St. Louis Construction News & Review (CNR)

News | 03/07/2012

SWT Wins Unprecedented ASA Awards

SWT Design, a design, planning and landscape architecture firm, was awarded an unprecedented two President's Awards for Excellence and three honor awards from the St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). St. Louis ASLA has never before awarded two President's Awards for Excellence and never to the same design company.

"We're incredibly honored to receive two President's Awards, as it is the highest recognition given by St. Louis ASLA," said Ted Spaid and Jim Wolterman, co-founding principals of SWT Design. "Our successes are a tribute to our clients' vision and passion for high-design, sustainable projects." SWT Design received the awards on Feb. 25 at Soulard Preservation Hall for their work on the design of the Novus International Headquarters Campus Improvements, Little

Lighthouse, Dewey Short Visitor Center Master Plan, Indian Creek Lodge and Saint Louis Zoo South Entry Arrival Experience. Jury comments on SWT Design's projects included: "innovative landscape design that is well thought out" and "creating great spaces which encompass current sustainable opportunities."

The Novus International Headquarters Campus Improvements and Little Lighthouse projects received the President's Award of Excellence, the highest honor awarded by the local St. Louis ASLA chapter. The Novus campus was awarded a three-star rating by the Sustainable Sites Initiative, making it the highest-rated landscape project in the world. This nine acre site was developed to set a new standard in sustainable site development by addressing hydrology, wildlife habitat enhancement and monitoring, improved soils and vegetation with an emphasis on using regional materials and features that address human health and well-being.

Little Lighthouse is a Christian development center providing highly individualized educational and therapeutic services to children with special needs. SWT Design focused on creating both interior and exterior whimsical sensory gardens adapted to the varying needs and abilities of the children. Elements of the design include a unique entry sequence with sculpture and water features, an indoor atrium housing a "tree of life" which animates the entry space, an indoor/outdoor aquarium and a variety of play spaces and sensory experiences.

The Dewey Short Conservation Center, which received an honor award, is located at the confluence of the White River and Table Rock Lake and Dam and incorporates state-of-the-art bio-retention and stormwater management practices. The site serves as an outdoor classroom and ecological destination for conservation.

Completed in the summer of 2010, Indian Creek Lodge, an honor award winner, has been one of the top-selling destinations in the country for Bluegreen Wilderness Club at Table Rock Lake. It provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about the Ozark environment through native landscapes and various site features, which are utilized for special events, outdoor education, demonstrations, storytelling, scavenger hunts and music concerts.

SWT also led the design effort to create a pedestrian bridge over Wells Drive that is accessible and aesthetically pleasing for the Saint Louis Zoo South Entry Arrival, also an honor award winner. The area's new pedestrian spine is a gracious green space with shade trees, themed paving, native plantings and animal sculptures.