Pedaling Toward Improvement

Remenschneider Associates, in collaboration with The Planning Workshop and Christopher Burke Engineering, is currently working on a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for the City of Shelbyville, Indiana. This is the team's second project of this type in as many years, having completed Crawfordsville's Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan in 2014.

2014 Professional Design Awards

RAI is proud to be the recipient an award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, presented by the Indiana Chapter of ASLA.

The INASLA Professional Awards Program was created to recognize professional excellence and outstanding examples of landscape architecture by Indiana landscape architects. These awards honor works that represent the forefront of the profession of Landscape Architecture and embody high levels of creativity and imagination.

 

Merit Award, Design - Constructed Works

City of Franklin Streetscape - Historic Courthouse Square

The design philosophy and design intent, from the beginning of planning efforts to implementation, have been to invest in public infrastructure improvements that improve Franklin’s competitive edge in the marketplace by encouraging private real estate investment; supporting community events and attracting local businesses and industry to downtown and the community at large. The Franklin Downtown Streetscape improvements project has brought to life the original vision set forth in the Downtown Revitalization Plan of 2009.

RAI’s planning study called for streetscape improvements surrounding courthouse square.  Phase one included: asphalt streets converted to pavers, new courthouse plinth wall of solid limestone with periodic stone piers and bronze accents, sidewalk improvements with treed landscapes separating pedestrians from auto traffic, all complimented with period appropriate light fixtures, benches and appurtenances.

A byproduct of the planning study is the local incentive grant and loan programs, both of which were established to incentivize private real estate investment in downtown Franklin. Between 2009 and 2012, historic downtown building renovations exceeded $8,000,000, bringing numerous new, and a handful of expanded existing business enterprises into the commercial core of downtown. By the end of 2014, an additional $7,000,000 was invested in the historic commercial core of this City of 24,000 people. Undoubtedly, the City’s investment in these highlighted public infrastructure improvements has rekindled private business interest to be located in downtown. This interest began in 2009 during the depths of the recession, and currently demonstrates increasing investment and interest in Franklin’s historic commercial core.

 

Stewardship Award

Native Plants Performing Stormwater Management

 

RAI is the proud recipient of an award for Excellence in Sustainable Design and Construction presented by the Upper White River Watershed Alliance for our work in the Town of Speedway, Indiana. This project employs pervious pavement and green infrastructure . A strictly native plant matrix was employed within 1.5 acres of bio-retention and bio-swales, effectively removing storm water from local sanitary sewers.

Green Infrastructure works: Annual pre-construction combined sewer overflows (CSO's) were 44; post-construction CSO's totaled 3! Plus, this project adds native landscapes to the Fisher Elementary School and the future B & O trail, pocket park and trail head adjacent to the school. The green infrastructure facilities effectively reduced overall project costs by reducing storm water pipe sizes and total excavation requirements

The use of nearly 19,000 native plants and over 22,000 square feet of pervious pavement is a truly public demonstration of this sustainable landscape aesthetic within a functional engineering application.

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2013 Professional Design Awards

RAI is proud to be the recipient of three awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, presented by the Indiana Chapter of ASLA.

The INASLA Professional Awards Program was created to recognize professional excellence and outstanding examples of landscape architecture by Indiana landscape architects. These awards honor works that represent the forefront of the profession of Landscape Architecture and embody high levels of creativity and imagination.

 

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Honor Award, Unbuilt Works Category 

Comprehensive Study: Gateways, Greenways and Redevelopment - Franklin, Indiana

In 2008, Franklin's Redevelopment Commission engaged RAI to create a vision plan for the City. RAI’s Opportunity Planning efforts identified these goals: expansion of existing and proposed local attractions; codified standards for preservation of their architectural heritage; trails and greenways routing and a downtown redevelopment district.  Since study completion in 2009, over $8.2 million has been invested in downtown Franklin buildings and storefronts, in compliance with architectural standards for adaptive reuse.

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Merit Award, Residential Category 

8 acre Private Residence

This clients' design program included the creation of an arrival experience that unfolds gradually, frames views to site features, screens the home from public view and provides a variety of outdoor rooms for resident and guest enjoyment.  The design features three strikingly different outdoor living spaces, a limestone water feature, a terraced garden and a Zen garden.

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Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society Award 

Green Infrastructure Sewer Separation Project; Town of Speedway, Indiana 

The Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society and INASLA presents this award for one work that prominently features plants native to Indiana.

RAI collaborated with the prime engineering consultant in the design of green infrastructure within the public right-of-way along residential streets. These basins mitigate flooding and improve water infiltration rates by slowing the flow of runoff, capturing sediment and utilizing native sedges to infiltrate water into the soil, replenishing ground water supplies.