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Landscape architecture awards.

Columbarium Memorial Garden, First Presbyterian Church, Columbus

The Storrow Kinsella Partnership, Inc.

What passed for a courtyard surrounding the First Presbyterian Church in Columbus was in reality excess space that had deteriorated into a repository for air-conditioning compressors and utility cables. At the behest of the church's committee, the architects transformed half of this U-shaped area into a memorial garden that blended with the 100-year-old church's slate roof and weathered brick-and-limestone exterior.

To achieve the desired effect, they incorporated brick benches with wrought-iron fences, a limestone fountain and bluestone pavement. Japanese holly, English ivy and rhododendron form a perennial background anchored by a young hawthorn tree that ultimately will shade a seating area.

Principals in The Storrow Kinsella Partnership, Inc., of Columbus are Meg Storrow and John Kinsella. The partners have applied their talents to projects ranging from private gardens to public parks, industrial and corporate design and urban planning projects. Their expertise is relating the solution of a design problem to a particular setting, community or purpose, as they did in the instance of the First Presbyterian Church commission.

John Werner Residence, Bloomington

Charles Steele & Associates, Inc.

The charge given to the architects wasto design a brick patio, comprising a dining area for four and a water feature suitable for water lilies, that was consistent with the overall style of the John Werner residence in Bloomington. To this end, the firm chose rectilinear shapes to complement an existing porch. It then selected redwood benches and yew hedges to define the area and brick accented with green flagstone for the patio pavement. Cranberry cotoneasters and English ivy surround the lily pond, which is highlighted by a Japanese maple. A step above the patio is a dining deck with an evergreen backdrop.


Designers with Charles Steele & Associates, Inc., of Bloomington are specialists in "hard construction' of landscape elements such as patios, decks, fountains, gazebos and decorative-yet-functional retaining walls. By utilizing their specialty, along with their understanding and application of traditional landscaping techniques, they can create outdoor rooms that are an unusual blend of utility and beauty. They are committed to the design/build approach to construction because they feel it is both the most cost-effective and efficient way to meet high-quality standards in landscape architecture.

Kankakee River Master Plan

SEG Engineers & Consultants

After a century of flooding, the Kankakee River Basin Commission initiated a flood-control and master-planning project to correct drainage problems affecting six counties in northwest indiana.

This comprehensive undertaking, along a 60-mile stretch of the Kankakee River, improves flood protection to more than 30,000 acres. Completion of all phases of the project will take 40 years, according to Kevin Parsons, SEG's project manager for the master plan. Future plans include increasing wetlands, woodlands and wildlife habitats and expanding existing facilities to meet the region's growing recreational needs. Also proposed are biking and hiking trails atop the wide levees to link together the region's recreational areas.

SEG Engineers & Consultants, Inc., is an Indianapolis-based, multidiscipline consulting firm that offers civil and environmental engineering services. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources retained SEG to develop the Kankakee River Master Plan because of SEG's extensive experience in land planning and water-resources management as well as its expertise in recreational-facilities development and environmental concerns.

American General Finance, Entry Garden, Evansville

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, Inc.

After an expansion program tripled the size of American General Finance's Evansville headquarters building, the architects were hired to landscape the entry plaza and gardens. Design objectives were to create a pleasant vista from the building, a garage, a cafeteria and space for outdoor functions as well as to make a positive statement about the corporate image. The plaza's centerpiece is a fountain with a reflecting pool. The paved area is softened with flowering perennials, ground covers, shrubs and trees and its background is defined by evergreens and holly.

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, Inc., is a full-service architectural firm that is headquartered in Indianapolis. BDMD also has offices in Louisville, Ky.

What started in 1967 as a two-man office has now increased to a staff of 75 creative individuals who strive for logical design solutions based on a comprehensive and balanced team approach.

Franklin College Site Redevelopment

The Odle, McGuire & Shook Corporation

Two disastrous fires that destroyed a men's dormitory and the school's land-mark administration building prompted Franklin College officials and alumni to make a commitment not only to rebuild but also to develop a master plan for the entire campus. The master planners analyzed student circulation patterns, spatial relationships of campus elements and growth projections. The immediate rebuilding program spurred the construction of gathering places at the entrances to the damaged structures and an adjacent plaza with steps and staging areas. Designers used flowing curvilinear paved paths to tie the plaza and the green spaces together and to relieve the rigidity of the existing parallel concrete walks.

The Odle, McGuire & Shook Corporation is the result of a merger in 1989 between 74-year-old Indianapolis-based McGuire & Shook and the 22-year-old Odle Group of Bloomington. The new entity is a full-service architectural, engineering and interior design firm that has offices in Indianapolis and Bloomington.

Private Residence

Bush & Company, Inc.

The challenge to the landscapers was to site the house and to develop all outside amenities on a prized parcel of land along a natural stream that was wooded with sycamore and redbud trees. They positioned the appropriately grand tidewater colonial home to accommodate terraces, a swimming pool and spa and to allow for unrestricted views of the creek. A driveway with angled parking and a vista of the house was a major element in the landscape design. Another was an expansive lawn with gently rolling contours that was created from truck-loads of topsoil. Plantings were selected that would give the grounds of this country estate a well-manicured look.

Bush & Company, Inc., of Carmel performed all the hard-construction work on this property, including the pool, the driveway and grading as well as the planting. Bush is a full-service, 13-year-old design/build firm that specializes in landscape design on upscale residential projects.

Rose-Hulman Master Plan, Terre Haute

Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff

In 1988, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology began looking ahead to educating the "Renaissance person" in the 21 st century. Its first step was instituting a master plan for campus development that takes into consideration the physical environment and existing facilities. A coordinating committee consisting of Rose-Hulman faculty, students, staff and board members was heavily involved from the outset.

The final plan recommended making the main campus pedestrian-oriented, realigning the main entrance and drafting plans for a proposed student union building expansion, new residence hall, performing-arts center, chapel, athletic complex and research laboratory. The landscape architect was the primary contact between the consultant and Rose-Hulman.

Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff is an international firm that employs more than 2,200 architects, engineers, landscape architects and support personnel. It renders multidisciplinary services to a worldwide clientele through offices in all the principal U.S.cities. Consultants in the HNTB Indianapolis office prepared the RoseHulman Master Plan.
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Title Annotation:Indiana chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects award winners
Author:Hughes, Ann
Publication:Indiana Business Magazine
Date:Mar 1, 1990
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