As a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, I arrived in Colorado via the farmlands of southwest Minnesota. The prospect of mountains, recreation, and mild weather enticed my decision to begin my professional career in the beautiful Rocky Mountain region. I can proudly say that I reaped the benefits by trading the corn fields of Minnesota for the mountains of Colorado!
I have always developed intimate relationships with places and I find myself constantly reflecting upon those experiences. Connecting people to places while improving lifestyle and health are only a few of the benefits that my profession, as well as myself, can contribute to society.
Brett uses his educational background in environmental design to integrate the diverse communities who occupy and interact with the surrounding landscape. He strives to create a lower impact on the environment as a LEED Accredited Professional, and he uses landscape architecture as a means to educate others about this philosophy. In conjunction with site design and functionality, he incorporates an experiential quality to each project to connect people and place. With over three years of experience, Brett has developed a wide range of skills, including urban design, trail planning, communication design, graphic development, public facilitation and preparation of construction documents.
The Red Rock Canyon Multi-Use Trail (BLM), Las Vegas, NV
This initial two-phase project developed several miles of trail and four trailheads to accommodate cyclists, hikers and equestrians. The trail gently integrates into the desert landscape and provides diverse opportunities for recreation while respecting the variety of natural and cultural resources. Brett was responsible for supporting the production of conceptual design plans, sections, illustrative graphics and construction documents.
Washington Park Gateway Improvements, Denver, CO
As one of the most populated and heavily used recreational parks, the City of Denver sought to enhance visitor experience at Washington Park while improving transportation circulation. This included a walking/running path and regional bike trails at several main nodes of entry. Brett was responsible for project management, working closely with the City and County of Denver Parks and Recreation Department with multiple public meeting, site visits and conference calls. He also coordinated the development of construction documents with several sub-consultants. The design implemented entry monuments and street improvements that helped inform visitor use while not impeding regional bike use and walking/running pathways. These improvements are to be used as a “kit-of-parts” for implementation at other high traffic nodes throughout the park.
Barnum North Mountain Bike Skills Park, Denver, CO
Denver’s first bike park was a partnership between Winter Park Resort and Denver Parks and Recreation. The project revitalized a vacant parcel of land by incorporating elements such as park paths, walks, pedestrian shelter and signage surrounding dirt jumps and pump tracks. Brett was responsible for supporting the production of conceptual design plans, illustrative graphics and construction documents.