JJR-48 years in Business, 5 Offices, 150 Professionals.SmithGroup-156 years in business, 7 offices, 800 professionalsJJR clients benefit from all the resources of a National Firm but receive the attention and service similar to that of are smaller Boutique Firms. This allows JJR to provide a greater level of attention to clients. Access to team members
Being Green is nothing new to us. JJR has been practicing sustainable design for nearly 5 decades. But we have never stopped resting on our laurels. We move forward, we advance, we learn, we transform.
The result-restoration of a valued portion of the shore of Lake Michigan and reclamation of a viable and successful recreation area for the residents of Lake Forest.The broad new beach and small craft harbor have withstood subsequent years of wind and waves and have become the foundation for other park enhancements designed by JJR, including a boat handling/storage area, beach house, overlook plaza, an elevated bluff walk and waterfront promenade.
Basis for Design and Planning EffortsStudy of SystemsVegetation, Soils, Hydrology, Land Use Patterns, Food, Infrastructure, Natural Features, Political Factors, Etc. Composite AnalysesOpportunities and ConstraintsFramework Plans
The intent of this slide is to show that we took four different elements from four difference schemes and combined them into the final master plan.
-It was originally a wetland drained by farmers over 100 years ago-property offered attributes necessary for reclamation-zones for three types of wetland 1)forest and wet meadows 2) emergent wetland system 3) shallow wetlands and deep water areas)-property also offered opportunities for recreation, education and experimentation
Utilized computer modeling to establish water management areas that responded to the zoning required 1) largest of the three zones-269 acres-utilized for hydrological conditions ranging from intermittent soil saturation to shallow season inundation 2) 161 acres for areas with conditions ranging from saturated soil to inundation up to 2 feet—emergent wetland systems 3) 37 acress-identified for water area exceed 2 feet in depth )shallow wetland and deep-water areas)The natural systems function so well, Crosswinds Marsh requires no pumps or other artificial methods to maintain the wetland communities. Once native plants were added, including more than 300,000 aquatic plants, 10,000 seedlings and 300 acres of wetland seed, the natural systems could function on their own without the need for dykes, pumps or other manmade systems.
A mitigation of this magnitude had never been attempted until this time.The whole recreation component was developed as a result of the host community realizing the greater benefit to developing significant passive recreation amenities.
As a result, Crosswinds Marsh has become both a popular recreational destination, as well as an excellent educational tool for school children and community groups.Crosswinds Marsh is also designed to serve as a recreational destination. The preserve includes hiking trails, equestrian paths, fishing docks, canoe routes and observation platforms. It offers a variety of educational opportunities, including interpretive signage along trails and a screen house to host naturalist programs. Crosswinds Marsh created habitat for a variety of plant and animal species. Significant wildlife species documented at the site include a nesting pair of bald eagles, pelicans, beaver and numerous migratory bird species. Due to this diversity, nature clubs periodically advertise group tours at the preserve. Excavation also created deep-water habitat for a sustainable fishery that includes pike, bass and panfish. Because of the wetland's self-sustaining element, water quality continues to improve naturally. For 7th consecutive year, bald eagles have been spotted with their chicks. And Beavers, who haven’t been seen in Wayne County in 50 years, are coming back.
In the SmithGroup tradition of green planning and design, our sustainability expertise was integrated on this project. Furthermore, we diligently and carefully crafted a plan that examines the long-term sustainability of the site. Underpinning all our work is the pursuit of sensible development and building designs that exemplify the lasting qualities of economic, ecological and social responsibility. These fundamental values reflect our commitment to help GSA act as stewards of the natural and built environment and to help facilitate resource-based decisions. ½ new buildings have green roofsGoing to introduce bioswales and low impact design strategies to deal with storm water and that sort of thingBecause it is a GSA project, all buildings have to be LLED silver at a minimum
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20 year relationshipStarted as Waynesburg college, a lot of payment, not a cool place to be. Tim Thyrene is the president. Connects to the town. Complete transformation Did all drawings – Design through construction.