Sites Southwest worked as part of a large consultant team producing a master plan for what has become a centerpiece for Albuquerque’s Rio Grande Recreational Development. The project included the Albuquerque Aquarium, Rio Grande Botanic Garden, Tingley Aquatic Park, a concession area and the entire infrastructure system. Project services for the 120-acre development included plans for land use, landscape, trails, transportation, streetscapes and urban design.
The Sites team analyzed trails and multi-modal transportation systems. They evaluated the economic feasibility of the main features of the Biological Park – the aquarium, botanical garden and narrow gauge railway that traverses the park. Environmental assessment and site evaluation determined potential site configurations and land uses. The firm’s staff played a major role in many landscape architectural elements including streetscape concepts and guidelines. They helped with the addition of a Japanese Garden tempered to southwestern climates.
Sites’ staff was also in charge of public processing, neighborhood interaction and project management of 5 consultant teams and approximately 20 sub consultants.