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GRAEF, begun as al partnership in 1961, now employs 250 multidisciplinary professionals in six offices in Wisconsin, Illinois and Florida. GRAEF provides a broad range of landscape architecture services: master planning; streetscapes; urban plazas; sustainable site design; LEED services; land restoration; community identity; waterfronts; parks and open space; project signage and branding; school campuses; water theme parks; retail developments; industrial parks; civic facilities and full construction administration. Engineering News and Report has ranked GRAEF in the Midwest Top 25 Design Firms.

Capitol Drive Reconstruction-Streetscape/Landscape Design, Shorewood, Wis.
The village of Shorewood and GRAEF's landscape architecture team worked to enhance the East Capitol Drive corridor, one of only two major arterials that pass through the heart of the central business district. A major project element was redesigning the Oak Leaf Trail Bridge overpass as a major gateway to the village. The bridge now accommodates safe pedestrian access to Capitol Drive, and has become a critical point of connection to and from the central business district. The team also incorporated specialty streetscape elements and sustainable design features within the corridor.

Janesville Road Reconstruction-Streetscape Design,Muskego, Wis.
GRAEF worked with the city of Muskego on a new streetscape and landscape design for the Janesville Road corridor. The firm had the rare opportunity to reinvent Muskego as a contemporary lake community with a rejuvenated identity. The roadway was divided into three distinct sections: the commercial district and the central business district received the most intense streetscaping; the market district, reflecting the commercial, retail and office elements of the city, was treated with mid-level streetscaping; and the parkway district, a residential zone, featured many street trees and softscaping. Other design features included lakefront light fixtures along the roadway and in the medians, lake-themed furnishings and concrete planters. The corridor is heavily planted with trees, shrubs, blooming perennials and ornamental grasses.

Waukesha Memorial Hospital (ProHealth Care) Central Courtyard, Waukesha, Wis.
GRAEF redesigned the exterior courtyard in conjunction with other hospital renovations. The courtyard is visually connected to the building interior through the use of floor-to-ceiling glass walls. It features new outdoor seating for the eatery and is an alternative for informal meetings or quiet contemplation. Key features are decorative paving (including donor pavers), moveable site furnishings, custom arbor structures, a chef's herb and vegetable garden, new pathway and accent lighting, seasonal accent plantings, and a central "pool" comprised of circular seat walls and a custom tile mosaic that portrays a classic koi pond. The project team worked directly with a local artist, who designed and installed the mosaic tiles.

West Bend Mutual Insurance Corporate Campus, West Bend, Wis.
The GRAEF landscape architecture team provided landscape architecture services for a 214,000 square foot office expansion project at the West Bend Mutual Insurance (WBMI) headquarters. The existing facility sits softly on the landscape and is buffered by hundreds of acres of tall grassland. Much of the campus is adorned with native plants and open space, a testament to WBMI's commitment to sustainability. GRAEF developed the landscaping, and at the same time, incorporated a complex new stormwater treatment and biofiltration system into the project. Additional site elements include a series of large, rolling drumlins, or berms, that screen parking areas and undesirable views, a campus-wide pedestrian trail system, outdoor gathering spaces for large and small groups, and recirculating waterfalls and streams. The team also designed the specialty plaza with attached entryway that includes seating, accent paving and a signature sculpture. GRAEF used all native or 'adaptive' plants.

Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery, Madison, Wis.
GRAEF completed the streetscape and landscape architecture designs for the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery that sits in the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Each streetscape edge features a different Wisconsin habitat. A repeating series of raised granite planters unify the streetscape and contain native plantings. Regionally produced granite pavers and large blocks of limestone from a local quarry create unique edges, retaining walls and seating opportunities. Outdoor water features and an ipe wood deck have also been incorporated into this project. The facility was designed to achieve LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the first research facility on campus to use a geothermal heating and cooling system.

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