Firm News



Find out more about what's happening at
 Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group
 on our newspage. Here, you will  
learn more about our staff activities, current firm  events and news about our urban design and community planning studio assignments. 

For more information about any of
 these news items, please contact us:

Ron Taylor, FASLA, RLA
rtaylor@tswdesigngroup.com

Scott Siefker, FASLA, AICP
ssiefker@tswdesigngroup.com

Amy Williams, AICP
awilliams@tswdesigngroup.com

                   

 



Scott Siefker Elevated to ASLA Fellow
Scott L. Siefker was among 28 members that the American Society of Landscape Architects elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows during the 2016 ASLA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.  Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service.  Scott received his nomination from the Indiana Chapter of ASLA for Service.  Throughout his career, he has committed his time, talents, and energy to the betterment of the profession in Indiana and nationally.  He has served on numerous local and national ASLA committees and has assisted chapters regarding the development of administration and functional duties.  In addition, he has provided guidance on ASLA public relations and awareness campaigns and initiatives, including the National Landscape Architecture Month celebration.  Through this work, he has provided fundamental tools for chapters to utilize and has generated a broader public appreciation of landscape architecture. Congratulations Scott on this honor! 
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Ron Taylor, FASLA Appointed Chair of the Indy Greenways Development Committee

TSWDG Principal Ron Taylor has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Indy Greenways Development Committee.  The Indy Greenway Development Committee serves as an advisory group to the Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation to encourage use, preservation  and improvement of the Indianapolis greenways with regard to present and future operations, development, recreation and natural environment.  Ron's appointment to the committee is a four-year term. 
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Three Projects Win Award Recognition from the Indiana Chapter of ASLA
We are pleased to share that Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group received three awards from the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects at the 2016 INASLA Annual Meeting.  The INASLA Professional Awards recognize professional excellence and outstanding examples of landscape architecture that represent the forefront of the profession and embody high levels of creativity and imagination.  The projects include an Honor Award in Constructed Works for Big Four Station in Jeffersonville, Indiana; a Merit Award in Unbuilt Works for Market Street Park in Huntingburg, Indiana; and an Honor Award in the Planning and Analysis Category for the Indy Greenways Programming: Indy 2020 Plan Fellowship.  We are excited to have our work recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects, and are honored to work with these various client groups on innovative and progressive projects.  Congratulations to all!
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Henderson Vision & Comprehensive Plan Wins Award at 2016 APA-KY Conference
We are pleased to share that the City of Henderson, Kentucky and Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group have been awarded a Special Merit Award for Outstanding Comprehensive Plan for our recent work on the Henderson Vision Plan. The award was presented at the Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association's 2016 spring conference in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Congratulations to all who worked on the Vision Plan!
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On The Drawing Board: Comprehensive Plans, Park Projects & Site Design
A wide range of community development, infrastructure and long-range planning projects are in the works at the TSWDG studios.  The team is working on identifying community issues and drafting the plan components for the Charlestown Comprehensive Plan.  In addition, we are assisting the Town of Corydon with the creation of Bicentennial Park, which will be a legacy project for the community in their historic downtown.  Site design plans for the Thornton's Service Support Center are finalized, with a grand entry statement, employee terrace and connections to a regional trail all incorporated into the final campus site design.  Anticipated construction over the spring-fall of 2016 will bring this project to life!
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2016 ASLA Advocacy Day - Washington, D.C.
TSWDG Principal Scott Siefker was part of a group of landscape architects that took part in today’s Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. Members of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) from across the country spent the day talking with legislators about Designing Resilient Streets to Create a Transportation Network for the 21st Century and the National Park Service Centennial Challenge: Preserving America's Recreational Spaces. The Indiana Chapter’s delegation met with various Congressional House Representatives as well as with Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly (pictured).
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Haley R. James Named "Top 45" Most Influential Members of the Young Professionals Association
TSWDG’s Haley James has been identified as one of the top 45 most influential members of the Young Professionals Association of Louisville’s Insider 502 program. The Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) provides leadership development, educational opportunities, and philanthropic support to Louisville’s young professionals for the benefit of the local community. The mission of YPAL is to connect, engage, and develop Metro Louisville's young professionals through community, professional and social opportunities. The Insider502 ranking recognizes the best and brightest of emerging professionals in the region. She has also been named Professional Development Officer for YPAL.  Please join us in congratulating Haley on this impressive distinction!
You can check out more about YPAL and this honor by clicking here.

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Scott Siefker, ASLA, AICP Receives INASLA Claire Bennett Legacy Award
TSWDG Principal Scott Siefker, ASLA, AICP was honored by the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects with the Claire Bennett Legacy Award at their annual meeting in Indianapolis. The Claire Bennett Legacy Award recognizes individual achievement, service, and knowledge to the landscape architectural profession and the Indiana Chapter of ASLA. The award honors long-time Indiana Chapter member Claire Bennett, FASLA. Her legacy of service to the Indiana Chapter, as well as her leadership to ASLA on a national level, inspired the creation of this award named in her honor to recognize those members who embody those same ideals. The award recognizes long-term contributions to the profession and Society at both the state and national levels of the organization and is the highest distinction given by the Indiana Chapter.
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Bertha Ross Park Ribbon Cutting
TSWDG celebrated the completion of nearly $700,000 in improvements to Indy Parks Bertha Ross Park with a formal ribbon cutting and dedication of these improvements.  Park enhancements included a new spray ground, playground upgrades, and basketball courts.  TSWDG prepared the site concept and design for these park enhancments for the Indianapolis Parks Foundation.  Funding for these improvements were made possible through the Lilly Endowment, Indianapolis Power & Light Company, and the Indiana Pacers / Fever.
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Park, Connectivity & Trail Projects Move Forward
Projects that have recently made their way across our "drawing boards" include several community-based urban design studies.   Highlights of these exciting plans include the Market Street Park and 4th Street Heritage Trail projects in Huntingburg and the Geist Connectivity Plan in Fishers.  Both of the Huntingburg projects include innovative recommendations to enhance the urban environment in and around the downtown area, adding a new community park and renovating 4th Street to accommodate new public space and the Heritage Trail.  In Fishers, the first public meeting for the Geist Connectivity Plan provided input from local residents and decision makers regarding connectivity issues in this portion of southeast Hamilton County.  Keep watching for further updates on as these projects move forward!
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American Planning Association - Indiana Chapter 2015 Awards
Two projects completed by Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group received 2015 Planning Awards from the Indiana Chapter of the American Planning Association at their spring conference at Ball State University. The Richland Comprehensive Plan was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the Outstanding Plan category and the Indy Greenways Full Circle Master Plan was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the Outstanding Public Outreach category. We share our congratulations with these two great communities for their commitment to excellent planning!
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 Amy Williams receives Outstanding Alumni Award from Ball State University CAP
The Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning's (CAP) Alumni Society Governing Board presented Amy with their Award of Outstanding Achievement recognizing her outstanding work and career. The award  was given at the annual Alumni Recognition Dinner as part of CAP's 50th Anniversary celebration.   She also was a guest lecturer as part of the College's 50th Anniversary Symposium. Please join us in congratulating Amy!
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TSWDG Principals Featured Speakers at 2015 ASLA Conference
TSWDG principals Ron Taylor and Scott Siefker, along with Andre Denman from Indy Parks/DPW, will be presenting "The Indy Greenways Full Circle Plan- Indy's Next Big Thing" on November 6, kicking off the 2015 ASLA's national conference in Chicago.
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Big Four Station Awards
We're pleased to share that the Big Four Station, which has previously received the Community Achievement Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns and the Primary of Place Award from Ball State University, has been recognized with a Merit Award from the Kentucky Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Jury comments included: “As the first public space in Jeffersonville in over a hundred years, this is clearly a project with all eyes on it. This park delivered a new type of public open space seemingly located within a primarily residential neighborhood." Congratulations to the entre design team: Architect: TEG Architects LLC; Landscape Architect: Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group; Structural Engineer: TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc.; Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: CMTA Consulting Engineers; Aquatic Consultant: Aquatic & Recreation Design; General Contractor: Wycliffe Enterprises, Inc.
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TSWDG to be Featured Speakers at 2015 International Trails Symposium
We are pleased to share that TSWDG principals Ron Taylor, FASLA and Scott Siefker, AICP, ASLA will be among the featured speakers at the International Trails Symposium in Portland, Oregon. Ron and Scott will be joined by Andre Denman of Indy DPW/Parks to present “Indy’s New Full Circle Plan- Changing the Conversation about Greenways in Indianapolis.” Ron will also be presenting “The Louisville Loop: Public and Private Strategies for Long-Term Vision Implementation.” We are excited to be sharing our stories with an international audience. For more information, you can check out the symposium website here. 
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Indy Greenways Full Circle Plan receives INASLA Award
The Indy Greenways Full Circle Plan received a professional design award from the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (INASLA) at their annual meeting. The INASLA design awards program recognizes outstanding landscape architectural projects that raise standards of excellence, heighten public appreciation of quality landscape architecture, and expand public awareness of the profession and ASLA. Congratulations to all involved on this project!
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Huntingburg, Indiana selected as 2014 Stellar Designee
Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann formally announced the City of Huntingburg's designation as a Stellar Community at the 2014 Indiana State Fair.  After submitting a Letter of Interest on February 19, the city was informed March 19 that it was one of six finalists for the program.  "We are honored to be designated as a Stellar Community by the State of Indiana," says Mayor Denny Spinner.  "The plan we put together is something that will benefit Huntingburg for years to come.  We are grateful to those who specifically contributed, as well as the entire community, for all of their input and support during this process."  Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group assisted the city throughout the process, including preparation of the final Strategic Investment Plan.  The Stellar Communities Program is multi-agency partnership designed to fund comprehensive community development projects in Indiana's smaller communities.  The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indiana Office of Rural Affairs, and the Indiana Department of Transportation are all participants in the program.  Congratulations to Huntingburg on this great achievement!
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Ron Taylor, FASLA Selected as CityCorps Fellow
We are pleased to share that TSWDG Principal Ron Taylor, FASLA has been selected as one of ten CityCorps Fellows for Indianapolis’ 2020 Plan. Officials from Plan 2020 announced that “ten emerging leaders from Indianapolis and around the country have been selected to address some of the opportunities and challenges facing Marion County as part of Plan 2020’s CityCorps Fellowship Program." The CityCorps Fellowship program engages the best and brightest from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds to apply their talents to improving neighborhoods, increasing connectivity, advancing workforce development and promoting civic engagement in Marion County. The CityCorps Fellows will work with Plan 2020, the Bicentennial plan for Indianapolis, to infuse cutting edge thought leadership, research and data to advance the ideas and strategies being developed by Plan 2020.” Ron’s area of focus will be “Program Development for Broader Engagement with Indy Greenways” which will evaluate Indy Greenways through a “social programming” lens to find ways that the greenways can become more usable and applicable to a larger audience of residents.
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Bertha Ross Park Construction Underway
Construction is underway on the improvements to Bertha Ross Park in Indianapolis. The project is one of several park facilities that are receiving enhancements as part of the $10 million Lilly Endowment awarded to the Indianapolis Parks Foundation. Improvements at Bertha Ross will include an improved and upgraded playground, a new splash park, new basketball courts and new shelters. We are excited and honored to have been selected to partner with the Indianapolis Parks Foundation, Indy Parks and Shiel Sexton Company on this project and look forward to seeing the project completed.
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Indy Greenways Master Plan Exhibit at the Hall
Want a chance to view the Full Circle Plan and all of its routes? An exhibit of the plan is currently on display at the The Hall (the old City Hall building) at 202 N. Alabama Street in downtown Indianapolis. The exhibit explains the overall plan, the routes, and many of its components. If you get a chance, check it out!
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Engaging Communities through the Comprehensive Planning Process
We have been busy working on a variety of community development and comprehensive planning projects.  Some plans have been recently adopted, some are in the community visioning stage while others are in the plan elements and recommendations development phase.  To keep updated on all these community planning activities, be sure to check out our facebook page here for current posts on project status and how you can be involved in these planning efforts!
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IPL Mayor's Lunch for Parks
Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group is proud to continue and be a sponsor of the IPL Mayor's Lunch for Parks, a fundraising event that supports the Indianapolis Parks Foundation. For 14 years, this luncheon has raised funds to support capital investment in parks, preserve greenspace, leverage partnerships and provide quality programming for our community’s youth, families and seniors. We are committed to improving the quality of life in the communities where we live and we recognize that investing in our City’s parks makes Indy a better place for families, individuals and businesses to recreate and thrive. We are proud to support Indy Parks and the Indianapolis Parks Foundation. To learn more about the Indianapolis Parks Foundation or to make a contribution, please visit indyparksfoundation.org
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TSWDG Principal Ron L. Taylor elevated to ASLA Fellow
Ron L. Taylor was among 33 members that the American Society of Landscape Architects elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows during the 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.  Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge and service.  Ron received his nomination from the Indiana Chapter of ASLA for Service.  Throughout his career, he has committed his time, talents, and energy to the betterment of the profession in Indiana, the rejuvenation of the Indiana ASLA Chapter, the national ASLA constitution and bylaws, Ball State University's downtown Indianapolis design center and ASLA's Chapter Initiative's Program.  Through advocacy to the public and fellow professionals he fosters greater appreciation of landscape architecture and illustrates that one can work full time and still exert a profound impact on the profession and the landscapes we inhabit.  Congratulations Ron on this honor!
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Dewey Point to Become Gateway to Wabashiki
In collaboration with Wabash River Development and Beautification, Inc. (RiverSCAPE) and the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department, we have created a conceptual master plan for a signature trailhead and gateway to the 2,400 acre Wabashiki State Fish & Wildlife Area adjacent to the Wabash River in Terre Haute, IN. Plans include trailhead amenities, multi-use large pavilion, wetland overlook plaza, boardwalk and regional trail connections, as well as sustainable design concepts for capturing site runoff. The first phase of the project was completed and opened in 2016. Click on this link to read more about this exciting project from the Terre Haute Tribune Star.
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Paoli Comprehensive Plan 'Elevates the Potential!"
The Comprehensive Plan for Paoli, Indiana has officially begun! Initial outreach included visioning exercises with the project Advisory Committee to help determine the direction and the objectives of the planning process.  Key elements identified included transportation improvements, quality of life enhancements, housing, job creation and tourism.  The plan will help identify growth and development areas for the community.  To find out more about the planning effort, or submit your ideas, visit the project website here.
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Indy Greenways Full Circle Plan Recommendations
We have completed our second round of community meetings to unveil the plan recommendations for the Indy Greenways Full Circle Plan.  We are excited about the new vision for Indy Greenways and the positive responses we have received!  The plan identifies 122 miles of new trail development in Indianapolis, providing new connections to the city center as well as new east-west and north-south connections.  It's a bold vision for Indy Greenways that will have a lasting impact on the quality of life in the city.  Click here to visit project website to view the meeting materials or watch a video of the meeting presentation.
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Big Four Station Groundbreaking Celebration
The City of Jeffersonville recently broke ground on the construction of the first phase of the Big Four Station.  The new plaza will be the landing area for the ramp to the Big Four pedestrian bridge which connects Jeffersonville to Louisville across the Ohio River.  The plaza features gathering spaces, water features, playground, bike rentals, a new farmers market and other activities, and will serve as the gateway to the historic downtown from the bridge.  Check out the news story on the groundbreaking here or view the video animation of the proposed park and plaza design here.
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Ron Taylor Selected as ASLA Fellow
We are pleased to share the news that TSWDG Principal Ron L. Taylor, ASLA has been selected to be part of the 2013 Class of Fellows. The American Society of Landscape Architects will elevate 33 members to the ASLA Council of Fellows for 2013. Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the sustained contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge, and service. The 2013 class of new fellows will be recognized at the 2013 ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo, November 15-18 in Boston. Please join us in congratulating Ron on this achievement!
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Public Open House Generates Ideas for Ashland, KY Comprehensive Plan
We are excited about the many comments and ideas expressed during the open house and community listening sessions as part of our ongoing work on the Ashland Comprehensive Plan. The open house showcased ideas regarding future land use, economic development and downtown revitalization and spurred lots of input, one-on-one discussions and interactions with elected officials.  Thanks to all attended!
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"Connecting Kentuckiana
" wins Award of Excellence from KAGC
We are excited to share that we were part of a team that received the Award of Excellence - Public Information Campaign award from the Kentucky Association of Government Communicators (KAGC).  The award was presented to the Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA) for their work on "Connecting Kentuckiana Phase 1" with Williams Randall Marketing and Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group.  Congratulations to all involved!
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Indy Greenways Master Plan & Bike To Work Day!
Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group sponsored a "Rest Stop" during the 2013 National Bike to Work Day as part of their ongoing work on the Indianapolis Greenways Master Plan. The rest stop was at the historic Boulevard Station railroad depot along the Monon Trail.  This facility serves as the project office for the Indy Greenways Master Plan.  Thanks to everyone who stoped by during their evening commute. It was great seeing old and new friends alike and talking about the greenway planning process!
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ASLA Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.
As part of his role on the ASLA Board of Trustees, TSWDG's Scott Siefker was part of the American Society of Landscape Architect's (ASLA) national advocacy day in Washington, D.C.  Scott and members of the Indiana Delegation met with Indiana's representatives and senators to discuss issues including small business promotion, green infrastructure, complete streets and the Community Parks Revitalization Act.  As part of those meetings, they met with Indiana's freshman senator, Joe Donnelly (pictured above right).  The Advocacy Day meetings are part of ASLA's ongoing efforts to actively influence legislative efforts that affect local communities.

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TSWDG Project Featured in Parks and Recreation Magazine
One of our projects was featured in a recent issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine. Check out the full story about the Louisville Loop Wayfinding Project here: http://parksandrecreation.org/2013/February/Sign-and-Wayfinding-Project-Connects-the-Louisville-Community-with-Its-Public-Trails/ .

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Connecting Kentuckiana
receives APA-IN Award for Outstanding Marketing Project
We are excited to share that the “Connecting Kentuckiana” public engagement, outreach and marketing strategy prepared for the Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA) as part of KIPDA’S Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update received the 2013 Outstanding Marketing Project Award from the Indiana Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-IN). The project created a tailored marketing, public relations and public involvement program for the transportation plan update. Working with Williams Randall Marketing and Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group, KIPDA was able to communicate the purpose and issues regarding the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) update in a way that was easier to understand and that allowed participation in the process in new ways. Using strategies and tools that included a project website, informational video, printed materials, social media, paid advertisements and an extensive public engagement program, KIDPA’s efforts resulted in almost 7.5 million opportunities to raise awareness, engaging nearly 6,800 people and identifying of over 715 different transportation issues that this region needs to consider over the next 25 years. The award was presented at the 2013 Spring APA-IN Professional Development Conference held in Columbus, IN on March 15, 2013. Congratulations to all involved!
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2013 IPL Mayor's Lunch for Parks Sponsor
Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group is proud to sponsor the 2013 IPL Mayor's Lunch for Parks benefitting the Indianapolis Parks Foundation. Funds raised at the luncheon will be used to improve and build new parks in our city to enhance the recreational, educational and cultural life of the Indianapolis community. By supporting the work of the Indianapolis Parks Foundation, we recognize that land conservation and protecting green space helps build healthy communities and a stronger economy.
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City of Ashland, KY Prepares New Comprehensive Plan
We have initiated the process to complete the Ashland, Kentucky Comprehensive Plan. Located in eastern Kentucky, the community of 21,000 (285,600 MSA) is a historic industrial city nestled along the Ohio River. The new plan will help the City address major issues including the redevelopment of the downtown area, an economic development strategy, new transportation initiatives, and other evolving issues since the last plan was completed in 2003. We are excited to be working with the City Of Ashland’s Plan Commission on their new plan!
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Design Begins on Middletown-Eastwood Trail Segment
We have kicked-off the design of the two newest sections of the Louisville Loop!  Members of the design team and Louisville Metro Parks conducted a field visit of the Middletown-Eastwood (MET) Trail project in December.  The MET projects include a combined three-mile connection between the Parklands of Floyds Fork to Middletown on Louisville's far east side.  We are excited to be underway and looking forward to brining the next sections of the Louisville Loop to life!
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Indy Greenways Master Plan Facebook Page & Website 
We have launched a Facebook Page and Project Website for the Indy Greenways Master Plan. The project will use social media to help inform residents about the plan, seek input on plan components and generate new ideas and discussions concerning the development of Indianapolis trail and greenway system over the next ten years.  Check out the facebook page here and like us!  On the project website, a survey has been prepared to gather impressions and ideas for the greenway system.  Share your thoughts  and complete the survey here!
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Town of Borden to Complete New Comprehensive Plan
Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group has been selected for the Borden, Indiana Comprehensive Plan. The project will help the community create a roadmap for its future growth and development over the next twenty years. This plan will establish guidelines for the future growth of the community and is an important tool to address the constant change and evolution of the Town. The Borden Comprehensive Plan will address land use, transportation, housing, infrastructure, recreation, economic development, and quality of life.
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Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group selected for Indy Greenways Master Plan
Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group has been selected for the Indy Greenways 2012-2013 Master Plan. The plan will be Indy Parks’ first update in over 10 years. With its greenway system already nationally recognized, this plan will be the next generation of greenway planning. No longer needing to sell citizens on the importance of greenways and trails, this plan will seek to create an overall framework for the interface between many of the initiatives occurring in Indianapolis---transit, regional bike and pedestrian plan, the Indy on-street bicycle network and other ongoing projects within the City. The plan also has a significant economic component which will evaluate the economic impacts of the current system and set benchmarks for additional economic benefits from new trail development. Finally, the plan will include a focus on new route development in the underserved southern townships of Marion County. Initial work will begin in the fall of 2012 with several community involvement events happening later in the year. The plan will be complete by January 2014. Watch for more news about the project in the upcoming weeks.
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Big Four Station Design Underway
Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group is working with The Estopinal Group on the design of the Big Four Station - the landing plaza and civic park at the terminus of the Big Four Bridge in Jeffersonville, IN.  The landing will provide a central gathering space for the ramp leading to the Big Four Bridge, the former railroad bridge over the Ohio River which is being converted into a pedestrian and bicycle crossing.  The bridge will connect the 100-mile Louisville Loop on the Kentucky side of the river to the Ohio River Greenway and downtown Jeffersonville on the Indiana side.  The Big Four Station site design includes a central gathering space, comfort stations, bike rentals, playground, open lawn areas, water feature and a new community pavilion that serves as a multi-function space for performances, art fairs, local events and an extension of the local farmers market.  For more information and to view an animation of the project, visit the City of Jeffersonville website.
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Whitestown Downtown Revitalization Plan

Thanks to all who participated and provided ideas and input at our open house and public input sessions as part of Whitestown’s Downtown Revitalization Plan. We worked with GRW to create a new vision for the historic downtown area.  
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Public Meetings Underway for KIPDA's Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update 
Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group is part of a team that has been working with the Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA) to prepare a branding, marketing, and public engagement strategy for KIPDA’S Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update. The plan will identify and outline transportation initiatives throughout the five-county region surrounding Louisville. Along with our partners, Williams Randall Marketing, we have developed the overall strategies for engaging the greater region in this planning effort. The update will have a horizon year of 2040. KIPDA has begun their public outreach events. This is a great opportunity to help shape the future of transportation in the Louisville area.  For more information, visit http://www.connectingkentuckiana.com/.
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Presentations at State and National Conferences 
 

Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group presented at several state and national conferences in 2012, including: 
  • KENTUCKY CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION (Rough River Dam State Park, May 16-18, 2012) - Amy Williams and Ron Taylor were among the featured speakers at KAPA's Spring Conference.  On Thursday, May 17, Amy gave a presentation titled "Changing Demographics & Your Community," a session that covers changing demograhics from the 2010 Census and how it will impact planning.  On Friday, May 18, Ron was a part of a presentation titled "Creating Healthier Communities: How Louisville Leveraged Federal Health Dollars for Landscape Architecture and Planning Projects" which discussed Louisville's $7.9 million in CDC funding in 2009 that helped to fund three of Louisville Metro Parks planning initiatives.  For more information on the conference, visit the KAPA website here.
  • PRESERVING THE HISTORIC ROAD CONFERENCE (Indianapolis, IN, September 20-23, 2012) - Ron Taylor was among the featured speakers at the 2012 Preserving the Historic Road Conference in Indianapolis.  Ron participated in a panel on a presentation titled "Joy in the Journey: Revitalizing Louisville's Historic Olmsted Parkways."  For more information about this conference, visit their website here.
  • AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS ANNUAL MEETING (Phoenix, AZ, September 28-30, 2012) - Ron Taylor was a featured speaker at this year's national meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects in Phoenix.  Ron served on a panel to present "Creating Healthier Communities: How Louisville Leveraged Federal Health Dollars for Landscape Architecture Projects."  For more information about ASLA and the national meeting, visit their website here.

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Northwestern Parkway Livability Plan Released
Louisville Metro Parks has released the final report for the Northwestern Parkway Livability Plan.  The plan, funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, addresses critical issues facing residents along Northwestern Parkway in Louisville's Portland and Shawnee neighborhoods.  Northwestern Parkway is part of the designated detour for the Louisville loop and the plan includes proposed solutions for how pedestrians and bicycles are better integrated into the neighborhood.  The solutions include the use of cycletracks and buffered bike lanes, the first use of these bicycle applications in Louisville.  For more information on the Livability Plan, visit the Louisville Metro Parks website here.
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Loop Wayfinding Signage Dedicated
A press conference to officially dedicate the Louisville Loop Wayfinding signage was held on March 7, 2012.  The signage is part of Louisville's Putting Prevention to Work program, a large-scaled health initiative funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  The signage system includes directional signs, trailhead signs, mile markers, an interpretive signage program and other pedestrian enhancements that help to make the 100-mile Loop trail more usable and measurable.  The dedication was held at the new Big Four Bridge Trailhead in Waterfront Park.
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Historic Olmsted Parkways in the News...

Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group is part of a design team that is working to design contemporary bicycle and pedestrian facilities into the historic setting of the Olmsted Parkways in Louisville.  The principals at TSWDG led the master planning effort in 2008 that identified the means of incorporating new facilities into the historic fabric of the Parkways while adhering to the overall design intent and context of Olmsted's original design.  The design and implementation project is just getting underway, and the Louisville Courier Journal recently ran a story about this phase of work.  Read the full story here.
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Louisville Loop Wayfinding Master Plan Completed
The Louisville Loop Wayfinding Master Plan is complete and a fabrication / installation / construction bid was awarded in September 2011.  The construction bid includes the installation of signs along the existing 26 miles of the Loop and construction of six new trailheads.  The project is part of the $7.9 million CDC funding for Louisville's Putting Prevention to Work program and included the master planning and design of new directional signs, trailhead signs, interpretive signs, and other support signage along Louisville's expanding shared-use path system.  The project included an extensive public engagement process which directed the development of policies and guidelines used to design the signage components.  The master plan included locations for signs to be installed along all portions of the existing route, including both on and off-street bicycle facilities, detailed fabrication drawings and construction details for all of the associated construction.  Ron Taylor, ASLA, RLA was HNTB's project manager, and Amy Williams and Scott Siefker led the design team.  Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group joined the HNTB team, which also includes Environs, Inc. and Swope Design Group, to assist with the completion of the project.  Installation and construction will be complete in March 2012.  For more information, please visit the Louisville Loop website or Louisville Metro Parks.
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Northwestern Parkway Livability Plan
Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group recently completed a master plan for Northwestern Parkway, a historic Olmsted Parkway in Louisville, Kentucky.  The planning process was officially kicked off with a public working session with local residents and public officials on Saturday, October 15, 2011.  The plan seeks to identify improvements in the Portland and Shawnee neighborhoods in northwestern Louisville in association with this historic Olmsted Parkway.  The project is part of the $7.9 million CDC funding for Louisville’s Putting Prevention to Work program. The framework for the program is focused around three key objectives:  creating healthier neighborhoods, creating connections and interface with the Louisville Loop, and creating complete streets.  The plan will examine the policy and physical improvements for the neighborhoods and Northwestern Parkway and will result in  recommendations for those improvements.  The plan also seeks to define the on-street portion of the Louisville Loop, a designated high-water detour for the existing route, through the Portland and Shawnee neighborhoods.
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ASLA Annual Meeting in San Diego
Scott Siefker, ASLA, AICP currently serves on ASLA's Board of Trustees and represented the Indiana Chapter at the annual board meeting prior to the ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo in San Diego, California.  Highlights of the board meeting included Federal advocacy effort updates and a recap of the campaign “Landscape Architecture: Your Environment Designed” that is currently underway.  To learn more about the campaign, visit the website at http://www.asla.org/design/ or join the campaign on Facebook at The Understory. 
                                                                                                                                                                       
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Sponsor at APA-IN Fall Conference
Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group was a sponsor of the American Planning Association - Indiana Chapter's 2011 fall conference.  This year's conference was held October 20-21, 2011 at Brown County State Park in Nashville, Indiana. The conference theme, Fall Into Nashville: Going Local, focused on local issues in Indiana and how communities can address these issues through solid planning practices.         
                                                                                                                                                                  
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2011 Kentucky Real Estate & Land Use Conference
Ron L. Taylor, ASLA, RLA was among the featured presenters at Evolve: Realizing Potential, the 2011 Kentucky Real Estate and Land Use Conference & Symposium on October 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. He co-presented a presentation titled “Trails as Catalysts for Economic Development: The Economics of Trail Development on Commercial Real Estate” that provided an overview on how multi-use trails impact the business of a community. The presentation provided economic statistics on several case studies across the nation and illustrated the impact a trail can have on residential property values and business generation. The presentation also included an overview of the impacts of bicycle tourism and how communities are currently using trail design as an economic development tool. 
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APA-KY 2011 Fall Conference Recap 
The American Planning Association - Kentucky Chapter held their annual fall conference September 14-16 in downtown Covington, Kentucky. Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group was a sponsor of the conference which also featured several presentations by our principals including:

  • "Big Plans, Small Plans: Don't Let Them Sit on a Shelf!" - Scott Siefker, AICP, ASLA and Amy Williams, AICP facilitated how the planning process used in an effective plan can make the difference in terms of long-term success. From comprehensive plans to small area plans to neighborhood plans, the session focused on discussing key tools and effective techniques for consensus building, plan components, implementation and plan monitoring.
  • "Community Engagement and the Planning Process" - Amy Williams, AICP co-presented a presentation that focused on the critical elements and techniques of public participation.  Public participation was discussed from both the planner's perspective of engaging the public for a particular plan or project as well as from the citizen's perspective of becoming engaged in planning issues over a longer timeframe.  served on a panel that focused on the critical elements and techniques of public participation that planners utilize to engage the broader community and "Planners and Ethics" - Amy Williams, AICP co-facilitated an interactive discussion of ethical issues that planners face. A discussion of ethical standards AICP planners are expected to uphold and situations that explore how these standards are interpreted daily were facilitated in a series of role-playing exercises

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Ashland Park Section of Ohio River Greenway Completed
Construction is complete on the approximately one-mile section of the Ohio River Greenway in Clarksville, Indiana. The trail begins at Ashland Park and runs west to the Falls of the Ohio State Park. The new multi-use path also included design and construction of a new trailhead, scenic overlooks, multiple parking lots, reconfiguration of a parallel roadway and connections to facilities in Ashland Park and the State Park.  The trail includes lighting, limestone block retaining walls and new site furnishings.  Portions of Ashland Park were redesigned to accommodate the trail's inclusion into the park's facilities. Designed in 2010-2011, the project was constructed as part of an ARRA stimulus grant to fund the Greenway. A ribbon-cutting and community bike ride was held in May 2011. The Ohio River Greenway is a seven-mile trail and scenic roadway project that connects New Albany, Clarksville and Jeffersonville, Indiana on the northern banks of the Ohio River. Ron Taylor, ASLA, RLA was the project manager and Amy Williams, AICP was the deputy project manager for the HNTB/Stantec Joint Venture prior to founding Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group.