Andropogon Opens Office in Raleigh, NC01/14/2015
We are starting 2015 with a new office in Raleigh, North Carolina, the "City of Oaks." The new office is headed by associate, Emily McCoy, and is already the base for our work at Duke University. With her academic and horticultural training in North Carolina, Emily brings a deep understanding of the local eco-regions and environmental challenges of the area. We look forward to the opportunities that a southeast regional office will bring. (Image by Lift Aerial Marketing, LLC.)
Kohler Environmental Center wins AIANY Award12/16/2014
The Kohler Environmental Center at Choate Rosemary Hall has won an Honor Award in the first annual AIA New York Chapter Committee on the Environment "Proof + Beauty" award program. The design team was led by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. This awards program was initiated to promote greater understanding of regionally-specific sustainable design strategies. The Center is a visionary academic and residential facility in Wallingford, Connecticut, which allows students and faculty to live and learn in a sustainable environment.
Measuring the Impact of Landscape Architecture11/24/2014
It was heartening to hear the emphasis on collecting data to measure the impact of green infrastructure at the national level in Christian Gabriel’s interview with ASLA’s blog The Dirt. As GSA’s National Design Director for Landscape Architecture, he sets landscape design standards for federal projects. Andropogon is pleased to be working with the GSA on bringing “forward the value of landscape architecture in measurable terms.” Look for a Landscape Architecture Foundation study on the US Coast Guard headquarters in the near future. To find out what we can learn from our landscapes, check out Emily McCoy’s article on the research findings at Shoemaker Green.
Urban Trees and Soil Biology at ASLA in Denver11/20/2014
Join Andropogon at ASLA in Denver this Saturday at 11am to learn more about urban trees and soil biology. Tom Amoroso will be joining John Swallow, environmental scientist, and Jeffrey Bowman, irrigation consultant, to discuss trees in pavement and the long-term value of effective planting design, soil engineering, and irrigation performance. José Almiñana will be moderating a session with Dr. Elaine Ingham, soil scientist, James Sottilo, arborist, and Annette Wilkus, landscape architect at SiteWorks, who will present the importance of soil biology as the cornerstone of landscape design.
Franklin Institute Wins AIA Philadelphia Award11/10/2014
The Franklin Institute's new Karabots Pavilion has received an honor award from the AIA Philadelphia chapter. Andropogon worked with SaylorGregg Architects, now a Studio of JacobsWyper Architects. The work on the new wing included site design to mitigate stormwater runoff. But the most dramatic feature on the exterior is the stainless steel shimmer wall by artist Ned Kahn.
Key Findings from Shoemaker Green Research10/22/2014
Andropogon's Emily McCoy has published the key findings from the first year of landscape monitoring at Shoemaker Green at the University of Pennsylvania. In the latest gb&d magazine, Emily explains how this "heavy-duty piece of living machinery" is also a "wet lab" that is giving us insights into how to improve both our designs and maintenance practices. The ongoing monitoring of water, soil, and micro- and macrofauna is providing feedback that reveals what is working, and what isn't, to help us find ways to improve performance. Find out more about our integrated research and ecological design topics on our blog.
Shoemaker Green Wins ASLA Award09/29/2014
The University of Pennsylvania's Shoemaker Green has just received a 2014 ASLA Honor Award in the General Design Category. The project has transformed an underused corner of the campus into a high-performance, public amenity. It has proved that small urban spaces can contribute significantly to stormwater management, that native ecosystems can provide comparable benefits in the urban environment, and that necessary environmental and social monitoring can be done with minimal cost and effort. Shoemaker Green has become what green infrastructure seldom is: a monitored, high-performance landscape that provides timely feedback on what is working and what isn’t (photograph by Barrett Doherty).
Gateway Center in AIA EcoBuilding Magazine07/23/2014
The Gateway Center at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) was covered in the AIA's EcoBuilding Magazine as part of their coverage of the 2014 AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten award winners. The intensive, 10,000 square foot green roof designed to accommodate rare plant communities from New York state is currently being monitored by faculty and students to track plant colonization, insect density, soil moisture, temperature, and humidity.
Olmsted Documentary Airs June 20th on PBS06/18/2014
Sidwell Landscape Performance Results Released05/29/2014
The Landscape Performance Benefits of the Sidwell Friends Middle School are now available online as part of the Landscape Architecture Foundation Landscape Performance Series. The case study quantifies the amount of wastewater that is diverted from the District of Columbia sewer system, the reduction in use of potable water, the amount of material that was diverted from the landfill during construction, and the benefits of promoting environmental awareness for both visitors and students.
Shoemaker Green & SUNY ESF Win SCUP Awards04/22/2014
Two Andropogon projects won 2014 awards from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). Shoemaker Green at the University of Pennsylvania received a Merit Award for Excellence in Landscape Architecture – General Design. The Gateway Center at SUNY ESF took home an Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture for a New Building. Andropogon worked on the intensive green roof and site design for this new visitor center with Architerra, Inc.
Clemson ICAR Plaza wins ASLA Tri-State Award04/04/2014
The Technology Neighborhood One (TN1) Plaza at Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Greenville, NC, has won a 2014 ASLA Tri-State Award. TN1 Plaza, the first phase of CU-ICAR’s 250-acre master plan, creates a unique urban environment in which both students and information technology coexist. The plaza sensitively responds to a number of contextual challenges and, by design, serves as the campus’s primary unifying element, connecting each partner with the whole. (Image courtesy of Seamon Whiteside)
Gateway Center Certified LEED Platinum04/08/2014
The Gateway Center at SUNY ESF has been officially certified as LEED Platinum! Congratulations to the University and the entire team! Andropogon worked with architects Architerra Inc. on the intensive green roof, designed to showcase marginal native plant communities that were found suitable for the harsh green roof environment. The green roof recently won a 2014 Merit Award from ASLA NY, as noted in Syracuse University’s newspaper, The Daily Orange. Find out more about the design and testing for this green roof.
ASLA NY Award for Green Roof at SUNY ESF02/26/2014
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.
US Coast Guard Headquarters: Striking, Surprising, and Sustainable02/11/2014
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 Magazine01/07/2014
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 Promoted12/19/2013
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 SITES11/21/2013
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 Certification11/15/2013
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)
Garden in the Woods Master Plan Update11/06/2013
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 Public10/22/2013
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 Measures10/21/2013
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.
Dickinson College Celebrates Official Opening of Stafford Greenhouse10/03/2013
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 Design10/01/2013
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!
Andropogon Design Comes Full Circle at the Richardson Olmsted Complex08/27/2013
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.
Shoemaker Green's Role in Revitalizing West Philadelphia in Urban Land07/18/2013
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 Celebrated07/02/2013
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 Award06/21/2013
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."
Building in Bloom Published05/28/2013
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)
Kroc Center Wins Two Awards04/24/2013
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 Award04/23/2013
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 Platinum04/17/2013
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 City04/04/2013
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.
Richard Stockton College Campus Center Achieves LEED Gold11/14/2012
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 Competition10/17/2012
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.
Duke Farms Wins USGBC NJ Chapter Community Award09/20/2012
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.
Horticultural Center at Morris Arboretum Wins Design Award08/07/2012
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 Andropogon06/14/2012
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 Certification06/05/2012
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.
Colin Franklin member of ASLA Council of Fellows06/12/2012
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...
Shoemaker Green Construction Time Lapse05/24/2012
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.