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Firms and Projects of the Western Range

Each year, LASN highlights the local landscape architectural firms located in the region that hosts that year's annual ASLA convention.

The 2004 ASLA convention is in Salt Lake City, Utah, so we invited firms from Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana to report their project expertise in their own words.

To prepare for this year's special feature on the firms of the Western Region, we interviewed quite a few landscape architects. Many of the firms in and around Salt Lake City reported their confidence in SLC's growth and the growth of the Western Range as a region.

We found stats that back that optimism up. For example, in 2004, the Salt Lake City-Ogden metro area again topped the list of U.S. cities where women-owned businesses were growing and thriving.

We're proud to boast that you'll find at least two women-owned firms (Landmark Design Inc. and Peaks to Plains Design) in our Western Range profile. You'll also find two native-American owned firms (David Garce Associates and Kent Watson & Associates).

This year's profile includes firms with less than three employees (CARL THUESEN and Edwards Landscape Architecture & Garden Design) to a global environmental engineering and construction services (MWH). You'll also get a good look at quite a few award-winning landscape architecture firms with particular expertise in water conservation and the preservation and enhancement of the land that represents the American West.

Landmark Design Inc.

Landmark Design Inc. is a small, talented, woman-owned planning and design firm with expertise in community planning, landscape architecture, urban design and site planning. The firm was founded in 1987 and has been providing excellence in service to their clients throughout the Intermountain-West ever since.

What sets them apart: Landmark Design has developed a reputation for creative planning and design solutions that maximize opportunities and address constraints in a practical, no nonsense manner. In all of their projects, they initiate and maintain strong communication channels between team members, clients, community interest groups and government agencies, resulting in plans and designs that are well embraced.

Washington Square

Washington Square

Project: Washington Square Park Renovation

Landmark Design prepared the site layout and construction documents for the seven-acre Washington Square Park surrounding the historic Salt Lake city and county building including walks, ornamental cast iron fountains, furnishings, lighting, landscape and irrigation. Work involved the entire block with four major street frontages.

Expertise: The master site development plan was based on historic research and a reconstruction of the original plan prepared by the landscape architect. The project included preparation of construction documents and a maintenance and operations manual for Salt Lake City.


  • Utah Chapter of ASLA Merit Award (1990)
  • Utah Society of the American Institute of Architects Merit Award (1990)
  • Utah Heritage Foundation Heritage Project Award (1991)

Jordan Valley

Jordan Valley

Jordan Valley

Project: Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District

The Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District Demonstration Gardens are located on two-and-a-half-acres at the District Administration Headquarters in West Jordan, Utah. Landmark Design completed design and construction documents and an overall master plan and redesign concept for the Administration Building and Maintenance and Operations facility located on the same site. Documents for the first phase of the Demonstration Garden as well as the existing landscape renovations were completed in September 2000. After a public open house and dedication, the gardens were opened to the public.


  • Envision Utah-Governor’s Quality Growth Award for Excellence in Regional Planning (2002)
  • Utah Chapter, ASLA Merit Award (2003)

Expertise: Phase one of the garden includes six demonstration residential landscapes organized along a “neighborhood” street, directly illustrating a variety of opportunities for water conservation, i.e. native and water conserving plant materials, planting methods and implementation techniques that reduce water use, and water conserving irrigation materials, methods and applications. The street features are individually metered gardens, each themed to capture the interest and needs of valley residents. Landmark Design provided a complete planning and design service including a variety of paving types, such as ornamental structures, a structural framework for the signing system, landscape architecture and irrigation design, as well as providing input to the public information systems for the gardens. Phase two was completed in the fall of 2001.

Interstate 215

Project: Interstate 215

Interstate 215 comprises 8.7 miles of urban highway in the metropolitan Salt Lake Valley. Landmark Design prepared planning and construction documents and provided a thorough analysis and mapping of the existing site conditions, including soils, vegetation, slope and hydrology through diverse environmental conditions (riparian environments, bottomlands and benches, urban and semi-urban conditions). Their plan was based on a commitment to native landscapes. They incorporate revegetation and land reclamation methods including the use of water-conserving native and hardy plant materials and water-harvesting planting techniques. They also utilize project preparation techniques that reduce site disturbances, competition and the need for additional erosion control.


  • Salt Lake City Urban Design Coalition, Urban Design Award (1993)
  • Utah Chapter ASLA Honor Award (1995)
  • Utah Chapter ASLA Award of Excellence (1995)

Expertise: Landmark Design is known for exceptional communication between team members, clients, community interest groups and government agencies. Those talents were crucial on the I-215 project as their design and planning staff completed 404 permit documents and coordination with the Corps of Engineers and the Division of Wildlife Resources in the design and construction of a small water body. The project team conducted public meetings and gathered public input on the landscape design, prepared construction documents, conducted a monitoring and evaluation study of the revegetation project and prepared a maintenance manual for the project. A Monitoring and Evaluation Report and Maintenance Manuals were delivered to UDOT in December of 1993.

Memory Grove

Memory Grove

Project: Memory Grove Park

The Memory Grove reconstruction project re-establishes a traditional park area damaged by a 1999 tornado, and creates a more environmentally appropriate park in the process. Phase one of the reconstruction was recently completed.


  • Utah Chapter American Planning Association, Award of Merit (2003)
  • Utah Heritage Foundation, Heritage Project Award (2003)

Expertise: Landmark is known for water conservation and the water-saving approach is demonstrated by the west hillside at Memory Grove, a steep and difficult to manage lawn. The hillside and large segments of the rest of the park have been converted into water-conserving gardens, and will eventually include interpretive signs and other features to educate the public about the possibilities of drought-tolerant plant materials and design.

Other elements of the project include the removal of trees damaged by the tornado, stabilization of eroded and denuded steep slopes surrounding the park, introduction of coordinated system of lighting and park furnishings, development of a connected and fully- accessible system of pathways and re-establishment of formal tree rows along both sides of Canyon Road. Construction was completed in November 2002.


Principals: Jan Striefel, FASLA, RLA, AICP (principal and president)
Mark Vlasic, ASLA, AICP (principal and vice president urban design)
Hugh Holt, ASLA (principal and vice president landscape architecture)

Employees: Two certified planners, five registered landscape architects, one graduate landscape designer/planner, and various support personnel.

Specialty: Regional and historic landscape design, urban design, collaboration with artists and architects, multi-disciplinary team planning and project management and public involvement and facilitation.

Primary design software: AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Pagemaker, and the Microsoft Office Suite.


Carl Thuesen ASLA

Carl THUESEN, ASLA is a landscape and golf course architectural firm located in Billings, Montana. The principal and owner, Carl Thuesen is a registered landscape architect who has practiced in Montana and the northern Rocky Mountain region since 1973. Thuesen's history and knowledge of the area provides the firm with a thorough understanding of the region’s unique climate, plant materials and construction challenges. This experience is applied to each of their projects.

Peter Yegan

Peter Yegan

Project: Peter Yegen Jr. Golf Club

Carl THUESEN provided master planning, construction document preparation and construction period services for an 18-hole daily fee golf course at the Peter Yegen Jr. Golf Club in Billings, Mont.

The golf course was nominated for consideration as a Golf Digest Best New Public Golf Course for 1994.

Design Elements: Routing features and six ponds were sculpted out of the flat site by moving in excess of 550,000 cubic yards of earth. Additional planning went into the practice facilities providing ample room for the heavy use it would receive as well as lighting to allow extended play in the evening.

Expertise: This project capitalized on THUESEN's expertise in providing a complete golf course design package: course planning, routing, layout and design as well as irrigation and pump station design.

Baker City – Game Day

Baker City – Before

Project: Baker City Schools

The Baker High School Football Field had been replaced during the mid 1980s. Subsurface drainage, a ten inch sand base, automated irrigation, and sod were installed as part of the replacement. After several years the turf declined to an almost unplayable condition. Maintenance procedures had been unsuccessful in returning the field to its previously healthy condition. Soils tests revealed a shallow root zone comprised of sand high in sodium with very little organic material. Additional tests revealed irrigation water with an extremely high salt content.

Solution: In response to the poor conditions, a custom soils amendment program was developed and implemented. This program included removal of the existing turf, incorporation of topsoil, compost, gypsum, sulfur, and specialized liquid fertilizers. Following the installation of the amendments, the field was laser leveled in preparation for installation of specially grown athletic type sod. A program has been developed prescribing maintenance procedures and continued soils monitoring for the newly reconstructed field to assure its continued quality and playability.

Expertise: The Baker City football field project builds on THUESEN's ability to provide creative yet practical design solutions. Full-time construction period services were provided to ensure the expectations of the owner and designer were achieved.

North Casper

North Casper

North Casper

Project: North Casper Park Soccer Complex

Fourteen soccer fields were arranged on 35 acres, along with roads, parking, a concession and emergency vehicle access. The irrigation system was designed to use a treated effluent water source. It is controlled by a state-of-the-art computer system and serves the existing ball fields as well as the new soccer complex.


CARL THUESEN provided a master plan for site development, detailed irrigation and planting construction documents for the expansion of the North Casper Park Soccer Complex.

Expertise: Routing features and six ponds were sculpted out of the flat site by moving in excess of 550,000 cubic yards of earth. Additional planning went into the practice facilities providing ample room for the heavy use it would receive as well as lighting to allow extended play in the evening.

Evanston Cemetery

Evanston Cemetery

Project: Evanston Cemetery

CARL THUESEN designed the replacement irrigation system for 17 acres of the cemetery and modification of the recently constructed pump system. The control of the pumps was automated and a new computerized touch screen interface was provided. The newly designed irrigation system extended the city's existing Central Irrigation Control System and provides for easy future expansion of the irrigation system as the cemetery continues to develop.

Expertise: The Evanston Cemetery project made use of CARL THUESEN as an expert knowledge of pump control systems and central irrigation control systems.

Construction Schedule: The irrigation system replacement and pump station modifications were installed in 2001. CARL THUESEN recently completed the master plan for a 10-acre expansion of the cemetery. The master plan included a new maintenance facility, restroom facility, roadways, secondary entrance, projected irrigation usage and cost estimating.

Sheridan Cemetery

Project: Sheridan Cemetery

Carl THUESEN designed the new irrigation distribution and automatic computer regulated control systems for the 57-acre Sheridan Cemetery.

Challenges: Located on a high bench on the city's south side, the cemetery has historically been irrigated with potable water. Due to elevation, storage capacity and growth, this particular pressure zone has suffered with poor pressures and limited flow availability. These conditions were detrimental to homeowners in the area and resulted in many maintenance difficulties at the cemetery including restricted water availability.

The Wyoming Engineering Society awarded the Sheridan Cemetery Irrigation Project an honorable mention designation for the President's Project of the Year Award in 2000. The project has also been recognized as the 2001 Central Region Winner for Best Use of Rain Bird Water Conservancy Products.

Solution: THUESEN specified a control system that continually monitors flow conditions within the irrigation system and evapotranspiration conditions to continuously adjust individual station selection and run times. This keeps the pumps operating optimally while applying only the precipitation that the grass requires to maintain health and vigor.

Expertise: The project relied on THUESEN's specialized knowledge regarding turf irrigation pumping and control systems.


Principal: Carl Thuesen

Employee: Nathan Steiner, project manager and landscape architect

Specialty: Founded in 1984, the firm focuses on providing creative yet practical solutions to site design and golf course architectural challenges with special attention given to client responsiveness and quality of the constructed product.

Services: Master planning, site design, construction document preparation, estimating, and periodic construction observation. Recent contracts have enlisted the firm’s services for community and regional parks, sports facilities, new construction and remodeling of golf courses, site improvements for retail centers, state universities, cemeteries, and major irrigation projects.

Thuesen's experience with construction of projects is invaluable in developing realistic budgets, buildable plans and accurate cost estimates for planning and design projects.

Primary Design Software: Microstation by Bentley

Primary Project Types:
Athletic, Cemeteries and Golf.


Abbotswood Design Group

Founded in 2002 by 20-year landscape architecture veteran designer Fred Ogram, the Abbotswood Design Group is a multi-talented team of professionals dedicated to finding creative solutions to the challenges facing today's natural and built environments.

Abbotswood strives to think outside the box in a fully collaborative approach to each project. The firm's design solutions are rooted in the principles of the arts and sciences but are also cutting-edge in their approach, tapping into the latest trends, demographics, behaviors and research. Clients' needs are paramount in the firm's approach and are realized in custom, accurate, on-time and high quality project solutions delivered to each client.

Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill

Project: Cherry Hill Park

Fred Ogram and Craig Andersen designed the Cherry Hill Park master plan for what will be a unique regional park concept. The 30-acre site sits on property that was one of the original homesteads in Coeur d'Alene. The last 20 years have seen this hillside property utilized as one of the region's "premier" sledding hills. With over 200 feet of vertical drop and various degrees of pitch, there are areas to suit children of all ages. The property is in close proximity to the various mountain bike and hiking trails of Canfield Mountain in the adjacent national forest. The natural terrain of the park site is being carefully utilized in the design of park space.

Park Amenities: Featured amenities will include a BMX freestyle area, an ABA-sanctioned BMX track, a skateboard park, a rock-climbing wall, a bicycle downhill course, a snowboard/snowskate half pipe, sledding runs, a warming hut, parking areas, an 18 hole disc golf course, amphitheater, hiking/interpretive trails and covered picnic area, tennis courts and basketball courts.

Construction Schedule: Abbotswood recently completed construction documents for the first phase of this regional attraction. Parking and circulation were carefully considered on this project to maximize activity space while allowing ample visitor parking. Future plans for the park include a police and firefighters memorial and a 9-11 memorial, for which Abbotswood will be completing design development this winter.

Challenges: Melding the needs of the diverse user groups proved to be a challenging component of the design.

Graham Road

Graham Road

Graham Road

Project: Graham Road Recycling Center

The Graham Road Recycling Center project utilized on-site recycled materials for elements of the landscape design. Fred Ogram completed an on-site survey of the materials to incorporate them into the design.

The project received the 1998 Recycling Leadership Award from the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System.

Creative Design: A set of concrete stairs were turned upside down and are now used as a water feature at the entry. Pieces of concrete slab were acid stained and then used as landscape edging throughout the project. The Abbotswood Design Group continues to utilize recycled materials in its design work, from recycled drywell covers used as fire pits to recycled glass cast into concrete patios.

What sets them apart: Abbotswood Design Group's ability to pair the latest technological breakthroughs in mobile computing, electronic connectivity and collaboration with the firm's high-quality design and communication skills have set Abbotswood apart from the competition.

Tubbs Hill

Tubbs Hill

Project: Tubbs Hill Primary Trail

Fred Ogram and Craig Andersen worked with the city of Coeur d'Alene to accurately map and analyze the primary trails on what is affectionately called the "crown jewel" of the Coeur d'Alene parks system. This 250-acre natural area is located in the heart of this booming resort town's downtown district. Located on Lake Coeur d'Alene and surrounded on three sides by water, Tubbs Hill is not only a beautiful geologic landmark, but also a historical and cultural amenity beloved by the citizenry of Coeur d'Alene for decades. Adams & Clark, Inc. of Spokane provided extensive GPS and conventional surveying using state-of-the-art equipment to accurately survey the existing trails. The data collected included trail position, elevation, width, gradient, cross-slope and surface conditions over a two-and-a-half mile loop trail.

Design Guidelines: Utilizing universal accessibility guidelines, the Universal Trail Accessibility Procedures (UTAP) and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) guidelines, planners were able to determine the existing level of accessibility for the trail. Composite mapping analysis was completed and located on the digital terrain models produced during the survey phase of the project. Recommendations were provided to the city council and parks commission utilizing a public participation process.

Improving Trail Access: The recommendations provided a means for making low-impact improvements to the trail while increasing accessibility to all users. The proposed improvements provide increased access for police and fire departments while enhancing vistas and overlook areas. An international trail signage program was developed, as well as erosion controls, which will provide much-needed soil conservation. A five-phase implementation plan has been provided to the city to assist in funding and construction of the proposed improvements.

U.S. Embassy

U.S. Embassy

U.S. Embassy

Project: U.S. Embassy, Conakry, Guinea

Abbotswood is currently creating a ceremonial, public landscape for a new United States embassy in the African country of Guinea for the U.S. Department of State. Utilizing native and adapted plant species of the region and tropical landscape planning and design methods, Abbotswood continues to expand its international experience. Bringing that experience back to North Idaho will help Abbotswood create even more imaginative and distinguished landscapes.

Coeur d’Alene

Coeur d’Alene

Coeur d’Alene

Coeur d’Alene

Coeur d’Alene

Project: City of Coeur d'Alene Police Station

Abbotswood is currently creating a ceremonial, public landscape for a new United States embassy in the African country of Guinea for the U.S. Department of State. Utilizing native and adapted plant species of the region and tropical landscape planning and design methods, Abbotswood continues to expand its international experience. Bringing that experience back to North Idaho will help Abbotswood create even more imaginative and distinguished landscapes.



Project: Spokane Valley YMCA Skatepark

For one of the first wave of new skateparks in the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area, Abbotswood stepped forward in designing a truly unique skatepark experience for the Spokane Valley YMCA. The design is so integrated into the natural topography and rock outcroppings of the site that this design could never be repeated anywhere else

Design Elements: Utilizing the time-tested concrete bowl design, firm planners developed the master plan that included a beginner bowl area and a bigger advanced bowl with an adjacent stage and amphitheater. Snake runs were integrated into the granite rock outcrops above the main bowl area leading from a patio overlook with seating down through the rocks into the main bowl. A donor plaza was integrated into the design to provide a funding source for the project. Phase one, the beginner area, was completed this summer with Grindline, Inc. of Seattle helping to complete construction. The beginner area has been a huge success and plans are being developed to bring in funding to complete the rest of the park. Grindline and the Abbotswood Design Group continue to develop skateparks together across the nation with designs currently in progress in California, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Indiana, and Georgia.

Riverside Harbor

Project: Riverside Harbor Park

Set along the beautiful Spokane River, the Riverside Harbor Park renovation included ADA-compliant trails and maintenance access routes, playground and picnic amenities, security lighting and special revegetation areas. Abbotswood completed the project from conceptual design through construction administration for the park, which has become a landmark for the residents of the Riverside Harbor.

Design Elements: Abbotswood planners completed a master plan for the design of a private community park on five acres located on the north bank of the Spokane River in Post Falls, Idaho. The design and subsequent construction included the planting, irrigation and rock retaining wall for this affluent residential community. The park site fronts the Spokane River and will provide a protected swim beach, boat dock, ADA-accessible trail system, picnic grounds, lighting, parking, gazebo and open turf areas. The design was carefully integrated with elements including the adjacent native plantings, the community's design guidelines and the river frontage. The planting and irrigation were designed for erosion control, visual impact, site security and natural beauty. The permitting agencies included the city of Post Falls, the Idaho Department of Lands and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


Principal: William A. (Fred) Ogram IV, ASLA, RLA

Employees: Landscape architect Fred Ogram, ASLA, RLA; designer Craig D. Andersen, BLA; land planners; botanists; urban foresters; graphic artists and other skilled professionals.

Specialties: Government contracts, residential, open space, commercial, golf course and other landscape design work informed by the natural beauty of the inland northwest.


David Garce Associates

David Garce Associates (DGA) was established in 1994 in Santa Clara, California, located approximately 40 miles south of San Francisco. In June 1998, Garce opened a second location near Salt Lake City, Utah, which is now his main office. DGA is Native American-owned and managed by Garce, who traces his ancestry to the Catawba tribe in South Carolina. David Garce is a licensed landscape architect in California and a certified landscape irrigation water auditor.

Cultural Center

Cultural Center

Project: The Catawba Cultural Center and Seven Feathers Museum

The Catawba Cultural Center and Seven Feathers Museum was developed for the Catawba Indian Tribe with the group's tribal council along with Ken Rhyne (a Tuscarora) of Red Thunder Studio, and Mike Bunce, ASLA. Emphasis was placed on the interpretation of the cultural influences that the Catawba people had on the settlers, history and land of the Savanna upland area.

Catawba means "People of the River," and it was appropriate to locate the museum and cultural facility with prominence near the Catawba River. As the master plan was developed, additional uses for the area were worked into the design. These include commercial, housing, recreational and hospitality facilities.

What sets them apart: David Garce is a member of the American Indian Counsel of Architects and Engineers (AICAE,, a national organization for professional Native American architects, engineers, and designers. Garce is the group's past president and currently serves as secretary. He teaches "The Professional Practice of Landscape Architecture" at Utah State University's Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning department.

Heritage Center

Heritage Center

Heritage Center

Heritage Center

Heritage Center

Project: The American West Heritage Center

The American West Heritage Center (AWHC) was designed by team leader Nexus Architecture, Inc., and Andrew Merriell, the exhibit designer, Patty Timbimboo Madsen (a northwestern Shoshone) and Bruce Parry (also a northwestern Shoshone). The center was planned as a cultural and interpretive center devoted to telling the story of the American West between 1820 and 1920. To achieve this it incorporates the history of the entire American West and has a regional perspective--a perspective that illustrates the lives and interactions of people along the Wasatch Front and within the Bear River basin.

Design Elements: The Bear River watershed is represented in an educational landscape as one approaches the welcome center. The center concept is strengthened by the use of representative plant materials and rock features, which are integrated throughout the site and interpreted with informative signage.

Visitors learn that the watershed serves a large area. Its drainage basin and variety of climate zones provide for a diversity of plant and animal growth, which in turn offers people living in or visiting the basin a vast resource for food, clothing, medicine, beauty, spirituality and many other needs.

In the main entry court the visitor receives educational information and experiences the interweaving of cultures represented in the melding of water, curvilinear cobble and exposed aggregate patterns, which flow over and between the rigid and agricultural straight lines of the traditional welcome center entry walk.

The western patio provides guests with a glimpse of all the facilities and a view of the large relief map showing the American West Heritage Center site. The patio is made up of small planting areas with representative plants, and shows their traditional uses, and their Latin, English, and Shoshone names.

Seasonal Encampments: The Shoshone encampment showcases the migration patterns of the Shoshone during a four-season cycle. It is a living, organic exhibit. As the seasons progress the encampment is set up in a traditional seasonal location. The camp is then moved as one season changes to the next. During each of the four seasonal encampments a variety of plant materials will be available for interpretive staff to show how the Shoshone lived in each location during each season. The locations of the seasonal encampments will be represented in a variety of geographical settings. Native plants that would have flourished in the Cache Valley in 1820 will be replanted on the site and invasive pasture grasses and livestock feed will be systematically eliminated. The native plants will be presented along with their traditional uses: spiritual, medicinal, food, shelter, clothing and tools used by the Shoshone people.

Bible School

Project: Chinese Community Christian Bible School

The Chinese Community Christian Bible School (CCBS) project was led by BCA architects and engineers and involved David Garce Associates as the design landscape architect to develop the playgrounds and outdoor spaces to be unique and functional. The radiating design elements were an outgrowth of the drop-off area and pedestrian patterns of the school. The radial "sunbeams" became a significant feature of the school's outdoor space.

Project National Museum of the American Indian

One of Garce's most personally satisfying projects is the National Museum of the American Indian's Cultural Resource Center for the Smithsonian Institution. The facility is the first of a four-part facility planned to tell the story of four New World regions (including Hawaii, South America and the polar regions of the north). The Cultural Resource Center lies six miles outside Washington, D.C. in Suitland, Md. nestled in a wooded area.

Site Acquisition: The first site was obtained by the Smithsonian Institution, but through the efforts of the design team including architects from the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), JS Polshek Architects, Metcalf Tobey Architects (Smith Partnership), the Alexandria office of EDAW, Inc. and the Native American Design Collaborative (NADC)--a more secluded wooded area was obtained. The new site provides a unique space where sacred articles can be removed from the center and taken into the outdoors for cultural and spiritual events and activities.


Principal: David Garce
Employees: Supplemental consultants and collaborators.
Specialty: David Garce provides landscape design services with Native American flavor and a sensitivity for natural landscapes. Projects are completed from California to Washington, D.C. and from Washington state to Arizona.


MHTN Architects, Inc.

Founded in 1923, MHTN Architects, Inc. is a team of over 75 professionals dedicated to providing comprehensive services for the built environment. They are partners with their clients focusing our solutions on their unique objectives. MHTN's specialty markets encompass corporate, government, healthcare mixed-use, education, housing and student union design.

Main Street

Main Street

Project: Main Street Pedestrian Plaza

This project successfully transformed one block of a busy four-lane street in the Salt Lake City's downtown urban core into a pedestrian-friendly plaza. The Plaza was constructed above a new underground parking structure and unites two adjacent blocks of the LDS Church's campus.

Utah Masonry Council & AIA Utah, "Excellence in Masonry Honor Award," 2002

Design Elements: The Plaza's focus is a lozenge-shaped reflecting pool, which rests at the base of the campus' historical architectural centerpiece, the Salt Lake Temple, and acts as the campus gathering area.

MHTN designed a raised terrace for use by downtown employees and the public on the south end of the Plaza for outdoor dining, a much-needed outdoor space in downtown Salt Lake. It also provides a backdrop to the historic Brigham Young Monument.

A pedestrian bridge on the north end of the Plaza rises over the parking structure's vehicular entry and provides a platform to view the Utah State Capitol, Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum and historic Ensign Peak.

On each end of the Plaza, two waterwalls, facing the busy streets, invite the urbanite to seek refuge within the Plaza.

Site Amenities: Flanking lawn panels, sandstone walls and benches provide the millions of annual visitors to this campus a variety of opportunities to relax, contemplate and refresh themselves amidst the surrounding urban din.

What sets them apart: The landscape architecture studio at MHTN architects has completed a diverse body of work in various parts of the country. Their expertise allows them to provide a full range of services including: landscape architecture (including irrigation and landscape planting design), master planning, land use planning, urban design site analysis, site planning, park, recreation, trail planning and design,water conservative design, k-12 and secondary school design, corporate campus planning and commercial, retail and industrial landscape architecture.

Morinda Gardens

Project: Morinda International Gardens

The Morinda Corporate Campus International Gardens, provide a set of unified but distinct and memorable garden spaces which are used for employee break areas, training meeting space and for outdoor social gatherings.

The gardens are full of floral bloom color with multiple seasonal plant changes, creating various focal points and year around interest. A pavilion offers outdoor cooking for reception events.

Each major garden area was developed with a distinct character and feeling. This design concept resulted in seven garden areas that include:

  • Rose gardens framed with wood arbor planted with fragrant shrub and climbing roses
  • A promenade bordered with spreading shade trees and dry laid stone walls that frame a view of the Rose Garden
  • A raised terrace with a circular paving pattern and inner court edged with raised stone planters
  • An east garden containing a large specimen Japanese maple placed in an oval raised stone planter
  • A Founder's Garden with a lawn panel bordered with arbors in an English-style garden setting
  • Stream and falls constructed with large granite boulders, specimen trees and multiple re-circulating pumps for year round use
  • A reflecting pool is designed for a tranquil conclusion of the stream

Novell Campus

Project: Novell Corporate Campus

Novell's decision to consolidate two adjacent campuses into one site created an opportunity to reinforce an employee-centered corporate atmosphere, which reflects teamwork and productivity. Using renowned college campuses as a model, MHTN Architects, Inc. helped the client to reinforce their corporate culture with a landscape design that fosters casual interaction and brings employees together in outdoor spaces.

AIA Utah, "Merit Award," 2000
Intermountain Contractor Best of 2000,
"Best Architecture"

Design Elements: The addition of a new eight-story building and a single-story cafeteria provided impetus to create a central campus courtyard. The cafeteria is a free-standing building centered in the campus which is defined by existing buildings on the west, north and east. This new building defines the south edge of the space to create the “quad” of the campus which features meeting and dining nodes, a bosque of trees to the east and water rapids crossed by a bridge.

A diagonal linear layout of three contiguous water features with plantings on the east/west axis and a courtyard lawn panel are both overlaid by a formal paving grid. This grid consists of intermittent concrete pavers with seating nodes at grid intersections.

The new main campus entry features strong vertical lighting elements focusing on the main office building entry. A loop road connects vehicular and pedestrian circulation from the new campus into the existing campus.

Franklin Covey

Project: The Franklin Covey Leadership Campus

The site and landscape design for the corporate campus of Covey Leadership reflects the values of a firm that specializes in personal and corporate training to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

American Society of Landscape Architects,
Utah Chapter, "Merit Award," 2000

Design Elements: Symbolic representation of concepts that were developed by Covey Leadership were incorporated into the site design. These include abstracts of "personal center," "compass and clock," and "priorities."

A sculpted sundial superimposed over a grand compass is the focal point of the campus. This water feature embodies Covey’s teaching that people need a “personal center.” It also reflects the unchanging nature of direction ("compass" or effectiveness) and the fickle nature of time ("clock" or efficiency).

The large boulders and small cobble on each step signify the Covey principle taught in the "large rock/small rock in-a-jar" concept: that many priorities in our lives can be accommodated. If high priorities (large rocks) are in the jar first, many lower priorities (small rocks) can be fit in around them; however, if large rocks (high priorities) are not first placed in the jar, then they cannot be forced in at a later time.

The sundial’s southern plaza provides formal outdoor seating. Four sloped lawn panels provide contrast with amphitheater-type casual seating shaded by trees. Outdoor meeting areas at each compass point are punctuated with small rocks and boulders.

Salt Palace

Project: Project: Salt Palace Convention Center Expansion II

The south east corner of the expanded Salt Palace Convention Center was designed to welcome pedestrians to the Salt Palace. Pedestrians travel over a complex paving pattern, through architectural poured-in-place elements that function as benches, risers, walls and space dividers and finally into a paved forecourt that serves as an extension of a pre-function space inside the building.

Design Elements: The entry courtyard serves as an amphitheater/stage area for mini concerts and presentations as well as an assembly entry space for events. Unit pavers in the courtyard were installed in patterns that define the area by using cobble for pedestrians, finetta for heavy-duty service and a combination of concrete radians and circular bands with cobble pavers in the forecourt plaza.

The streetscape was developed with a combination of concrete paving bounded by the Salt Lake City standard paving pattern. Seating for visitors and public transit is accommodated on architectural concrete planters. Trees ranging from five-inch to seven-inch caliper in size and other plant specimens were pre-purchased for the project by MHTN landscape architects.

A service loading and unloading area required careful concealment with walls, gates and densely planted screens.


Lynn A. Jones, AIA, president/CEO
Bryce C. Jones, AIA, sr. vice president/president-elect
Gregory L. Allen, AIA, vice president
Randy C. Boudrero, ASLA, vice president
Dennis H. Cecchini, AIA, vice president
Kyle S. Taft, AIA, vice president
Peter D. Moyes, AIA, vice president
Douglas A. Thimm, AIA, vice president
Lynn Johnson, CPA, chief financial officer
Total employees: 85 (licensed architects: 32, intern architects: 16, landscape architects: 5)
Primary Design Software: AutoCAD


hatchmueller P.C.

hatchmueller, P.C. provides landscape architectural, planning and design services to clients in five western states. The principals worked together for fifteen years in an architectural firm managing the land planning and landscape architectures division. They went on to form their own firm in 1999. The firm offers a wide variety of professional services to help people respond to the inevitability of change.

Wood River

Wood River

Project: Wood River High School

Recently, they oversaw the completion of the site development for the $23 million Wood River High School in Hailey/Sun Valley, Idaho. The site budget was approximately $2 million. The plan included parking for 400 cars, bus loading and student drop off areas, a new football stadium with a 400 meter all-weather track and seating for 2000 people. It also involved an extensive earth moving component, neighborhood pedestrian linkages, landscape treatments and plazas for student gathering and other school activities.

What sets them apart: The firm strives to provide an in-depth analysis of the natural, cultural, aesthetic and economic consequences of planning and design. While providing solutions that are innovative and cost effective, hatchmueller, P.C emphasizes the stewardship role that man must play in maintaining the integrity of the environment.

Grand Basin

Grand Basin

Grand Basin

Grand Basin

Project: Great Basin College Enhancement

Currently hatchmueller P.C. is involved with the planning of a joint campus for the University of Idaho and North Idaho College in Coeur d' Alene. A recently completed project of significance for them is the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation/Great Basin College Enhancement Project in Elko, Nevada that featured the complete redesign and construction of the campus core.

Services: Working with Lombard-Conrad Architects of Boise, Idaho, hatchmueller, P.C. was responsible for approximately $3.5 million in constructed project components including an amphitheater for 600 people, 1,100-foot-long water feature, quiet garden, building entrance plazas and gathering spaces, President's Grove, night lighting and extensive landscape treatments. Land Expressions of Spokane, Washington provided consulting with regard to the water feature systems.

Funding: The project was funded by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Las Vegas, Nevada, and also included the construction of a clock tower and a solarium to link three major campus buildings.

Hidden Lake

Hidden Lake

Project: Hidden Lake Golf Resort

hatchmueller P.C.'s golf projects include the recently completed redevelopment of Hidden Lakes Golf Resort near the mouth of the Pack River on Lake Pend O'reille in northern Idaho. The project featured the design and construction of four new golf holes and the complete reorganization of course alignment around a new 8,000-square-foot clubhouse. In addition, 150 home sites were planned and oriented along a new transportation spine giving access to the course and the new teaching center and practice facilities. The planning included a significant environmental component dealing with wetlands, rare plants, wildlife and stormwater management.


The project received a Merit Award from the Idaho-Montana chapter of the ASLA in the category of planning. In a national competition, the clubhouse placed second for new golf facilities in 2002 based on design, site work and integration into overall course activi

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