NEWSLETTER OF DAVID C. BALDWIN INC. / LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING
June 2014
IN PROGRESS
WEST CITY PARK
West | Texas
  
MASTER PLAN DEVELOPED FOR PARK DESTROYED BY EXPLOSION

 

The West Fertilizer Company plant in the small town of West, Texas exploded on April 17, 2013 and resulted in fifteen people being killed and 150 buildings damaged or destroyed. Included in the destruction was the town's primary park which was located immediately adjacent to the blast site.

 

Realizing that the town could benefit from his expertise, Dave Baldwin volunteered his park planning services to the town on a pro-bono basis. The result was a master plan for the 1 � acre site which recommends removing a street which currently traverses the park, creating the opportunity for expanded facilities. The new design includes a new parking lot, renovated multi-use courts, large pavilion with stage and performance lawn for community events, playgrounds for individual age groups, and an uninterrupted perimeter walking path. Dave's design also incorporates a recommendation for a memorial featuring outdoor rooms in which the visitor would move through sequentially and discover in each a different aspect of West and the explosion. The individual rooms would display the town's Czech heritage, the explosion and its impact on the town, and a raised overlook directed towards the blast site with aerial maps showing the pre-explosion conditions compared to a the post-explosion area of devastation. The last element would be a remembrance and prayer room memorializing those killed in the explosion.

 

The city has received FEMA funding and numerous contributions for the park's reconstruction and the hope is that the improvements will be underway in the near future.

 

Dave's interview with Dallas WFAA Channel 8 News can be viewed at:

 

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Memorial-park-in-West-starts-to-take-shape-255366491.html 

 

 

 


   

 

COMPLETION
ALLEN FIRE STATION NO. 5
ATTAINS LEED PLATINUM
Allen | Texas

 

 

Owner:  City of Allen

Architect:  ProForma Architecture

Civil Engineer:  BW2 Engineers

Landscape Architect:  David C. Baldwin Inc.  

Landscape Architecture and Planning

 

Continuing as a contributor to projects seeking LEED certification, DCBI is proud to be part of the design team for this project which was recently awarded Platinum certification, the highest level attainable. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, and maintenance of green buildings.   Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is intended to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently. The fire station was sensitively placed in a wooded setting, maintaining natural topography and large specimen trees. The natural landscape is accented with additional native and drought tolerant trees, shrubs, and grasses as well as "Rail Fire", a sculpture by Chris Fennell which utilizes recycled fire ladders.  DCBI's specific contribution for attaining the LEED certification was reduced water usage through plant material selection and irrigation design as well as well as the protection and restoration of natural habitat.   

 

NEWS
DCBI CELEBRATES
30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
 
 
 
 
It's been 30 years since Dave Baldwin founded DCBI in May of 1984. Our success for all these years is based on providing unparalled design and consulting services based on a commitment to creativity, ingenuity, practicality, maintainability, and of utmost importance, our clients' best interests. We have a talented group of professionals committed to providing outstanding landscape architectural services for our land development, urban design, streetscape, park planning, institutional, and corporate/office building projects. We thank those clients with whom we have developed long-term relationships and look forward to the opportunity to develop new relationships in the future.
 
New DCBI Projects include:
  • GARLAND CITY CENTER, Garland, TX / Urban design plan for two block area of downtown
  • BRIDGES OF LAS COLINAS, Irving, TX / Residential land development with highly developed entry, parks, and open space
  • SOUTHLAKE TOWN & COUNTRY, Southlake, TX / High-end retail development with pond amenity and associated outdoor dining
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