RPA's award-winning landscape architects offer an abundance of technical skill, real-life experience and respected knowledge!
Whatever outdoor space you want to create, restore, or renew, Robert Peccia & Associates (RPA’s) award-winning professional landscape architects in Fort Collins, Colorado, create people-centric places. They expertly blend science, art, and technology to craft aesthetically pleasing links between built and natural environments that function using sustainable design principles. The resulting connection may be a botanical garden, a community park, a university open space for outdoor academic presentations, or a federal agency’s visitor center or recreational trail.
Landscape architecture can involve large multi-disciplinary teams including civil engineers and land surveyors, and can encompass a wide range of project tasks. From early programming and conceptualization through construction administration, RPA’s landscape architects have the insight and experience to successfully facilitate high-profile design workshops and public meetings. Their understanding and communication skills fosters consensus between multiple agencies, stakeholders and fund-raising organizations, the public, and special interest groups.
With sincere and passionate appreciation for historic landscapes and cultural resources, RPA’s landscape architects routinely transform and restore! They are nationally recognized experts for their careful work and focused efforts, which are showcased in the portfolio of attached projects. They listen and they provide creative solutions that meet present needs without compromising the future.
SERVICES WE PROVIDE
Site Planning and Design
Visioning and Programming
Open Space Planning
Trails Planning and Design
Site Analysis and Selection
3-D Graphics and Illustration
Signage and Wayfinding
Best Management Practices
Paul Smith Children's Village Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
The theme for the Children's Village for Sustainable Living garden grew out of the Cheyenne Botanic Garden's long history as a proponent of energy conservation (the first public solar greenhouse in the nation), its emphasis on community building, and the walled nature of the “compound” of the now to be converted Park Maintenance Yard site.
The purpose of the Children's Village is to create an interest and understanding in children of natural and sustainable systems through fun, interactive experiences in a garden setting. The garden will showcase and interpret sustainable systems for food production and preparation, water quality, energy production, habitation, community building, and cultural fulfillment.
The design process for the Children's Sustainable Village took place in several phases. A preliminary work session was conducted to explore program, access, connectivity, and themes for the garden. Sited on the existing maintenance yard compound, garden access and connectivity to the existing grounds was established. After identifying the design influences, village organization options were reviewed by the garden's staff. This village organization provided direction for further development of schematic design. We developed the illustrative schematic design and subsequent sketches, which are taken from a virtual 3D model of the garden and illustrate the relationships and scale of the various garden areas.
This project was recently designated with a LEED Platinum status, one of only 252 in the nation. The site design that supported this highly sustainable project included capture and reduction of all onsite storm water through permeable paving and onsite bioswale retention, reduced demand and elimination of potable water for landscape use and use of onsite recycled concrete in walls, vertical piers and amphitheater seating.
University of Wyoming Landscape Architecture Services
Client: University of Wyoming
RPA's landscape architects while employed at EDAW/AECOM completed numerous projects for the University of Wyoming located in Laramie, Wyoming. A few examples of our diverse U of W portfolio of work are described below:
Sullivan Plaza and a remodeled entrance to the College of Education takes its place as the third iconic landscape modification to reside on the most sacred open space on campus - Prexy's Pasture.
This plaza is the third of the four corners to be developed with a similar landscaping that features Vedauwoo-style moss rock boulders, a variety of decorative plants and comfortable seating areas where students and visitors can enjoy the outdoors when the Wyoming weather cooperates. This campus and public amenity joins Simpson Plaza at the southeast corner near the Wyoming Union, and Cheney Plaza at the southwest corner adjacent to the Cheney International Center. Our landscape architects were responsible for all three plaza projects.
Another university project completed by RPA landscape architects is the Berry Center for Natural Conservation. To support the center’s teaching mission, our Landscape Architects worked with the Berry Center’s Director to develop a complementary native landscape. Plazas with benches, boulders and native landscaping created comfortable, quiet respites for students while allowing for a graceful ADA connectivity and pedestrian friendly alley access along a ten-foot grade change.
The Visual Arts Center is located at a prominent corner of the campus adjacent to the University's noted art museum on a very public interface of the campus. The project goal was to showcase the University's respect for the native landscape footprint while at the same time provide for modern artistic opportunities in outdoor social spaces, sculpture display areas and work yards.
YMCA of the Rockies Camp Chief Ouray
Client: YMCA of the Rockies
YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch (SMR), located south of Granby at an elevation of nearly 9,000 feet and occupying 5,100 acres next to the picturesque Arapahoe National Forest, provides a unique environment for conferences, family reunions and outdoor recreation. Our team completed a comprehensive Master plan for SMR and continued with the development of the Camp Chief Ouray Master plan within Snow Mountain Ranch.
Camp Chief Ouray (CCO) was founded in 1908 and is one of the oldest traditional residential camps in Colorado. CCO offers a wide range of programmed camp activities for children ages 7-17, and is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). The Master Plan for Snow Mountain Ranch identified a new site for CCO, which currently overlaps the existing campsite and expands its footprint to the west and south. The new site offers areas for future expansion and consolidates the majority of development and program areas, providing an area buffered from other adjacent YMCA uses. Our team worked with key staff at a four-day, on-site workshop which included:
A site review and site selections was completed for key program areas such as the entry court, parking, camp locations and dining hall, as well as circulation throughout the entire camp. Three alternatives were developed and presented and a preferred alternative was selected before refining the final. The master plan will be used as a guide for future development of Camp Chief Ouray in accordance with the Snow Mountain Ranch Master Plan. Design work was completed by our Fort Collins Landscape Architects prior to joining RPA.
Genesee Mountain Park Master Plan
Client: City and County of Denver, Denver Mountain Parks
The formal opening of the Mountain Parks by the Denver Park Commission was on August 27, 1913, and Genesee Park was at the time the first Mountain Park for the City of Denver. At 2,413 acres, Genesee Park is the city’s largest Mountain Park, offering the greatest diversity of experiences in the mountain parks system. Families can hold a reunion and picnic at the large Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) historic shelter and picnic area near the summit. Visitors can RV- or tent- camp overnight at Chief Hosa Campground. Kids can camp overnight in tents for the first time in their lives and take home a new sleeping bag through the Wonderful Outdoor World (WOW) program. Hikers can forget the city is nearby on the rugged, historic Beaver Brook Trail.
Our approach to Genesee Park master planning and design involves a comprehensive process that leads the client through all project stages, from vision and programming thru conceptual design to public participation to construction administration, and will provide assistance in developing funding strategies and park maintenance strategies. We are helping our client develop a functional and responsive program to meet their current and future community needs. We are doing this by evaluating the existing facilities, the community’s projected growth and preferences, and the client’s economic and administrative realities. The final product will be a comprehensive Master Plan that will guide the city through the parks renovations over the next 10 years. The implementation will be phased with initial projects opening in 2013, the park’s 100 year anniversary. In addition to the Master Plan, Specific Area Designs and Construction cost estimates were completed. This phase of work will help the CIty and County of Denver secure funding for implementing the Master Plan.
Products in the Master Plan include;
Walking Box Ranch Research and Visitor Education Center
Client: Bureau of Land Management
Walking Box Ranch, Searchlight NV. The Walking Box Ranch is a culturally significant property that is linked historically to the early twentieth century cultural development of Las Vegas. The ranch was built in 1921 by silent film stars Rex Bell and Clara Bow. Prior to joining RPA, our landscape architects and civil engineers as prime consultants lead a large multi-disciplinary consultant team through the entire project from visioning, programming and Environmental Assessment through construction documents.
The project has been developed over 4 BLM task orders and is being completed through a NPS Pacific West IDIQ primed by Architectural Resources Group. RPA as consultant on each of the task orders has the team played a significant role providing surveying, transportation, civil engineering, utility infrastructure and permitting. The Ranch is being transformed to an Interpretive and Research Center, in a joint venture with the BLM, University of Las Vegas (UNLV), and the Nature Conservancy. As a result of the Preservation Plan, completed by our team, it has been listed on the National Register of historic Places.
Flamingo District Master Plan and Design Program
Everglades National Park, Homestead, FL
Client: National Park Service
RPA Senior Landscape Architecture and Engineering staff (while previously Principals and Senior Project Managers employed at EDAW/AECOM Fort Collins) were a subconsultant on a 5-year National Park Service (NPS) Southeast Region Architecture/Engineering Services IDIQ (Contract 1443C2000091000) primed by Smith Dalia Architects, LLC. Services provided were landscape architecture, historic landscape architecture, site planning, restoration planning, civil & transportation engineering, environmental compliance support, 3D graphics and workshop/charette facilitation.
Everglades National Park (The Park) encompassing over 1.5 million acres it is the largest subtropical wilderness in North America. The Park is a designated World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve, and a Wetland of International Significance. Visitors enjoy a wide variety of activities including fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, birding, hiking, camping, biking, and wildlife viewing.
The Flamingo District was developed in the 1950’s, a part of the NPS Mission 66 redevelopment program and is the largest developed area within the Park. The District was devastated during hurricanes Katrina and Wilma in 2005, before this event the historic District offered a wide range of visitor services including a visitor/interpretive center, marinas, service station, stores, campgrounds, administrative/maintenance facilities and accommodations in the Flamingo Lodge and in cottages. Our team, now employed at RPA, facilitated the assessment and analysis, public and stakeholder workshops, design charettes, program and alternatives development, value analysis, site and infrastructure planning, and cost estimation for the major redevelopment and expansion this area, documented in the Flamingo Master Plan and Design Program. This plan established the overall vision for the redevelopment and provides guidance to establish the “New Flamingo” as an eco-friendly destination with a greater variety of lodging experiences and visitor services. The Master Plan exemplifies the sustainable vision of the national park and will guide planning, design, construction, restoration and use of Flamingo for the next 25 years. Given the scope and proposed cost of the project the plan developed into six phased implementation strategies, the NPS is working towards a funding strategy including both public and public-private partnerships.