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March 2017  

Register Today for the 2017 OCASLA Annual Meeting + EXPO

Join the Ohio Chapter of ASLA on Friday, May 19th at COSI for one of the biggest Chapter gatherings of the year. 

This year's meeting offers 4 Sessions that are worth 6 LACES CEUs (4.5 HSW and 1.5 Non-HSW). Our Vendor EXPO will be available to all registrants throughout the day, so come see what new products they are offering for 2017!

Click here to register!

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2017 Anova Grant for ASLA Emerging Professionals

$2,000 Grant Opportunity for Emerging Landscape Architects.

From 4/1/2017 through 4/30/2017, upcoming Landscape Architects can compete in ANOVA’s 2nd Annual Grant Competition for the opportunity to attend the 2017 ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Meeting in Los Angeles. Twenty-one winners will each be awarded $2,000 to help cover attendance, as well as receive national recognition.

How to win? Answer this question: Global climate change is impacting local conditions everywhere – how should Landscape Architects respond? Share your idea and submit a sketch for your chance to win. See full entry information at: http://www.anovafurnishings.com/2017LAGrant.

The grant is designated to accelerate individuals’ careers in Landscape Architecture and was created and funded by ANOVA, a leading manufacturer of outdoor furniture. Eric Gilbert, CEO of ANOVA, believes that education and sharing ideas drives personal growth, and attending the ASLA Annual Meeting will provide an exceptional opportunity for engagement, learning and networking.

Click HERE to download flyer.

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LAF New Landscape Declaration

LAF Issues Call to Action for Landscape Architecture

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) has released the New Landscape Declaration, a bold vision and 21st century call to action for landscape architecture. The Declaration is the synthesis of the ideas from LAF’s historic Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future, which brought 700 landscape architects to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia last June. LAF is now encouraging landscape architects across the globe to sign on to this ambitious vision, discuss, share, and work to turn the ideas into concrete actions.

To read the New Landscape Declaration and join the growing list of signatories, visit: www.lafoundation.org/declaration

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OCASLA Awards Winner Spotlight: Columbus Commons and Lincoln Hill Gardens

Columbus Commons
Columbus, Ohio

Design: Constructed - Merit Award

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Columbus Commons is a shining example of the potential of public/private partnerships, aggressive programming, adaptive re-use, and flexible design.  It includes a green roof lawn for 10,000 people, half an acre of gardens, a grove of 26 native oaks, two restaurants, and a world-class concert pavilion.  Built upon the parking garage and floor of the obsolete City Center Mall, the park has successfully hosted over 1200 events and 1,500,000 visitors in only 5 years.

         

Read the full description and view all the images for Columbus Commons in the 2016 OCASLA Awards Booklet.


Lincoln Hill Gardens
Dayton, Ohio

Design: Not Constructed - Merit Award

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Lincoln Hill Gardens is the culmination of three years of visioning, planning, community input, and design with the intent to curb hunger in East Dayton through a sustainable, productive urban agriculture and community-oriented public space.  The vision plan utilizes a long-term phasing strategy to implement an urban farm, educational kitchen, natural playscapes, restoration of natural features, and a community green that celebrates the character and embraces the challenges of the Twin Towers Neighborhood.

         

Read the full description and view all the images for Lincoln Hill Gardens in the 2016 OCASLA Awards Booklet.

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Welcome New OCASLA Members!

Welcome to new members Chad Flowers and Timothy Rosenthal! Make sure you say hello to them at your next meeting!

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ASLA National: Update

ASLA National News: March 22, 2017

Click HERE to download the latest news from ASLA National.

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Jobs

OCASLA will update monthly any new job postings throughout the state of Ohio.

Please click here to current postings.

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Classified Ads

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Rachel Robinson Design Landscape Architecture is a small firm committed to strong design impacting meaningful change.  We strive to enrich the lives of others while improving the environment. We design an array of interesting projects working collaboratively with other professionals and contractors to meet the objectives of every client.  Our design work is varied, interesting, challenging and provides opportunity to learn and make a difference daily.  The firm is located in Mt. Adams, one mile from downtown Cincinnati and a half mile from Eden Park.

Main Responsibilities include:

 Assist in all phases of design including drawing production work, site analysis, conceptual to master planning, cost Estimating, design development, construction documents, bidding and site observation.

Qualifications:

  •        Proficiency in AutoCad, Adobe Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), Microsoft Office
  •        Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture or related design field. 
  •        One to two years of experience in Landscape Architecture, preferred
  •        Strong communication and teamwork skills with an open, friendly demeanor
  •        Excellent attention to detail, time management, prioritization, organizational skills
  •        Experience working independently
  •        Ability to work remotely

 

The position is 30-35 hours week, Monday-Friday.  No travel required.  To learn more about Rachel Robinson Design, please visit our website http://rrdla.com.  Qualified candidates, please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to zandwalt@gmail.com.  Competitive compensation.

 

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Position Title: Park Planner
First Line Report: Planning Manager
Second Line Report: Director of Planning & Operations
Supervises: None
Employee Status: Full-Time, Exempt


Summary: The Park Planner assists the Planning & Operations Department in the identification and implementation of the long term Strategic Plan and subsequent Annual Plan of Operations for the department.  Primary duties include providing individual project assistance in all phases of the design process for multiple projects along with other various duties to be assigned as determined by the Planning Manager. This position is suitable for transitional duty.
 
Primary Responsibilities                                           
Assists the Department in the development and implementation of the Annual Plan of Operations (APO).......................................50%
  •  Performs tasks associated with individual project development including but not limited to; site analysis, conceptual design, grant writing, master planning, design development, cost estimating, construction document preparation, public bidding, construction administration and field representation
  • Administers outside contracts for all phases of the project design process including but not limited to; professional surveying, geotechnical investigations, wetland delineations, project design and construction document preparations, construction administration and field representation
  • Develops and maintains a data base of MCMP properties, facilities, infrastructure and natural resources.
  • Prepares estimates for the Department budget
  • Coordinates Department reviews of proposed projects to gain and sustain organizational consensus
Assists the Department in preparing planning documents, presentations, permitting and standards..............................................40%
  • Prepares presentation level graphic plans and supporting documentation utilizing ArcView GIS, AutoCAD, Google Sketch Up, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Programs and all other programs as necessary
  • Develops and maintains departmental operating standards for graphic development programs including AutoCAD and ArcView GIS
  • May prepare and deliver presentations to the Board of Park Commissioners, public groups, civic organizations, the general public and MCMP staff
  • Coordinates and prepares required permits and regulatory agency reviews including but not limited to; MSWCD, OEPA, USACE, Board of Health and other regulatory agencies
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Assists the Department with the development and implementation of natural resource management duties........................................10%
  • Participates in the management of and field related activities associated with the protection, conservation and preservation of existing MCMP natural resources and sustainable biodiversity, including but not limited to habitat, wetland & stream restoration projects, invasive species control and wildlife management and ecological biodiversity
  • Participates in the field inventory and analysis associated with potential land acquisition activities
Essential Knowledge, Abilities and Skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate in verbal, print and electronic formats with peers, MCMP staff, consultants and the general public
  • Must be highly skilled in the realm of public speaking, presentations and interaction
  • Ability to work with various disciplines and departments in a collaborative manner towards a common goal
  • Must be able to maintain a continuous positive attitude and professional appearance at all times
  • Must be highly organized, efficient and be able to handle multiple, complex tasks concurrently
  • Must possess proficient knowledge and technological skills needed to carry out the duties of the position including but not limited to proficiency in the current version of GPS Systems, ArcView GIS, AutoCAD, Google Sketch Up, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and future programs as developed and acquired
  • Knowledge of industry trends and techniques pertaining to the fields of Landscape Architecture, Park Planning and Natural Resources
Education/Qualifications
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture, Planning or Civil Engineering related fields from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of zero to three (0-3) years professional experience
  • Must possess and be able to maintain a valid Ohio Driver's License
Physical Requirements Necessary to Perform Job Functions
  • Ability to walk, traverse or otherwise access all MetroParks properties, under all types of conditions and weather
  • Ability to stand, sit, bend or stoop for extended periods of time
  • Ability to see and hear clearly
  • Hand and finger dexterity, ability to use computer keyboard and writing utencils
  • Ability to effectively communicate oral presentations
  • Able to travel by car, bus, train, or plane, etc.
  • Ability to lift 50+ pounds
Job Requirement
The positon is required to be available as the situation warrants.  Events may require working evenings, weekends, holidays or other times outside of what is considered a normal schedule.  Typical periods of work may exceed 40 hours per week.
The duties and responsibilities listed are not set forth for the purpose of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee's normal line of work.  Mill Creek MetroParks expressly reserves the right to add to, detract from, modify or eliminate any of the above provisions in its sole discretion.

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