Gresham Smith Landscape Architecture Projects Honored With Merit Awards from ASLA Kentucky

April 19, 2019

Gresham Smith is proud to announce that for the fifth consecutive year the firm received awards from the Kentucky Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA Kentucky). Gresham Smith’s master plan for The BLVD: Muhammed Ali Arts, Cultural, and Innovation District received a Merit Award for Planning & Analysis, while the firm’s Northland Drive Stormwater Retrofit project was honored with a Merit Award for Design in the Non-Constructed category. Gresham Smith staff accepted the awards at an April 12 ceremony held during ASLA Kentucky’s Annual Conference in Louisville.

“I’m proud of our talented 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 Mickey Sullivan, P.E., executive 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.”

As with many other urban communities, the fabric of Louisville’s historic Muhammed Ali Boulevard was disrupted during urban renewal. Gresham Smith’s strategic vision for The Boulevard, a 1.5-mile mixed-use corridor, sets the stage for a renaissance in what was once the city’s most vibrant African American community. With a mix of housing, offices, shops, restaurants and public space, the concept plan will be a catalyst for redevelopment in Louisville.

The Northland Drive Stormwater Retrofit project re-imagined how a 76-unit multifamily apartment complex in Lexington, Kentucky, manages and treats stormwater. Balancing traditional “grey” infrastructure with environmentally-friendly “green” infrastructure practices, the project team turned non-functioning landscapes and excessive pavement into spaces that not only better manage stormwater, but also provide central gathering places for residents. Additionally, we helped our client, Frontier Highway, secure nearly $300,000 in grant funds to bring the project to life.

The ASLA Kentucky Professional Design Awards provide a forum for the review and evaluation of work currently shaping the industry’s environment and highlight achievements in landscape architecture throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky to a wide audience. At the 2018 awards ceremony, the Gresham Smith-designed Lexington Multi-Family Stormwater Retrofit Manual took home an Honor Award of Excellence, the highest recognition possible, while the firm’s design for Beechwood Park was honored with a Merit Award of Achievement for Communication.


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Gresham Smith's Louis Johnson and Jake Belwood accept the Merit Award for the Northland Drive Stormwater Retrofit project.