I am very excited to join Alta Planning and design. The work being done at Alta is very close to my heart as I have spent the better part of my youth and adult life on a BMX ,mountain or some other kind of bicycle. In general, I would rather walk or ride my bike, when I can. Since entering the design field in 2000, I have been very passionate about connecting and preserving open spaces, and within the urban and suburban environments for human and wildlife use. Almost serendipitously, I discovered that bicycle and pedestrian trails play a major role in projects of this nature and almost always enhance and make them more sustainable and successful for the surrounding communities. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outside with my wife and two daughters, mountain biking, hiking, gardening and cooking.
In my professional career, I have been involved in projects ranging from Urban Design and Streetscapes to Community parks, Trails (soft and hard surface) and Open space plans. While working on all of these projects the foundation of my design is ensuring the design improvements will foster community and make the spaces better for pedestrians and other users. My background in landscape ecology has also helped me develop plans which focus on conserving and enhancing resources for the surrounding communities. As a LEED Accredited Professional, I am always trying to integrate sustainable ideas and practices into each project I touch. Projects that I have recently worked on include the design and production of construction documents for 10 miles of Multi-use Trail in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, a Mountain Bike Skills Park for the City of Denver and Transportation Improvements for the City of Boulder for a Pedestrian Underpass, which included Bus, Bicycle, Pedestrian and Urban Design Alternatives.
Josh’s professional experience as a Landscape Designer and Planner has ranged from urban design projects to large scale planning and trails planning/design. Additionally, Josh has a strong understanding of landscape ecology and planting design issues. He has developed plans which focus on conserving and enhancing resources for the surrounding communities. He is very knowledgeable and passionate about the role natural resources have on built environments. As a LEED Accredited Professional, he is always trying to integrate sustainable ideas and practices into each project he works on. He is also very skilled at interviewing and working with clients and outside parties to obtain vital project information. He clearly understands the design process and is skilled at developing broad scale master plans into detailed construction documents. He is also an excellent on-site construction supervisor and makes every effort to ensure that designs are well implemented.
Ridgeview and Lac Amora Trails, Broomfield, CO
While at Shapins Associates, Josh assisted with the design and construction of 4,600 feet of multi-use concrete and crusher fines trail. He provided project graphics for public meetings and construction documents for Bidding purposes.
McIntosh Lake Park Trails, Longmont, CO
Josh assisted with the design and construction of 3 miles of multi-use concrete and crusher fines trail for the City of Longmont. He provided field staking services for the trail alignment, project graphics for public meetings and construction documents for Bidding purposes.
Boardwalk Park Trail, Windsor, CO
Along with other park improvements, Josh collaborated with the design team in the planning and implementation of 2 miles of concrete multi-use trail surrounding Windsor Lake near historic downtown Windsor. The trail project greatly improved the visitor experience at the park.
Red Rock Canyon Multi-use Trail (BLM) Las Vegas, NV
Josh worked as the Project Manager in the development of the first 10 miles of multi-use trail and four trailheads in the sensitive Mojave Desert. The project will function as a spine to many other recreational opportunities with in the conservation area while respecting the variety of natural and cultural resources found with in the NCA.
Broadway Transportation Improvements, Boulder, CO
Josh collaborated in the development of urban design drawings for a project that addressed the multi-modal conflicts at the Broadway and Euclid intersection including the adjacent transit stops and the associated bicycle/pedestrian zones. The project improvements included a pedestrian/bicycle underpass, additional bike racks, realignment and vertical separation of the multi-use path and access and circulation improvements.