In conjunction with E.A. Quinn Landscape Contracting, LLA was retained to provide design services to convert an unused courtyard into a useable outdoor space adjacent to the cafeteria at ESPN’s North Campus facility in Bristol.
LLA presented four different design options for review by the facilities team. These included schematic plans and realistic, 3-D color renderings of the new spaces. The team reviewed the presentation and selected a final plan for further development.
In this design-build partnership, Quinn is providing cost estimates for construction. With no preset budget, various revisions to the plan and selection of materials are under way as ESPN focuses in on a final version that will fit their needs and ultimate cost.
As the process evolves, LLA will continue to provide design and material selection assistance. Ultimately, when the final costs are approved, construction by Quinn will commence. LLA will provide assistance on an as-needed basis.
Carver, MA Police
LLA was retained in 2018 by Jacunski Humes Architects, LLC to provide site planning services, including civil engineering, to develop plans for a new Police Department facility in Carver, Massachusetts.
Several design schemes with two building footprints were developed. Options were presented to the Town for review and comment. After several revisions to incorporate additional elements requested by the Town and Police Department, a final site plan was prepared.
During the design process for the new police facility, the Town expanded services to include a review of the entire adjacent town campus which includes a Library, EMS facility, DPW garage, Town Hall, the old police/fire facility and recreation complex. A Master Plan was prepared to show how the new police facility would fit into the entire campus and provide a vision to guide the Town with future improvements.
Upon final approval of the schematic plans, the project will move into the construction document phase where we will develop final plans for cost estimates, bidding, permitting and construction. That effort is on-going in 2018.
Linden Landscape Architects is a licensed, professional design firm based in Wethersfield, Connecticut, specializing in Site Planning & Design, Landscape Architecture, ADA Compliance and Athletic Facilities.
Founded in 2010, we provide superior landscape architectural site design services to clients throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. With thirty years of experience as professionally licensed landscape architects, we have a proven track record of completed projects and satisfied clients in all phases of design and site planning.
Our philosophy is to deliver the service of a big firm, with the quality, efficiency and direct personal contact of a small firm. LLA's approach is to provide a complete site design package, including civil engineering and other services, with the personal attention of a principal for the duration of your project. We provide professional results at a competitive rate without sacrificing quality or personal service.
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Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certification with the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, 2017-2019
Design 2018 Construction 2018 Estimate $180,000-200,000 Bid Cost $173,890
LLA was retained in 2018 to provide design services for the renovation of the track and field complex at Berlin High School. The Town had received at LOSIP grant from the state to refurbish the surface of the 10-year old track. Services included providing support information for submission to the grant administrator.
Our services included an Analysis Report of the existing conditions with recommendations and cost estimates for various options for resurfacing. The existing track was designed by Tom while at M. R. Roming Associates in 2008 with complete reconstruction of the base pavement and resilient surface that year. Our analysis in 2018 provided the option to replace just the resilient surface or replace the entire pavement and surface.
Bid documents were prepared to include a Base Bid to replace the resilient surface only with an alternate to replace the base pavement and surface. This allowed the Town to have locked-in pricing and the ability to chose an option that fit the available funding and their long-range plan to convert the interior field to synthetic turf. With no apparent failure of the base pavement, it was LLA’s recommendation to replace the resilient surface only.
Construction was completed in the summer of 2018.
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc.
LLA has been retained to design the entrance courtyard at Fidelco’s Bloomfield facility. We are pleased to be providing a portion of our services as a donation to this worthwhile non-profit organization.
The existing courtyard was overrun by spreading juniper and not much else. With new branding and graphics installed at the facility, it was time to revamp the entrance.
LLA provided two different design that would incorporate small sitting areas / outdoor classrooms, decorative benches, flag poles and a water feature as the focal point as you walk up the existing sidewalk toward the two building entrances. The design will incorporate sounds and textures both for the clients and for the dogs’ benefit.
Already partially funded, Fidelco hopes to have the water feature and flag poles installed this year. Grants, donations, fundraising and naming opportunities will be pursued to construct the remainder of the design in the future.
Design 2016-2017 Construction 2017-2018
A third municipal project by Jacunski Humes Architects is the complete renovation of the Forbes Municipal Building in Westborough, Massachusetts . It houses various town departments as well as the Police Department.
On a small, tight site in the downtown area the entire site parking and access drives have been reconfigured to accommodate the addition to a drive-through sally port for the police department. A carport for police vehicles has also been added in the rear parking lot. Access to the sally port required extensive grading, retaining walls and modifications to existing on-site drainage systems.
Construction began in 2017 and is expected to be complete by late 2018 / early 2019.
TOMZ Corporation, Berlin CT
Design Studies 2017-2018 Zoning & Construction Plans 2018
TOMZ Corporation is a manufacturing facility, established in 1988, specializing in the manufacturing of precision components for major medical devices. The continued growth of the business has the owners planning major additions for new manufacturing space, additional offices and expansion of employee amenities.
Four separate additions are proposed adding approximately 26,000 square feet of space.
One of the main additions will be built in an area that now functions as both truck delivery and employee parking. The new scheme will provide a totally separate, truck-only access drive off Deming Road, separating it from employee and visitor circulation. A new 86-space parking lot will be constructed and provide a second access point for employees and visitors only from Deming Road.
The project received unanimous approval by he Berlin Planning & Zoning Commission in June 2018. Bids for sitework have been obtained and the final building plans are currently being bid. Sitework is expected to begin later in 2018.
Brookfield Police Additions and Renovations
LLA provided site design services for a study for a proposed addition and renovation project at the Brookfield Police Department.
The one-story building has basement level access on one side where the elevation of the site drops off dramatically. The proposed addition at the first floor level creates the opportunity for under-building parking and access for police vehicles only.
The public entrance at the opposite side of the site was reconfigured to increase parking for the public near the main entrance and new meeting room addition on that side. It also increases dedicated parking for officers and staff at the rear of the building.
MidState Medical Center, Meriden
MidState Medical Center
Design 2017 Construction 2019 Sitework Cost Estimate $10,700,000
At this large regional medical center in Meriden, LLA completed a Master Plan for Parking with the intent of increasing the number of spaces available and more importantly to improve the safety of vehicle and pedestrian circulation at this busy facility.
Existing parking for 1,124 vehicles was increased by 317 to a total of 1,441 spaces. Circulation and safety was improved by changing the orientation of the aisles to perpendicular to the building and uses one-way angled parking. The eliminates pedestrians from walking between rows of cars and across aisles.
The project is being reviewed by the Owner and is slated for funding in their 2019 fiscal year. Upon acceptance, plans will be prepared for submission for approvals in 2018, bidding in 2018-19 and ultimately construction in 2019.
After performing a Parking Master Plan for expansion of parking facilities at the main campus in Cromwell, LLA prepared plans for the first phase on new work.
An addition to the current parking at the Main Administration Building will provide an additional 21 spaces at this crowded site. The new parking will help alleviate staff from having to park in the grass along the main road through campus.
Plans were prepared and submitted to the Town for zoning approval. The plan includes an underground stormwater detention system to handle the additional runoff before it is released to daylight and ultimately the large pond on site.
The project was submitted and unanimously approved in September. It was simultaneously put out to bid to facilitate construction late in the season. Construction began in early October and was completed by mid-November.
North Haven Police
Design 2017 Construction 2018-19 Sitework Cost Estimate $760,000
An addition and renovations project for the North Haven Police Department will nearly double the size of the facility. LLA is providing full site planning and civil engineering services to upgrade parking, walks, storm drainage, sanitary sewers including an oil-water separator for the new sally ports and garage in the addition, water and fire service plus other site amenities.
Working with the Town Engineering Department, storm drainage has been designed with perforated pipes to infiltrate storm water back into the underlying sandy soils. The Town will be upgrading adjacent facilities and other town parking areas and ting our new storm system into their recently upgraded trunk line.
The sitework package is out to bid in the winter of 2017-18. The building package will go out to bid in early 2018. Construction is expected to begin in the Spring of 2018.
Bethel Police Department
Design 2016-2017 Construction 2017 Estimated Site Cost $1,906,700
LLA has been retained to provide complete site design services, including civil engineering, for the new Bethel Police Department. Don Hettrick, while at M. R. Roming Assoc., previously completed design studies and conceptual layouts that ultimately led to approval at local referendum.
The two-story building is fit into the hill so the main, public entrance appears as a one-story facade facing the entry drive on the residential Judd Avenue. The two-story facade faces the wooded area to the rear of the site.
The public entrance and parking area for 45 vehicles is accessed from a winding, tree lined drive. A secondary staff-only drive leads to the lower level, secure 58 space parking area and entrance.
With no municipal storm drainage system to tie into, the design incorporates an open-basin detention system hidden behind the building. The majority of the storm water is piped through water quality structures before entering the basin and then being slowly released into the existing wooded hillside.
Local zoning and site plan approval was achieved by unanimous vote at the first Public Hearing in early 2017. The project was bid in early spring and construction began in late May 2017. Construction is expected to be complete by mid-2018.
Salisbury Central School
Original Design 2015 Construction Plans 2017 Cost: $350,000
In the Lakeville section of Salisbury, the school district retained LLA to investigate various design schemes to reconstruct the main entrance to the school.
We conducted research of various types of pavements for the main walks to upgrade from asphalt something more decorative and inviting. Various schemes for pavement patterns were presented along with preliminary cost estimates. The final selection was large-format pavers, granite curbing, planter cut-outs and decorative bollards.
In 2017, the project was expanded to include repaving of the parent and bus drop-off areas and adjacent staff parking. Several other projects within the building were in design at the same time and were combined into one large renovation project.
The entire project was bid in May 2017, construction was completed over the short summer season, in time for school to open August 25, 2017.
East Haddam Elementary School
Design 2015-2016 Construction 2016 Construction Cost $1,233,777 Phase 1 Total Cost $1,900,000
Located in the Moodus section of East Haddam, LLA was retained to provide complete site redesign for the town's only elementary school. The biggest challenge the school faced was a dangerous circulation pattern that had children walking through a parking lot, across traffic and finally crossing the bus lane to reach the school.
We prepared seven different design schemes to try to accomplish complete separation of bus, parent, teacher and visitor traffic from the pedestrians. We accomplished this by providing a separate, dedicated parent drop-off lane and a separate bus loop. In between these two loading and unloading areas is a large welcoming plaza leading safely to the main entrance. Children can now get in and out of buses and cars directly onto a sidewalk that leads them directly into the school without ever crossing traffic.
We received unanimous Planning & Zoning and Inland Wetlands approvals in April and May and immediately put the project out to bid.
Construction began on July 5th and was substantially complete 8 weeks later. School opened September 6th with a brand new facility that enhances aesthetics and safety.
Klingberg Family Centers
Design 2015-2016 Cost Estimate $475,000 Construction Cost $395,236 Construction 2016
LLA was retained in 2015 to perform an overall parking study at the main Klingberg Campus in New Britain. Parking is at a premium and is scattered in numerous small lots on this steep site above Martha Hart Park.
Seven locations for additional small parking lots were identified and preliminary cost estimates were prepared for budgeting purposes. An additional 278 spaces were created in seven separate lots for a total projected cost of $1,750,000.
As part of a parallel project inside the Main Administration Building, one of the new parking areas from the study to move forward into approvals and construction. The lot creates a net gain of approximately 75 spaces at an estimated cost of $475,000
Plans were approved by the City of New Britain. The project was put out to bid in August 2016 and construction was completed in early 2017 in time for the Annual Auto Show in June.
Litchfield Residence Hall, WCSU
Design 2013-15 Cost $500,000 (sitework) Construction 2016-2017
Site renovations and improvements associated with a complete building renovation, including new exterior "skin," to a dormitory at the Danbury campus of Western Connecticut State University.
Exterior improvements include building access to meet ADA regulations and various site improvements. The courtyard is completely renovated to provide a usable outdoor space for residents, including tile patio areas, sitting walls and a synthetic turf area.
The project was bid in May 2016. Construction began in July 2016 and was completed in the summer of 2017.
Pond House Cafe
Design 2013 Construction 2014 Cost $210,000
Site improvements in the historic Elizabeth Park, located on the Hartford/West Hartford border, to enhance the use of the Elizabeth A. Pond Memorial Building. The building is operated by The Food Group, LLC for the Elizabeth Park Conservancy and City of Hartford.
With their own funding, they embarked on a plan to improve the exterior public spaces adjacent to the banquet room, the take-out window and the pathway around the outdoor restaurant space overlooking the pond.
A new terrace overlooking the pond creates an outdoor space as an extension of the main banquet room. A curved wall with built-in planters and decorative railing enclose the space.
The picnic patio gives a solid surface for visitors to enjoy lunch under the trees. Previously, this area was severely compacted soil with little grass and became muddy and unusable when it rained.
The new pathway connects existing walks with an ADA accessible route around the building and overlooking the pond.
Conard HS Bleachers
After taking over this project from M. R. Roming Associates, LLA completed final construction documents for the replacement of both the home and visitors side bleachers at Conard's main McKee Stadium field.
The full project included 1,425 seats and a new press box for the home side, and 717 seats on the visitors side, for a total cost of $1, 043,000. Extensive underground utilities under the home side required multiple design solutions to place the piers/footings to avoid relocation, especially for the field lighting electrical wiring.
Due to budget constraints, the home side was redesigned to include 870 home side seats and new press box only for a total cost of $484,000. Construction occurred in the summer of 2016.
Hartford Health Care
Design 2015 Construction 2016 Cost $135,000 (plantings)
LLA provided planting a site plan to achieve Planning & Zoning approval for this new medical facility in Manchester, Connecticut.
Village For Families & Children
Design 2011 Construction 2012 Cost $110,000
One of our very first referrals, LLA (formerly Roise Linden Land Design) was retained by The Village to assist them in submitting a grant application to fund the final parking area at their facility on Wethersfield Avenue across from Bulkeley High School.
The grant was awarded and we moved forward creating a bid package for the 21 space parking lot. The project was bid and construction was completed in in late 2012.
The owners of an historic, former bakery building in New Britain desired to expand their current rental hall / catering business. They purchased adjacent properties with the intent of doubling the hall space and installing a full commercial kitchen.
On a very steep site, architectural and site plans were developed to meet the owner's needs and for submission to the City of New Britain for Zoning Board of Appeals and Site Plan Approvals.
We achieved approval for variances which included the building expansion to maintain the current building's street facade beyond the front lot line and shared off-site parking at the church across Farmington Avenue.
Site plans were approved with on site stormwater detention and an extensive storm drainage study to ensure the municipal storm system was adequate for the proposed improvements.
The project costs exceeded the Owner's available financing at the time, so the project was put on hold.
Portfolio - Previous Tracks
Projects completed while Project Manager at M. R. Roming Associates, West Hartford, CT
South Windsor High School (2003 & 2014)
Complete reconstruction in 2003. Resurfaced in 2014.
Bristol Eastern High School
Original construction of track facility in 1999. Resurfacing in 2009.
Berlin High School (2008)
Originally designed my M. R. Roming in 1991. Resurfaced in 2008
Farmington High School (2005)
Reconstruction of existing track facilities.
Newington High School (2005)
Watertown High School (2003)
Included interior field, home bleachers and irrigation.
Manchester High School (2002)
Complete reconstruction. Expanded to include interior full-size soccer / football field, new lighting, irrigation, home and visitor bleachers.
Haddam-Killingworth High School (2000)
Included interior field and storage building. Additional fields included two soccer, baseball, softball and football.
East Hampton High School (2000)
Completely new track. Storage building and access to school restrooms from fields. Additional fields included softball and two soccer fields. Main field irrigated with well system.
Bristol Central High School (1997)
Complete reconstruction. Additional fields included two baseball, softball, practice football and new tennis courts.
Portfolio - Athletic Facilities
Projects completed while Project Manager at M. R. Roming Associates, West Hartford, CT.
Maxwell Park, Rocky Hill, CT
Soccer field, Baseball field with Soccer Field overlay in the outfield, tennis courts, street hockey court, parking and utilities. Provisions for future pavillion and play structure along with additional utilities were planned. Project required DEEP and ACOE approvals. Constructed in 1995-96.
Bristol Central High School, Bristol, CT
Complete reconstruction / expansion of all athletic facilities. New resilient surface running track and events, two baseball fields, one softball field, 5 tennis courts, two multi-purpose fields, storage building alterations. Constructed in 1998.
East Hampton High School, East Hampton, CT
Complete reconstruction / expansion of athletic facilities including new 8-lane resilent surface running track and events, new storage building, bleachers at stadium field, softball field, two multi-purpose fields, 6 new tennis courts and access to school restrooms from the exterior. Irrigation was planned for all facilities but only installed at stadium field. System is supplied by a new well and equipment housed in the new building. Constrcuted in 2001.
Haddam-Killingworth High School, Region 17, Higganum, CT
Complete reconstruction / expansion of athletic facilities including new 8-lane resilient surface running track and events, new storage building, two new multi-purpose field, renovations to baseball, softball and football fields. Project required local wetlands approval. Constrcuted in phases in 2000 - 2001.
Windsor Locks High School, Windsor Locks, CT
As part of an on-going ADA improvement project to the overall site facilities, completed an athletic facility and parking reconstruction Master Plan. Parking and circulation patterns were redesigned to improve safety and access. Athletic facilities including a new 8-lane resilient running track and events, new synthetic turf stadium field, bleachers and lighting, new concession / storage building, two soccer fields, two softball fields, one baseball and one multi-use practice field. Master Plan and Budget Estimates completed in 2009.
Dillon Stadium, Hartford, CT
Complete renovation of the stadium was completed for the City of Hartford in 2013 through construction documents for bidding. Facilities include a new synthetic turf field, bleachers, sound system, scoreboard and renovations to storage, rest room / lockers and concession buildings. Project put on hold when a private developer proposed to finance a soccer stadium which subsequently was terminated.
In 2005, completed a construction project to rebuild the main natural turf field to improve drainage and grading issues and upgrade the surrounding walk system. Field included perimeter curbing and subsurface drainage system for future conversion to synthetic turf.
Portfolio- Elementary Schools
Projects completed while Project Manager at M. R. Roming Associates, West Hartford, CT.
Quaker Hill Elementary School, Waterford, CT
Demolition of an existing school and construction of new, larger school with new parking, drives, walks, playgrounds and associated site features. Site planting and detailed design of site improvements at main entrance were completed. Two new playground areas were approved through the State of Connceticut School Facilities process. Project completed in 2006-07.
Great Neck School, Waterford, CT
Renovations and expansion at an existing elementary school site. Working at all three Waterford elementary school projects, we provided full site planting plans, detailed site design at building entrances and new play structure and play areas. Project completed in 2007-08.
Lebanon Elementary School, Lebanon, CT
Building addition and renovation project including redesign of the majority of the site parking, drives and walks. A new boulevard style entrance drive was created to better direct parents and staff to designated parking areas and to keep bus traffic completely separate to the new main entrance. Drop off from parent and bus lane are now directly to a sidewalk leading into the school. Project designed and completed in 2004-05.
Lebanon Elementary School, Lebanon, CT
View across new boulevard entrance drive towards new main entrance (2009)
Rawson School, Hartford, CT
Complete renovation and additions to an existing neighborhood elementary school. New drives, bus drop-off, parking, outdoor plazas and play areas. Project completed in 2003-04.
Rawson School, Hartford, CT
View on new playground with resilient rubber safety surface. An existing play area was renovated to meet current codes.
Tariffville Elementary School, Simsbury, CT
Building addition and renovation project to create a new main entrance / office area and new cafeteria. Site improvements created an new bus drop-off loop on this tight site that corrected a condition where buses needed to back up to leave the site. Project completed in 2007-08.
Tariffville Elementary School, Simsbury, CT
View of new bus loop and parking towards new main entrance and cafeteria.
Ivy Drive Elementary School, Bristol, CT
Building additions and renovation project at a neighborhood elementary school. Complete site reconstruction of parking, separate parent and bus drop-off lanes, sidewalks and play areas. Project Completed in 2004-05.
Ivy Drive Elementary School, Bristol, CT
View of new main entrance and library courtyard behind new wall and arch.
Mountain View Elementary School, Bristol, CT
Addition and renovations project at a neighborhood elementary school. Complete site redesign that separated parent and bus traffic to their own designated drop-off lanes. New paved play area and renovations to existing plays structures to meet current codes. Project completed 2003-04.