Lewis and Clark Community College awarded an $850,000 Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant!

February 2015 ~ Godfrey, IL

Terra developed artful stormwater concepts and helped Gardens staff submit for this state-wide sustainability-minded grant. In September 2014, we learned that the Gardens would be awarded an $850,000 matching grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for the design and construction of a 200-space green parking lot and terraced rain garden land art exhibit, called Radiating Waves. During a recent visit to the campus, Terra presented Design Development drawings, and will be collaborating with Sheppard Morgan Schwaab Engineers, Randy Burkett Lighting Design, Inc. and BRiC, Inc. on the further development of the project.

Terra selected to prepare a Master Plan for the Arboretum at the University of Kentucky

January 2015 ~ Lexington, KY

In early 2014, the Executive Director of the Arboretum, Molly Davis, initiated the update to the master plan upon receipt of a lead gift for a new Education Center.  Since the 2002 master plan, the 100-acre Arboretum was officially named the site of the state botanical garden, presenting confusing branding messages.  The updated master plan will focus on visitor experience, wayfinding and garden design within a distinct garden zone which will be nestled within the mature tree collections, and seven re-created micro-ecosystems along the Walk Across Kentucky. In November 2014, Terra led the master plan charette with the stakeholders of the Arboretum, and we returned to present master plan options in January (and to enjoy the excitement of an undefeated Wildcats season). Go Cats!

Terra returns to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for the third time to design its 2015 Winter Show

January 2015 ~ Pittsburgh, PA

Rob Thompson led the design of the 2011 and 2014 Winter Shows for Phipps, and he is revving up to begin theme development of his third show.  Previous shows centered around The Nutcracker, partnering with the Pittsburgh Ballet Company, and the stanzas for the classic carol, Winter Wonderland.  The 2015 Winter Show will bring the lyrics of Deck the Halls to life through a rich tapestry of poinsettias, cyclamen, amaryllis, and of course, holly!

Kingwood Center awards Master Plan commission to Terra Design Studios!

September 2014 ~ Mansfield, OH

In September 2014, Kingwood Center selected Terra and their team members, Seckel Group, The Acorn Group and EMD Consulting Group, from a national pool of candidates to design their master plan. Terra’s team will prepare an interpretive prospectus, strategic vision, architectural evaluation, and a site plan that ties those components together. Kingwood Center will celebrate its 50-year anniversary as a public garden in 2016, and the master plan will define an initial capital improvements phase, likely a visitor center, to present to the public as part of this milestone celebration.