City of Roseville, Reservoir Woods, Roseville, MN
The Reservoir Woods project created a public amenity in an underused, scenic tract of land. The trail winds its way through the forest and includes a variety of trail amenities including an overlook, rest shelter, signage, benches, and walls. A tunnel under a major city street provides the connection to other regional systems in the area. 2005.
Dakota County, Schaar’s Bluff, Spring Lake Park, MN
The Master Plan for the Schaar’s Bluff Area of Spring Lake Park Reserve on the Mississippi River in Dakota County was developed in conjunction with MS&R Architects and the 106 Group. The Master Plan, informed by an 8,000 year history of human activity, included a Cultural Resources Plan that led to the overriding design principal of “light touch”. The process of soliciting input from community groups included the larger citizen population and the area Indian tribes. The resulting Gathering Center and related site construction was completed in 2007.
Minnesota Department of Transportation Historic Roadside Properties: Chaska Historic Marker, Burns Avenue Overlook and Lake City Concourse, Minnesota
By 2008, the Chaska Historic Marker, built in the late 1930s, was sorely in need of repair. The site design had to be sensitive to present day maintenance realities and to the historic character of monument. Site issues included accessibility, removal of mature spruce threatening the monument, a buckthorn control program, and stabilization of the hillside with a low maintenance turf. In addition to work on the Chaska Historic Marker, recommendation reports and construction document packages were prepared for the restoration of several historic roadside properties. The sites, many of which are located along the Great River Road, were built in the mid-1930s through the 1950s by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Minnesota Highway Department. 2010.
Minnesota Historical Society + Minnesota Department of Transportation, Fort Snelling Site Improvements, Minneapolis, MN
Site improvements at the Visitor Center and around the 1827 Fort focused on visitor orientation and the restoration of the historic character of the landscape around this former outpost. Design solutions clarified circulation for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. The site’s shallow soils and loading limits over a MnDOT tunnel were major technical issues to be addressed in order to provide accessible parking near the Fort’s gate and solve drainage and erosion problems.