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Firms & Projects: 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.

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.

Project: Cherry Hill Park


Cherry Hill

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.


Cherry Hill

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.


Cherry Hill

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.


Cherry Hill

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


Cherry Hill

Project: Graham Road Recycling Center


Graham Road

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.

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


Graham Road

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.


Graham Road

Project: Tubbs Hill Primary Trail


Graham Road

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.


Graham Road

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.

Project: U.S. Embassy, Conakry, Guinea


U.S. Embassy

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.


U.S. Embassy

Project: City of Coeur d'Alene Police Station


Coeur d'Alene

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

Project: Spokane Valley YMCA Skatepark


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


Skatepark

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.

Project: Riverside Harbor Park


Riverside Harbor

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.


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