St. Charles Bridge
Since 1997, with the development of Land Design Standards for the Edgewater Community Council in the City of Chicago, Land Design Collaborative has provided its design expertise on many City of Chicago projects, both public and private sector.
Edgewater Land Design Standards report cover
      Lake Bluff parks plan

The Landscape Design Standards for Edgewater also included recommendations for improvements to school sites and playgrounds and construction of landscaped medians north of Devon and Clark Streets. Both of these ideas flourished throughout Chicago in the 1990s. Land Design Collaborative has provided site improvement plans and specifications for a number of public school sites, with two sites in various stages of completion, as well as for parks in the city of Chicago.
Pointing to a rich diversity of projects in process at Land Design Collaborative, designers are working on beautification plans for the Village of Lincolnwood and Lake Bluff, Illinois, a number of parks and playgrounds, a comprehensive parks plan for Lake Forest, Illinois, and urban design studies for Hoffman Estates and Orland Park, Illinois.
Lincolnwood concept plan
Orland Park gateway rendering

Land Design Collaborative has continued its tradition of receiving awards for excellence in design. Two awards received in 1998 were from the Illinois Chapter of ASLA and APA for the Evanston Downtown Streetscape revitalization project, which encompassed 96 block faces. Land Design Collaborative also received an award from the Illinois Chapter of ASLA for the Peoria Riverfront Festival Park; this project involved recreation, economic and urban design components.

A 1999 award for Design Excellence was received from the Illinois Engineering Council on the technical design aspects of the Peoria Riverfront Festival Park and Gateway Buildings. Improvements included public plazas, a pedestrian promenade along the river, bikeways, sports fields, and the Gateway Building. The project, implemented in two phases, has provided an important economic enhancement component to the entire riverfront and downtown.

The 1999 president’s Award, the highest award given, was received from the Illinois Chapter of ASLA by Land Design Collaborative for Improvements to the Main Street Bridge in St. Charles, Illinois. This project entailed the conceptual design of a new bridge façade, railings and special features reflecting the character and charm of the old Route 64 Bridge being replaced by IDOT.

Peoria Riverfront Festival Park

In 2002 Land Design Collaborative received a Merit Award from the Illinois Chapter of ASLA for the Naperville Downtown Streetscape Prototype Project, which included identifying five classifications of streetscapes and providing concept designs and recommendations for each area.