ASLA NY Award for Green Roof at SUNY ESF


The intensive, accessible green roof for the Gateway Center at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has won a Merit Award from ASLA NY. The green roof design was inspired by rare New York native plant communities found near Lake Ontario. Native plants were selected based on their performance in test plots that were installed on an adjacent roof top using a variety of soil depths. More photographs of the native plantings are at MotherPlants, one of the contractors for this project.

Andropogon at "Nature and Cities" Conference


Carol Franklin and José Almiñana will speak at the "Cities and Nature: Urban Ecological Design and Planning Conference" at the University of Texas in Austin on February 27 - March 1, 2014: Offering a fresh perspective on ecological design and planning for our cities by inviting 15 established leaders and emerging scholars and practitioners to speak at this two-day conference.

US Coast Guard Headquarters: Striking, Surprising, and Sustainable


The U.S. Coast Guard landscape is highlighted in AIArchitect: “The building’s contextual and sustainable approach to both land and water represents a marked departure from the way federal buildings were planned and sited in the past…’Here, it was really about integrating the building into the landscape.’ (quote by Ralph Johnson FAIA, principal and design director for Perkins+Will

Shoemaker Green in Landscape Architecture Magazine


The University of Pennsylvania's Shoemaker Green in the latest issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine: Shoemaker Green "does what landscape architecture is increasingly called on to do in public space: manage stormwater, produce data on resource use, create microhabitats, and make environments where people feel enrolled through a collaborative design process... Monitoring is showing that new trees are more productive transrespriators than anticipated, and some wildlife has made its home in the rain garden."

Martin Troutman & Emily McCoy Promoted


Martin has been promoted to Associate Principal in recognition of his extensive experience, technical knowledge, and his ongoing contribution to the successful implementation of many of Andropogon's most complex site development projects. Emily has been made an Associate in addition to her role as Director of the Integrated Research department at Andropogon. She will contiune to challenge the firm to integrate the best, most recent scientific knowledge into our landscape practice through a rigorous review of the performance of our past and present landscape interventions. Congratulations!

Phipps Earns First Four-Star Rating from SITES


The Center for Sustainable Landscapes at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh has had an amazing week. The center has earned the first four-star rating as a certified Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES™) project. It has also been long listed for the Sustainable Building of the Year-World Architecture News Award. At Greenbuild, it was announced that Phipps also earned a 2013 Forest Stewarship Council award. Congratulations!

Shoemaker Green Achieves SITES Certification


The Sustainable Sites Initiative program just announced that Shoemaker Green at the University of Pennsylvania was awarded a two-star rating: "An under-used and inflexible space was transformed into a lush multi-purpose gathering and event space that manages stormwater and... clearly embraced SITES principals." SITES is a voluntary, national rating system and set of performance benchmarks for landscape projects. (Photo by B. Doherty)

Andropogon at ASLA Boston November 15-18


Come join Andropogon at ASLA 2013. José Almiñana will be speaking at two SITES™ Workshop sessions throughout the day on Friday, November 15, and will be moderating a panel on Saturday, November 16, discussing SITES™ between designers and clients. Darren Damone will take part in a session on Native Species and Natural Communities on Green Roofs on Friday, November 15. And on Monday, November 18, Emily McCoy will be presenting in two sessions on planning for and measuring ecological resiliency for both public gardens and cultural landscapes. (Left photo by P. Weigand.)

Garden in the Woods Master Plan Update


Andropogon's José Almiñana and Emily McCoy presented the latest ideas for the Garden in the Woods master plan in a public meeting with the New England Wild Flower Society last month. Following in-depth analyses of the natural character areas, the plan's recommendations build on the beauty and diversity of the existing site while meeting the Society's mission and functional needs. Learn more at ASLA in Boston on November 18. (Hidden Valley installation pictured above by W. Gary Smith Design.) 


Richardson Olmsted Complex South Lawn Open to the Public


Andropogon celebrated with the City of Buffalo to mark the official opening of the Richardson Olmsted Complex South Lawn on September 28th. The public was invited to enjoy the festivities and free tours of the grounds of this iconic complex. Andropogon regreened the 10-acre site to create a multi-functional civic space inspired by Olmsted's design: “the winding paths, the plantings of the trees and the framing of the view of the building are all sympathetic to his philosophy and aesthetic.” - Francis R. Kowsky, professor emeritus of art history at SUNY Buffalo State quoted in Buffalo News.

Andropogon Recognized for Design of Integrated Stormwater Control Measures


The Stroud Water Research Center (left), Shoemaker Green (center), and the Kroc Corps Community Center (right) were recognized as Best New Stormwater Control Measure Projects by the Temple-Villanova Sustainable Stormwater Initiative (T-VSSI). T-VSSI advances the practice of stormwater management through cross-disciplinary research, demonstration, and outreach, and maintains an online Regional BMP Database as a resource of model stormwater best management practices (BMPs) implemented in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Shoemaker Green to be Presented at Stormwater Management Symposium


Andropogon's Tom Amoroso and Emily McCoy, along with Molly Julian from Meliora Design, will present Shoemaker Green on Thursday, October 17, at the VUSP Pennsylvania Stormwater Management Symposium. They will be discussing Shoemaker Green as a model of sustainable, urban campus design. The project turned an underutilized space into a high performance landscape, serving as a vibrant social space that also provides ecosystem services, a canvas for future scientific study, and an impetus for sustainable design throughout the University. (Photo by B. Doherty)



Dickinson College Celebrates Official Opening of Stafford Greenhouse


Dickinson College celebrated the official opening of the Dr. Inge P. Stafford Greenhouse for Teaching and Research on September 21st. Andropogon worked with Rhoads Siegel Architects on this interdisciplinary greenhouse, which will serve multiple departments. Sited on a challenging intersection of streets and rail, Andropogon's design connects the building to the main campus and acts as an extension of the classroom, using boulders from site excavation to showcase their geology, and rain gardens and vegetated swales to illustrate stormwater best management practices.

Siyu Tian Wins ASLA Student Award of Excellence for Residential Design


Siyu Tian, a landscape designer at Andropogon, has just received the 2013 ASLA Student Award of Excellence for Residential Design. With partner Yitian Zhao, Siyu imagined a modern Pueblo community using traditional pueblo agricultural systems and stormwater management techniques. Check dams, waffle gardens, and recycled grey water keep the soil moist during dry weather, while water channels and arroyos handle overflow during heavy rain. Congratulations, Siyu!

Native Plants Showcased on SUNY ESF's Green Roof


The new Gateway Center at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry officially opened on September 6. Over 200 people attended the opening and toured the new facility, including the garden roof that showcases native New York plants. Andropogon worked closely with the SUNY ESF faculty to test and select natural plant communities from the Lake Ontario Dunes and Alvar Grasslands, which grow in soil conditions similar to those of conventional green roof media. Monitoring will help assess the performance of the green roof design to inform future projects.

Andropogon Design Comes Full Circle at the Richardson Olmsted Complex


Plans were unveiled on August 19th for the future north entrance at the Richardson Olmsted Complex in Buffalo, New York, as noted on ArchDaily. Andropogon is developing plans to transform the landscape north of the historic complex, continuing its site design from the south lawn, which is nearly complete.  The design for the north provides a new entry for the renovated hotel and conference center, creating “rooms” within the landscape for entry, parking, and recreation, that reflect the site’s former agrarian use. Links to more images and local coverage of the new plans are on our blog.

USCG Headquarters to Open in August


The US Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, set to open in August, is the first phase in the development of the consolidated Department of Homeland Security facility at the historic St. Elizabeth's West Campus: "No matter how many superlatives one chooses to use, it is difficult to accurately depict the sheer magnitude of this development" (from GSA-NCR News & Notices, July 23, 2013). Andropogon provided master planning and site design services for the courtyards and surrounding campus of the new headquarters. View aerial images of the site under construction or take a virtual tour of the new facility under construction.


Olmsted's South Lawn Nearing Completion


The transformation of the nine-acre south lawn at the Richardson Olmsted Complex in Buffalo is almost complete. The south lawn landscape was originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux as therapeutic grounds for the Buffalo State Asylum. The grounds and building, though designated as a National Historic Landmark, had been allowed to deteriorate. Andropogon's design uses a network of sustainable site strategies to improve the urban environment and create a multi-functioning civic space that celebrates the rich history of the site. (Construction images from June and July 2013.)

Shoemaker Green's Role in Revitalizing West Philadelphia in Urban Land


Shoemaker Green was recognized in Urban Land for its role in revitalizing the University City District in West Philadelphia. The new college green is part of the University of Pennsylvania's plan to improve "interaction with the community through improved access to campus and the creation of public spaces." Together with Kane Park and Penn Park, Shoemaker Green has helped increase "the amount of open space on campus by 30 percent." (Photograph by B. Doherty)

Thomas Jefferson University Landscape Celebrated


Thomas Jefferson University was recognized and honored by the Washington Square West Civic Association and the Philadelphia Horticultural Society for its commitment to creating and sustaining a green environment throughout its Center City campus. Andropogon has worked with the University through multiple projects to enhance the campus environment, including master planning, streetscape improvements, and site design. Andropogon was in attendance to celebrate the University's dedication to its neighborhood.

Kohler Environmental Center wins Award


The  LEED™ Platinum Kohler Environmental Center is one of three projects to win a 2013 Award of Honor from the Connecticut Green Building Council. Andropogon's site design is integral to the Center's Environmental Immersion Program, which "seeks to create a scholarly community dedicated to promoting environmental understanding, stewardship of the land, and social responsibility."

New Promotions: Colleen O'Brien and Darren Damone to Associates; Martin Troutman to Senior Associate - Congratulations to All!


Martin’s extensive experience and technical knowledge is a key component in the successful implementation of many of Andropogon's most complex site development projects. As a senior project manager, Darren oversees a variety of projects in both scope and scale, providing a strong design sensibility and a commitment to environmental concerns. As controller, Colleen ensures that Andropogon uses best business practices and financial management in its pursuit of design excellence. 

Building in Bloom Published


Building in Bloom: The Making of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is now available from Ecotone Publishing! "Now that the Center for Sustainable Landscapes... is complete, we see how each step of the way has brought us closer to connecting with nature and thinking in systems, which is how nature works." Richard Piacentini, Executive Director (Photograph by Paul Weigman)

Perelman Plaza Groundbreaking


Raymond G. Perelman, Drexel dignitaries, and Andropogon smile for the camera to celebrate the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Raymond G. Perelman Plaza at Drexel University. More images of the future campus center can be found on our blog. The new plaza is part of the implementation of the award-winning Drexel University Master Plan, see more here.

Kroc Center Wins Two Awards


Andropogon has received two awards from the Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for our work at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The center earned an Honor Award in the General Design category and also won the popular People's Choice Award as chosen by the attendees of the PA-DE ASLA Annual Meeting. We want to thank the Kroc Center and all the members of the design team: including MGA Partners, PZS Architects, Duffield Associates, and CVM.

St. Elizabeth's Landscape Plan Wins Award


Andropogon is pleased to announce that our work on the Landscape Integration Plan for the St. Elizabeths West Campus in Washington, DC, has received a Merit Award for Analysis & Planning from the Pennsylvania-Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. We'd like to thank our collaborators who contributed to the plan, including Perkins+Will, Heritage Landscapes, William H. Gordon Associates, Greenhorne & O'Mara, GeoConcepts Engineering Inc., Craul Land Scientists, Continental Conservation, and Morris Arboretum. The plan laid the groundwork for the ongoing development of St. Elizabeths West Campus, including the construction of the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters with site design by Andropogon. 

Stroud Achieves LEED Platinum


Congratulations to the Stroud Water Research Center and the entire design team for achieving LEED™ Platinum on the recently completed Moorhead Environmental Complex. The complex has been designed to utilize and treat water in a way that more closely mimics nature in order to protect the White Clay Creek and to teach the community about freshwater conservation. The design team included m2 architecture, Andropogon, Meliora Design, Bruce Brooks & Assoc., Think Green, Natural Systems International, David Nelson & Assoc., Ann Rothmann Structural Engineering, Brooks+Wright, Consilience, and Nason Construction.

Venice Island highlighted on Hidden City


Andropogon's work at Venice Island was highlighted on Hidden City Philadelphia, a news site dedicated to revealing Philadelphia's lesser known treasures. The full story explores the depths of the project, from the underground tank, to the above ground pumping station, theater, and Andropogon's landscape design.

Drexel to Transform Campus Center with Perelman Plaza


Building on an award-winning campus master plan, Andropogon will work with Drexel University to transform the center of campus into a new hub for the community to be called Perelman Plaza, in honor of Raymond G. Perelman. The former 32nd street corridor between Chestnut and Market Streets will become the primary outdoor social and event space for the university, inspiring connection, collaboration, and community. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.

Andropogon Selected to Develop New England Wild Flower Society Master Plan


The New England Wild Flower Society has selected Andropogon Associates to develop a comprehensive master plan for Garden in the Woods, its renowned native plant botanic garden in Framingham, Massachusetts. The master plan will chart a future for the 45-acre property that will realize the full potential of the beautiful site, strengthen the garden displays, improve visitor services, and meet the challenges of a changing climate. Follow the link for the full press release.


Richard Stockton College Campus Center Achieves LEED Gold


The Campus Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has achieved LEED™ Gold. The design team, headed by KSS Architects, surpassed the college's goal of achieving LEED™ Silver, incorporating water efficient landscaping throughout the site. Congratulations to the college and the entire team!

Andropogon Team wins Kenyan School Competition


The design team of FXFowle Architects, Frederic Schwartz Architects, and Andropogon Associates has won the international design competition for envisioning a new school campus for the Al Jamea Tus Saifiyah Project in Nairobi, Kenya. The winning design was based on the ten principles of the One Planet Living sustainability model. The landscape incorporated Fatemi design principals to create a restorative and productive landscape that is integral to the educational mission, while promoting biodiversity, improved microclimate, and water conservation.

Phipps Conservatory in Architectural Record


The Center for Sustainable Landscapes on the campus of the Phipps Conservatory was highlighted in Architectural Record for its goal of obtaining LEED Platinum, Sustainable Sites certification, and Living Building Challenge status. Andropogon collaborated with The Design Alliance Architects on this progressive project.

Duke Farms Wins USGBC NJ Chapter Community Award


Duke Farms has received a Community Award from the NJ Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council for the LEED Improvements, Reuse and Renovation Project at the historic estate in Hillsborough, New Jersey. The award is given to a non-profit organization that has had a "profound impact on expanding the horizons of green building." Andropogon, with VITETTA, developed the ecological and experiential aspects for the site from the initial site analysis amd capital improvement strategies, through phased project implementation. 

Back to School at the Kohler Environmental Center


Choate Rosemary Hall celebrates the opening of the Kohler Environmental Center for the 2012-2013 academic year. In collaboration with Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Andropogon's design for this ecologically sensitive site includes an approach through a wooded wetland ravine and a central courtyard that links the center's key spaces for living, teaching, and research. The facility is designed to achieve LEED™ Platinum and net-zero energy use on an annual basis.

Horticultural Center at Morris Arboretum Wins Design Award


The Horticultural Center at the Morris Arboretum has just received The American Architectural Award for new and cutting-edge design. Andropogon, in collaboration with Overland Partners l Architects, designed the LEED™ Platinum facility with innovative energy and water management technologies, including photovoltaic panels, green roofs, native planted swales and rain gardens, and on-site collection systems.

Integrative Research at Andropogon


Andropogon is pleased to announce the launch of their new Integrative Research Division, which builds on our 37-year commitment to sustainable landscape design. We have always integrated the best, most recent scientific knowledge into our landscape design work and this new complementary division will enable us to rigorously review our past and present landscape interventions to improve future ecological design. To shepherd us into this new and exciting venture, we have chosen landscape architect Emily McCoy, RLA, ASLA, as Director of Integrative Research. More about Emily at Androblogon…

Andropogon MBE Certification


Andropogon Associates is pleased to announce certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (NMSDC). As a minority company serving the interests of our national and international client base, Andropogon is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. Our multi-cultural staff, comprised of owners, managers and staff are key to the success of our global practice.

Salvation Army Kroc Center Wins AIA Award


The Pennsylvania chapter of the AIA has awarded MGA with a Design Excellence Award for the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in North Philadelphia.  You can see more about our role on the project here, and learn more about the building at MGA's site and at PlanPhilly.

Tom Amoroso, Manisha Kaul and Liz Kulkarni appointed Associate Principals


In their new roles Tom, Manisha and Liz will continue to provide leadership regarding the firm’s operational and strategic initiatives to realize Andropogon’s mission “to weave together the landscape of man and nature for the benefit of both”.  Sustainability is a fundamental building block in the firm’s heritage, values and commitment to improving our cities and landscapes. It is this belief that motivates Tom, Manisha and Liz to work together and champion a goal of melding beautiful design with environmentally sensitive solutions.


Shoemaker Green Construction Time Lapse


Shoemaker Green at the University of Pennsylvania is nearing completion!  The trees are in the ground, the paving is well under way, and we are eagerly anticipating a great summer and a big opening day on September 20th!  Check out a new time lapse video of the construction up to this point, and be sure to keep checking back as we will be updating the video through the rest of the construction period.   See more about the project here.

Colin Franklin member of ASLA Council of Fellows


Colin Franklin, principal emeritus, has been elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows. Colin's fellowship recognizes his life-long contribution to landscape architecture and to society. Colin has worked for more than four decades pioneering the design and development of sustainable places world-wide. He has led the way in creating genuine synergy between science, engineering, and design. He has deeply influenced the profession-by giving form to ecological design ideas that were rarely considered in traditional landscape architecture. More at Androblogon...