We provide landscape architectural services from concept through construction management. Our design clients are in the public, private and institutional sectors throughout the southeast. WLA Studio specializes in landscapes in historic contexts as well as "green build" projects.
Foothills Parkway - Design/Build Extension, Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
The Foothills Parkway is a scenic highway, which links northern sections of Tennessee, crossing a series of high ridges with unobstructed views of the Great Smoky Mountains to the south and the Tennessee Valley to the north. At the beginning of the project, this parkway was one of the oldest unfinished highway projects in Tennessee. Under a contract with HDR, our firm assisted in the most recent phase of this project. This design-build effort included the design and construction of the roadway as well as two bridges with estimated construction costs of $20 million. The firm’s role in the project included the development of an overall landscape plan to stabilize the steep terrain using pioneering native plant species found within the project area. News footage documents the completed project.
City of Greensboro Downtown Master Plan, Streetscape, and GATEway Design
Beginning in 1996, our firm has assisted the City of Greensboro, Georgia with a variety of downtown design projects. The firm's 1996 Downtown Master Plan identified areas for improvement within the historic area of the town. Multiple design and construction projects followed and we are currently contracted to complete a streetscape design project which connects the historic downtown to new projects within the district including a multi-family residential project in a historic mill and a brewery. Our firm assisted Greensboro in the recently awarded a GATEway grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation for landscape improvements at one of the entrances to downtown. Construction is currently underway on a project to connect downtown with the recently completed Oconee Brewing Company and Mary-Leila Lofts projects.
The firm has been assisting Wake Forest University in the rehabilitation of historic Reynolda Gardens for nearly three decades. The firm first task at Reynolda Gardens, the former estate of the R.J. Reynolds family in Winston-Salem, NC, was the development of a Cultural Landscape Report and Master Plan. The Gardens, now in the ownership of Wake Forest University, are comprised of four acres within the larger Reynolda Estate grounds. The Gardens are endeared by the local community and university students, who visit on a daily basis. The plan evaluated the existing condition of the Gardens and assessed the existence of original plant materials and structures. The Master Plan recommendations have been implemented in phases over the past twenty years. The current phase of construction includes additional pathways, planting restoration, invasive vegetation removal and additional site furnishings.
Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, Buford, GA
Having assisted Gwinnett County in the development of a Conceptual Master Plan and Building and Site Program for the Gwinnett County Environmental and Heritage Center, WLA Studio also completed construction documents for the landscape element of this project. The Center is situated on a 230-acre, primarily wooded, conservation area. The concept behind this $19 million project is to bring the unique natural and cultural qualities of the area to life for visitors. Envisioned as an environmental “hands-on” learning center and a natural history and living history museum, the center is complemented by extensive site improvements with an array of outdoor spaces. This project has achieved the Gold Level for LEED certification. Sustainable site features include porous paving surfaces for roadways, parking and trails; ecological storm water treatments; a “dark skies” approach to site lighting; an emphasis on recycled and regional materials; and an exclusively native palette of plant materials. The building features a green roof.
Roosevelt Square, Gainesville, GA
On April 6, 1936, a tornado devastated the area that comprises today’s Roosevelt Square in Gainesville, GA, destroying the Hall County Courthouse along with commercial and residential structures. Funds from the Works Progress Administration resulted in the construction of a new county courthouse and city hall. On March 23, 1938, President Roosevelt ofﬁcially dedicated “Roosevelt Square” and a monument erected in his honor was unveiled. WLA Studio was retained to redesign this historic square. From concept through construction, ﬁrm members worked with the City of Gainesville and local stakeholders to create a space that respects the site’s past while providing for today’s programming needs. During the construction documentation phase, regionally appropriate materials such as locally quarried granite and native, drought tolerant plants were selected and used throughout the square. This redesign allows Roosevelt Square to thrive as a site for ofﬁcial community gatherings, a civic space with monuments, a location for groups to enjoy a variety of activities.
Our firm has been assisting the Jekyll Island Authority for over a decade in improvements to the island's facilities including a phased multi-use trail (master plan, construction documentation, and administration services) and hardscape improvements to the Jekyll Island Historic District. Our design solutions included creative solutions to interpreting historic sites, sensitive trail routing within wetlands areas, and innovative design for tails and boardwalks.