Below the Surface: Strategies for Designing Big Parks on Complex Structures - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Recorded On: 10/27/2023

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As the urgency to provide access to green open space in dense urban neighborhoods increases, more parks are being constructed on structure—over buildings, highways, and bridges. This session explores these projects' technical challenges and a range of strategies for designing and engineering public open space on new and existing structures.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the challenges of parks constructed on existing structures, and review innovative approaches to address structural limitations associated with re-development.
  • Explore how a collaborative multi-disciplinary process can achieve an integrated system that addresses both structural requirements and landscape needs.
  • Understand how project design extends beyond documentation, requiring an adaptable approach that allows for responsive design solutions to structural challenges that emerge during construction.
  • Evaluate how different project delivery methods, contract document structures, and phased construction can influence landscape design on structure.

Jing Fan, ASLA

Associate Principal

Hargreaves Jones Landscape Architecture

Jing Fan, RLA is an associate principal at Hargreaves Jones Landscape Architecture. She has worked on a variety of high-profile projects in the United States and China, including public parks, urban plazas, campuses, and mixed-use developments. Jing brings a deep passion for integrating vibrant public realm landscapes with urban development so that cities and communities can thrive, supported by her professional background in both landscape architecture and urban planning. She has led many projects from concept design through documentation and implementation, including urban landscapes built on structure.

Andrew Lavallee, FASLA


SiteWorks Landscape Architecture, LLC

Andrew Lavallee, FASLA, RLA is a partner at SiteWorks Landscape Architecture, LLC. He has more than three decades of experience as a designer and construction manager. He leads his firm’s technical design practice focusing on multidisciplinary public realm projects including executive landscape architecture services, specification writing, cost estimating for both construction and post-installation management, and strategic planning for construction, procurement, site implementation logistics, and post-construction site management. Andrew is also an Adjunct Professor with the City College of New York Graduate Landscape Architecture Program.

Nathan J. Palmer, PE

Senior Vice President

CONSOR Engineers, LLC

Mr. Palmer is Senior Vice President with Consor Engineers, LLC and currently oversees Consor's operations in Arizona. He has been designing bridges, traffic structures, retaining walls and drainage structures for the last 18 years and has additional experience in surveying, construction, full-scale testing and bridge inspections. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Nathan is a registered Professional Engineer in Arizona and Colorado but continues to support Consor's bridge projects across the United States.


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