GS&P Staff Participate in Kentucky APA Fall Conference

Transportation Engineers Lead Mobile Workshop, Landscape Architects Give Presentation

October 06, 2017   |   Louisville,  Ky.   |   Events

Gresham, Smith and Partners announces that leaders from the firm’s Transportation and Land Planning markets participated in the American Planning Association Kentucky Chapter’s Fall Conference on September 29 in Louisville. Alongside Louisville Metro Public Works, Senior Transportation Engineer Mike Sewell, P.E., and Transportation Engineer Intern Katie Shaw led a mobile workshop focused on the firm’s planning and design of the Louisville Urban Bike Network. Senior Landscape Architect Jon Henney, ASLA, PLA, AICP-CUD, and Landscape Architect Louis Johnson, PLA, ASLA, presented a series of case studies from Louisville and Lexington, highlighting best practices for reinventing overlooked spaces. 

“GS&P was honored to be a part of this year’s Kentucky APA fall conference,” commented Henney. “The event was a great opportunity to share best practices for thoughtful community planning via alternative modes of transportation and the redevelopment of vacant lots. We also enjoyed learning how our industry peers are working to improve vitality in their communities.”
 
Summaries of the presentations follow.
 
Louisville Urban Bike Network
Workshop by Mike Sewell, P.E., and Katie Shaw
 
In this mobile workshop, Mike Sewell, P.E., and Katie Shaw led participants through a tour of Louisville’s expanding multi-modal network and discussed the unique processes the have pushed bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure opportunities forward through reallocation of space. The route highlighted the importance of modal balance and its role in creating vibrant communities and meaningful, equitable transportation connections. The tour made stops along the route, allowing participants to see first-hand the variety of treatments the design team utilized.  
 
Designing the Spaces In Between
Presentation by Jon Henney, ASLA, PLA, and Louis Johnson, PLA, ASLA
 
Designing the Spaces In Between focused on elegant solutions found in often-forgotten spaces. Through case studies from Louisville and Lexington, the presentation featured a series of unique projects highlighting design processes, unique funding and the public-private partnerships it took to reinvent spaces that have been overlooked for decades. Presentation attendees learned practical ways to find opportunities in overlooked spaces, get partners to the table, create context sensitive design processes and form a plan of action.

Featured projects from Louisville included GS&P-designed Beechwood Park and the Leadership Louisville Center. Case studies from Lexington included Water Works Park and the North Limestone Green Street. 

“GS&P was honored to be a part of this year’s Kentucky APA fall conference. The event was a great opportunity to share best practices for thoughtful community planning via alternative modes of transportation and the redevelopment of vacant lots. We also enjoyed learning how our industry peers are working to improve vitality in their communities.”

Jon Henney, ASLA, PLA, AICP-CUD, senior landscape architect, GS&P
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