Heather Hubble, who has been at TSW since 2004, recently passed her final Architect Registration Examination®. Please join us in congratulating Heather!
The Architect Registration Examination® assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture. Learn more about the exam at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards website.
In 2011, Stockbridge retained TSW to work with community stakeholders to update the City’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study, which had been prepared ten years earlier. As part of this, TSW was tasked with defining a new, market-based plan for completing the the partially-built Town Center project, exploring how to better serve the area’s aging population, and identifying new transportation needs. Via a year-long process, TSW worked with residents businesses and property owners to establish a framework for growth and change in Stockbridge that addressed these key issues and others.
Since the adoption of the new LCI Plan by the Stockbridge City Council on July 9, 2012, the City has made significant progress in implementing the plan. During this time:
- The Old Downtown Streetscape Project on North Berry Street from Nolan Street to Love Street was completed.
- The City Council approved the acquisition from the First Baptist Church of Stockbridge the remaining parcels surrounding City Hall known as the Town Center Project. The Town Center Project includes a proposed splash pad and amphitheater.
- The City secured $150,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money towards a proposed community pool in Old Downtown Stockbridge. The City intends to survey residents to determine their preference for a community pool versus a splash pad, both of which are eligible for CDBG funding.
- The City applied earlier this year for an Opportunity Zone job tax credit incentive, which required an updated Urban Redevelopment Plan and for the policies of the LCI to be incorporated into the document. The City Council adopted the amended Urban Redevelopment Plan on July 25th, 2013 which expanded the Urban Redevelopment area in order to maximize the number of businesses eligible for the tax credit.
- All right-of-way acquisition for Reeves Creek Trail Phase II is complete and the City is awaiting a “Notice to Proceed” from the state to finish the project.
- The City has invested nearly $250,000 into the engineering of the proposed Rock Quarry Extension project. The new roadway would connect the North Henry Boulevard/Rock Quarry Road intersection with the East Atlanta Road/Valley Hill Road intersection. The City and County have committed a combined $5.5 million in SPLOST IV tax dollars toward this project.
- GDOT completed its turn movement counts at the intersection of State Route 42 and East Atlanta Road in front of City Hall. GDOT counts indicate the need for a left turn signal phase for southbound vehicles on East Atlanta Road turning left and proceeding east on State Route 42. A left turn storage lane would need to be constructed on East Atlanta Road along with the needed traffic signal improvements. The City would likely need to relocate utilities and right-of-way may need to be purchased. Given the scope of the work, GDOT has determined that the City should be responsible for completing these improvements. The City has engaged a civil engineer with the goal to pursue and obtain a special encroachment permit to complete this project.
TSW congratulates the City of Stockbridge on their successes, and looks forward to their further implementation of the LCI plan in the coming year.
Bryan Bays has joined TSW as Director of Landscape Architecture. In his new role, Bryan will oversee the firm’s numerous landscape architecture projects ranging from university campuses and parks and recreation facilities to new urbanism communities, streetscapes and commercial developments. Previously, Bryan served as a Business Line Manager and Director of Landscape Architecture for EDAW/AECOM in Atlanta.
“We are very pleased to welcome Bryan to the TSW team,” said Thomas Walsh, TSW principal. “Bryan has over 15 years in the landscape design industry, and has been involved in all stages of landscape design, from concept to completion. Most recently, he held a leadership position at his firm, serving as a mentor, design leader and project manager for master planning and landscape design projects. He’s also experienced with designing parks, multimodal transportation, academic facilities, communities and resorts, which is a great fit for TSW and our clients.”
Bryan has made significant contributions to many high profile and award-winning projects in the metro Atlanta area, most notably the recently-completed expansion of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Clough Undergraduate Learning Center at Georgia Tech. He holds a BS in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University and lives in Brookhaven with his wife and three young daughters.
Two TSW projects were recognized by the Georgia Planning Association at their Fall Conference last week on Jekyll Island: the Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program for Outstanding Planning Document and Alpharetta’s Envision Main Street for Outstanding Planning Process, Large Community.
The Augusta Sustainable Development Implementation Program is a detailed corridor plan that follows HUD’s Guidelines and Livability Principles. The project included an implementation program for a cluster of transit-oriented development neighborhoods along the corridor and revising current codes to facilitate higher density, mixed-use, and mixed-income development. http://augustasustainable.com
Envision Main Street was a 7-week visioning process for the redesign of Main Street into a true Main Street for Alpharetta that included two citizen design charrettes, a visual preference survey, and a project website where participants could leave comments about potential designs. http://envisionmainstreetalpharetta.com
Garrett Hyer and Laura Richter accepted TSW’s awards (pictured below) and Garrett was also recognized for his student work last year at Georgia Tech: Outstanding Student Project, Northside Drive – the Grand Transit Boulevard.
Brandon Sutton was recently named an Associate at TSW. Brandon started working at TSW in early 2006 after coming from a local multidisciplinary firm. He brings more than 8 years of landscape architectural experience to the company and specializes in the design of urban environments, parks and open space, and transportation corridors.
Since joining the firm, Brandon has been involved in all aspects of design in a range of projects both public and private, bringing an attention to detail and a strong graphic eye to his work. Recent projects include: Lawrenceville Lawn, the BeltLine Gateway, Covington’s Pace Street corridor, Kennesaw State University’s Health Sciences Building, Woodstock Main Street, and Chattanooga’s One North Shore development.
ChristChurch Presbyterian broke ground for their new sanctuary on Saturday, September 21. Click here for the full story and check out images from the day below. (Photos by Bobbi Jo Brooks Photography)
Nathan Benderson Park was recently awarded an APA Florida Award of Excellence in the Planning Project category and Tom Walsh was part of a panel that presented the park’s master planning process to conference attendees. The conference was held last week in Orlando, September 10 – 13.
Nathan Benderson Park is located in unincorporated Sarasota County, Florida. This county park used by a handful of local fishermen was once an unimproved borrow pit lake originally created to serve road construction needs in the region. Today, it’s being transformed into a 600-acre regional park that includes a world-class rowing venue that will host the 2017 World Rowing Championships.
TSW’s Landscape Architecture Studio developed the overall master plan for the park and helped coordinate visioning graphics.