of 2011. The final release of the rating system is expected by late 2012.

LEED 2012 has expanded and revised several changes that affect the building site. The Building Design and Construction (BD&C) tool includes expanded credits in the newly created Location and Transportation section, including a prerequisite to avoid prime farmland. There is also a new soil restoration credit in the Sustainable Sites section. The LEED Neighborhood Development (ND) rating tool contains requirements in its Green Infrastructure and Buildings section for identifying and preserving heritage or champion trees, establishing protection zones for trees during construction, and reducing invasive vegetation. Learn more about the changes.

Friday, October 1, 2010

#WPi Presented (2) Sessions at the “Transition to a Sustainable Georgia” Fall Conference hosted by The GA Chapter of APA. See Below

GA Chapter of American Planning Association

2010 Fall Conference

Fall Conference Session Descriptions

New Gateways for Valdosta: A Master Plan for Two Primary Entry Corridors:
Session will explore the process of creating a master plan for “Gateways” into Valdosta. This current case study project will review the various factors influencing planning and design, including corridor visual enhancement, access management, way finding, beautification and economic aspects.
(Presented by #WPi's J. David Malcolm, ASLA and LPA's Bonnie Pfuntner)

Sustainable Sites Initiative: Guidelines for Sustainable Land Design, Construction, and Maintenance Practices:
The Sustainable Sites Initiative, developed by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center was created to promote sustainable land development and management practices that can apply to sites with and without buildings. The presentation shall give a general overview of the program, its rating system, and a case study exploration of an existing pilot project.
(Presented by #WPi's J. David Malcolm, ASLA and Kristen Mansfield, ASLA, LEED AP)

Brownfield Sites Being Transformed into Community Parks Featured in ASLA's "The Dirt"

Industrial Wasteland to Community Park

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

#WPi participated in a 2-Day Charette along with other allied professionals to craft 10 County Parks for Georgetown County, South Carolina.

Last week’s 2-Day Park Planning Charette occurred in Georgetown County, SC. #WPi participated along with other allied professionals to craft 10 County Parks for Georgetown County, SC. Key team players included #WPi Mark L. Baker, ASLA, Partner-in-Charge, Kyle Theodore, ASLA, Principal and HGBD’s Richard Bailey, ASLA, Principal. The 300 acre, eight oak park site located just west of Georgetown will most likely be the first park constructed with a desired completion date of June 2012. This unprecedented project approach involves four of the top park & recreation planning firms from across the state. Following the charette each firm will advance detail designs for the parks within each district.

Friday, July 2, 2010

#WPI #Mark Baker participated in an Unconstrained Vision Workshop for the Town of Hilton Head Mayor's Task Force.

The Town of Hilton Head's Mayor's Task Force was formed to establish a vision for the island over the next twenty years. As a result, the Task Force members invited a diverse group of individuals that particpated in an Unconstrained Vision Workshop. The panel of attendees were faced with questions pertaining to future trends in the world, how it will affect Hilton Head Island and what solutions would be needed. David Ames, Task Force Chairman, #Mark Baker, Partner of  #WPi and Marc Frey, CEO of Frey Media Holding, participated in organizing the workshop. Click Here for the more details.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Grand Opening Ceremony for Hilton Head Island's The Children Center! #WPi provided the master plan, playground design and landscape design.

The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for The Children’s Center at Jarvis Creek Park, Hilton Head Island was held Saturday, June 26th, 2010. Wood+Partners provided master planning services as well as detailed playground and landscape design and permitting support. Located at Jarvis Creek Park, the site contains a $4.5 million, 19,000 square-foot childcare facility, as well as individual playgrounds for infants, 1-3 year olds, and 3-5 year olds; tricycle tracks; a water play area; outdoor art & dining areas; and parking and support facilities.
For more information on WPi - Click Here. To find out about The Children's Center - Click Here

Friday, June 4, 2010

"New Community - School Garden" #WPi Shawn Kalbli led the LA Graduate Studio that developed the Master Plan for Nims Middle School Garden

Community Gardens are growing the public's interest more and more each day and the Nims Middle School's garden isn't any different. Located in the heart of Tallahassee, the community garden and teaching courtyard was a community effort along with Master Planning efforts through the School of Architecture at Florida A&M University's Graduate Studio led by Adjunct Professor #WPi Shawn Kalbli. #WPi David Malcolm is a Board Member with Keep Tallhassee-Leon County Beautiful and oversaw development of the project. For more information Click Here. For more information on #WPi Click Here.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Construction is Moving along on Tyger River Park! #WPi provided Master Planning Services for the West Spartanburg County Park

WPi was commissioned to prepare master planning and construction document services for the 100 acre regional park. Tyger River Park includes facilities and activities for the entire family. Phase 1 facilities under construction include a 12 field youth baseball complex, park center building, and tournament stadium. A “park within in a park” community space is located at the core of the ballfield complex and includes a two acre nature-based playground and numerous leisure trails. Click Here for full story on the construction of Tyger River. Click Here for photos.Click Here for more information on #WPi

Sustainable Sites Initiative Announced the Selection of Historic Fourth Ward for one of their Landscape Rating System Pilot Projects

#WPi is providing Master Planning and Construction Document Services for Phase II of the Historic Fourth Ward Park located in Atlanta, GA.  Click Here for the full article.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

#WPi is hosting along with several local sponsers The 2010 Clemson University's MRED Maymester Tour on HHI, SC Today!

The Annual Maymester Tour is on Hilton Head Island, SC this year and is hosted by #WPi Perry L. Wood, FASLA and Dr. Terry Farris, as well as many local participants and sponsers. The students in Clemson University's Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) will enjoy a tour of various unique communities and resorts in the Hilton Head area. To read more on Clemson's MRED program Click Here. To find out more about #WPi Click Here.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Green Building Bill Approved by House Committee

According to Builder Online (The Information Source for Home Building), the Green Building Bill was recently approved by the U. S.  House of Representatives' Financial Services Committee.

Monday, April 26, 2010

#WPi Trey Griffin ASLA spotted in Old Town Bluffton Planting Trees in Honor of National Landscape Architecture Month and #Earth Day

April marks the celebration of National Landscape Architecture Month and Earth Day. To recogonize both of these events, WPi's Trey Griffin, ASLA, participated along with other local Landscape Architects in planting 8 live oak trees in Old Town Bluffton. Click here for more information. See page 1, 5, and 6.

Friday, April 23, 2010

#WPi David Malcolm & Kristen Mansfield to attend the FRPA NE Region Mtg. and Present a Session on Sustainable Sites Initiative Today @ 1pm!

Sustainable Sites Initiative: Guidelines for Sustainable Land Design, Construction and Maintenance Practices
Presented by:  WPi's David Malcolm and Kristen Mansfield

The Sustainable Sites Initiative, developed by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center was created to promote sustainable land development and management practices that can apply to sites with and without buildings. The presentation shall give a general overview of the program, its connection to USGBC’s LEED ND rating system and will encourage the participation of Florida parks and recreation projects to take part in the Initiative.

Learning Outcomes
1. Participants will recognize the sustainability level of existing and future park construction projects, management and operations.
2. Participants will discuss how to apply sustainability principles to any site, with or without buildings which are to be protected, developed and redeveloped for public or private use.
3. Participants will list a series of guiding principles that reflect the values of the Sustainable Sites Initiative and can be used to guide site development.
0.1 CEU
 Click Here  for more information on today's schedule. To learn more about this organization Click Here.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

#cflowcountry The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry welcomes guest blogger #WPi Mark Baker for this week’s contribution

Mark Baker, ASLA is chairman of the Public Art Committee of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and a Partner at WPi. For full story click here

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

#WPi #Perry_Wood to attend the #ULISpring10 Conference in Boston, Massachusetts on April 14-16, 2010

Perry Wood, FASLA is traveling to Boston, MA to attend the ULI Real Estate Summit at the Spring Council Forum at the Hynes Convention Center. If you are unable to attend and would like to learn more about the schedule, topics and presenters please click here for more information.

According to the ULI web site, highlights from the meeting will include the following topics that are driving real estate today and will shape its future such as capital, demographics, and business strategies. Wednesday’s opening session will discuss the economic outlook and what it means for Real Estate. The featured speakers include Gus Faucher, Director of Macroeconomics for Moody’s Economy.com; Sam Zell, Chairman of Equity Group Investments and Peter Linneman, Professor of Real Estate, Finance and Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business Attendee's will also have the choice to attend general sessions, interactive town hall-meetings with leaders from every segment of the real estate industry. Thursday’s schedule will include day-long Industry Roundtables and Friday’s schedule will include networking as well as a summit wrap-up.
To learn more visit http://www.ulispring.org/2010/

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

#WPi #Perry_Wood presented to LA Grad Students at #FAMU School of Architecture in support of LA Week

Perry Wood, FASLA presented an overview of WPi’s projects and the planning techniques that place emphasis on Smart Growth, sustainability, preservation and stewardship of the land to the Landscape Architecture graduate students in the School of Architecture at Florida A&M University (FAMU) in support of Landscape Architecture Week.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

#WPi #NimsMiddleSchool #PepsiRefreshProject

Help #WPi support #NimsMiddleSchool as they pursue funding through the #PepsiRefreshProject - Keep Tallahassee-Leon County Beautiful and the #FAMU School of Architecture teamed up to develop a Landscape Master Plan for the campus. Learn more and vote by clicking here:

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Monday, January 4, 2010

South Carolina State Ports Authority now accepting bids for Port Royal property master planned by #WPi

The South Carolina State Ports Authority is accepting bids or proposals for the sale of almost one mile of scenic waterfront & fifty “high ground” acres in the Town of Port Royal near Hilton Head Island, SC.

Bids or proposals regarding the sale of this property are currently being accepted & must be received no later than January 15, 2010 by the following:

NAI Avant, LLC

Attn: Gene Green
1901 Main Street, Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29201

The subject property may be viewed in person by appointment by contacting Gene Green at (803) 744-9820. The property is further described (with photographs) at the following website: http://www.naiavantportroyal.com.

#WPi - Awarded Lake Tobesofkee Recreation Area Master Planning Project in Bibb County, GA!!