Planning

Park Central Square by the Numbers

Times that the Springfield Public Square has changed significantly since 1838: 6 Number of years that “The Pie” occupied Springfield’s Public Square: 38 Number of years (and counting) for Lawrence Halprin & Associates’ Park Central Square: 40 Number of interim revisions to Halprin & Associates’ Park Central Square from 1971 to 2010: 1 Number of […]

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Part Three – The Rest of the Story

by Geoffrey Butler, AIA

Remember the movie “Moonstruck” with Cher? That kitchen, where the family got together, was the focal point for much of their life and the dining table was in the middle of the kitchen. That was a big old house, and the kitchen was the heart. You cooked, cleaned, served and ate right there. You did […]

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Part Two – Breaking the Kitchen Down

by Geoffrey Butler, AIA

So what is an adequate kitchen? Size does not mean much. An adequate kitchen is one that works and works well. When we plan commercial kitchens we understand this. We work with the functions and the flow. We also have very critical health codes to comply with and those same codes need to be considered […]

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Low Impact Development

We have been working on a 500 acre, mixed-use development over the last several years. These types of developments just do not happen overnight. They require that the planning take the economic feasibility of the project, the community infrastructure needs, the development’s impact on existing infrastructure, as well as the concerns of the nearby property […]

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Is that piece of dirt a good deal? Part II

by Geoffrey Butler, AIA

A continuation on last week’s discussion. Now you need to look at the various factors which affect the use of the site: Storm drainage – is it provided regionally in the development or do you have to do it on site? This can eat up 20% of the site and add significant costs up front […]

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Is that piece of dirt a good deal? Part I

by Geoffrey Butler, AIA

Anytime you need to build, you usually have to acquire the land to build on. Obviously there are primary concerns that you have to verify: zoning, access, utilities, restrictive covenants, topography, etc. But, how can you tell if the land is going to be a good value? Anyone can pay too much; it takes a […]

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