At EDR, landscape architecture is the art and science of analysis, planning, design, management, preservation and rehabilitation of the land.
EDR is an award-winning land planning and design firm. Our principals and staff of registered and LEED™ -certified landscape architects and designers have decades of professional experience creating and implementing projects that integrate natural and cultural resources.
EDR has been “green” long before the term crept into our everyday vocabulary. As dedicated practitioners of sustainable design, EDR considers the natural systems of a site a guiding principle for planning and development. Planning and design specialties include: parks and greenways, commercial developments, private estates, streetscapes, waterfront development, bikeways, athletic facilities, art in the landscape, monuments, interpretive signage, historic landscapes, ecological site restorations, sustainable campus landscapes, and urban farms.
The vast majority of land development and site improvement projects are dependent on highly-skilled civil and water resources engineers who can assist owners with addressing the stringent demands and regulations with regards to stormwater mitigation, flood protection, and water quality preservation.
What differentiates EDR’s civil engineers is that they are members of an integrated team of landscape architects, ecologists, and community planners, who consistently demonstrate stewardship to the aesthetic, cultural, and natural environment.
Furthermore, they are certified and specialty-trained to practice erosion and sediment control design, stormwater management, and the preparation of stormwater pollution prevention plans. Other specialty areas include: storm and sanitary sewer design; stream restoration; watershed and floodplain management; hydrologic and hydraulic studies; watermain extensions; culvert scour and analysis; and construction administration, inspection and environmental monitoring.
Environmental Permitting & Ecological Resource Management
Successful compliance with federal, state and local environmental regulations and documentation requirements is a process that requires navigation with expert understanding, strategic approaches and creative solutions.
EDR provides strategic regulatory consulting services to industrial, government, municipal, and private clients. We provide a range of expertise and specialized services, which emphasize environmental regulatory compliance, natural resource management, environmental impact assessment, ecological surveys, and construction monitoring. Our firm has an extensive background in local permit strategies, permitting under the federal Clean Water Act (Sections 401, 404), state stream and wetland permit programs, New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), and multiple state utility/energy licensing programs.
We assist our clients in identifying specific regulatory responsibilities and provide technical knowledge and experience required to successfully navigate through State and Federal permit processes. We have an established positive reputation with relevant agencies. We often assist clients in formal and informal negotiations on permit terms, monitoring requirements, and identifying mitigation obligations. We know how to balance the technical, scheduling and financial needs of our clients to achieve effective and efficient solutions that address environmental regulatory compliance and resource management issues.
Planning for the future of a community requires an appreciation of the past, an understanding of the present, and a vision for the future.
EDR planners possess the flexibility and creativity to progress clients through the process of discovering and celebrating the character of their community, and then prioritizing and protecting their unique assets. We have the understanding to engage stakeholders and maintain their enthusiasm, the knowledge to define and detail the components of a sustainable plan, and the skill set to help communities implement their preferred vision and achieve comprehensive, realistic, and actionable solutions.
At EDR, a Certified Planner/Municipal Attorney is supported by a staff of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialists, landscape architects, civil engineers, and cultural resources, environmental regulatory compliance and visualization professionals. And, because many of our staff serve as officers and members of their own community planning boards and review organizations, they offer a unique perspective. Specialty areas include: public participation and outreach, inter-municipal comprehensive planning, Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), Brownfield Opportunity Area Program (BOA), grant writing, Smart Growth initiatives, New Urbanism, and Form-Based Zoning Codes.
The primary goal of cultural resource management is to identify, evaluate, and mitigate impacts to archeological sites and historic structures, and to ensure that the potential effect of a proposed undertaking on significant cultural resources is taken into account during project development and review.
EDR provides strategic regulatory compliance services to guide our public and private sector clients through the requirements of National, State and Local historic preservation laws. We are members of the American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA) and are well-versed in cultural resource regulations such as: Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Section 14.09 of the New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation Law, and the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).
At EDR, a Registered Professional Archeologist (RPA), supported by an experienced staff of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysts and mapping specialists, landscape architects, community planners, and environmental regulatory compliance and visualization professionals, offer services that include: archeological and cultural resource investigations (Phases 1A, 1B and 2), National Register of Historic Places eligibility evaluations, visual impact assessments, and excavation oversight.
Visual Impact Assessment
The ability to see a project before it is built is invaluable during the design and approval phase of a project.
EDR’s Visualization Services and products provide the foundation upon which design intent can be effectively portrayed to the public, and allows for the qualitative and quantitative assessment of the potential impacts that a project may have on a local landscape. EDR provides a broad range of visualization, visibility assessment, and visual impact analysis services – including inventory of aesthetic resources, viewshed analysis, use of helium-filled balloons for visibility studies, photo simulations, perspective renderings, digital 3-D modeling, animations, and visual impact analysis.