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WSB Associates
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Since 1995, WSB and Associates has been dedicated to a culture of relationship building, innovative thinking and engineering and design solutions. Initially, the firm's services addressed municipal, transportation, water resources and traffic issues. WSB added a landscape architecture group in 2012, staffed with four design professionals; this division has since grown to eight designers. Today WSB has a staff of 300, including 17 principals, 30 associates, and 75 registered professional engineers, and offers services in over 20 areas, including design-build; community planning; municipal engineering; construction administration; environmental planning; economic development; and landscape architecture.

Hilde Performance Center, city of Plymouth, Minn.
The Hilde Performance Center is home to the renowned Music in Plymouth Celebration that happens every July. WSB services included site master planning, budgeting, final design, bidding and construction observation. The first phase of construction included walkways, seating areas, a smaller stage and amphitheater, vendor plaza and decorative fountain. The second phase addressed the entrance gateways along the streets and a veteran's memorial that was completed in the spring of 2015. All of the sculptures, ornamental fencing, light standards, play equipment, paving patterns, etc., are music- and performance-themed.

Round Lake Park, Eden Prairie, Minn.
WSB was hired by the city of Eden Prairie to create a master plan for Round Lake Park, located just south of the Eden Prairie Community Center and high school campus. WSB services included site master planning, budgeting, final design, bidding and construction observation. New amenities to the park included a baseball field, plaza, picnic shelter, splash pad, full-size basketball court, and entrance monuments and signs to direct park users.

Kaposia Landing, city of South St. Paul, Minn.
This athletic complex is being constructed along the Mississippi River. Since the site was a former landfill, the development involves converting a former detriment into a usable recreation area. This project began in 2000 when the city of South St. Paul commissioned WSB's landscape architecture division to explore recreation opportunities for this riverfront property. WSB did the site master planning, budgeting, final design, bidding and construction observation. Amenities included baseball fields, a dog park, civic event facility, trails and play areas. In 2014, the residents of South St. Paul passed a bond referendum to develop the athletic fields at the site, and this became phase one of the design scheme.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. park playground, Minneapolis, Minn.
In 2013, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board selected the WSB design team to work on this one-of-a-kind playground. The project was in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a celebration of the American civil rights movement and African-American history. The existing playground had reached the end of its useful life and presented a perfect opportunity to make a meaningful impact to the community and its namesake. The two-year planning process generated many creative ideas and WSB worked through many issues and ideas in order to gain a consensus on the grand vision for the playground improvements. The result is a playground that is not only fun, but includes numerous educational pieces woven into it. The main theme is "The Mountaintop," in honor of the last speech given by Dr. King before his death. WSB services included site master planning, community engagement, budgeting, final design, bidding and construction administration.

Winona Bridge Plaza, city of Winona, Minn.
This plaza was developed in conjunction with a new bridge connecting downtown Winona, Minn., and Latch Island. The project included rehabilitation of the historic Highway 43 bridge that sits adjacent to the site. Many historic elements were incorporated into the project, including historic pavers, limestone steps, a monument plaque and flagstone pavers. The historic pavers were used to create a walkway under the existing bridge, and a modern design approach was applied to the plaza under the new bridge. WSB came up with renderings of innovative paving patterns and performed concept development, site master planning, budgeting, engineering and final design.

West River Road and James Rice Parkway, Minneapolis, Minn.
WSB was selected to provide a turnkey package for the highly-used trail system along the Mississippi River, near the Stone Arch Bridge, the Mills Museum, the Guthrie, and the University of Minnesota. Some of the improvements included bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use trails; eliminating a roadway crossing; rest areas and lookouts; lighting, signage, drinking fountains and benches. WSB performed an in-depth public engagement process, preliminary planning, schematic design, design development, construction documentation, bidding services, construction administration and surveying.

3rd Street streetscape, city of Rochester, Minn.
The WSB landscape architecture group was part of a project team that prepared construction documents for the first phase of the 3rd Street streetscape. This streetscape was intended to improve the business climate of downtown Rochester and enhance real estate values. It involved a mix of residential, office, retail and dining uses. Elements included permeable concrete pavers, planting curbs, colored concrete, jointing patterns, plants and furnishings.

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