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Are You Overlooking Site Analysis?

by Jessica Pairrett 23. June 2016 10:55

Tribal Business Journal May 2016

In the May 2016 issue of the “Tribal Business Journal,” Tom Mortensen wrote about site analysis and master planning, and how important these two aspects are during land development. Mortensen, R.A. Smith National site planner and landscape architect, notes that during site planning, the entire design team should understand the site’s relationship to the land. Taking a collaborative, integrated approach to design in early site analysis stages adds value to projects and their respective communities, as Mortensen illustrates for:

  • Lac du Flambeau and the tribe’s community-based residential facility.
  • Forest County Potawatomi and their repurposed urban college campus.
  • Stockbridge-Munsee and a residential development for single-family, elderly and multi-family housing.
  • Aztalan State Park, once home to an ancient Middle Mississippian village between A.D. 1000 and 1300. 

Concordia College campusPhoto: Forest County Potawatomi  former Concordia College campus project.

Learn more about these successful collaborations in Mortensen’s article, “What Does the Land Say? Site Analysis and Master Planning: Important First Steps in Land Development.” You can also read the entire issue of May’s “Tribal Business Journal” here.

Mortensen to Present at MREA Energy Fair

by Jessica Pairrett 16. June 2016 08:32

Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s The 27th Annual Energy Fair
Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)
Custer, WI
June 17-19, 2016

Tom Mortensen, RLA, ASLA, site planner/landscape architect, will present at MREA’s annual energy fair on Saturday, June 18. His topic, “Water, Site and Landscape—Lessons from Nature,” will delve into site analysis, planning and landscape as an essential part of using rainfall as a resource, not a waste product. Mortensen will discuss how managing rainfall improves aesthetics and site performance, as well as how topography, soil, vegetation and realistic design solutions must all come together to be successful.

The Energy Fair is all about clean energy and sustainability, offering more than 250 workshops, 200 exhibitors, live music and activities for the entire family.

Learn more here.

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