STEWARDSHIP
DESIGN
INFRASTRUCTURE/ECOLOGY
URBAN/COMMUNITY DESIGN
CULTURAL HERITAGE TOURISM

STEWARDSHIP

 

Stewardship is the key to L/KLA’s philosophy and practice, our foundation and outlook. In an era of limited resources—natural and economic—L/KLA brings skills and understanding on how to best manage and leverage a place’s assets while adjusting to the realities of capacity and site conditions.

 

L/KLA has completed Natural Resource Management Plans for sites with rare and endangered species and important cultural resources and human interest; developed best practices for site management for treeless areas and homeowners; cofounded the Northern Virginia Urban Forestry Roundtable; and is an early implementor of bioinfiltration and complete streets practices.

 

Representative Projects:

 

 

 

 

 

New River Gorge National River Landscape Management Plan

Cromley Lofts, Alexandria, VA, LEED Certified Gold

Historic Dove Bank ADA Accessible Trail, Historic St. Mary's City, MD

You and Your Land: A Homeowners Guide for the Potomac River Watershed

Treeless Area Technical Manual, Fairfax County Park Authority, Fairfax, VA

Resource Protection Zones, Old Colchester Park and Preserve (cultural resources not public)

Treeless Area Technical Manual, Fairfax County

Cromley Lofts -

LEED certified

Rappahannock Station Civil War Battlefield Interpretive Plan, Fauquier County, VA

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DESIGN

 

L/KLA brings sensitivity to the design and interpretation of place, whether public or private. The firm’s body of work, developed over the last twenty plus years, incorporates projects of all scales and under many different forms of ownership and control. Public interest work is the firm's core, with the majority of projects completed for the public sector and for nonprofits.

 

From public parks and natural areas to miles of trails, greenways and scenic byways, L/KLA is experienced in making the most of limited resources in a sustainable and economically responsible manner.

 

Representative Projects:

Vienna Town Green, Vienna VA

Whitemarsh Park and Allen Pond Park Master Plans, Bowie, MD

Community Development Initiative Master Plan and Site Development, City of Hindman/ Knott County, KY

Merrifield Streetscape Design Manual, Fairfax County, VA

Penderbrook Community Association

DOD/BRAC-related Landscape Architecture Projects

Chincoteague Downtown Park (above left); Historic Dove Bank ADA Trail (above right); Nottoway Park Master Plan Revision GIS Mapping (below)

Parks and Natural Areas

Simpson Playground + Passive Lawn Renovation (in progress)

City of Alexandria Open Space Master Plan 2017 Updated Implementation Strategy

Nachusa Grasslands Visitor Use Plan (in progress)

Watkins Regional Park Master Plan (in progress)

Sumner Campus Redevelopment

Riverside Park Phase 1 Renovation

Vienna Town Green

Nottoway Park Master Plan Revision

Lee High Park Master Plan Amendment

Whitemarsh Park Master Plan, Bowie, MD

Allen Pond Park Master Plan, Bowie, MD

Sharon Green Preservation Strategies

Sarah Walker Mercer Park

Hanover Street Wayside and Exhibit

Roanoke River Corridor Plan

Riverside Park Renovation Phase 1

City as Park Parks Master Plan, Charlottesville, VA

Crossing of the Dan Greenway

Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park Facility Plan

Laurel Hill Park Equestrian Area Development Plan, Fairfax Co., VA

 

Trails/Greenways

Mill Mountain Greenway

Cherry Avenue-Sligo Creek Parkway

Appomattox River Heritage Trail

Pedestrian Trails and Sidewalks, Hindman/Knott County, KY

Rugby Road Bicycle Lanes

New River Gorge National River Staked Loop Mountain Bicycle

Multi-use Trails

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail - Kenilworth Section, Washington, D.C.

Neabsco Boardwalk, Prince William County, VA

Facility Plan for the Capital Crescent and Metropolitan Branch Trails

 

Private Gardens and Areas

Cromley Lofts

Cromley Row

Penderbrook Community Association

Amberleigh

Cardinal Forest

Celanese Acetate/Celco Plant War Memorial

Holmes Run Cell Tower Siting

Fort Lee (DOD/BRAC)

Community Development Initiative Master Plan and Site Development, City of Hindman/Knott County, KY

Merrifield Streetscape Design Manual, Fairfax County, VA

INFRASTRUCTURE / ECOLOGY

 

A site's ecosystem is our foundation for decision-making.  Natural infrastructure provides the framework and structure for L/KLA's design and planning decisions.  Resilient landscapes require consideration, understanding and incorporation of the natural infrastructure of a site —its soil, wetlands and forests—including restoration.  Built infrastructure must respond to and enhance the underlying natural systems, recognizing the carrying capacity of a site.

 

In our urbanizing world, pressure continues to grow on making more with less.  Looking at ways to leverage assets and provide for multi-use on a site, understanding the tensions between the need to protect cultural and natural resources and provide for needed community built infrastructure such as active recreation facilities, transportation systems, trails and greenway networks are challenges in which L/KLA is well familiar.  Changes to an existing landscape must be made with respect and a keen knowledge of the site and its history and existing conditions.  Whether through public interest design or private design and planning efforts, investment in infrastructure must combine social, economic and green issues in a holistic manner.

 

L/KLA has deep experience in built infrastructure having authored articles on Context Sensitive Design, served as a team member for the Route 50 Rural Traffic Calming Demonstration Project and developed construction documents for many trails, greenways, parks, and site plans.

 

Representative Projects:

 

Old Colchester Park and Preserve, NRMP, Fairfax County Park Authority

Fairfax County, VA

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, Kenilworth Section

Washington, D.C. + MD

Route 50 Traffic Calming Measures

Fauquier and Loudoun Counties, VA

Context Sensitive Solutions for Maryland's Scenic Byways

Maryland, SHA

Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridge Project

Louisville, KY

Context Sensitive Design, Transportation and

Traffic Calming

Neabsco Creek Boardwalk (in progress)

Nachusa Grasslands Visitor Use Plan (in progress)

Route 50 Traffic Calming, Town of Middleburg

Route 50 Traffic Calming Measures Fauquier and Loudoun Counties, VA

Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridge Project

Appomattox Courthouse, VA , Route 24 Traffic Calming Plan

Saint Mary's College Pedestrian Safety Plan

Route 1 Lorton  (VDOT)

Reston Wiehle Avenue (VDOT)

 

Transportation Guidelines and Manuals

The King's Highway Historic Roadway Guidelines

Maryland Historic National Road Model Development and Design Guidelines

Maryland Historic National Road Historic Roadway Guidelines

Brandywine Valley Landscape Guidelines

 

Ecological Planning and Resource Management Plans

Elklick Woodlands Natural Resource Management Plan

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, Kenilworth section, Washington, D.C.

Shenandoah National Park Related Lands Study

Martic Township Environmental Inventory and Assessment

Greater Lewes Resource Inventory

Old Colchester Park and Preserve NRMP, Fairfax County Park Authority, Fairfax, VA

 

Resource Management Guidelines and Manuals

New River Gorge National River Landscape Maintenance Plan

New River Gorge National River Vista Management Plan

You and Your Land - A Homeowner's Guide for the Potomac River Watershed

Treeless Area Technical Manual, Fairfax County Park Authority, VA

Context Sensitive Solutions for Maryland's Scenic Byways, MD SHA

 

Upperville, VA Route 50 Traffic Calming (above); Carrying Capacity analysis for Old Colchester Park and Preserve (below)

URBAN / COMMUNITY DESIGN

 

Communities where we work attest to our ability to understand and convey the values they hold dear.  We understand how development controls can be shaped to result in creative and sustainable environments that may be transformed over time incrementally.  Working together, L/KLA identifies the spirit of the place and frames it with the community's vision to develop plans and places that can be financed, implemented and cared for by the community, often with limited access to funding sources.

 

We have written design guidelines and standards for urban, suburban and commercial corridors; for management of rural and culturally rich landscapes; for off-road bike trails and wildlands; and for homeowners' associations and single properties. Most all of the firm’s work incorporates a lively and rich public engagement process, resulting in a product that belongs to the community and is not a 'style sheet' plopped in place.

 

Representative Projects:

 

 

Open Space Master Plan 2017 Updated Implementation Strategy

Executive Summary

City of Alexandria, VA

Urban Landscape + Forestry Plan

Town of Culpeper, VA

City as a Park Parks Master Plan,

City of Charlottesville, VA

Maple Avenue Commercial Code Update

Vienna, VA

St. Mary's College Pedestrian Safety Plan

Historic St. Mary's City, MD

Rural Villages Study, M-NCPPC

Prince George's County, MD

Urban and Community Design

City of Alexandria Open Space Master Plan 2017 Updated Implementation Strategy

Vienna's Maple Avenue Commercial Code Update, Vienna, VA

Town of Chincoteague Community Revitalization Plan and Design Services

Urban Landscape + Forestry Plan, Town of Culpeper, VA

City as a Park Parks Master Plan, City of Charlottesville, VA

St. Mary's College Pedestrian Safety Plan, Historic St. Mary's City, MD

Community Development Initiative Master Plan and Site Development, City of Hindman/Knott County, KY

Rural Villages Study, M-NCPPC, Prince George's County, MD

 

Public Participation and Involvement

Simsbury Center Design Charrette and Concept Plan

Chincoteague Revitalization Plan

 

Neighborhoods and Community Associations

Cardinal Forest Homeowners Association

River Bluffs Community Entrance

Penderbrook Master Plan

 

Streetscape/Community Entrances/Commercial Corridors

Route 50 Traffic Calming, Town of Middleburg

Kings Highway Gills Neck Master Plan, Lewes, DE (in progress)

Village of Midlothian, VA

Village of Ettrick, VA, Community Appearance Manual and Highway Beautification Plan

Lexington/Rockbridge County Entrance Corridor Study, VA

Sandston Commercial Corridor

Laskin Road Corridor

Ivy Road Design Study

Route 1 Corridor Study

Merrifield Streetscape Design Manual, Fairfax County, VA

Flight 93 National Memorial Travel Corridor Study

Maryland Historic National Road Corridor Partnership Plan Update

Simsbury Community Design Charrette

Simsbury Community Design Charrette

Chincoteague Design Charette

Merrifield Streetscape Standards

CULTURAL HERITAGE TOURISM

 

We often hear 'we just want to keep our farms, wooded hillsides and small towns just the way they are today.'   But keeping a place 'just the way it is today' requires more hard work than accepting change and business as usual.

 

Using the wealth of existing and available digital geographic information systems (GIS), L/KLA can help communities identify and map areas that play the most important role in defining the character and quality of a community.  L/KLA has helped communities conserve and enhance the special qualities found in their community or along scenic roads, parkways, heritage corridors and touring routes.  Working as the lead on multi-disciplined teams and as a landscape architecture and land use planning consultant, we have prepared corridor management plans for scenic byways, commercial highways, entrance corridors and major urban arterials.  Many of these plans focused on leveraging the cultural and heritage resources within a corridor, encouraging links and joint marketing efforts between communities and sites to extend the visitor's stay, filling hotel rooms and selling more meals.

 

Guiding visitors through wayfinding and interpreting the resources associated with scenic byways, greenways, trails and heritage areas is challenging.  Interpretive panels 'plopped' everywhere may explain what is important about the history of an area; however, if not carefully designed, plopped interpretive panels will do more harm than good to the resources being interpreted.  Interpretive sites must be developed in a manner that is sensitive to their historic context, while providing an outdoor room for learning.

 

Representative Projects:

Maryland Historic National Road CPP

Flight 93 National Memorial Travel Corridor Study

Somerset County, PA

Journey Through Hallowed Ground CMP

Monticello to Gettysburg

Bayshore Heritage Byway CMP

New Jersey

Master Interpretive Plan Rappahannock Station I + II

Fauquier County, VA

Michener's Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway

Eastern Shore of Maryland

Historic Walton Road, TN

Walton Road Scenic Byway Corridor, TN

Gettysburg's Alumni Park

Chincoteague interpretive sign

Management Plans

Illinois River Road Corridor Management Plan Update

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Newfound Gap Road Corridor Plan (in progress)

Lewes Historic Byway Corridor Management Plan

California Historic Route 66 Corridor Management Plan from Needles to Barstow

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail CMP, Maryland, DC and Virginia

Journey Through Hallowed Ground  Corridor Management Plan,

Monticello to Gettysburg, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania

Walton Road Historic Byway, Tennessee

Michener's Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway, Maryland's Eastern Shore

Bayshore Heritage Byway

Maryland Historic National Road Corridor Partnership Plan Update

Delaware River Valley Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan, Pennsylvania

Religious Freedom Byway Management Plan, Maryland

Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan, Delaware

Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area Management Plan Consultant, New Jersey

Brandywine Valley Byway Landscape Plans, Delaware

Millstone Valley Scenic Byway,  New Jersey

Catoctin Mountain Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan, Maryland

Blue Crab Byway Corridor Management Services, Maryland

Route 2 Byway, New York

Monongahela Scenic Byway Corridor Management Services, West Virginia

Palisades Interstate Parkway Corridor Management Plan, New York

Route 7 Corridor, Connecticut

Salisbury Scenic Byway, Connecticut

Route 169 CMP, Connecticut

Roxbury Scenic Corridor, Connecticut

Sharon Scenic Corridor, Connecticut

Collinsville Scenic Byway, Connecticut

Savannah River Scenic Byway, South Carolina

Lincoln Highway Management Action Plan, Pennsylvania

 

Strategic Plans and Program Assistance

Enhancing Bicycling and Walking on Maryland's Byways and Main Streets (in progress)

Oil Region National Heritage Area Sustainability Plan, Pennsylvania (underway)

Utah Scenic Byways Strategic Livability Plan

Maryland Scenic Byway Program Strategic Plan, MD SHA

New Jersey Scenic Byway Program Strategic Plan, NJDOT

Connecticut Scenic Roads Corridor Management Study

Federal Highway Administration National Scenic Byways Program

 

Cultural and Historic Landscapes

Rural Villages, M-NCPPC, Prince George's County, MD

Flight 93 National Memorial Travel Corridor Study, Somerset County, PA

Aldie, Middleburg, and Upperville Battlefield Preservation Plan Consultant, Virginia

Maryland Historic National Road Model Design Guidelines

George Washington Birthplace General Management Planning Services, Virginia

Appomattox National Historic Site General Management Planning Services, Virginia

Sharon Green Preservation Strategies

Laurel Hill's Lindsay and Physician's House

 

Places

Barstow Route 66 Specific Plan, California (underway)

Fort Ward Park and Museum Area Management Plan, Alexandria, VA (in progress)

Kings Highway Design Guideline, Princeton, NJ (in progress)

Master Interpretive Plan Rappahannock Station I and II, Fauquier County, VA

Historic Dove Bank ADA Accessible Trail

Vienna Town Green, Virginia

Hindman/Knott County Community Development Initiative--Using our Heritage to Build Tomorrow's Community, Kentucky

Washington Heritage Trail Signage and Wayfinding Plan

Chincoteague Waterfront Park

Fredericksburg Riverside Park Master Plan, Virginia

Fredericksburg Waysides, Virginia

Main Street Gettysburg Alumni Park, Pennsylvania

Apppomattox River Heritage Trail, Virginia

New River Gorge - Nuttleburg Historic Site Preservation and Access

Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects, P.C.

815 North Royal Street, Suite 200

Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: (703) 739-0972

Phone 2: (800) 337-1370

Fax: (703) 739-0973

Email: lkla@lardnerklein.com

Equal Opportunity Employer

 

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