Big Darby Accord Town Center Master Plan Consultant Proposal

Big Darby Accord Town Center Master Plan Consultant Proposal

Big Darby Accord Town Center

Master Plan Consultant Proposal

18 january 2008

Lead Consultant

urban design associates

Donald K. Carter, FAIA, FAICP


31st floor, Gulf Tower

707 Grant Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Table of Contents

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Letter of Transmittal

i introduction

ii executive summary

iii statement of understanding of issues

iv consultant team qualifications

v references

vi scope of services

vii fees

viii timeline

ix client group services

17 January 2008

Town Center Client Group

c/o Prairie Township Adminstrator Tracy Hatmaker

Prairie Township Offices

23 Maple Drive

Columbus, OH 43228

Dear Mr. Hatmaker:

Urban Design Associates (UDA) is pleased to submit fourteen (14) bound

copies and one digital copy of our proposal for the Big Darby Accord Town

Center Master Plan. Our team includes:

Urban Design Associates (lead firm)

Design Workshop

Applied Ecological Services

STV, Inc.

Walter Kulash, P.E.

Robert Charles Lesser Company

Bricker & Eckler, LLP

I will be the key contact for the RFP process and the principal-in-charge if our

team is selected for the Town Center Master Plan.

We look forward to the opportunity to present our proposal and team to you

and the selection committee in person.


donald k. carter, faia faicp

raymond l. gindroz, faia

barry j. long, jr., aia

paul b. ostergaard, aia

rob robinson, aia

gail a. armstrong, sda

david r. csont, asai

donald kaliszewski, aia

james h. morgan, aia

eric r. osth, aia

gulf tower

31st floor

707 grant street

pittsburgh, pa 15219

tel 412 263-5200

fax 412 263-5202


margaret m. connor

gregory a. weimerskirch, ra adg leed ap

page 2 town center client group 17 January 2008


Donald K. Carter, FAIA FAICP



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i introduction

The proposal that follows is a response to the Request for Proposals, dated 26 November 2007,

issued by the Big Darby Accord Town Center Client Group. The purpose of the plan is “to prepare

a detailed development plan for the Town Center within the framework of the Big Darby

Accord.” The plan will incorporate recommendations on level and type of development, land

use, infrastructure, storm water management, transportation, phasing, and financing. Particular

attention to sustainable development practices, water quality, and environmental protection will

be integral to the planning process.

The outline of the proposal is:

» Executive Summary

» Statement of Understanding of the Issues

» Consultant Team/Consultant Qualifications

» References

» Scope of Services

» Fees

» Timeline

» Client Group Support

The consultant team has depth and breadth of experience and has worked together on projects

similar to the Big Darby Town Center Master Plan across the country.

ii executive summary

Understanding of the Issues

As stated in the Plan document: “The Big Darby Accord Plan is intended to serve as a multijurisdictional

guide for development and conservation. The Plan represents a long-term vision

and general land use for the future that brings together multiple interests in an effort to protect

and preserve the watershed while providing guidance for managed growth.”

Dual strategies for conservation and development permeate the Plan. For instance, the Plan

Framework, based on the “plan drivers” of by-right development and utility and site capacities,

led to “the creation of a general land use plan that promotes a sustainable land use pattern and

locates the highest amount of development in areas that are less sensitive and within close proximity

of centralized sewer and regional transportation systems.”

One of the “early action” recommendations of the Plan was to initiate a master planning process

for the Town Center that “would establish a more specific vision for the development of the

Town Center and would provide a detailed set of recommendations including level of development,

infrastructure requirements, design guidelines, and phasing.”

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All efforts, both conservation and development, will be guided by BMT’s (Best Management Practices) to preserve and

protect areas that contribute to water quality and to improve the overall aquatic and bio-habitat of the Big Darby watershed,

including a regional approach to storm water management and will utilize the Leadership in Energy and Environmental

Design (LEED) principles and practices.

Consultant Team and Qualifications

The multi-disciplinary team assembled for the Big Darby Accord Town Center Master Plan includes the specific qualifications

called for in the Request for Proposal:





Urban Design Associates, UDA (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lead firm, master planning, urban design, architecture,

public process

Design Workshop (Denver, CO) Landscape architecture,

sustainable land design, storm water management

Applied Ecological Services, AES (Brodhead, WI)

Ecological and bio-habitat planning, wetland and woodland

restoration and management

STV, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA) Civil engineering, public utilities,

storm water management, transportation engineering

Scope of Services

The planning process will have three phases:

Phase I Data Base and Analysis: Understanding

Phase II Alternatives: Exploring

Phase III Final Plan: Deciding

Each phase will be organized around team trips to Columbus, Ohio.

Walter Kulash, P.E. (Little Switzerland, NC)

Transportation planning

Robert Charles Lesser & Co., RCLCo

(Washington, DC) Market study, development economics,

public finance, public services

Bricker & Eckler, LLP (Columbus, OH) Legal issues,

Ohio land use regulations, public finance, special purpose


Trip One in Phase I will involve collection of “hard” data, such as land use, traffic and transit data, utility and storm water

data, ecological data, historic data, etc., as well as the collection of “soft” data from interviews, focus groups, and an initial

public meeting with residents, property owners, business persons, major institutions, churches, conservation groups, community

groups, government officials, and other stakeholders as may be required.

Trip Two and Three in Phase II will involve two charrettes (working sessions) to explore and test design alternatives. The

charrettes will each culminate in a public presentation.

Trip Four in Phase III will include the preparation of a draft plan, and working meetings with stakeholders and a public

meeting to review the draft plan.


Phase I Data Base and Analysis: Understanding $160,000

Phase II Alternatives: Exploring $185,000

Phase III Final Plan: Deciding $152,000

Total $497,000





Phase I Data Base and Analysis: Understanding Months 1, 2, 3

Phase II Alternatives: Exploring Months 3, 4, 5

Phase III Final Plan: Deciding Months 6, 7, 8, 9

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iii statement of understanding of issues

In June 2006 the Big Darby Accord Watershed Master Plan was published after an extensive public planning effort

begun in April 2005. The Big Darby Accord Plan was sponsored by a multi-jurisdictional body representing nine

municipalities (City of Columbus, City of Hilliard, Grove City, Brown Township, Norwich Township, Pleasant Township,

Prairie Township, Washington Township, Village of Harrisburg) and Franklin County. The study area is 84 square

miles (56,000 acres) and represents 15% of the 555 square mile Big Darby watershed, one of the most biologically diverse

aquatic systems in the Midwest.

As stated in the Plan document: “The Big Darby Accord Plan is intended to serve as a multi-jurisdictional guide for development

and conservation. The Plan represents a long-term vision and general land use for the future that brings together

multiple interests in an effort to protect and preserve the watershed while providing guidance for managed growth”.

The major recommendations of the Plan are: Plan Framework; Land Use Plan; Land Use and Development Policies; and

Implementation. Dual strategies for conservation and development permeate the Plan. For instance, the Plan Framework,

based on the “plan drivers” of by-right development and utility and site capacities, led to the creation of a general land use plan

that promotes a sustainable land use pattern and locates the highest amount of development in areas that are less sensitive and

within close proximity of centralized sewer and regional transportation systems.

The attendant Conservation Strategy identifies three tiers of protection for 25,000 acres of land:1) Wetlands and flood

plains; 2) Woodlands and upland areas; 3) Natural linkages and contiguous habitat or open space. The parallel Development

Strategy projects an additional 20,000 residential units over a thirty year build-out, taking the total population in

the Accord area to 100,000 residents. New development will be directed to specific areas: a new 2,500-acre Town Center

located between I-70 and US Route 40; higher density development adjacent to Hilliard and Columbus; and areas of conservation

development (cluster development) within Brown, Prairie, and Pleasant Townships.

All efforts, both conservation and development, will be guided by BMP’s (Best Management Practices) and an ecosystem

design approach with the preservation and protection of areas contribute to water quality and to improve the overall aquatic

habitat of the Big Darby watershed, including a regional approach to storm water management, as well as identify the development

suitability of the site based on habitat value/rarity, cost of development and maximizing ecosystem services with

both financial and functional efficiency. The Plan discourages conventional subdivisions, encourages cluster development,

and urges the application of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles and practices.

One of the “early action” recommendations of the Plan was to initiate a master planning process for the Town Center that

would establish a more specific vision for the development of the Town Center and would provide a detailed set of recommendations

including level of development, infrastructure requirements, design guidelines, and phasing.

The Request for Proposal issued 26 November 2007 on behalf of Prairie Township, Brown Township, Franklin County,

and the City of Columbus identifies a scope of work including: Market Study; Development Program; Town Center Development

Plan; Regulatory Framework, and Implementation. The Town Center Plan planning process will include public

participation, cooperation from multiple jurisdictions, and will be driven by and consistent with the conservation and development

strategies described in the 2006 Big Darby Accord Watershed Master Plan.

iv consultant team qualifications

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Gulf Tower, 31st floor

707 Grant Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Contact: Donald K. Carter, FAIA, FAICP

telephone 412.263.5200, fax 412.263.5202

urban design associates (uda) is a nationally recognized leader in creating beautiful

and successful neighborhoods, waterfronts, and downtowns for both existing and new communities.

UDA’s designs are conceived as three-dimensional environments through the use

of perspective drawing and modeling techniques in the early stages of conceptual design. The

character and quality of building designs and landscape elements become part of the planning

process when the most important decisions are made. The design process becomes a kind of

“bandwagon” that gains support for the program as it engages people to create the vision.

In the course of UDA’s 43-year history, in communities all across the United States and in

Europe, the firm’s techniques have enabled it to tailor designs that respond to the history,

character and traditions of the regions in which they are located. In the public visioning processes,

the values and qualities which people would like to see in their community are quickly

translated into three-dimensional images.

We have completed over 1,800 projects for clients which include public agencies, all levels

of government, community groups, foundations, private developers, large land holders, individual

developers, and institutions. We are currently working on projects in 32 cities in 22

States, plus projects in Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and Latin America. Our work

is focused on urban projects in one of four categories: Neighborhoods; Downtowns; New

Towns; and Vision Plans. We provide three types of service: Urban Design; Architectural

Design through Design Development; and Design Guidelines or Pattern Books to communicate

the concepts of a plan to those who will build it. Our projects range in size from one city

block to entire cities.

UDA has received over 75 awards for its work in urban design and architecture. These have

included a Presidential Award for the transformation of a public housing project, two Progressive

Architecture Awards for neighborhoods, four National AIA Honor Awards, three ULI

Awards for Excellence, five Charter Awards for the Congress for the New Urbanism, and three

national HUD Awards for Downtown work as well as neighborhood efforts. Our work is published

regularly in professional journals and magazines. Norton Books published The Urban

Design Handbook and The Architectural Pattern Book, both by Urban Design Associates.

Prairie Trail Master Plan,

Ankeny, Iowa

East Garrison,

Monterey County, California

Baxter Village, Fort Mill, South Carolina

South Pass, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Storrs, Connecticut

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donald k. carter, faia, faicp | President

Professional Responsibilities

Don Carter is president of Urban Design Associates. Don has led many of UDA’s most complex projects,

drawing upon his broad and deep national experience as an architect, urban designer, and developer.

He has helped establish public participation planning processes and design charrettes as core

disciplines within the firm. Don uses urban design as a creative tool to develop community consensus

and public approvals in often very difficult and contentious situations. A member of UDA since 1973,

Don serves as principal-in-charge on a wide range of projects. Currently these consist of:

Downtowns and waterfronts Districts and mixed-use infill Mixed-income urban neighbor-

» Cincinnati, OH

» Nashua, NH

» Minneapolis, MN

» Portland, OR

» Pittsburgh, PA

» South Lake Union,

Seattle, WA

» Oakland Strategy and

Planning, Pittsburgh, PA

» Birmingham, AL

» ASU Technology Center,

Scottsdale, AZ

» Prairie Trail, Ankeny, IA

» Aksarben Village, Omaha, NE


» Indianapolis, IN

» Minneapolis, MN

» Camden, NJ

» Washington, DC

» Jacksonville, FL

Professional Affiliations and Service

Don is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a fellow of the American Institute of Certified

Planners, a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and a member of the Urban Land

Institute, serving nationally as Chair of the ULI Inner City Council. Previously, he served on the

ULI Affordable Housing Forum, ULI Infill Development Forum, ULI Residential Development

Council (Silver), and ULI Entertainment Development Council. Don is past Chair of the ULI Pittsburgh

District Council, and past President of the Pittsburgh Chapter, AIA.

Lectures and Publications

Don has lectured and published internationally on urban design and architecture. Recent talks and

articles have focused on New Urbanism, Smart Growth, Downtown Living, Inner Ring Suburbs,

Public Participation Planning Processes, Housing in the 21st Century, Urban Entertainment Development,

Riverfront Design, Principles of Infill Housing, Design Guidelines for HUD Home Ownership

Zones and HOPE VI Projects, and UDA Pattern Books® for Master Planned Communities.

Community Service

Don serves on the board of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and the Andy Warhol Museum.

Previously he served on the boards of the Pittsburgh Zoo, Leadership Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh

Chamber of Commerce, the Pittsburgh Public Theater, and LaRoche College Board of Regents.

Education and Previous Experience

Don earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) and did

post graduate work in urban design and regional planning at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland,

following his military service with the U.S. Army. Don also was a consultant to General Motors,

Heinz, and Alcoa regarding the reuse of access land parcels, including their potential for mixed-use

and residential developments.

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paul ostergaard, aia | Senior Vice President

Professional Responsibilities

As senior vice president for UDA, Paul Ostergaard has recently focused on strategic plans for revitalizing

downtowns and waterfronts, by creating new mixed use precincts, districts and neighborhoods. Paul is

also responsible for numerous traditional neighborhood projects as well as the architectural design of

institutional buildings, university facilities, community centers, municipal buildings, and multi-family

residential buildings. Paul’s exceptional design and perspective drawing skills enable him to translate ideas

into three-dimensional imagery that is easily understood by clients and the public. This talent is especially

valuable for urban design projects, where Paul's participation in on-site charrettes enables the diverse

constituencies for these projects to readily visualize how an existing neighborhood can be transformed and

revitalized. Prior to joining UDA, Paul was instrumental in several corporate master plan projects for clients

including IBM, Hewlett Packard and Intel. Projects currently under his direction include:

Downtowns and waterfronts

» Downtown, Hampton, VA

» Coliseum District,

Hampton, VA

» Fort Norfolk, Norfolk, VA

» Central Riverfront,

Cincinnati, OH

» North Shore, Pittsburgh, PA

» Historic Mills,

Minneapolis, MN

» South Lake Union,

Seattle, WA

» RoseQuarter, Portland, OR

» Pack Square, Asheville, NC

» West Don Lands,

Toronto, Ontario

UDA Pattern Books®

» Coopers Crossing

Pattern Book, Camden, NJ

» Celebration Pattern Book

Celebration, FL

» The Ledges Pattern Book,

Huntsville, AL

» Baxter Pattern Book,

Fort Mill, SC

Neighborhoods, towns

and villages

» Aksarben Village,

Omaha, NE

» Prairie Trail, Ankeny, IA

» Storrs, CT

Mixed-income urban


» Buckroe Beach Neighborhood,

Hampton, VA

» Kecoughtan Road Corridor,

Hampton, VA

» Broadway Overlook,

Baltimore, MD

» Freemason Harbor,

Norfolk, VA

» Broad Creek Renaissance,

Norfolk, VA

» Heritage Crossing,

Portsmouth, VA

» Stella Wright, Newark, NJ

Professional Affiliations and Service

Paul is the former president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He is

a member of the Urban Land Institute and was a design member of the Advisory Service Panel for

the Southwest Waterfront in Washington, DC, in 1998. Paul is an active member of the Congress of

the New Urbanism and the International Downtown Association, participating as a speaker at many

conferences. As a member of the American Society of Architectural Perspectivists, Paul received the

Society’s Award for Excellence in Graphic Representation of Architecture in 1995.


Paul earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh,

PA) where he serves as a visiting critic and design instructor at the Urban Lab in the Department of

Architecture. During his senior year at CMU, Paul won the Stewardson Traveling Fellowship, enabling

him to travel extensively, exploring urban design and architecture in Western Europe. Paul is a member

of the national Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

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margaret m. connor | Associate, Studio Director

Professional Responsibilities

Maggie’s interest in architecture and urban design is rooted in her passion and affinity for complex

problem solving coupled with a social mission to repair our built environment. From revitalization

plans for depressed urban neighborhoods to military housing projects, the process-oriented approach

she leads as a Studio Director for UDA enables us to attack clients’ design problems and objectives

from all angles and relevant disciplines.

Her career with UDA has encompassed a broad array of projects including downtown master plans,

urban revitalization plans, brownfield development, corridor studies, new villages, and several UDA

Pattern Books. Maggie’s creativity, talent, and good judgment can be seen in the built projects on

which she has worked, among them: Westbury in Portsmouth, Virginia; Broadway Overlook in Baltimore,

Maryland; and in UDA Pattern Book efforts in which she played an integral part, notably, East

Beach in Norfolk, Virginia and Mason Run in Monroe, Michigan. Her more recent work includes a

mixed-use, mixed-income development in Gilroy, California that involves the reuse of an old industrial

site as well as repair of a piece of the downtown urban fabric. Closer to home, Maggie has been

involved in the design of a new traditional neighborhood in Cranberry, Pennsylvania – the first new

neighborhood of its kind in the rapidly developing region north of Pittsburgh and one which it is

hoped will serve as a model for future development in this high-growth area.

Education and Professional Affiliations

Maggie earned her professional degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame where her

experience was substantially influenced by her participation in the Rome Studies Program – a year’s

architectural and urban education in one of the world’s most admired cities. Maggie is currently a

member of the Congress of New Urbanism, the American Planning Association, and the National

Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

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Prairie Trail Ankeny, Iowa

Prairie Trail is a New Urbanist community composed of pedestrian-friendly

residential neighborhoods, a mixed-use Town Center,

and two office parks. Building on the 2005 Concept Plan, the

Master Plan for this new community responds to market studies

and precedent studies of Ankeny and other historic Iowa neighborhoods

and town squares in ways that also respect the natural

features of the site.

Interrelated street and open space frameworks form the

underlying structure that weaves together Prairie Trail’s three

precincts: the Town Center, the Campus Precinct, and Residential

Neighborhoods. The Town Center, adjacent and connected to the

DMACC campus, enlivens both precincts. Similarly, the streets

and trails of the neighborhood precincts flow toward Prairie Trail’s

Town Center (which also serves as the Town Center for Ankeny)

– a place for civic gatherings and public celebrations.

South Pass Fayetteville, Arkansas

The South Pass site is comprised of nearly one thousand acres of

farmland and forest and is located three miles from downtown

Fayetteville. Its proximity to Fayetteville and adjacency to several

arterial roads, including Interstate 540, make South Pass very

accessible within the region. Much of the growth that has occurred

in the last ten years has happened north of Fayetteville up to Bentonville.

South Pass will balance the pattern of growth by offering

the first large scale development south of the city.

The site has topography that provides long views back

to downtown Fayetteville, as well as picturesque views of the

surrounding hills and farmland. Sixty percent of the acreage

is covered in forest; and natural streams and farm ponds are

found throughout.

East Garrison Monterey County, California

East Garrison is designed in the tradition of California historic

settlements with a mix of uses and a fine-grained network of

streets, blocks, parks, and open spaces surrounded by over 20,000

acres of preserved natural habitat. Access to jobs and regional

institutions will be a major component of this project. Close by are

California State University at Monterey Bay and major employment

centers. The new community will also provide a broad range

of housing opportunities for all segments of the Monterey County

market including, market-rate and affordable housing for the local

workforce and qualified artist.

A significant element in the new community is the mixed-use

town center which includes shops, restaurants, nightlife, offices,

residential and the arts. The arts district will feature an extensive

array of working arts studios, performance spaces, and live/work

studios in both historic and new buildings.

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Callaway Gardens Pine Mountain, Georgia

The new neighborhoods of Callaway Gardens have been designed

as a series of distinct places in a village setting. Each neighborhood

connects to the Gardens and the Preserve via an extensive network

of trails and paths. The plan for the new village entailed extensive

environmental analysis, landscape conservation, and dedication to

building on the essential character of south Georgia settlements

and Callaway Gardens.

Design principles for the new community aim to create

sustainable, attractive housing that respects the qualities of

the local landscape. This focus on environmentally responsible

design at both the community and architectural scales is a

central theme in the key design elements, buildings, and sites

within the neighborhoods.

Baxter Village Fort Mill, South Carolina

Baxter Village is the first of several villages to be built adjacent

to 2300 acres of a nature preserve that connects each village.

The village center is based on historic Upcounty South Carolina

towns such as Chester and York. The design and layout of

streets, blocks and civic spaces all relate to the most loved places

throughout the region.

The village center has an elementary school adjacent to the

commercial core of over 100,000 sq.ft. of retail and office uses.

The center is also designed to accommodate apartments, small garden

houses and a range of single family housing types. Trail systems

connect the village center to the surrounding neighborhoods.

Roseland Chesterfield, Virginia

The site is being designed as a traditional Virginia town with a

mix of employment, service and residential uses within a series

of connected neighborhoods woven together by a continuous system

of trails and parks. Roseland will become a mixed-income,

mixed-use community with a vibrant town center as the focal

element for nearby residential neighborhoods and a regional

corporate office address. The town will exemplify the character

found in historic towns with small walkable streets, sidewalks,

neighborhood parks and trails, interconnected blocks, and a great

diversity of housing types and uses mixed together to create a

highly desirable community.

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Homestead Village Hot Springs, Virginia

The Concept Plan for Hot Springs is designed to build a continuous

and authentic village fabric that becomes an integral part of

the Homestead experience. Guests and visitors will have a stronger

sense of the historic quality of the place and setting for the resort

once Hot Springs is fully developed as an intact village. The signature

for the resort and the village is a new green where Route

220 and Main Street intersect that becomes a new “front door” for

the village. New retail and resort lodging form a center of activity

along the resort’s most public edge. The sense of arrival for the

resort and the village is established.

Storrs Pattern Book Storrs, Connecticut

Storrs Town Center will be a mixed-use development adjacent to

the main campus of the University of Connecticut in the town

of Storrs. The design is inspired by New England college town

centers, providing retail, entertainment and other services for the

town and university. Mixed use buildings are arranged around two

squares, an undulating shopping street, and a quiet residential precinct

with lanes and park roads, adjacent to an open space preserve.

The design creates a variety of outdoor venues for dining,

celebrations, festivals, markets, concerts and informal gathering.

A variety of residential units are provided, including urban lofts,

apartments, condominiums, and town houses. The new town center

will orient to Storrs Road and strong pedestrian and vehicular

connections will link directly to the university campus.

Gibson’s Grant Easton, Maryland

Gibson’s Grant is a new neighborhood designed in the tradition

of the best small towns and waterfront villages found throughout

the Eastern Shore. There is an informal quality to the neighborhood

character with a mix of different houses. Streets will have

an intimate feel with narrow lanes lined with porches facing front

gardens and yards. Tree-lined streets will create a shaded, quiet

atmosphere that transforms the neighborhood street into a shared

“outdoor room.” Service lanes provide access to garages behind the

houses for most of the new village. Gibson’s Grant features a series

of neighborhood parks and squares, each with its own character

and sense of place, many of which will be connected to a pedestrian

path and trail system that takes advantage of the site’s natural

features. Residents are never more than a block away from a park.

The Pattern Book serves as a guide and resource to builders,

homeowners and architects for designing and building houses

in ways that reinforce the overall vision for Gibson’s Grant as an

authentic place to live, work, and play on the Eastern Shore.

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design workshop

120 E. Main Street

Aspen, CO 81611

Contact: Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, AICP

telephone 970.925.8354, fax 970.920.1387

Design Workshop is a landscape architecture, land planning, urban design and tourism planning firm. We’ve been providing

these services for almost four decades to developers, property owners, government agencies and other clients engaged in

improvements to the land. In our years of practice we have evolved a proprietary approach and distinct culture.

Outstanding environments, regardless of location, use, climate, or geography have one thing in common; they are

always planned and designed with a sensitivity that enhances the quality of the place. As a firm dedicated to creating

the best possible environments, Design Workshop combines the many talents of skilled professionals into a practice

with exceptional resources to address the complex issues of contemporary land use. We are landscape architects, planners,

and urban designers focused on the planning and design of sustainable projects and properties of every type and

size throughout the world. Our staff includes 20 LEED certified designers with an expected 40 more by year end.

Combined with our investment in technology and the depth of our experience, we are able to create solutions that

result in outstanding environments. Design Workshop is a firm born in the pursuit of ideas. Founded in 1969 by two

classmates turned professors, the fledgling company developed a collaborative process labeled “design workshops.”

These early assignments were the chance to marry the idealism of academia with development realities in a professional

setting. Over the next 30 years we’ve had the opportunity to expand the breadth and sophistication of our firm.

Our experience ranges from master plans for counties, planned communities, urban centers and resorts, to detailed

design for public parks, residences and roadways. We have continuously honed the collaborative dynamics of the

workshops and the pursuit of the ideas and ideals that result in the best solutions for every assignment. This approach

remains the hallmark of our firm.

Our Services

Our range of services is comprehensive embracing all of the key disciplines necessary for our planning and design

assignments. We also offer capabilities in areas of specialization that provide expanded ease and value for our clientele.

Landscape Architecture, Land Planning, Urban Design, Planning Management, Strategic Services, Development

Strategies, Graphic Communication and Design, Golf Course Design, LEED Compliance.

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Master of Business

Administration in Real Estate,

Southern Methodist University

Bachelor of Landscape

Architecture, Louisiana State



Licensed landscape architect

Alabama, Arizona, Florida,

Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New

Mexico, South Carolina, Texas,

Wyoming, Utah, Virginia


American Institute of Certified


LEED Registered Designer

Awards and Honors

2004: Layers of the Land

Competition, Charleston,

South Carolina, Merit Award

2004: Inn on Biltmore Estate,

Asheville, North Carolina

Chapter American Society of

Landscape Architects, Honor


2003: Fellow, Institute for

Urban Design

2003: Crown Residence,

Aspen, Colorado Chapter

American Society of Landscape

Architects, Merit Award

2002: Wexner Residence,

Aspen, Colorado Chapter

American Society of Landscape

Architects, Honor



Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, AICP


Partner and Principal of the landscape architecture and

land planning firm Design Workshop, Kurt Culbertson

has been instrumental in the company’s success both

nationally and internationally. His leadership role in the

Master Planning process for Flathead County, Montana,

and the planning and design efforts for the High Desert

Community in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are redefining

land use trends in the West. Culbertson has initiated

the creation of a model “sustainable development,” a

community that promotes stability between both the

physical and social systems.

A strong proponent of the profession, Kurt has been

published numerous times and has spoken to organizations

throughout the country. In addition to his activities within

the industry, Culbertson contributes to the community

at large. As past chair of the Rocky Mountain Chapter

of Young President’s Organization, he currently serves as

co-chair of the Cultural Landscape Foundation.

Selected Project Experience

Bow Canmore

Bow Valley, Alberta, Canada

Kurt was Principal in Charge of this award-winning assessment

of the visual impacts of development on the Bow River Valley


Santa Fe County Visual Assessment

Santa Fe County, New Mexico

This comprehensive, public process driven open lands plan, led

by Kurt as Principal in Charge, identified areas that should be

protected versus areas that could better absorb change.

Flathead County Master Plan

Flathead County, Montana

Kurt was Principal in Charge of this unique appraisal of an

existing master plan that involved the first known privatelysponsored

public planning process.

Selected Publications

“Moving to the Mountains”

Proceedings, Power of Place

Conference, Chicago, Illinois,


“Almost Heaven: Amenity

Migration Along the Blue

Ridge”, Amenity Migration,

Wiley Press, 2004.

Landschaft und Gartenkunst:

The Germanic Influence in

the Development of American

Landscape Architecture,

Center for American Places,


The Landscape of the

American Renaissance - The

Life and Work of George

Edward Kessler, biography

currently being reviewed for

publication, Johns Hopkins

University Press, 2004.

“Low Country Landscapes:

The Contribution of Belgian,

Dutch, and Luxembourgers to

the Development of Landscape

Architecture in America,”

Phillippe Troukens and Kurt

Culbertson, Proceedings, The

Clearing Conference on the

History of the Midwestern

Landscape, Door County,

Wisconsin, June, 1998.

“National Park Gateway

Communities: Balancing

Economic Development and

Environmental Protection,”

Planning Magazine, November


Professional Affiliations

American Society of Landscape

Architects (ASLA)

American Planning Association


National Trust for Historic


Urban Land Institute, Member,

Recreation Council

International Association of

Scientific Experts in Tourism

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Master of Urban and Regional

Planning, The Ohio State University

Bachelor of Science in

Environmental Design in Landscape

Architecture, University

of Minnesota


American Institute of Certified



American Planning Association

Colorado Chapters of the

American Planning Association

Board of Directors, Healthy

Mountain Communities

Speaking Engagements

“The Renaissance of Resort

and Tourism Communities”.

2007 APA Colorado Chapter

Conference. Colorado Springs,


“Healthy Communities Principles

of Sustainability for

Growing Mountain Towns”.

2007 Eagle Valley Healing Arts

and Healthy Lifestyles Show.

Eagle, Colorado.

“Columbus Home Arts District”.

2006 American Planning

Association National Conference.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Awards and Honors

Best Overall Project- School of

Architecture Internship Project



Anna Gagne, AICP

Project Manager/Planner

Anna Gagne, a community planner with Design

Workshop, has outstanding experience planning for

regions, counties, communities, districts, residential

developments, tourism, corridors, and transportation

systems. She seeks a profound understanding of the people

that she plans for and takes a special interest in engaging

the public in the planning and design process. Creating

processes suited for the unique learning, participation,

communication and decision making styles of individuals

and groups is one of her strengths.

Anna is a graduate of The Ohio State University College

of Architecture and Planning where she received her

master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. She

received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design

in Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota,

Twin Cities. In the four years prior to joining Design

Workshop, Anna was a transportation planner at an Ohio

based multidisciplinary consulting firm. This provided her

the opportunity to manage the public participation process

for roadway replacement projects in the Appalachia region.

Selected Project Experience

Avon East Town Center District Plan: Avon, CO

Avon Town Center West Investment Plan: Avon, CO

Avon Town Center Design Guidelines: Avon, CO

Town of Vail Community Plan Public Process: Vail, CO

Douglas County Comprehensive Plan: Douglas County, NV

Snowmass Center Redevelopment Plan: Snowmass, CO

Eagle Area Community Plan: Eagle, CO

University Of Minnesota UMore Park Master Plan: Rosemont, MN

I-70 Mountain Corridor Context Sensitive Solutions Manual and

Aesthetic Guidelines: State of CO

Nevada Department of Transportation Landscape and Aesthetics

Corridor Plan, Phase II: State of NV

Northfield Master Plan: Ridgeway, CO

Schweitzer Mountain Design Guidelines: Schweitzer Mountain, ID

Vail Community Plan

Vail, Colorado

Avon East District Plan

Avon, Colorado



















Task Force

System Diagram







Draft of Policy Document

Decision: Principals and Metrics



Draft Master Plan

Site Analysis

Decision: Interim Approval

of Policy Document




Initial Financial Proforma

Initiate Plan

University of Minnesota UMore

Park: Rosemount, MN

Initial Financial Proforma

Initial Master Plan

Interim approval

of Master Plan

Draft Pattern Book

Interim approval

of Pattern Book

Draft Final Master Plan

Approval of Final Master Plan

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Ridge Gate Long Tree, Colorado

RidgeGate is a 3,500-acre master planned community with the

potential to serve as Colorado’s best example of “smart growth”

due to its location adjacent to urbanization with immediate proximity

to a major transportation corridor that includes light rail.

Design Workshop created a development vision focused on a concentrated,

high density, and integrated land use pattern to leverage

this opportunity.

Design Workshop led a multi-disciplinary team to achieve

annexation and zoning of the property in a six-month time frame,

which also included a vote of citizens to approve the annexation.

The zoning allows for a series of highly flexible, mixed-use planning

areas that promote integrated commercial, civic, and residential


Kierland Commons Phoenix, Arizona

Kierland Commons is a 38-acre mixed-use development adjacent to

Scottsdale Road. It serves as the commercial, social and cultural heart

of the Kierland master-planned community. The plan for Kierland

Commons includes a 535,000-square-foot mixed-use program, which

includes a golf museum, landmark theatre, 130-room hotel, retail and

restaurants, offices, residential units and a town center park.

Design Workshop created urban design concepts and proposed

solutions that resulted in an extraordinary urban shopping

environment unique to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Kierland

Commons is designed as a pedestrian-oriented center with onstreet

parking giving immediate access to shops and restaurants.

A combination of design strategies has been used to create a traditional

downtown setting with tightly spaced, high-quality retail

destinations. Climate enhancement and a central plaza that features

grass, palms and pop-jet fountains make Kierland Commons

the most distinguished public destination in the region.

Riverfront Park Denver, Colorado

Riverfront Park has emerged from a 60-acre former rail yard

located next to Denver’s existing downtown core. There are only

a few “clean slates” of this size that sit next to a major downtown

area in the country. Design Workshop prepared a master plan for

Trillium Corporation, former owner and developer of the property

that included over six million square feet of mixed-use development

with residential, hotel, retail, office, and intermodal uses.

The firm worked closely with Trillium, the City of Denver planning

staff and a 20-person citizen task force to achieve consensus

on the proposed plan, zoning, and design guidelines.

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applied ecological services, inc.

17921 Smith Road

P.O. Box 256

Brodhead, WI 53520

Contact: Steve Apfelbaum, M.S.

telephone 608.897.8641, fax 608.897.8486

At Applied Ecological Services, Inc. (AES) we solve real-world problems with practical approaches. By identifying

where humans and nature are potentially in conflict, and where we can potentially cooperate, we can provide leadership

in resolving conflicts in favor of sustainable natural systems. Good science is the foundation of our business.

Projects that impact natural systems require sound, scientific underpinnings of precise data, accurate analysis, clear

understanding of dynamic environmental processes and thorough familiarity with pertinent regulations. Beyond this,

creative problem solving is needed to achieve client, stakeholder and regulatory goals. Finally, plans must be carefully

implemented and progress monitored to ensure desired outcomes are achieved.

We integrate natural functions with client needs. AES has undertaken complex environmental projects with exemplary

results for more than 25 years. We’ve shown that the science of ecology can inform all land-use and property asset management

decisions. Multiple benefits accrue from this approach, including benefits to commerce. Brownfield redevelopment,

landfill reclamation, and industrial development or redevelopment all demonstrate positive impacts from this

ecological approach, often at lower costs compared to traditional engineering solutions. Even globalscale issues such as

air and water quality, soils restoration, wildlife conservation and global warming are positively impacted.

We balance ecology, economics and society. Working with natural systems requires good science. Good science

requires a serious commitment. At AES, we embrace that commitment for future generations. We create ecologically

driven land use solutions that are practical, economical, and based on the best science and technology. We strive to

inspire and enable the careful stewardship of land, life, water, soil and air. As industry leaders in science and restoration,

Applied Ecological Services, Inc. (AES) is a broadbased ecological consulting, contracting and restoration firm

that was founded in 1978. Our staff of experienced scientists and project managers is adept at tackling difficult and

unique environmental problems on a variety of scales. AES has been the principal ecological consultant in many

diverse, large-scale restoration and site remediation projects, including creative developments and beneficial reuse projects

that have drawn national acclaim. As industry leaders in ecological science and restoration, AES scientists have

developed state-of-the-art mitigation and restoration techniques that are now employed by ecological contracting services

throughout the country. In addition to expertise in restoration ecology, we have extensive experience with mine

and quarry reclamation, brownfield mitigation and ecotoxicological assessment of environmentally sensitive habitats.

At AES, our consulting ecologists, engineers, landscape architects, planners and professional contracting staff

approach all projects with a solid foundation in science. Informed decisions result in completed projects, satisfied clients

and sustainable ecological systems.

Part of the AES success story springs from our turnkey Ecological Systems Approach, used in all projects to identify

and alleviate major obstacles before they create complex problems. This approach integrates ecological science

with all other aspects of a project, including our numerous professional relationships with other specialist firms, to

significantly enhance project implementation and outcomes.


Steven I. Apfelbaum, M.S.

President and Principal Ecologist


Master of Ecological and

Biological Sciences, 1978

University of Illinois

Bachelor of Liberal Arts and

Sciences, 1976

University of Illinois

Associate in Science, 1974

William Rainey Harper College


Ecological Society of America

Society of Wetland Scientists

Red River of the North Technical

Science and Advisory Committee

Multiple other professional



Certified Senior Ecologist

Ecological Society of America


APA National Planning Award,

City of Liberty, Missouri Future

Land Use Plan

U.S. Forest Service Appointment to

Scientific Roundtable on Biological


Multiple Awards: Prairie Crossing

Design Team

Wisconsin ASLA Recognition

Award for Environmental



Steven has conducted ecological research, designed award-winning

projects, successfully navigated regulatory programs, and contributed his

unique creative scientific expertise and enthusiasm to over 1,500 projects

throughout North America and beyond. He is one of the leading

ecological consultants in the U.S., providing technical restoration advice

and win-win solutions where ecological and land development conflicts

arise. Apfelbaum has authored hundreds of technical studies, peerreviewed

technical papers, books, reports, ecological restoration plans,

and regulatory monitoring and compliance reports. He promotes using

ecological and conservation design principles in developments, industrial

projects and parks that help clients save money while increasing ecological

functionality, improving public perception and generating award-winning

outcomes. Apfelbaum is also a much sought after speaker at educational

events focusing on ecological restoration, ecosystem assessment,

alternative stormwater management and conservation development.


Freshkills Landfill Final Closure and Restoration Planning

Staten Island, New York City.

Flambeau Copper Mine Design-Build Closure and Restoration

Ladysmith, Wisconsin

Prairie Crossing Conservation Development Design, Permitting,

Management, Education and Construction Oversight

Grayslake, Illinois

Noisette Preserve 3,000-Acre Conservation Development Design

North Charleston, South Carolina

Kansas City Natural Resource Inventory and Conservation Plan

Kansas City, Missouri

Zaca Preserve Conservation Development Design

Solvang, California

Penterra Conservation Development & Regulatory Design

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Sahbra Farms New Town Development with Greenway,

Stormwater Utility and Water Supply Planning

Streetsboro, Ohio

Wild Meadows Conservation Development

Medina, Minnesota

Reinvestment and Redevelopment Planning

Detroit, Louisville, Milwaukee, Toronto, Omaha and St. Paul

Jacob Blue, M.S., RLA

Ecological Designer/

Landscape Architect


M.S. in Landscape Architecture,

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI,

May 2000.

Thesis: The Results of Subcanopy

Reduction in an Oak-Hickory

Woodland on Soil Properties and

Regeneration of Groundlayer Flora.

B.L.A. in Landscape Architecture,

Pennsylvania State University, State

College, PA, 1997.

Emphasis in Wildlife and Fisheries



Registered Landscape Architect,





Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural


American Society of Landscape



Ecological Designer/Landscape


Director of Landscape Architecture


Applied Ecological Services, 17921 Smith

Road, Brodhead, WI. 53520

July 2003-Present.

Associate Landscape Architect

James C. Scott and Associates,

Bloomfield Hills, MI.

May 2000-July 2003.


After arriving at Applied Ecological Services (AES) Blue worked in

the Native Landscapes Division, a design-build division of AES,

preparing designs for residential and commercial sites and then

working closely with the installation crew of these designs, at times

leading and participating in the installation phase. As part of the

Native Landscape Division Blue was able to experiment with the

design of native plants in formal and informal settings, experience

the growth habit of native plants in different site conditions, and

develop a hands-on understanding of how to use native plants most

effectively. Blue applied previous construction and landscape

maintenance experience to the design process. In addition to

designing, Blue often oversaw the budgets for Native Landscapes

Division projects.

Presently, Blue manages the landscape architecture department at

AES. As a senior landscape architect he provides design direction

and oversight as well as experiential expertise for large and small

scale design and restoration projects. Because of his understanding

of native plants and his design abilities, Blue is keenly aware of the

public perceptions of restoration, preservation and native plants. He

has provided key design leadership for corporate campus restoration

plans, urban stream stabilization projects, conservation development

projects, campus plans, and residential rain gardens. In addition he

has led professional design charrettes, incorporating both scientific

and design/aesthetic needs of a site. Blue is a registered Landscape

Architect and has conducted graduate ecology research.

Blue received his MS from the University of Wisconsin in 2000. His

master's thesis focused on methods for controlling sugar maple in a

south/central Illinois oak-hickory woodland and the subsequent

effect on soil and plant regeneration. During his graduate work at the

UW, Blue was a teaching assistant for landscape design, graphic and

grading courses. He received his BLA from Penn State University in

1997 where he also received a minor in wildlife and fishery sciences.

While at Penn State, Blue was TA for the first wetland design course

co-taught by faculty from both the landscape architecture department

and PSU's cooperative wetland program. Blue joined the design

team at AES in 2003 after working in a traditional landscape

architectural design office in the Detroit metro area. He has three

years of traditional landscape architectural design experience, and

three years of landscape architecture instruction experience. Blue’s

projects before joining AES included municipal, corporate,

institutional and private residential landscapes.

Jacob Blue, M.S., R.L.A. 1

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Johnson Creek Arlington, Texas

Applied Ecological Services, Inc. (AES) was retained to restore

Johnson Creek, a community creek that had become extremely

degraded throughout recent years because of development and pollution.

The creek is on the border of the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium

construction site and it was in danger of becoming parking

lot until the community stepped in.

Zona Rosa Mixed-Use

Development & Rush Creek

Restoration Gladstone, Missouri

In 2001, Applied Ecological Services, Inc., was asked to assist in

the design and installation of restoring the native ecosystems of the

stream and riparian corridor on the 200-acre property of this proposed

mixed-use development in Kansas City, Missouri. Following

our analysis of over 1,950 linear feet of Rush Creek, a degraded stream

within the property, AES designed restoration and bioengineering

strategies for four different zones requiring various treatments. AES

installed all aspects of this project.

City of Toronto Lower Don

Lands Revitalization Toronto, Canada

Applied Ecological Services, Inc. (AES) was retained to restore

natural systems at the mouth of the Don River which is located in

an industrial waterfront setting in downtown Toronto. AES’s team

(Partnered with MVVA) won an International Design Competition

and in turn, acquired the job. AES is in the process of creating

an overall vision for integrating the Lower Don Lands with other

City waterfront projects. With that vision, AES will integrate biodiversity

and ecosystem health with sustainable multi-use development

and upgraded park and transit systems.

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stv inc.

Four Gateway Center, Suite 325

Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1223

Contact: Matthew E. Smith, PE


STV is a leading multidisciplined consulting firm providing in-house expertise in planning, site development, architecture,

landscape design, engineering, and construction management. Corporatewide, STV employs more than 1,450

professionals, technicians, and support staff in 30 offices.

The local offices of STV consist of more than 300 professional and technical staff providing architecture, land planning,

landscape design, civil engineering, transportation/traffic engineering, structural engineering, environmental,

and surveying services. STV also offers a full complement of related services, including: master planning, site feasibility

studies, sediment control and stormwater management design, environmental planning, infrastructure design,

construction management and administration, and fully staffed CADD/GIS and reprographic departments.

STV’s professional staff have provided services on diverse projects for private and local governmental clients. The

firm has a record of reliability in fulfilling contracts within scheduled deadlines and budgetary constraints with consistently

high standards of performance. We recognize the need for a combination of interdisciplinary professional

experts, including architects, planners, engineers, landscape architects, environmental specialists, contractors, owners,

and users in development of successful projects. This all-encompassing effort has resulted in a history of successful

projects throughout the United States.

STV has successfully completed residential, industrial, institutional, and commercial retail development projects in

Pennsylvania and the Northeast, all of which have required community presentations, consensus building, master

plan preparation, participation in design charrettes, and partnering with community associations and tenant council

groups. We are quite familiar with the process of obtaining approvals for selected plans from departments of public

works, planning departments, planning commissions, and local zoning boards.

STV has been at the forefront of developing planning and design alternatives and solutions that build consensus

among stakeholders. Our unmatched experience in project management provides us with the necessary sensitivity and

background to resolve the often compelling constraints of design complexities.

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matthew e. smith, p.e. | Project Manager

Mr. Smith is a civil engineer and project manager with more than 15 years of experience on a wide assortment of site

development projects. His technical expertise includes site design, site grading, stormwater management, erosion and sediment

pollution control, land development, and municipal approvals and meetings. As a manager, Mr. Smith is responsible

for business development for all engineering disciplines of existing and future clients, contract procurement, certificate of

insurance compliance, preparing technical proposals, and managing project budgets. Additional responsibilities include staff

management, workload projections, job accounting review, and client invoicing and payment follow-up.


Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering Technology; 1993

Relevant Projects

» PA Turnpike Commission Roadway and Bridge Widening

» West Chester University Operations and Maintenance Facility

» WV Department of Transportation Roadway and Bridge Project

dawn m. spence, p.e. | Civil Engineer

Ms. Spence is a civil engineer and project manager with more than 12 years of experience on a wide assortment of site development

projects, including commercial and residential facilities, airports, and pipelines. She has expertise in site layout, site grading,

erosion and sediment control, sanitary sewer design, waterline design, construction stakeout, and municipal approvals.


Masters of Business Administration, 2006; Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 1992

Relevant Projects

» Bowers & Associates, Residential Utilities, Walking Trails, Wetlands

» Buckeye Pipe Line Medford Commons Pipeline Relocation

» Sunoco Pipeline Menards Pipeline Relocation

» Sunoco Pipeline Dayton Terminal Dike Renovation

» Sunoco Pipeline Hudson Pump Station Dike Renovation

richard j. cotter, p.e. | Civil Engineer/Stormwater Management

Mr. Cotter has over 35 years experience directing an extensive list of projects including, commercial and residential subdivision,

public water supplies, sanitary sewer system, highways, storm water management projects and buildings. He has

provided design services including the preparation of plans and specifications and construction management services. He

has been the consultant to a variety of private and public clients providing presentations in many public settings, including

acting as the professional witness. He is experienced with many computer programs Autocad, Land Development, TR-20,

TR-55 and VTPSU/HM.


Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 1968

Relevant Projects

» Patterson-Erie Corporation Residential Subdivisions

» Riverside Shopping Plaza, Franklin, PA – Commercial site development

» City of Hermitage, PA – Provided review of all commercial and residential subdivisions

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steven m. sottung, leed®ap | Environmental

Mr. Sottung is an environmental scientist with more than 25 years of diversified environmental experience. He has had

extensive involvement in media characterization for hazardous waste constituents, soil remediation design, detailed site

investigations, ecological risk assessment, and benthic macroinvertebrate, and fish sampling methods for private and government

clients. Mr. Sottung has managed project teams responsible for all aspects of ten NEPA Environmental Assessment

programs at a government training facility, as well as for numerous other projects requiring hazardous waste assessments,

wetland delineations/habitat assessments, and hazardous materials assessment and management.


Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology; 1980

Relevant Projects

» Overland Contracting Inc. PSE&G Substations

» DuPage County Division of Transportation Munger Road Study

» PA Turnpike Commission Mon/Fayette Transportation Project

Westport Waterfront Baltimore, Maryland

Westport Waterfront will be a new transit-oriented, waterfront

community that will occupy 55 acres on the Middle Branch’s

western shore in Baltimore City. The area, occupied by the Carr

Lowrey glass manufacturing facility, Constellation Energy generating

station, D&G Brice Concrete Company, amongst other

industrial uses, is in various phases of demolition. The site includes

approximately a 4,000-ft shoreline, is in close proximity to I-295,

and adjoins a light rail station and the Gwynn Falls trail, providing

an opportunity for a variety of transportation connections.

Erekson Development

Penn Hills, Pennsylvania

Formerly the site of the Atlas Cement Factory, this 216-acre site in

the Municipality of Penn Hills is being redeveloped to include 275

single-family housing units, community parks, a light industrial/

business park, and a community retail center. STV is providing

master planning services for the site, which is in a suburb of Pittsburgh,

PA. The site was formerly used for the cement factory along

the lower lying areas where Pennsylvania Railroad access is possible.

The remaining two thirds of the site slopes up from the railroad

as much as 145 feet, and remains wooded/undeveloped. The

Penn Hills Zoning Map proposes to retain the industrial uses but

allow for future residential development on the higher elevations.

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walter kulash, p.e. | traffic engineer

Walter Kulash, P.E.

32 Blands Knob Road

P.O. Box 252

Little Switzerland, NC 28749


Over 28 years of engineering experience in traffic planning for new private development, planning

public street systems and developing public transit. Walter Kulash has focused on restoring balance to

our streets, improving not just their performance for vehicular traffic but also their livability, appeal

for non-motorized travel, as good environments for business, and as focal points of civic pride and

enthusiasm. This approach, now a part of the “new urbanism” and “context sensitive” road design, has

included the design of new communities and, the “retro-fitting” of existing damaged areas, such as

strip commercial and early-generation shopping malls, and the addition of “missing” transportation

elements, such as Light Rail Transit and self-propelled modes of travel, into existing streets.

Project Areas







Designing/Redesigning roads to better fit their context: Rural and town road design on Route 50 in

Virginia; boulevard plan for a town center area on Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, Virginia, reconfiguration

of interchanges in Norfolk.

Repairing and reclaiming battered urban arterials: Reducing lanes on NY5 in Hamburg, New York;

forming town centers and park areas on Route 51 in suburban Pittsburgh.

Restoring major downtown streets as important civic areas: Second/Third Streets, forming a major

boulevard in downtown Cincinnati; transitioning Route 22 from a strip corridor to a town center

corridor in Monroeville, Pennsylvania; converting the road ring around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to

a pedestrian and visitor-friendly environment.

Interventions in announced road plans: Route 179 through Red Rocks area in Sedona, Arizona;

revisiting of plans for freeway through Shelby Farms in Memphis, Tennessee; expert testimony for

the withdrawal of plans for a surface freeway through South Pasadena, California; critical review and

alternative for the Mon-Fayette Expressway in Pittsburgh.

Residential street design: street designs for numerous communities, including Bluffton, South Carolina;

Centerville, Ohio; Liberty, California; Suffolk, Virginia.

Town Center Streets: New urbanist street and block layouts in Knoxville, TN, and Winter Park, FL,

Williamsburg, VA.


Post-Graduate Studies, Civil Engineering (Transportation Planning and Systems Analysis), Northwestern

University, Chicago, Illinois; Master of Business Administration, University of North Carolina,

Chapel Hill, North Carolina (1965); Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering, North Carolina

State University, Raleigh, North Carolina (1964)

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robert charles lesser & co

7200 Wisconsin Ave, 7th Floor

Bethesda, MD 20814

telephone 240.644.1307, fax: 240.644.1311

As the nation’s leading independent economic real estate advisory services firm, RCLCO helps the real estate industry and

public sector clients make sound decisions about development, management, investment and corporate strategy issues. With

offices in the Washington, D.C., area (Bethesda, Maryland); Los Angeles; Atlanta; and Orlando, we have extensive experience

in virtually every real estate product type. We complete over 600 projects annually for clients that include public sector

entities, real estate developers, financial institutions, institutional investors, private investors and Fortune 500 companies.

Some of the services we provide for our clients include:

» Market Analysis including site assessment, case studies of analogous projects, and supply and demand analyses to put the

consumer research in context with the market. This includes preparing statistical demand analyses to forecast demand for

residential, retail, office, industrial and hotel uses.

» Consumer Research including demographic, psychographic, home-graphic, and community preference studies, to determine

market depth from the various feeder markets, and to help our clients devise a clearly defined vision and deep

knowledge of the target market audience to optimize the effectiveness of community and housing designs and marketing


» Financial Analysis including project pro-forma and cash flow analysis, optimization analysis, and sensitivity/variance

analysis to test and optimize the development program to maximize profit potential. This also includes fiscal impact

analysis for public and private entities.

» Development Services including working with public sector and non-developer private clients to move a development

strategy from concept to implementation.

» Transactional Services including acquisition and disposition strategies, complex financial arrangement, partnerships and

public-private partnerships.

For 40 years, our experienced professionals have advised clients on the strategic and tactical aspects of real estate development.

Our work has included market analyses of residential, retail, office, industrial, hotel and mixed-use developments;

fiscal and economic impact studies; studies of land use policy issues, including government finance and land use planning

topics; valuations; and urban center revitalization efforts. We customize our services to address our client’s individual needs,

supported by both quantitative analysis and creative problem solving.

We pride ourselves on becoming an integral part of the client’s team, and work diligently and practically with land planners,

architects, engineers, public sector agencies, environmentalists, consumer groups and other interested parties. We not only

recommend actionable strategies, we are committed to the successful implementation of the recommendations we make.

Relevant Projects

» Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio

» Hamilton Place, Chattanooga, Tennessee

» Cedar Park Town Center, Austin, Texas

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Leonard Bogorad

Managing Director


Areas of Specialization: residential developments of all types, including large-scale mixed-use

projects and master-planned communities, neo-traditional communities, multifamily rental

apartment complexes, condominiums, independent living and assisted living facilities, and

attached and detached single-family homes; metropolitan development trends; retail, office,

and industrial projects; and fiscal and economic impact analysis.

Leonard Bogorad is a Managing Director based in our Washington, D.C., office.

In his 17 years at RCLCO, Len has directed hundreds of consulting engagements, including

work on such notable projects as Downtown Silver Spring, Reston Town Center, and National

Harbor, as well as numerous particular residential, retail, office, hotel, and mixed-use and

master-planned community developments throughout the United States. Prior to joining RCLCO, Leonard was

Senior Vice President and Director of the Washington office of Real Estate Research Corporation (RERC). Before

joining RERC, Leonard served as Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development for the Metropolitan Area

Planning Council in Boston; Senior Staff Associate for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities; and

development consultant for a firm in New Haven, Connecticut.

Len graduated from Harvard University, and received a Masters in City Planning degree from the University of

Pennsylvania. He has spoken for organizations such as the Urban Land Institute, the National Association of

Senior Living Industries, and the Northern Virginia Building Industries Association. He has also written articles

published in The Journal of Real Estate Development, Mortgage Banker, Corridor Real Estate Journal, Industrial

Development, Tax Credit Advisor, The Washington Post, Real Estate Finance Journal, Urban Land, and

Washington Business Journal. He is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the ULI Washington

District Council Executive Committee, as well as on the Urban Land Institute Senior Housing Council. He is also

active in the Northern Virginia Building Industries Association (NVBIA).

Troy Palma


Areas of Specialization: residential, retail, mixed-use, master-planned community, resort, and


Troy Palma is a Principal in our Washington, D.C., office. His consulting practice focuses on real

estate market analysis, detailed project financial analysis, fiscal and economic impact

assessment, and strategic planning services.

Since joining the firm in 1991, Troy has conducted consulting studies on a full range of real

estate land uses throughout the country, including residential, office, retail, hotel/conference,

golf, and resort. In addition, his experience includes urban mixed-use, suburban master-planned communities,

new urbanism, and town center developments.

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A graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Troy earned a Bachelor of Business Administration

degree with an emphasis in marketing. He is currently involved with the Northern Virginia and Maryland National

Capital Building Industry Associations, and the Urban Land Institute.

Christian Winkler


Areas of Specialization: concept development, market and financial feasibility, development

partnership formation, development team assembly, and strategic guidance.

Christian Winkler is based in our Washington, D.C., office. He is responsible for developing

new business, executing engagements, and managing operations for RCLCO’s Development

Services Group (DSG).

During his five-year tenure with RCLCO, Christian has contributed to over one hundred

projects nationwide – determining market and financial feasibility, optimizing the development

program, devising the development strategy, and guiding clients through the often complex

development process. Christian’s clients include landowners, trusts, corporations, institutions, and the public

sector. His services include concept development, market and financial feasibility, development partner

solicitation and partnership negotiation, development team assembly, deal structuring, entitlement assistance,

and ongoing strategic guidance. He is presently involved with the development of a 700,000-square foot urban

mixed-use retail and office project in St. Louis, Missouri, as well as the redevelopment of a significant commercial

property in downtown Washington, D.C.

Christian holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and a Bachelor of

Science in Management from Syracuse University. He is a native speaker of German and conversant in French.

Shyam Kannan

Vice President – Director of Research and Development

Areas of Specialization:

Green buildings, urban infill development, sustainable development, urban revitalization

strategies, mixed-use development, and urban retail development.

Shyam Kannan is a Vice President based in our Washington, D.C., office.

Shyam has expertise in all aspects of urban real estate development, including large-scale

mixed-use ventures, complex infill projects, and high-rise mixed-use developments. He has

provided his expertise in urban economic development to a variety of large and small

municipal governments, and has advised clients on urban infill projects from New York to San Francisco. He also

leads RCLCO’s research endeavors surrounding changing consumer preferences for residential products as well

as trends in the green building movement.

Shyam received a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of

Government and Graduate School of Design. Prior to that, Shyam earned his Bachelor's in Government, with a

concentration in Urban and Environmental Planning, from the University of Virginia.

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bricker & eckler llp

100 South Third Street

Columbus, OH 43215

Contact: Price D. Finley

telephone 614.227.4843, fax 614.227.2390

Bricker & Eckler is one of Ohio’s leading law firms. Located in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati-Dayton, the firm

represents individuals as well as municipalities, corporations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, health care

facilities and school districts.

At Bricker & Eckler, we are dedicated to providing superior client service through our focus on the industries in which

our clients do business. Health care, insurance, financial services, manufacturing, construction, and real estate are examples

of the key industries we serve. In addition, our attorneys offer extensive experience in a variety of specialized practice areas,

including municipal bonds, litigation, corporate boards and officers, public utilities, environmental issues, and tax and estate

planning, to name a few.

Bricker & Eckler was founded in 1944 by John W. Bricker, a three-term Ohio governor, two-term U.S. senator from

Ohio, and a former candidate for vice president of the United States. Today, we continue our founder’s tradition of public

service by placing our clients and our communities first.

Over the years, Bricker & Eckler has been pleased to take part in numerous innovative and successful projects that have

benefited citizens and assisted communities across the State of Ohio. These partnerships have allowed us to become familiar

with the wide spectrum of legal issues and concerns that public entities face when implementing an economic development

program. With the help of this experience, Bricker & Eckler is prepared to create the most thorough, beneficial and

cost-effective plan to meet the specific needs of the Big Darby Accord Town Center.

Based on the broad range of needs required for the Big Darby project, we have assembled a diverse group of lawyers and

other professionals.

Overall, we feel that our experience and knowledge of economic development projects make us extremely qualified to handle

your needs. Additionally, we believe that our flexibility with regard to billings differentiates us from our competitors. Our firm is

more than willing to negotiate in order to decide on a fee that is comfortable for our clients. We look forward to hopefully cultivating

a partnership together, working on Town Center project, and lending our skills and services to the Big Darby Accord team.

Relevant Projects

Concord/Scioto Community Authority – Wastewater Treatment Facility and Intergovernmental Cooperative


Bricker & Eckler created a community authority encompassing over 1,000 acres in Delaware County for the primary purpose

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Bricker & Eckler currently represents and has represented several public and private entities with respect to stormwater

management and related issues.

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semi-private treatment facilities in the construction, maintenance and expansion of water and wastewater facilities.

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100 South Third Street

Columbus, OH 43215





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Real Estate

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Price Finley is a partner with Bricker & Eckler LLP and Vice-Chair of the Public Sector

group. He is also the President of the firm's affiliate economic development consulting

company, Argus Growth Consultants, Ltd. Price's work experience includes bond

financing and economic development finance. He has helped communities, developers,

and underwriters structure tax increment financings, community authorities and special

assessment programs. Price has also assisted with the formation and structuring of joint

economic development districts, cooperative economic development agreements,

community improvement corporations, port authorities, regional planning commissions,

and enterprise zone and community reinvestment area abatement programs.


Counsel with respect to the creation of more than fifty tax increment financing

projects during the past five years.

Underwriter's counsel for Ohio's first tax increment revenue bond financing

secured by special assessment.

Bond counsel for Ohio's first certificate of participation financing involving a

state agency lease of a privately-owned building.

Bond counsel for Ohio's first new community authority public offering to be

structured without a developer letter of credit (used to finance infrastructure

improvements such as roads, water, sewer, etc.)

Underwriter's and special tax counsel for West Virginia's first sales tax TIF

bond issue.

Bond counsel for first certificate of participation financing by an Ohio school

district under statutory procedural guidelines.

Bond and special counsel for numerous economic development matters,

including tax increment financing, enterprise zones, community reinvestment

areas, community authority financing and special assessment district financing.


Capital University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1986)

The Ohio State University (M.B.A., 1989, emphasis in Finance)

The Ohio State University (J.D., 1990)

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Columbus Office

100 South Third Street

Columbus, OH 43215





• Manufacturing & Logistics

• Real Estate

• Public Sector


Environmental law, emphasizing the effect of environmental law on real estate

transactions, solid and hazardous waste representation, land use, Clean Water Act and

Clean Air Act litigation and commercial real estate transactions.


• Environmental counsel for Ohio Manufacturers Association (OMA)

• Successfully obtained and defended through administrative process operating

permits for several solid waste disposal facilities.

• Successfully defended hazardous waste burning facilities from various

regulatory and citizen-group challenges.

• Counsel hazardous waste disposal facilities and hazardous waste generators

on compliance with RCRA, TSCA, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act.

• Represents lenders in numerous commercial real estate transactions.

• Counsel real estate developers and private property owners on wetlands

issues and regulatory takings claims.


• Member, American, Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations

• Ohio Alliance for the Environment, Past President, Advisor to the Board of



• Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (environmental law) 2005-2008

• Listed in Ohio Super Lawyers, 2008


• Dartmouth College (B.A., 1981)

• University of Cincinnati College of Law (J.D., 1987)

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v references














Carl Metzger

City Manager

City of Ankeny

410 West First Street

Ankeny, IA 50023


Union Park

Mayor of Las Vegas

Mayor Oscar B. Goodman

City Of Las Vegas

400 Stewart Avenue

Las Vegas, NV 89101


Noisette Preserve

Jim Augustin or John Knott

Noisette Company

1360 Truxtun Avenue

North Charleston, SC 29405


Jeffrey Grimm

Assistant Vice President for Facilities

Kutztown University

P.O. Box 730

Kutztown, PA 19530


Robert Reeves

University Circle, Inc.

10831 Magnolia Drive

Cleveland, OH 44106


Yaromir Steiner

Steiner & Associates

4016 Townsfair Way

Suite 201

Columbus, OH 43219


Carl R. Styers C.P.A.

Finance Director

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

111 Liberty Street, Suite 100

Columbus OH 43215


Keith McCoy, Vice President

Urban Community Partners, LLC.

24571 Silver Cloud Court, Ste. 101

Monterey, CA 93940




Chad Marsh, Principal

Endeavor Real Estate Group

221 West 6th Street, Suite 1300

Austin, TX 78701


Zona Rosa

Steiner & Associates

4016 Townsfair Way, Suite 201

Columbus, OH 43219


Michael Allen 816.741-5900

James Van Trese,


Erekson Corporation

Penn Hills-Atlas Cement Plant


2997 S. 3000 West

Salt Lake City, UT 84115


David M. Hill,

City of Knoxville

South Waterfront Development

City County Building

400 Main Street

Knoxville, TN 37902


Barry Bennett, Executive Director

Chattanooga-Hamilton County

Regional Planning Agency

1250 Market Street, Suite 2000,

Development Resource Center

Chattanooga, TN 37402

423. 757.5216

Hugh J. Dorrian C.P.A.

City Auditor

City of Columbus

Room 109

90 West Broad Street

Columbus OH 43215


Casey Sowers

GBS Holding, Ltd.

507 Branchway Road

Richmond, VA 23236


Kendall Yards, Marshall Chesrown

Black Rock Development CEO

Black Rock Development, LLC

912 Northwest Blvd.

Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814


Lower Don Lands Revitalization

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates,


231 Concord Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02138


Michael Van Valkenburgh or

Elizabeth Silver

Mitchell Posner, Director

Govans Ecumenical Development

Corporation (GEDCO) c/o

Stadium Place

5513 York Road

Baltimore, MD 21212


Jeff Welch, Director

Knoxville Regional Transportation

Planning Organization

400 Main Street Suite 403

Knoxville, TN 37902


Henry W. Stewart


British American Development


7302 Anaqua Drive

Austin, TX 78750


Mr. Daniel B. Bennington Esq.

City Attorney

City of Delaware

One South Sandusky Street

Delaware OH 43015


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vi scope of services

Summary of the Proposed Planning Process

All master plans of Urban Design Associates (UDA) are created in open, participatory design processes. The planning

process for the Big Darby Accord Town Center Master Plan will include the following three phases: (1)

“Understanding,” in which the UDA team gains a detailed understanding of the opportunities and the goals of the

site and its stakeholders; (2) “Exploring,” in which the team uses plan and perspective drawings in charrette (working

session) format to create and evaluate a number of possible plans; and (3) “Deciding,” in which the UDA team and

stakeholders narrow the choices to arrive at a consensus plan.

The three planning phases will each be organized around working trips by the consultant team to Columbus, Ohio.

Public meetings will occur during each of the trips.

UDA will be at the center of a multi-disciplinary planning team that includes urban designers, landscape architects,

planners, ecologists and ecological designers, civil engineers, traffic consultants, market analysts, and attorneys.


The planning process assumes the following:







The contracting client will be one of the four public entities of the “Client Group”: Prairie Township, Brown Township,

Franklin County, or the City of Columbus.

The Client Group will appoint a project manager who will be the day to day contact person for the consultant team.

A representative and diverse Steering Committee will be established prior to the onset of the planning work to

include residents, property owners, business owners, conservation groups, cultural organizations, religious groups,

government agencies, and others as may be mutually determined.

Although UDA will be facilitating the public participation planning process, the Client Group and the Steering

Committee will assist in identifying, contacting, and coordinating the participation of key individuals and groups.

UDA will have sub-consultants for landscape architecture, ecology, civil engineering, transportation planning, market

analysis, and land use regulation.

The objectives of the market study will be to: identify the candidate land uses for the Town Center; quantify the

demand and development feasibility for those land uses; outline a development strategy, including phasing, absorption

schedule, and critical success factors; and estimate the financial performance and revenue streams over a time

period to identify public and private implementation and financial strategies.

The Planning Process will have Three Phases

Phase I Data Base and Analysis: Understanding

Phase II Alternatives: Exploring

Phase III Final Plan: Deciding

Each phase will be organized around team trips to Columbus, Ohio.

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Trip One in Phase I will involve collection of “hard” data, such as land use, traffic and transit data, utility and storm

water data, ecological data, historic data, etc. as well as the collection of “soft” data from interviews, focus groups, and

an initial public meeting with residents, property owners, business persons, major institutions, churches, conservation

groups, community groups, government officials, and other stakeholders as may be required.

Trip Two and Three in Phase II will involve two charrettes (working sessions) to explore and test design alternatives.

The charrettes will each culminate in a public presentation.

Trip Four in Phase III will include the preparation of a draft plan, and working meetings with stakeholders and a

public meeting to review the draft plan.


Phase I will begin with a two day trip (Trip One) to Columbus, Ohio.

1. Meeting with Steering Committee

UDA and the sub-consultants will discuss schedule, scope of work, planning process, and data needs. This meeting

will be preceded by telephone and written coordination between the Town Center project manager and UDA.

2. Interviews and Focus Groups

Based on previous coordination with the Town Center project manager, UDA will meet with key individuals and

focus groups to learn firsthand their perceptions of the issues, the strengths and weaknesses of the Town Center area,

and their visions for the future. This step allows the UDA team efficiently to become immersed in the culture and

history of the Accord area, the politics of the process, and any ideas already put forth for the Town Center area.

3. Collect Data

Concurrently with the interviews and focus groups, UDA and sub-consultant staff will be photographing the study

area and environs, and collecting “hard” data, such as land use, topography, previous plans and studies, institutional

master plans, private development plans, adjacent neighborhood plans, land ownership, utilities, storm water, woodlands,

wetlands, historic data, demographic and market information, traffic and transit data, etc. The intention is to

build on the work completed for the 2006 Big Darby Accord Watershed Master Plan and other previous studies.

4. Public Meeting # 1

The final event of Trip One will be Public Meeting # 1. The purpose of the public meeting is threefold:

» to introduce the planning process and planning team

» to obtain public input early in the process

» to identify conflicts and controversial areas of concern

Three questions will be explored:

» assets and strengths of the Town Center area

» liabilities and weaknesses of the Town Center area


visions for the future of the Town Center area

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5. Analysis and Synthesis

The UDA consultant team will return to their offices to prepare base drawings, diagrams called UDA X-Rays® and

other urban design, ecological, engineering, market, and legal analyses. The team will be preparing this material

for Trip Two, the first design charrette in Phase II, Alternatives. Critical to this phase will be the preparation of a

development suitability plan that will evaluate the suitability of portions of the site against development types. The

evaluation will be based on an analysis of the ecological constraints, potential ecosystem services available and the

estimated cost of development types in different environs. This drawing is critical for the recognizing the most cost

effective and efficient use of the site in order to achieve the most progressive charrette possible.


Phase II will be done primarily in Columbus over two design charrettes (working sessions). The key members of the

UDA consultant team will travel to Columbus. The two trips will also involve working sessions with the Steering

Committee, focus group meetings, and public meetings. The first charrette will establish planning frameworks and a

development strategy. The second charrette will produce the master plan and implementation program.

6. Frameworks and Development Strategy Charrette

a. Kick-off meeting with Steering Committee

The UDA consultant team, including sub-consultants, will present the results of the analysis and synthesis

work to the Steering Committee.

b. Design Charrette

The UDA consultant team will set up shop in a publicly accessible space in the Town Center project area.

Frameworks for roads, open space, ecosystem services, storm water management, and conservation will be

developed and reviewed during the charrette with the Steering Committee, the Client Group, and others,

such as the persons who were in the interviews and focus groups in Step 2 above. Also a preliminary development

program, development strategy, and time line will be prepared. An open house will be scheduled for

the public to observe the charrette in progress.

The charrette process, pioneered by UDA, works very effectively when conducted by experienced master

planners. It is UDA’s standard operating method, which has several important advantages for our clients:

it is cost effective; it maximizes the interface between consultant team and client; it has significant public

outreach; and it leads to solutions which are also innovative and feasible.

c. Public Meeting # 2

The UDA consultant team will present the analysis from Phase I and the frameworks and development

strategy developed during the charrette at a public meeting for citizen input.

d. Debriefing meeting with Steering Committee

The UDA consultant team will meet with the Steering Committee to “debrief ” the charrette and the public

meeting and to give direction for the second charrette.

7. Team Working Sessions and Charrette Preparation

The consultant team will build upon the work of the Frameworks and Development Strategies charrette (Step 6) to

develop preliminary alternatives in preparation for the Master Plan charrette (Step 9).

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8. Master Plan and Implementation Program Charrette

a. Kick-off meeting with Steering Committee

The UDA consultant team, including sub-consultants, will present the preliminary alternatives and implementation

program to the Steering Committee.

b. Design Charrette

The UDA consultant team will again set up shop in a publicly accessible space in the Town Center project

area. Master Plan alternatives will be developed, refined, and reviewed during the charrette with the Steering

Committee, the Client Group, and others, such as the persons who were in the interviews and focus groups in

the Frameworks and Development Strategies charrette (Step 6). Also an implementation program and phasing

plan will be developed. An open house will be scheduled for the public to observe the charrette in progress.

c. Public Meeting # 3

The UDA consultant team will present the Big Darby Accord Town Center Master Plan and Implementation

Program developed during the charrette at a public meeting for citizen input.

d. The UDA consultant team will meet with the Steering Committee to “debrief ” the charrette and the public

meeting and to give direction for the preparation of the draft Big Darby Accord Town Center Master Plan.


Phase III will begin with the consultant team preparing a draft of the Big Darby Accord Town Center Master Plan

and will include a trip to Columbus for a working session with the Steering Committee, and Public Meeting # 4.

The Big Darby Accord Town Center Master Plan will then be prepared.

9. Prepare Draft Plan

Based on the direction from Step 8, the consultant team will prepare a draft of the Big Darby Accord Town Center

Master Plan. The Plan will include:

Market Study and Development Program, Town Center Development Plan, Development Suitability Plan, Land

Use Plan, Transportation Plan, Water and Wastewater Facilities Plan, Storm water Management Plan, Open

Space Plan, Public Services and Facilities Plan, Regulatory Framework, Implementation Program

A draft will be sent to the Steering Committee for review.

10. Steering Committee Meeting

The consultant team will travel to Columbus to meet with the Steering Committee to review and revise the draft

Big Darby Accord Town Center Master Plan.

11. Public Meeting # 4

The draft Master Plan will be presented at a final public meeting for citizen review and input.

12. Prepare Final Big Darby Accord Town Center Master Plan

Based on the input from Steps 10 and 11 and ongoing discussions and coordination with the Steering Committee

and Client Group via telephone and mail, the consultant team will prepare the final Big Darby Accord Town Center

Master Plan.

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vii fees

We have assembled a team of national experts in all the areas of expertise called for in the Request for Proposal.

The estimate of fee below reflects our collective best understanding of the scope of work and level of detail required.

If selected for the project we will review the scope of services and fee with Client Group representatives and make

adjustments to the team and budget as may be necessary. We are prepared to negotiate a fixed fee or to work on an

hourly basis against an agreed budget.

Consultant Phase I Fee Phase II Fee Phase III Fee Total Fee

Urban Design Associates 45,000 90,000 50,000 185,000

Design Workshop 25,000 25,000 20,000 70,000

AES 20,000 20,000 20,000 60,000

STV Inc. 25,000 25,000 20,000 70,000

Walter Kulash 5,000 5,000 2,000 12,000

Robert Charles Lesser & Co 35,000 10,000 25,000 70,000

Bricker & Eckler LLP 5,000 10,000 15,000 30,000

T O T A L 160,000 185,000 152,000 497,000

Reimbursable expenses for travel, reproduction, and long distance communication will be in addition to the fees above

and will be invoiced at 1.10 times cost.


Don Carter, FAIA, FAICP President $295

Paul Ostergaard, AIA Senior Vice President $295

Maggie Connor Associate, Studio Director $175


Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, FICP Principal $300

Anna Gagne, AICP Project Manager/Planner $110


Steve Apfelbaum Principal Ecologist $175

Jacob Blue Ecological Designer/Landscape Architect $110


Matthew Smith, PE Project Manager $130

Dawn M. Spence, PE Civil Engineer $105

Richard Cotter, PE Civil Engineer/Stormwater Management $110

Steven M. Sottung, PE Leed AP Environmental $155


Walter Kulash, Traffic Engineer $140


Leonard Bogorad, Managing Director $450

Troy Palma, Principal $300

Christian Winkler, Principal $280

Shyam Kannan, Vice President – Director of Real Estate and Development $210


Price D. Finley, Partner, Vice Chair, Public Sector Industry Group $400

Frank L. Merrill, Partner, Chair of Energy and Environmental Practice Group $385

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viii timeline

Below is the recommended timeline. There will be flexibility to accommodate the scheduling of public meetings, the

decision-making process of the Client Group, holiday and vacation schedules of the participants. However, a nine

month schedule is reasonable and achievable.


Meeting with Steering Committee 1













Interviews and Focus Groups 1

Collect Data 1, 2

Public Meeting 1

Analysis and Synthesis 1, 2, 3

Frameworks and Development Strategy Charrette 3

Team Working Sessions and Charrette Preparation 4, 5

Master Plan and Implementation Program Charrette 5

Prepare Draft Plan 6, 7

Steering Committee Meeting 7

Public Meeting 7

Prepare Final Plan 8, 9

ix client group support

Urban Design Associates practices a collaborative planning model with regular interaction with our clients

throughout the project, including charrettes and design workshops. Our expectations of support for the Client

Group include:

1. Formation of a Steering Committee.

2. Appointment of a Project Manager.

3. Provision of all previous plans, studies data base, drawings, plans, and other relevant material.

4. Guidance in identifying and contacting stakeholders for interviews and focus group meetings.

5. Liaison with local, state, and federal public entities as may be required.

6. Attendance at key meetings.

7. Provision of meeting spaces in the project area for Steering Committee meetings, interviews, focus group meetings,

public meetings, and design charrettes.

8. Publicizing public meetings.

9. Handling local media, including press releases and invitations to events.

10. Timely decision making.

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