A landscape review will begin with a brief narrative of the project, in order to help both you and us reference the plans. A typical written review will include a concise, bulleted list of items that may become issues for your specific project. These are judgmental comments about your design. They are items you will probably need to address and consider before submitting for permit or project approval. If edits are made early, you can sometimes avoid time-consuming waits for processing proposals.
You can contact us after the first review to discuss each item and determine the best solution for addressing the issues. If you would like a second review after making changes, you can resubmit a new plan set for half the price of the original review. A typical review for a roadside interchange project would be $ 250.00. For a complex streetscape, the price would be approximately $ 500.00. For a local community gateway with a welcome sign, a typical review price would be $ 200.00.
A sample page of a review is shown below:
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Here’s an example of the type of larger projects we have done in the past. I met on a heavily-traveled urban interstate interchange with local community improvement district representatives and representatives of the local county government. These two groups were combining funds to finance a major re-landscaping of seven interstate interchange quadrants that were originally planted during the Olympics, but had deteriorated considerable because of neglect. The sites were huge and the number of plants being proposed were huge, too. We met with the designer of the new landscape, who works for a large multi-disciplinary architectural/engineering firm. The local groups were told they won’t be able to obtain state or federal funding for the proposed landscape as drawn, because the design was not sustainable. The designer wanted to know how he could make the proposal better. The CID wanted an expert opinion on what existing plant material can or cannot be removed to implement a colorful design with a “Wow Factor”. The local county government wanted an explanation why they can’t get State funding for the beautification project. We worked together to come up with good information about permit requirements and some answers to make the design work. Based on the review comments and input from all parties at the meeting, the plans were amended, more suitable plants were substituted, and the design was adjusted to keep the existing, established trees on the site.
I was asked to participated in the design review of a major public/private partnership to add an additional interstate toll lane to a major urban corridor, helping to establish maintenance and aesthetic guidelines for both the roadside landscape and the structural embellishments for the bridges and sound walls along the new corridor. Through written reviews and meetings, the landscape theme and look that was acceptable and within a given budget, was established. This instance is an illustration of how a landscape review can provide quality control at a crucial moment in plan development. Several major maintenance issues were caught and corrected with only minor tweaks to the original concept.
Don't deal with surprises late in your plan development process. Get a second opinion instead. A landscape design quality review can turn your project from mediocre to impressive.