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Welcome to our blog, where we share all the things that inspire, motivate, and define us.

You’re Not Done Yet: The Importance of Construction Administration in the Design Process

In the course of practicing landscape architecture, we become quite familiar with the steps in the design process: site analysis, schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding, and construction administration/observation. As a young landscape architect, I can remember finishing a set of construction documents, completing the bidding phase, and feeling a great sense of relief... Read Full Post

Ellsworth Ranch Closer to Reality with Town Approval

Earlier this month, the Ellsworth Ranch community took a major step forward when the Queen Creek Town Council approved the rezoning of the 190-acre development. RVi has been working with developer Taylor Morrison, land use attorney Shaine Alleman of Tiffany & Bosco, civil engineer Wood Patel, as well as the Town of Queen Creek and... Read Full Post

New Segment of Brushy Creek Regional Trail Officially Open!

Earlier in July, the newest section of the Brushy Creek Regional Trail opened to the public in Round Rock, Texas. The new 0.9-mile out-and-back segment starts near the shore of Brushy Creek at the northwest corner of the Creekside Plaza Shopping Center at Chisholm Trail. Construction funding came from an award by CAMPO through the... Read Full Post

The Value of Trust

The depth of our collective business relationships is dependent on two different types of trust: professional and personal. Becoming a trusted advisor is about balancing the two. If you stop and think about it, we are all a trusted advisor to someone. We give advice to our friends, family, and colleagues daily, challenging them to... Read Full Post

Transformative Stadium Point Project Moves Forward in Peoria

Earlier this month, the City of Peoria, AZ took an important step towards realizing plans for the game-changing mixed-use development known as Stadium Point. The City approved the Memorandum of Understanding with Developer American Life/Steinhauer Properties, enabling the team to move forward with preparing a Development Agreement for the planned 1 million+ s.f. project. Stadium... Read Full Post

The Element of Anthropology in Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture is not just about knowing your plants, or designing a retaining wall, or being able to answer the age-old question, Why is my grass turning brown? (Please don’t ask us about your grass.) Inherent in the profession of landscape architecture is the need to understand how people live; the ability to recognize what... Read Full Post

Designing for an Uncertain Future

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt every aspect of our lives, at RVi we are coming to terms with the fact that the virus is also impacting the way we design community amenities. In early March, we were forging ahead with the design of amenity centers as though everything would soon return to normal.... Read Full Post

Why Being a Farm Kid Made Me a Better Land Planner

Over my 15-year career I have had the great opportunity to be surrounded by some tremendously talented individuals. Having grown up in a livestock/row-cropping family in Northeast Missouri, I can sense those who were raised in a similar environment, just like an incoming rainstorm. Most farm kids have underlying characteristics rooted within them, such as... Read Full Post