April 2017  

Happy Landscape Architecture Month!

This month OCASLA is celebrating Landscape Architecture Month through unique events and social media:

  • Each day in April the OCASLA Instagram page is posting photos of landscapes and parks across Ohio, check it out HERE (can also be found on OCASLA Facebook page). 
  • The 2016 OCASLA Award Winners are currently being displayed in Columbus at the Center for Architecture and Design, and are also being featured in the April edition of Ohio Magazine.
  • The OCASLA Miami Section held an irrigation design workshop this month.
  • The OCASLA Buckeye Section participated in the Grange Audubon Center Earth Day clean up.
  • On April 29th the OCASLA Western Reserve Section will hold a tour at Belden Brick Company Plant #4

For more information and to see photos from these events please visit

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2017 OCASLA Annual Meeting + EXPO - Speaker Highlight: Forbes Lipschitz

2017 Ohio Chapter ASLA Annual Meeting + EXPO
Speaker Highlight: Forbes Lipschitz

Educational Session #2

Speaker | Forbes Lipschitz, Assistant Professor - Landscape Architecture Section, Knowlton School, The Ohio State University

Forbes' Bio: Forbes Lipschitz is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. She teaches both studio and seminar courses in landscape planning, geographic information systems, and representation. As a faculty affiliate with the Initiative for Food and Agricultural Transformation, her current research explores the role of geospatial analysis and representation in rethinking North American agricultural territories. She received her Master in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a BA in environmental aesthetics from Pomona College in Claremont, California.

The OCASLA Annual Meeting is May 19th at COSI. Click HERE to register for the Annual Meeting.


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OCASLA Members Featured in The Dirt

Jerry Smith, FASLA of  SMITH | GreenHealth Consulting and Yumin Li, ASLA of POD Design have been working together on an American-style senior living development in China. Read about their exciting new project in The Dirt.

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OCASLA Awards Winner Spotlight: Cincinnati Connects Plan & Lakewood Park Solstice Steps

Cincinnati Connects Plan
Cincinnati, Ohio

Planning + Analysis - Honor Award

Human Nature, Inc.

The Cincinnati Connects plan is a collaboration between Groundwork Cincinnati-Mill Creek, Cincinnati Department of Transportation, AECOM and stakeholders from across Cincinnati to develop a bold vision for a healthy, vibrant, and revitalized city that offers enhanced mobility and connectivity for all of its citizens through a robust active transportation network.


Read the full description and view all the images for the Cincinnati Connects Plan in the 2016 OCASLA Awards Booklet.

Lakewood Park Solstice Steps
Lakewood, Ohio

Design: Constructed - Merit Award

Environmental Design Group

From a landfill to beautiful lake views, the Solstice Steps at Lakewood Park created one the most regionally significant places for public lakefront access on Lake Erie’s coastline. It not only provides the privilege of lakefront views, but encourages residents and visitors to use the steps creatively. Its design orients visitors to enjoy the Lake, and has been a catalyst of newfound appreciation for the City’s surrounding natural resources and community investment. 


Read the full description and view all the images for the Lakewood Park Solstice Steps in the 2016 OCASLA Awards Booklet.

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Welcome New OCASLA Members!

Welcome to new members Jeremy Hinte and Frieda Boland! Make sure you say hello to them at your next meeting!

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ASLA National: Update

ASLA National News: April 5, 2017

Click HERE to download the latest news from ASLA National.

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"The Science of Scenery" by Dr. Andrew Lothian

The Science of Scenery by Dr. Andrew Lothian provides a rigorous examination of how we view scenic beauty, why we like it, and how it may be measured and mapped. This book may appeal to and provide a valuable resource to landscape architects, planners, psychologists, geologists and environmentalists. It is available on, for more information download the Book Flyer.

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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


Commercial Design Consultant - Cleveland, OH

Unilock, the leading manufacturer of concrete paving stones and retaining walls, has an immediate opening for a Commercial Sales Representative in our Cleveland, Ohio area. The primary role will be to secure Unilock product specifications for commercial, industrial and municipal projects.


Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Consult with engineering, architectural, and landscape architectural professionals in both the private and public sector to develop Unilock specifications
  • Organize and execute Unilock presentations to design professionals and owners
  • Assist the designers/project management team to generate their specification documents and technical drawings
  • Advise design professionals in the proper selection and specification of products
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  • Candidate must reside in the Cleveland area
  • 3-5 years successful sales experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred
  • Knowledge of the commercial specification and construction process.
  • A hunter who seeks new opportunities
  • Innovative thinker with excellent organizational skills and business acumen
  • High sense of urgency and goal driven with a need to win attitude
  • Commitment to providing excellent client service
  • Exceptional oral, written, and computer skills
  • Sound problem solving skills to effectively handle customer objections and questions
  • Comfortable with public speaking.


Our organization offers an excellent career opportunity with competitive salary, incentives, vehicle, profit sharing, 401K and comprehensive benefit package.


Join the industry leader and become part of an organization with a fast paced work environment, commitment to growth and helping our employees succeed in their careers and realize their ambitions.


Please visit us at for more information regarding our organization.


Applicants should forward resume to:



Job Description 

Project Manager - (10680)





Manages and/or assists in the planning, design, and construction of stormwater capital improvement projects to meet the organization’s needs on time and within budget while improving effectiveness. The Project Manager is responsible for managing projects under the Stormwater Construction Plan, and is functionally responsible for the people related to each project from within the department and cross functions throughout the District. Performs other duties of a similar nature as may be required.




- Develops and manages the scope of each assigned project. Critically examines, assesses, and evaluates data, current procedures, processes, and alternatives to improve environmental impact and costs. Makes recommendations for courses of action that further District goals to include scope, required resources, and outcomes.

- Manages and/or assists in the planning, design, and construction of stormwater construction projects by coordinating resources and cross functional teams, including outside consultants to meet objectives. Ensures work is carried out per project plan on time and within the specified budget. Plans short-term objectives, budgets, and schedules for each project.

- Manages procurement and administration of outside professional consultants, including developing consultant short lists and Request For Proposals (RFPs). Reviews consultant proposals and recommends award of consultant contracts.

- Analyzes data and processes to maintain the time line and integrity/quality assurance of current projects. Utilizes problem analysis and problem-solving skills, evaluating all feasible alternatives. Recommends best solutions and courses of action to meet current project objectives and to identify potential new projects.

- Identifies problems, researches possible solutions, analyzes, and critically examines the data researched, evaluates all possible alternatives, and recommends one or more solutions. Presents solutions for discussion to obtain agreement on a preferred solution.

- Builds and maintains strong public relations by encouraging support and participation in District related activities that align with community environmental goals.

- Prepares agendas and conducts meetings within the project groups and status meetings.

-May act as a mentor to Engineers and Technicians.

-Performs other duties of a similar nature as may be required.






- Candidate must possess Bachelor degree, preferably in Engineering, Construction Management, or closely related field.



- Four (4) years of project management and stormwater experience is required. Industry experience in stormwater is required. Experience must include the use of project management tools, managing more than one small- to medium-project at a time, and proven success in completing projects on time and on budget with documented results. Experience within a comparable organization or a consulting firm is a plus.

- Experience must include one (1) year of supervising, managing, and/or leading people, projects, and/or processes with proven successful results.





- Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license with a driving record in accordance with the District’s acceptable guidelines.

- Current State of Ohio Professional Engineer’s (PE) License is preferred



- Candidate must possess knowledge in Engineering principles, practices, concepts, methodology, planning, design techniques, and project planning tools/software. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint is preferred, as well as familiarity with project tools, such as MS Project or Primavera.

- Candidate must possess strong project management, leadership, and motivation skills; team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills; strong analytical skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail; written, verbal, and presentation skills. Must be able to make recommendations and gain input and agreement within the organization; and effectively manage multiple tasks and assignments in a fast-paced work environment.

- Candidate must possess the ability to be reliable and punctual in reporting to work as scheduled.



- MENTAL: Candidate must frequently compare, compute, compile, analyze, synthesize, and communicate information; must instruct, communicate, and negotiate with others while exhibiting strong interpersonal skills.

- PHYSICAL: Candidate must possess the mobility to operate computers and office equipment, which may require repetitive arm and hand movements. The employee frequently sits and occasionally stands and walks.

- VISUAL: Candidate must possess near acuity (i.e., clarity of vision at 20 inches or less) to read printed material or material on a computer screen.

- NOISE: Candidate will typically work in a quiet environment, but at times may be exposed to loud noise.

- ENVIRONMENT: Candidate may be exposed to extreme weather, atmospheric conditions, wet and/or humid environments, and hazards up to 30% of a typical work day. Candidate must wear eye and ear protection and breathing apparatuses in the plant and/or field.

- RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: Candidate must possess the ability to wear required respiratory protection devices in accordance with the Sewer District Policy, including not having facial hair that interferes with the face piece-to-face seal.


DISCLAIMER: The information outlined in this job description indicates the general nature and type of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not intended to provide a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities or competencies required of employees within this classification.


NEORSD, an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, recognizing the full range of human differences and similarities. Through our unwavering efforts to leverage the potential of our diversity, we continually strive to build and foster an environment that respects each individual. We encourage and promote innovation, and provide opportunities for all employees to interact, communicate, and realize the full potential of their talents. 


Our Employee Benefits & Wellness Programs

We offer a comprehensive employee benefits package including: Health Insurance Coverage, Various Retirement Planning Options (Ohio Public Employee Retirement System and Deferred Compensation Plans), Group and Voluntary Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program, Tuition Assistance Program, Free Parking at our facilities, Corporate Discounts, and More!  We also have a very active Health & Wellness Program that promotes a life/work balance. 

Primary Location: Administration Euclid Ave

Work Locations: Administration Euclid Ave    

Job: Administrative

Organization: District Admin

Schedule: Full-timeMinimum Salary: $67,241Maximum Salary: $84, 051

Job Posting: 09/06/2017, 11:40:39 AM

Closing Date (Period for Applying) - External: Ongoing


Position Title: Park Planner

Full -Time (40 Hours per Week)


At-Will Employment 

Number of Openings: One (1)

Division/Department: Planning & Operations

Qualifications: (see below)

Salary: $20.16 - $23.85 Hourly
$41,932.80 - $49,608.00 Salary

Posting Dates: August 11, 2017 until position is filled

Resume, Letter of Interest and Application to:

Attention: Human Resources
Re: Park Planner Position
9160 Robinson Road
Chardon, OH 44024-9148

P: 440.286.9516

F: 440.286.1285

Apply Online At:



Geauga Park District Invites applications for the position of:

Position Title: Park Planner (40 hours per week)

Salary: $20.16 - $23.85 Hourly
$41,932.80 - $49,608.00 Salary

Posting Dates: August 11, 2017, until position is filled

Position Description:
Prepares park, facility, and trail plans, designs, and construction documents. Manages consultants in the planning and engineering of parks, facilities, and trails. Manages and administers minor construction projects and contracts.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must perform essential duties to expected performance standards. Reasonable accommodations are made as required for persons with disabilities as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

- Plans and designs construction and renovation projects. Assists in the preparation of long- range development plans and park master plans; prepares specific site plans and detailed designs; prepares construction documents for park renovations and improvements.

- Working with the Director of Planning & Operations, develops request for qualifications, evaluates statements of qualifications submitted by consultants.

- Manage planning and design project prepared by engineering and architectural consultants; oversees the contract; ensures project goals are met; communicates with internal and external stakeholders; review and approve invoices.

- Develop plans, designs, and specifications that enhance various natural habitats and systems that are environmentally sensitive and sustainable and are compatible with Park’s Natural Resource Management Plans.

- Prepare bid and proposal documents, manage bidding process, evaluate bids and proposals, prepare contracts for assigned construction projects.

- Administer assigned construction projects by executing contract documents, approving payment applications, preparing change orders, and verifying compliance with regulatory requirements. 

- Manages contractor performance by monitoring adherence to plans and specifications, quality control, budget adherence, and schedule performance

- Responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of comprehensive plans, strategic plans, along with all phases of individual project development including but not limited to conceptual design, master planning, design development, cost estimating, construction document preparation, public bidding, construction administration, and field representation.

- Assist in the administration of grants.

- Prepares presentation level graphic plans, maps and supporting documentation utilizing ArcView GIS, AutoCAD, Google Sketch Up, Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office Programs.

- May prepare and deliver presentations to the Board of Park Commissioners and public groups, such as civic organizations, boards, user groups, the general public and Park District staff.

- Assists in the coordination and acquisition of all required permits and regulatory agency reviews including but not limited to GSWCD, OEPA, USACE, and other regulatory agency reviews.

- Assists in the preparation of estimates of probable construction costs for planned/ future construction projects.

- Assists in the research, identification, composition, preparation and submission of grants.

Minimum Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. A combination of appropriate education, training, course work and experience may qualify an applicant to demonstrate required knowledge, skills, and abilities. An example of an acceptable qualification is:

- Bachelors of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture, Planning, or Civil Engineering related fields with a minimum of one to five (1-5) years of related experience.

- Professional registration and/or state licensure as a landscape architect, planner or civil engineer is preferred but not required.

Additional Information:

Geauga Park District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Service Provider
Division: Planning & Operations
Department: Planning & Natural Resource Management

Reply in writing to:

Attention: Human Resources
Re: Park Planner Position
9160 Robinson Road
Chardon, OH 44024-9148

Apply online at:
FAX: (440) 286-1285

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