Gresham Smith Landscape Architecture Projects Honored by ASLA Kentucky

May 12, 2020

Gresham Smith is proud to announce that for the sixth consecutive year the firm received awards from the Kentucky Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA Kentucky). The firm’s master plan and conceptual design for the Clark’s Landing development was honored with a Merit Award for Planning and Analysis, while the firm’s urban redevelopment stormwater retrofit manual was given a Merit Award for Communications and the Connecting Beargrass Creek initiative was also recognized with a Merit Award for Communications.

“I’m proud of our team for their commitment to using landscape architecture, design and planning to connect people and spaces – reimaging sites to create a real sense of place,” said Jessica Lucyshyn, P.E., executive vice president and market vice president of Land Planning, Gresham Smith. “This awards program is an important recognition of the ways design can positively impact the community and it’s an honor to be recognized by our industry peers for these projects.”

Once Indiana’s first state prison and later a Colgate manufacturing plant, Clark’s Landing sat dormant for more than a decade. In a multidisciplinary effort between our Land Planning and Corporate + Urban Design markets, Gresham Smith developed a conceptual master plan that transforms this historic 45-acre site into a vibrant mixed-use community, revitalized by multifamily housing, retail, commercial attractions, hospitality and public gathering space.

Using a grant from the City of Lexington, Kentucky, Gresham Smith developed a manual to showcase innovative stormwater design as it applies to urban infill projects. The urban redevelopment stormwater retrofit manual serves as a tool for developers, neighborhoods and the general public, outlining ways to balance traditional “grey” infrastructure with environmentally-friendly “green” infrastructure practices to create a more sustainable landscape.

Hardened by urbanization in Metro Louisville, Beargrass Creek had become a forgotten piece of urban infrastructure. Gresham Smith was selected by the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) to spearhead a Legacy Project, a pro-bono design initiative that provides underserved communities with smart urban planning, to develop an improvement plan for the water source that is largely out of sight and out of mind. The project, “Connecting Beargrass Creek,” was completed on a fast-track, three-day timeline prior to CNU’s Annual Congress meeting, resulting in a vision for reconnecting Louisville residents with the economic, environmental and cultural resource.