Planting & Irrigation Design
A horticulturally correct and properly installed planting design and irrigation system not only creates healthy plants but also saves money over the life of the project. Most local agencies require irrigation to guarantee the survivability of new plantings. Our design team works closely with manufacturers of all irrigation components to ensure that every project is provided with the best and most efficient design. We have extensive expertise in the use of both Xeriscape and Florida Friendly planting design techniques. Although local land development codes are the framework by which we gear our planting designs, respect for the native environment is of utmost priority when designing with the Florida Friendly Landscaping Program.
Our landscape architecture team works closely with our ecologists, water resource specialists, and civil engineers to implement recreated natural open spaces, filter marshes, and rain gardens. These ‘natural’ areas become alternative methods of water storage and treatment while providing habitat for native flora and fauna and recreation opportunities. Beyond proper grading, hydrology and planting design, our projects are great examples of how landscape architects are able to integrate our design knowledge and innovative approach to offer our clients coordinated, multidiscipline services from one source.
The goal of any commercial development is to attract business and keep consumers coming back. We work hard to provide the customer with an experience that is comfortable while still being convenient and efficient. The role of landscape design, as it pertains to commercial properties, is not just to beautify the site, but also to lower the urban heat island by providing tree canopy and other vegetation which softens the urban environment while creating as viably sustainable system as possible. Good commercial design allows the landscape architect an opportunity to introduce natural materials that are an added value to the project that keeps paying dividends over time.
Successful community design follows a fundamental principle of landscape architecture: balanced integration of the natural and built environment. At Johnson Engineering we focus on sustainable design principles. Using our corporate-wide expertise, we strive to incorporate natural resources into the fabric of our designs as an amenity and basis for sustainable outcomes. Our experience in site planning, ecology, water resource management, community identity elements, and marketing packages are all keys to successful community building.
Our landscape architecture team has long term experience in the design and implementation of hundreds of miles of transportation design and landscape beautification corridors within Florida. We have established strong working relationships with the local and state agencies, as well as landscape and irrigation contractors. We bring these relationships and knowledge to lead and assist with determining community-based goals and developing plans for streetscape design that will enhance appearance, development potential and value along streets and corridors. Prioritizing community goals, safety and aesthetics has been the key to the success of our work on both public and private corridors.
Green spaces in developed areas provide substantial environmental benefits and opportunities for social interaction. Parks are important infrastructure of Southwest Florida that provide physical and mental fitness through recreation and relaxation. Trees, shrubs, and open space reduce air and water pollution, help keep areas cooler, and are a more effective and less expensive way to manage stormwater runoff than traditional systems of concrete sewers and drainage ditches. We approach park projects on the premise that we are designing space to increase residents’ sense of community ownership and stewardship while providing a focus for neighborhood activities; connections for people from diverse cultures, and helps to build a positive community identity.
Our landscape architecture team is proficient in hand drawn sketches and renderings as well as numerous types of computer assisted graphics. Some of our finished work includes: project site plans, views, vignettes and renderings. We have also produced full 3-D modeling and animations that represent before-and-after improvements and take our clients on a virtual tour through their final project. These images help paint the picture of our client’s vision, and in many instances, are used by clients to assist in marketing.
Our team has the knowledge and background to provide construction administration and observation services for landscape architecture projects. Our trained and experienced professionals visit the project site during construction to review progress, quality of materials, workmanship, compliance with codes and construction documents. These site visits result in successfully built projects that meet the vision of our clients. We also assists administratively by reviewing bidder qualifications, bids, change orders, pay applications, project schedules, and much more. This oversight assists in identifying and resolving issues early, which is crucial to keep a project on time and within budget.