On a daily basis, Grant Writer + Water Quality Specialist Staci Williams mixes outdoor recreational activities with land conservation to connect communities with the environment around them. From paddling down the Waccamaw River in South Carolina to running races with her nephew, Staci’s passion for nature shines through in her work with water quality at ISG. Let’s meet Staci!
Landscape architects at ISG don’t only strengthen communities through their work on projects though; they consistently contribute to ISG’s strengths-based culture, making the ISG offices a fun and productive place to be. From mapping out building sites to drawing a portrait of his daughter, ISG Landscape Architect Aaron Thacker uses his artistic mind and ingenuity every step of the way. Let’s get to know Aaron.
In honor of National Outdoors Day, we’re powering up the adventure with some added excitement and horsepower, focusing on the ever popular all-terrain vehicle (ATV), off-highway vehicle (OHV), and snowmobile trails and amenities.
Geographic information system (GIS) technology is much more than just cool maps, and Eric Ertl, ISG GIS Project Manager, is a leader in the industry integrating custom software and solutions in just about every market - all while being outnumbered by females at home and juggling the joys of fatherhood. Let's get to know Eric and all things GIS.
To help capture the essence of a client’s vision in an easy to grasp format, graphic renderings, video animation, plan production, and 3D modeling can make a huge impact and connect clients to their dreams and goals, making what was once a thought or sketch turn into reality. We recently sat down with Michael Blank, ISG Design Visualization Specialist, to talk more about the craft that helps promote community engagement, build consensus, and earn project support.
The goal, for any community, is to sustain a high quality of life by creating spaces of cultural, recreational, and economic significance - an effort urban planning and design professionals have recently termed termed “placemaking.” This community and engagement driven approach incorporates the 3-step placemaking planning process to follow and can help make such City efforts successful.
World Landscape Architecture Month may be coming to a close, but the long-lasting impact landscape architects make on our everyday lives, both professionally and personally, deserves to be celebrated year-round.
As society justifiably becomes more concerned with the state of our climate, green building will (and should) continue to lead the way, and the systems and methods used will become increasingly advanced. In the meantime, Austin, Minnesota will kick off Earth Day 2017 with a Center that is a model of sustainability and one of the greatest local connections to Mother Nature.