This project represents collaboration between Sasaki, RDG, and Applied Ecological Services. Our team brings together the best of internationally-recognized waterfront design expertise (Sasaki), exceptional regional design, planning, and outreach (RDG), and ecology-driven design and restoration (AES). Frequent collaborators—including the ongoing Des Moines regional sustainability plan called “The Tomorrow Plan”—Sasaki, RDG, and AES share a sustainability ethic, a respect for public engagement, a commitment to the richness and life of urban public parks, and a belief in design as a vehicle for positive social and environmental change.
|SASAKI is the prime consultant and lead design firm. Leading the process is Design Principal Gina Ford, whose work is nearly exclusively in the realm of the urban American floodplain, including waterfront parks in Chicago; Washington DC; Detroit; and Columbus, Ohio. Gina has extensive experience throughout the region, having led the Cedar Rapids Flood Recovery Planning and Implementation and the Council Bluffs Riverfront Park. Steve Hamwey is managing the effort. A civil engineer and Honorary ASLA member, Steve is responsible for managing many of Sasaki’s most significant, complex urban landscapes including the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Port of Los Angeles Waterfront, and the Chicago Riverwalk. Supporting the design team is Alexis Canter (project manager and landscape architect), Zach Chrisco (civil engineer), Kate Tooke (landscape architect), and Anna Scherling (website manager).|
|RDG is a multifaceted network of national design and planning professionals. Intentionally diverse in knowledge and experience, RDG is boundless in the pursuit of success for its clients. Leading the charge for RDG is Pat Boddy. Pat has long been an environmental advocate and orchestrator of public process and public improvements—most notably as Deputy and Interim Director of the Iowa DNR in Des Moines. She brings an unmatched depth of understanding of regional ecological, social, and technical issues. Scott Crawford and Mike Bell are landscape architects with RDG’s Parks and Recreation Studio. They bring an incredible array of park-related knowledge and a portfolio of regional park spaces. David Dahlquist is a public artist of international renown who leads RDG’s Art Studio and will provide concept design for the project’s iconic elements as well as input on an overall public art strategy for the park.|
|APPLIED ECOLOGICAL SERVICES is one of the leading ecological consulting firms in the world. Dedicated to bringing the science of ecology to land-use decisions, AES applies science to provide practical land-use solutions that strike the most favorable balance between cultural needs, cost efficiencies, and ecological sustainability. AES’s knowledge of ecological systems provides a solid foundation for creating balanced ecological designs and solutions that are sustainable, cost-effective, and enduring. Leading the AES team, Kim Chapman is an ecologist with nearly thirty years of experience in ecological restoration, land-use planning, and habitat management. He is supported on this competition by two senior scientists—Douglas Mensing, an environmental scientist, and Ed Kallas, a civil engineer.|