Tech Plaza Programming kicks off at Arkansas Tech

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Click the image above to learn more

This week we kicked off programming for the new Student Union + Recreation Center, and Tech Plaza at Arkansas Tech with a series of workshops where we listened and learned from students, educators, and staff about their ideas and vision for this transformational project with our friends SmithGroup and Miller Boskus Lack

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Ground Control selected to craft site design and nature play at IDEAS Children’s Center

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We are thrilled to announce our selection to collaborate with YK Development Group & Gray Organschi Architecture on IDEAS Children’s Center, a new immersive learning environment that places emphasis on engaging with nature.

Farmer’s Coop Adaptive Reuse Project moves forward in Fayetteville, AR

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Illustrative Plan

We are excited to announce that Farmer’s Coop Adaptive Reuse Project, a collaborations with Specialized Real Estate Group and Modus Studio, is pushing forward. Click the illustrative plan above to read more - stay tuned!

Planting continues at Whitemarsh Valley

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Areas that were planned, designed and planted this spring are coming to life at Whitemarsh Valley Golf and Country Club. During the Golf & Grounds Master Planning process, we identified a need for an improved sense of arrival and areas that could improve textural quality throughout the property. ‘No mow’ areas plantied with fine fescue and little bluestem reduce the need for irrigation and mowing while creating a breathtaking backdrop to the course throughout the year.

Steep lawns embankments and washed out cart paths at the Hole 10 Green were replaced with drifts of fine fescue that slow down rainwater and prevent erosion.

Steep lawns embankments and washed out cart paths at the Hole 10 Green were replaced with drifts of fine fescue that slow down rainwater and prevent erosion.

Entry plantings provide a sense of arrival and create seasonal interest, including a hedge of winterberry to brighten up the winter months. Native stone boulders harvested from the property provide a backdrop to the  planting and hold back grade. Lawn areas beyond will be transformed into meadows of fine fescue this fall.

Entry plantings provide a sense of arrival and create seasonal interest, including a hedge of winterberry to brighten up the winter months. Native stone boulders harvested from the property provide a backdrop to the planting and hold back grade. Lawn areas beyond will be transformed into meadows of fine fescue this fall.

Adding plantings beds to either side of the entry drive reinforces a sense of arrival and frame the view over the Hole 10 tees and beyond.

Adding plantings beds to either side of the entry drive reinforces a sense of arrival and frame the view over the Hole 10 tees and beyond.

Ground Control selected to join the Walton Family Foundation Design Excellence Program

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Click the image above to read more!

We are delighted to announce that Ground Control has been selected to join the Walton Family Foundation Design Excellence Program! We believe in the Foundation’s guiding principles: a commitment to strengthening public life; elevating standards of sustainability and resilience; celebrating local cultures and place; and building regional capacity. We look forward to continuing to create ecologically intelligent and socially purposeful spaces throughout Northwest Arkansas!

Ground Control is Hiring!

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We are actively seeking exceptional landscape designers, urban designers, and placemakers to join our young and thriving practice. We are interested in designers to engage with us on either part-time or full-time basis. We encourage all levels of experience to apply, but we are specifically looking for talented individuals that are able to bounce between conceptual design and documentation/construction oversight. The ability to draw well and agility in CAD/Rhino is preferred. Our current work varies in scale, typology and geographic location and the ability to travel will be needed. Collaborative spirit and LIFE/work balance are incredibly important to us. Because of our size, Ground Control offers a unique opportunity to engage in all facets of our exciting profession, including engaging with collaborators, architects and clients on a daily basis. We look forward to hearing from you!

Please send your resume, portfolio, and brief note to wbelcher@groundcontrol.design

Will Belcher presents FEASIBLE FUTURES at PA/DE Annual Meeting

Will Belcher, founding principal of GROUND CONTROL, will be speaking at the 2019 Pennsylvania/Delaware American Society of Landscape Architecture Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on April 13th. He and Yadan Luo will discuss how innovation and technology will transform existing modes of transportation and generate new ways of travel that will redefine the urban realm. Based on historical trends, the trajectory of technological innovation, and and accelerated transition to sustainable transport, places us at a transformation period in urban design and infrastructure.

Join Will on Friday November 16th at Virginia Tech for a discussion titled ‘In Search of a Sense of Place’

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Cummins Indy Distribution Headquarters featured on Arch Daily

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© Will Belcher

Cummins Indy Distribution Headquarters featured on Arch Daily. Click here to view the article.

Will was the lead designer and project manager for Cummins while at Land Collective

National Desert Storm Memorial awarded site on National Mall 

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Click on the image to take you to the article at The Washington Post - © OLIN

The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts recently gave site selection approval for the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial in Washington D.C.. The site is located between the Lincoln Memorial and the Institute of Peace, adjacent to the future location of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Center.

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OLIN integrated the memorial into the site, including a future Army Corp of Engineers levee that will reduce flooding in this area of the mall. The memorial is well integrated into cultural landscape of the National Mall allowing for informal recreation to take place on site while preserving long views. The design fosters strong connections to other memorials on the Mall and strengthens the procession of culturally significant spaces along Constitution Avenue towards the Potomac River.

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Alderman Library Renovation moves forward at the University of Virginia

Plans for the Alderman Library developed by HBRA Architects and OLIN were presented to the UVA Board of Visitors last week.  The design transforms a sunken windowless 1960's addition into a welcoming new entrance to the Library and a new gateway to the University along University Avenue. Click the here information for more information.

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Pennovation wins AIA PHL Merit Award

Pennovation Center has recently been awarded an Merit Award by AIA Philadelphia - click the image above for the full list of winners. Congratilations to  HWKN  and  KSS  Architects  Will was the Lead Designer and Project Manager for Pennovation while at Land Collective

Pennovation Center has recently been awarded an Merit Award by AIA Philadelphia - click the image above for the full list of winners. Congratilations to HWKN and KSS Architects

Will was the Lead Designer and Project Manager for Pennovation while at Land Collective

University of Arkansas Residences to be Built out of Wood

The Stadium Drive Residential Hall Community was recently featured on Arkansas Online. Click the image above to read more about the integration of Advanced Timber Techonology into the project.

The Stadium Drive Residential Hall Community transforms what was a 5-acre parking lot into a vibrant new residence and outdoor living space for students and visitors to enjoy. The University of Arkansas selected OLIN, in collaboration with Leers Weinzapfel, Mackey Mitchell & Modus Studio, to transform this new part of the campus into a destination for student residential life. The site design integrates the new residential dorms into steep terrain while untangling access to a series of disconnected buildings, service areas, and the arena. The project utilizes the natural topography of the site to separate service areas from pedestrian gathering spaces which allows mechanical and utilities to be hidden out of view. The design provides a cohesive landscape typology that links the dorms to the central campus and emulates the landscape ecology of the native Ozark Plateau of Northwest Arkansas.

The site design intricately weaves sinuous pathways between existing stands of mature oak trees to provide much needed shade for the new residents to enjoy warmer months outdoors. Undulating landforms, rock outcroppings and drifts of native planting extend the vernacular of the Oak Ridge Trail down into the project area, creating comfortable places for people. Stormwater infiltration is carefully integrated into the grading and captures runoff from paved areas and buildings.

The design for new residential community provides a cascading series of outdoor spaces that provide students and visitors with different opportunities to engage and gather.  Stepped seating areas allow for community events in the Central Plaza while more intimate spaces encourage thoughtful study outdoors. The site design incorporates outdoor WiFi and strategically placed power sources for convenient studying opportunities.

Will is the Lead Designer and Project Manager for the Stadium Drive Residence Halls at OLIN.

Client | The University of Arkansas

Design Architect | Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Interior Architect I Mackey Mitchell Associates

Architect of Record | MODUS Studio

Landscape Architecture & Urban Design | OLIN

Civil Engineering | DCI

Lighting Design | Randy Burkett

Green Roof Consultant | OMNI Ecosystems

 

Cummins Distribution HQ wins Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Monumental Award

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Will was the Lead Designer and Project Manager for Cummins Global Distribution Headquarters while at Land Collective

Cummins Global Distribution Headquarters featured on Dezeen

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Will was the Lead Designer and Project Manager for Cummins Global Distribution Headquarters while at Land Collective