parks & open space
environmental / ecology
Point Pleasant Park Master Plan
Upton Farm Master Plan
Cable Wharf Plaza
Victoria Square Redevelopment
Trenton Park Master Plan
COLTA Greenway Network
Trenton Main Street Park
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POINT PLEASANT PARK COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
Ekistics was the co-winner of the Point Pleasant Park International Design Competition in Halifax. The city sponsored an international design competition which attracted 28 entries from around the world. The city chose two entries in a draw for the winner. Ekistics and NIP Paysage completed the Park Comprehensive Plan in 2008 which calls for over $10 million in short term improvements. The project won a CSLA National Merit Award.
UPTON FARM MASTER PLAN
Ekistics developed a comprehensive Master Plan for the Upton Farm property; a 138.5 acre parcel of natural parkland at the western gateway to the city. The goal of the master plan is to serve as a blueprint to guide the evolution of the Farm over the next century. Landscape master plans are typically a reflection of current social values which help to guide long-term priorities for management, programming and design of facilities and landscapes. As social values change over time with each generation, master plans are typically updated on a 25-30 year cycle. Usually the intent of an ecological landscape master plan is to plan for a century or more, with the understanding that there will be periodic updates to fine tune the plan according to landscape response and topical needs of the community. Such is the case for the Upton Farm Master Plan. The plan reflects the current best practices in natural resource planning in 2014
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Ekistics was retained by the Provincial Waterfront Development Corporation to prepare a master plan for the redevelopment of Halifax's most prominent urban corridors, at the foot of George Street. Plans call for a state of the art project or technology installation, in-ground LED lighting, interactive interpretive elements, and the relocation of the oldest Naval Clock in North America (which will house the projector). A new sea aquarium bridge will bring the ocean right up to waterfront visitors, and a new mixed use development will replace the existing Nova Scotia Crystal building.
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VICTORIA SQUARE REDEVELOPMENT
AMHERST, NOVA SCOTIA
Victoria Square is an exciting project that evoloved from Ekistics’ Downtown Amherst Action Strategy. The square is surrounded by three beautiful, historic buildings and is home to the community’s War memorial. The community consultation relayed that the renovation was to honour the monument and become a place for
the community to gather once again. Project timelines had this project moving from community consultation to tender ready package in six weeks. The resulting design speaks to the deep history through materials, at the same time giving downtown Amherst a fresh modern look. Construction budget $1.1 million.
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GENERATIONS ACTIVE PARK
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA
Something special happens when the design of a park originates solely from the input of the community, and Generations Active Park is one of those rare and special places. In the fall of 2011, Ekistics lead the Town of Bridgewater through a comprehensive public engagement process designed to determine the program of elements and amenities for this 18 acre, previously undeveloped site. The resulting master plan, consisting of a sports field, splash pad, naturalized and traditional play areas, dog park and nature trails is reflective of the input received during the public engagement process. Embraced by both Town residents and Council, Bridgewater is working towards the implementation of phase one of this multi-year project.
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McQUARRIE DRIVE COMMUNITY PARK
PORT HAWKESBURY, NOVA SCOTIA
The planned realignment of McQuarrie Drive provided the Town of Port Hawkesbury with the impetus to undertake a conceptual design process for the adjacent parkland. The revitalized open space and adjacent retail area create a vibrant community destination for Town residents and visitors alike.
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TRENTON, NOVA SCOTIA
Trenton Park is one of the key open space assets in the Town of Trenton. Looking to strategically reinvest and revitalize the Park, the Town retained Ekistics to undertake a feasibility study for the campground operations and to complete a comprehensive master plan for the entire 500 acre park site. The resulting 7 year plan included such innovative elements as a canopy walk and frisbee golf, integrated with multi-generational facilities like bocce courts and walking trails.
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CHAIN OF LAKES GREENWAY
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
Ekistics was commissioned in the spring of 2011 to assist the HRM and the Chain of Lakes Trail Association with the development of a 7.25 km long greenway corridor. This linear green space provides a contiguous stretch of publicly accessible trails through mainland Halifax, linking key destinations. Focusing on sustainability, barrier free access, and crime prevention through environmental design, the greenway plan arose from an extensive public engagement process.
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TRENTON MAIN STREET PARKS
TRENTON, NOVA SCOTIA
Ekistics, working with the Town of Trenton, undertook an ambitious and visionary urban design project to revitalize Main Street. Completed in the Spring of 2012, this project used the industrial heritage of Trenton's steel industry as inspiration for custom streetscape furnishings, large scale public art installations, an interactive water feature, and monument integrated ramp and stair system. Lighting, planting design, and general street upgrades finished off the scope of work. Completed for $1.0 million dollars, Main Street Trenton is not a street to miss!
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Ocean Links Golf Resort
Aspotogan Ridge Golf Course
Ben Eoin Ski & Golf Resort
Gorki Golf Community, Russia
Chan Ying Golf Course, China
East Regions Fields
Lake Banook World Canoe Championships
Clarenville Golf & Ski Resort
Chester Skate Park
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OCEAN LINKS GOLF RESORT
BRULE POINT, NOVA SCOTIA
Ekistics, through its RLA Golf Architecture division, was commissioned to prepare a residential golf community near Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia to replace an existing 9-hole golf course. Work included full working drawings and digital design documents for one of the first GPS built courses in North America.
ASPOTOGAN RIDGE GOLF COMMUNITY
Ekistics, through its RLA Golf Architecture division, was commissioned to design a residential golf course community in Hubbards, Nova Scotia. After a short hiatus, the project will begin construction again in 2014 including several hundred new residential units and a championship 18-hole golf course.
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BEN EOIN GOLF & SKI RESORT
CAPE BRETON, NS
Ekistics, was commissioned to prepare a resort master plan for the expansion of the Ben Eoin Ski Hill in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Expansion items included a new championship 18-hole golf course, new ski runs, ski chalets, a mountain chalet hotel, a new marina and waterfront development, and an equestrian centre.
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GORKI GOLF COMMUNITY
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
In the summer of 2013, Ekistics was commissioned to prepare a design for a new residential golf community at Gorki, about an hour outside of St. Petersburg. Working with the developer and feasibility consultant (the Stonehouse Golf Group), the design team prepared initial concepts and recommendations for facilities, site design, residential community design and clubhouse/facility grounds. The course is set to open in 2015.
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CHANY YING GOLF COURSE
Ekistics, through its RLA Golf Architecture division, was commissioned by a Chinese Developer to design a residential golf course community in Chang Ying, China.
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EAST REGION FIELDS
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
Ekistics was commissioned by the Halifax Regional Municipality to prepare the construction drawings for a new $3.5 million dollar all weather turf facility. The field, completed in late 2006, was at the time, the fifth largest artificial field in North America. The facility included design of a stormwater wetland to store and ameliorate water temperatures originating from the field before being released to nearby streams and lakes. The facility has become one of the regions destination sports venues with extensive seasonal use.
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LAKE BANOOK WORLD CANOE CHAMPIONSHIPS
DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA
Ekistics was commissioned by the Halifax Regional Municipality to prepare the Lake Banook Master Plan and, subsequently, working drawings for the 2009 World Canoe Championships. The firm is leading the redesign of many of the landside elements for over $2.5 million dollars in facility improvements.
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CLARENVILLE GOLF & SKI RESORT
Ekistics, through its RLA Golf Architecture division, was commissioned to prepare a ski & golf resort community design for the existing ski hill at Clarenville, NFLD.
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CHESTER SKATE PARK
CHESTER, NOVA SCOTIA
Ekistics, and its associate firm LANDinc was commissioned to prepare working drawings for an exciting new skatepark near Chester, Nova Scotia. The popular skate-park has been operation for over 6 years bringing challenges to the towns youth.
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Sydney Tar Ponds Master Plan
Jonathan Creek Stormwater Wetland
Dickey Brook Stream Restoration
Long Lake Land Use Plan
New York Times Tower Microclimate Study
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SYDNEY TAR PONDS MASTER PLAN
SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA
Ekistics was retained by the Province of Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada to produce a land use re-use plan for the $400 million Sydney Tar Ponds Cleanup project. One of the largest environmental cleanups in Canada. The objective is to leverage the cleanup with a long term economic development strategy for Cape
Breton. The plan makes recommendations for over $20 million in site improvements to the year 2014. In 2013, Open Hearth Park was constructed by the Province to help heal the scars from a century of environmental damage.
JONATHAN CREEK STORMWATER WETLAND
The urban stormwater wetland was commissioned by the City of Moncton engineering department to cope with significant stormwater pollution into the City's beloved Centennial Park. A 6 ft. stormwater culvert was diverted into a new 5 acre stormwater wetland. The wetland was designed for a minimum of 48 hours of retention time to uptake and treat nutrient laden stormwater before dispersing back into Jonathan Creek. The wetland was constructed in 2002 and there is currently a scientific study ongoing to monitor the longterm success of the facility.
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DICKEY BROOK STREAM RESTORATION
Blending ecology and land use planning with urban history and renewal lead to the creation of an innovative restoration plan for the Town of Amherst's Dickey Brook. This once proud watercourse had been straightened, buried, and essentially lost to the community. The proposed master plan included stream rehabilitation, daylighting, trail access, conservation subdivision planning, and the restoration of the historic Christie Pond.
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SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK
In association with the Glenn Group Ltd, Ekistics helped prepare the overall urban greenway strategy for the Saint John, NB waterfront. The development included an urban stormwater wetland, several km's of trails and several large interpretive shelters designed in the industrial waterfront character. Phase one for this project was completed in 2003 and phase 2 in 2009.
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LONG LAKE LAND USE PLAN
EAST HANTS, NS
Balancing the need for the preservation of one of Nova Scotia's last truly untouched wild places with the practical realities of long term land use planning was at the forefront of the Long Lake Land Use Plan. Ekistics was commissioned by the Municipality of East Hants to articulate a 30 year vision that balanced divergent perspectives on recreation, conservation, and development. The resulting master plan outlined a rational approach to future development while supporting broad objectives for conservation of key natural and recreational open spaces.
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NEW YORK TIMES TOWER MICROCLIMATE STUDY
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Ekistics and Dr. Robert Brown from the University of Guelph, were retained by Fox & Fowl Architects of New York to prepare a detailed microclimatic design assessment of the proposed 54 storey New York Times Tower in downtown Manhattan. A complete 3D model of the building and surrounding cityscape was prepared for the solar simulation component of the project. The project detailed the probable thermal comfort of the proposed rooftop garden and street level courtyard and outlined ways to improve thermal comfort. The report also outlined a palette of plants that could survive these two very different environments.
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Landscape Architecture is commonly defined as "a profession which applies artistic and scientific principles to the research, planning, design and management of both natural and built environments". Landscape architects work at a variety of scales from large-scale regional planning studies to park planning and residential design. They are frequently concerned with the stewardship and conservation of natural, constructed and human resources. An understanding of the "big picture" and a detailed knowledge of landscape materials and techniques allows landscape architects to work on a broad range of landscape related projects including landscape assessment for best uses, determining landscape sensitivities and resiliencies from which facilities or activities can be sited, and developing a design aesthetic which takes its cues from the surrounding cultural and natural landscape.