Landscape Architecture

Designs To Be Experienced

What is Landscape Architecture?

A landscape architect at F&V blends art, science, and technology to inspire meaningful change to the environments in which we exist.

Landscape architects create designs that are meant to be experienced. That’s why our approach is a collaboration between our landscape architects, the client, and the client’s end users to create a valuable, aesthetic, safe, and enjoyable environment based on client goals and needs. When environments can be experienced, a community is brought together.

Landscape architecture is more than parks and recreation. It helps bring identity and personality to mundane infrastructure. A road becomes a streetscape with flowers, planters, and brick pavers. A pathway becomes an adventure to reconnect with nature. An alley becomes a woonerf for pedestrians and various modes of transportation to share the space. An abandoned parcel becomes a hub of gathering and entertainment. Merging the useful infrastructure with creative designs and uses creates an environment to be experienced.

Whether it’s a splash pad park for the young and young at heart, or a community park with a “living classroom,” our landscape architect designers have the experience to integrate products and natural materials into a harmonious site development that’s appealing, accessible, and affable.

When it comes to landscape architecture, the designs to be experienced are limitless. Our experience includes:

  • Commercial and retail beautification
  • Five-year recreation plan preparation
  • Campsite layouts and design
  • Commercial and retail beautification
  • Five-year recreation plan preparation
  • Grant application preparation and assistance
  • Multi-use and non-motorized pathways and trails
  • Park and recreation design and planning
  • Public participation and design charrettes
  • Public plazas and gathering spaces
  • Site design and planning
  • Splash and inline skate parks
  • Streetscapes, waterfronts, and parks
  • Rain gardens
  • Transportation corridors and woonerf elements

Landscape Architecture Design & Planning

Sustainability

Following our clients’ lead, F&V is committed to sustaining our communities in ways that preserve our natural environment and support future growth that is smart and sustainable. Our staff has the experience, resources, and desire to help improve our communities, our well-being, and our environment – both today and in the future!

Throughout the design process, we focus on delivering a top-notched project while balancing the sustainable goals summarized by the triple bottom line. We are committed to providing:

  • A significant benefit to the communities in which we live and serve.
  • Innovative design solutions which are financially sound, considering both current costs and future operation and maintenance.
  • Environmentally-responsible solutions which provide realistic efficiencies and protect our current resources, such as native landscape and plants.

 

This philosophy is embraced by the engineers and architects at F&V. Our projects contain sustainable components as they relate to the protection of resources, reclamation of contaminated land, development of clean and renewable water supplies, treatment and recycling of wastewater, protection of fragile shorelines, building energy audits, and hundreds of other projects. Our projects are the building blocks to effectively establishing healthy communities and improving the environmental conditions in which we live.

At F&V, we help create cleaner and safer environments, which in turn helps contribute to a better quality of life for our client communities. We continually search for ways to protect and enhance economic and societal vitality and preserve environmental resources for future generations. Many of our projects incorporate native landscape design to further support our initiative to sustainability.

LEED Ratings

Our architectural and engineering team has experience with U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system for new construction and major renovation projects. We have completed several projects in the latest rating system for LEED NC. We have projects which are currently going through the LEED certification process and many more which follow LEED principles without undergoing the certification process. In general, we work as an advocate for our clients, working towards the LEED rating they desire. As project team members, we work to effectively and efficiently use resources, while providing services that will ultimately enhance the lives of our client.

F&V has been an important team member in several prominent LEED projects over the past several years. Our staff, including LEED accredited professionals, has assisted in all project aspects related to LEED guidelines, submission of required templates and letters, discussions and calculations to support the LEED documentation.

Parks, Places, and Pathways

Parks – Live, Work, Play

People want to live in communities in which they play, explore, and enjoy. Well-designed parks create inviting environments that get people outdoors, and more involved with their community. By creating open spaces that assist in increasing psychological and physical well-being, we are also helping to increase your community’s quality of life.

A higher quality of life means more people living and spending money in the area, which attracts growth and economic development.
We understand local government officials are striving to develop plans to help attract young professionals and their families to live in their community.

F&V has vast experience creating inviting, well-designed, and accessible parks that help improve social development within communities. By engaging and involving multiple stakeholders such as community staff and the public into the process, we create parks that people are excited to call their own.

Places – It’s All About People

One of the key cornerstones at F&V when creating a great public space, is to build around the principles of Universal Design. All environments should be designed to meet the needs of any person who wishes to use it. If an outdoor environment is accessible, usable, convenient, and a pleasure to use, everyone in the community benefits. By considering the diverse needs and abilities of all throughout the design process, universal design creates places that meet peoples’ needs.

Great public spaces just don’t happen, they can only be created with input from a variety of community stakeholders and sources. The goal is to create a sense of place that appeals to everyone.

Our staff has expertise in site planning and design to assist communities with the multiple stages that are necessary for these types of projects. The resulting collaboration between our in-house disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, civil, structural, and traffic engineering brings forth creative and realistic solutions that no single discipline could achieve.

We developed a proven four-step process of “Articulate, Envision, Refine, and Enact” to successfully bring these great places to life. By clearly defining the possible opportunities and fostering an inclusive dialog with members of the community, we work to establish a clear vision. We then refine the ideas brought forth, work to build consensus, and outline the blueprint to take the dream to reality.

Pathways – Making Transportation More Social

We recognize the value of pathways and trails extends far beyond linking together destinations on a map. More than getting people from point A to point B, they’re about the experience and the journey along the way. They also have the capacity to connect people and become a process of community building.

Trail planning needs to be sensitive to both the natural and cultural resources a community possesses. By identifying these resources and looking at the “nodes of connectivity,” our landscape architecture design process examines opportunities for a resource-based trail system, as well as a transportation network-based system.

A resource-based system will explore open spaces, parks and utility corridors to create portions of a trail system. A transportation network system will examine local, state and county roadways. In many cases, easements will likely be required to create a blended system of both natural and transportation-based systems.

We have completed over 85 miles of non-motorized, multi-use paths – from master planning to design to construction. These path systems feature elements such as bike lanes, riverwalks, pedestrian bridges, pedestrian signals, wayfinding signage, and more.

We have been successful in facilitating public meetings and informal workshops to keep the community involved, helping form public-private partnerships, and keeping everyone involved informed and engaged. F&V has developed a proven four-step design process which provides creative and practical solutions. With all these disciplines under one roof, we provide seamless and concise communication leading to timely decision-making necessary to meet milestones, desired time frames and budgets.

Landscape Architecture Examples & Industry Experience

We can help with:

  • Residential Landscape Architecture
  • Commercial Landscape Architecture
  • Municipal Landscape Architecture
  • Educational & Campus Landscape Architecture
  • Waterfront Landscapes
  • Urban Landscape Architecture

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