Press Release: January, 2013

VLA Guides NASA to LEED Gold!
(Cleveland, Ohio) As LEED project team administrator, Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc., is proud to announce that the The New Gate House at NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, Achieved LEED® Gold certification, as established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Philip Tworek, LEED® AP BD+C, served as the LEED Project Team Administrator for the new 3,000 square foot, single story building designed by A.M. Kinney Architects and Engineers. The Gate House is the check-in point for Glenn Research Center employees and visitors, and provides shelter for the officers who monitor and control traffic for the security of the NASA Glenn Campus. "With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC's vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation", said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "As a new member of the LEED family of green buildings, the New Gate House at NASA's Glenn Research Center is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement." In addition to providing LEED project team administration, Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc. is pleased to have also provided Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering design services for this project.

Press Release: October, 2012

VLA Designs Donor Garden for Cincinnati Children's.
(Cincinnati, Ohio) While it is true that all projects are special, Joshua Eastlake, one of VLA's Landscape Architects, recently had the opportunity to design a special project "from the heart" at Cincinnati Children's. Diane S. Babcock, M.D., Radiologist and Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery (and native Cincinnatian), generously donated the funds needed to transform what was a nice, but "underwhelming" space just outside the cafeteria into a beautiful, colorful garden for patients and their families to enjoy. Dr. Babcock and Joshua, along with Eric Stambaugh of Cincinnati Children's, collaborated during the summer of 2012 to create a new cafeteria landscape design that mimicked the playful, curvilinear forms so prevalent in the cafeteria's newly renovated interior. Marrying unique design elements with colorful plants, the new garden is striking, and is a reflection of Dr. Babcock's commitment to her patients and Cincinnati Children's. "Dr. Babcock was a pleasure to work with," says Josh. "Her passionate approach to this project and her knowledge of plants made this a uniquely satisfying collaboration. We were honored to have a hand in the reshaping of this garden."

Press Release: July, 2012

Overflow pipe will keep sewage out of Duck Creek.
(Cincinnati, Ohio) Under the Clean Water Act, Cincinnati is being required to update its combined sewer and stormwater system. In Ault Park, VLA worked with CDM to enhance the infiltration of rain water with a series of natural landscape features that catch and convey water. VLA suggested a series of natural enhancements to the landscape that promote rainwater infiltration while protecting the park from continued erosion. Exposed drainage structures will be masked with manmade rock outcroppings, boulders and tree trunks designed to appear to be natural features of park. Ault Park’s significant elevation exacerbates the erosion problem. This design solution, however, harnesses the dramatic flow of water, slowing it down by way of a series of pools and rock reinforced falls that enhance the beauty of Ault Park while promoting rainwater infiltration.Visitors will be able to enjoy more scenic trails while they learn, firsthand, about an ecologically sound approach to stormwater management. And by separating rainwater and keeping it out of sewers, we’re helping Cincinnati achieve its mandated goal under the Clean Water Act. Joshua Eastlake, a VLA Landscape Architect, even participated with his family and friends in the collection and relocation of some of the stream's aquatic organisms prior to the project's groundbreaking.

(For more information, view this WLWT news story with embedded video).

Press Release: July, 2011

Philip Tworek earns a LEED Professional Credential: LEED AP Building Design and Construction.
(Cincinnati, Ohio) LEED Accredited Professional since 2004, Philip is now a LEED AP BD+C. He is a proud member of "the global community of LEED professionals who are working to realize the vision of green buildings for all within a generation".

The LEED AP with specialty credential represents demonstration of an advanced level of green building knowledge and LEED practices through ongoing maintenance through continuing education and practical experience.

LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Press Release: June, 2011

NASA's Glenn Research Center (GRC) celebrates Main Gate grand opening.
(Cleveland, Ohio) NASA's Glenn Research Center (GRC) celebrated the completion and grand opening of its recently constructed Main Gate at Lewis Field. The Main Gate is the check-in point for GRC employees and visitors. The single story, 3,000-square foot building was designed by A.M. Kinney Architects and Engineers. Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc. served as Landscape Architect, LEED project team administrator, and Civil Engineer for the project.

The “Main Gate Security Project” consists of the redevelopment of the twenty-five acre main gate area on the north end of the NASA Glenn Research Center campus, located in Cleveland, Ohio. The project goal is for enhanced security and safety, improved traffic flow, and site enhancements associated with the realigned entrance drive and new Gate House visitor center.

Site improvements include the redesigned roadway system, parking lot, and pedestrian walkways; new security fencing; traffic control; storm water management; utilities coordination and adjustments; new campus entrance signage; and new planting design. Located within a runway protection zone (RPZ) of the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, all site improvements conform to FAA guidelines.

In addition, the Gate House is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification by the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc., is serving as the LEED Project Team Administrator managing the LEED application process.

Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc., is also providing landscape architecture and civil engineering services, plus LEED project team administration, for Phase 3 of the Main Gate Security Project, a new Shipping and Receiving Building which is scheduled to open in 2013.

Press Release: April, 2011

Vivian Llambi and Associates' Green Infrastructure Projects Featured on CAPGIN Web Site; Joshua Eastlake to give Rainwater Harvesting presentation.
(Cincinnati, Ohio) Several of Vivian Llambi and Associates' built green infrastructure projects located in the service area of the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) are featured on the web site of the Cincinnati Area Professional Green Infrastructure Network. This is an association of professionals that are involved in the green infrastructure industry and is sponsored by The Ohio State University Extension Office - Hamilton County, the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, and the Hamilton County Storm Water District. The featured VLA projects include the Diamond Oaks Career Development Center Rainwater Harvesting System and Rain Gardens, the Fountain Square Green Roof, the MSDGC Engineering Office Building Green Roof and Rain Garden, the University of Cincinnati Zimmer Plaza Green Roof, and the Wyoming High School Rain Garden. VLA's Joshua Eastlake will be giving a Rainwater Harvesting presentation at the next CAPGIN meeting on May 25th, 2011 (time and location to be determined).

Press Release: September, 2010

Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati; Wastewater Engineering Building, has achieved LEED Gold Certification.
(Cincinnati, Ohio) As LEED accredited professionals, VLA collaborated with an integrated team, focusing on sustainable site improvements for the 1.67 acre industrial site. VLA's contribution to achieving LEED points included design of a 550 s.f. rain garden and 6,800 s.f. vegetated roof planting for Stormwater Design Quantity Control; the vegetated roof for Reduction of Heat Island Effect; vegetated open space comprises 21% of this urban site to Maximize Open Space; use of native and adapted plants promote biodiversity for Restoration of Habitat; and use of native/adapted plants to Eliminate Use of Potable Water for Irrigation.

(For more information, view the linked video by Millimeter Creative).


Press Release: August, 2010

The University of Louisville's Clinical and Translational Research Building has received LEED Gold Certification.
(Louisville, Kentucky) The University of Louisville's Clinical and Translational Research Building has received a GOLD rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, an agency based in Washington that promotes sustainability in building design, construction and operation. Located at 505 South Hancock Street, the Clinical and Translational Research Building will support the region's growing research needs for working with oncology research and is associated with the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

VLA collaborated with AJRC Architects, providing a site design that assisted in attaining a total of 41 LEED credits, two more than the 39 credits needed to achieve a Gold rating. "There were several sustainable solutions that help us get the credits we needed," said VLA project manager Ken O'Dea. The landscaping was designed to reduce water consumption by 50% and the irrigation water used on site is supplied by a non-potable source, which is captured refrigeration condensation. A combination of at least 50% of the site landscape and sidewalks used paving materials with a solar reflectance index of at least 29 to limit heat island effect.

Press Release: April, 2010

Vivian Llambi & Associate's Cincinnati office is featured in Housetrends Magazine.
(Cincinnati, Ohio) The Cincinnati office of Vivian Llambi & Associates is featured in the April/May issue of Housetrends Magazine. The article, "Upstairs/Downstairs", tours several homes in the historic Walnut Hills neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio.


Press Release: January, 2010

Todd Wales was honored as one of the 2009 "Citizens of the Year" in Wyoming, Ohio.
(Wyoming, Ohio) Todd Wales was honored as one of the 2009 "Citizens of the Year" in Wyoming, Ohio. The award is given by the Promote Wyoming Committee. The Committee proudly recognized the 2009 Citizens of the Year at their annual recognition ceremony on January 26, 2010. The Citizens of the Year recipients were nominated throughout last year by their families, friends and colleagues for their dedication to improving Wyoming and the Greater Cincinnati area. Todd was recognized for his fifteen years on the Urban Forestry Board, his work with the Environmental Stewardship Commission for promoting rain gardens in the city, and other volunteer activities such as serving on the Citizens Advisory Board for the city schools, chairing a booth at the school fund raising carnival, a youth soccer coach, and hosting the Wyoming High School Class of 2010 homecoming float building for four years.

Press Release: December, 2009

Vivian Llambi & Associates office wins Cincinnati Preservation Society Rehabilitation Award.
(2312 Park Avenue, Walnut Hills, Cincinnati, Ohio) This splendid Queen Anne frame residence near Eden Park was the home of dry-goods merchant Henry Pogue of the H. & S. Pogue Company. Originally built around 1865, it was enlarged and remodeled in the late 19th century. It is one of the few Walnut Hills estates that has maintained its large lot size as well as its architectural integrity. Following an exemplary adaptive renovation, the Pogue mansion now houses the offices of Vivian Llambi & Associates, landscape architects.

Press Release: November, 2009

Vivian Llambi and Associates Wins Merit Award.
(Columbus, Ohio) VLA received a 2009, Merit Award from the Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for the Aileron Center of Entrepreneurial Education located near Dayton, Ohio. VLA was present to receive the award given during the chapter meeting in downtown Columbus in November 2009. Aileron also won the 2008 Honor Award from the Cincinnati AIA in the Design Award 12 competition in Cincinnati. The project consists of the development of a headquarters and educational Center for a non-profit organization dedicated to helping business owners lead and manage their companies. The 114-acre rural site features specialized gardens, a picturesque dry creek bed, terraces, walking trails, pedestrian bridges, overlooks, fire pits, fishing dock, sculpture, and landscaping with year-round interest. Site environmental improvements include: wetlands, sedimentation controls, bio-swales, and prairies. This project is LEED® Gold-Certified.

Press Release: September, 2009

Jeffrey R. Sinnard, P.E. Joins Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc.
(Cincinnati, Ohio) Jeff Sinnard has joined Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc. (VLA), a Cincinnati-based firm specializing in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Civil Engineering and Environmental Design, as Civil Engineering Director.  He will manage the firm's civil engineering department as well as various other environmental design projects.

Sinnard, a life long resident of Cincinnati, has extensive project engineering experience. Sinnard has a Bachelor of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati and is a licensed engineer in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the State of Ohio.

Press Release: March 18, 2009

Todd Wales of Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc. Becomes LEED Accredited Professional.
(Cincinnati, Ohio)Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc. (VLA), a Cincinnati-based Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Civil Engineering and Environmental Design firm is pleased to announce the achievement of Todd Wales, RLA as LEED Accredited Professional.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

Press Release: February, 2009

Joshua Eastlake has Completed the Required Training to Become an ARCSA AP (American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association Accredited Professional).
(Cincinnati, Ohio) As an ARCSA Accredited Professional, Mr. Eastlake has been thoroughly trained in, and can provide design services related to, harvesting, storing, and using rainwater for both potable and non-potable uses. VLA will concentrate on designing rainwater harvesting systems primarily for irrigation use, but can also provide design services for other environmentally sound rainwater uses such as flushing toilets. Such systems can potentially contribute to credits in the LEED categories of Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, and Innovation in Design.

Mr. Eastlake's ARCSA training was geographically comprehensive, but certain aspects of the training were fashioned for the midwestern United States and included specific training for the unique design problems posed by the geological, hydrological, and climatic environment of the tri-state area centered in Cincinnati, Ohio. ARCSA training and testing includes: water concerns, stormwater management, managing a rainwater harvesting business, safety concerns, planning, estimating supply and demand, roofing, guttering, conveyance, storage, piping, plumbing, sanitation, maintenance, and various uses of rainwater.

Press Release: December 23, 2008

Vivian Llambi Associates, Inc. has been Granted Status as an EDGE Certified Business in the State of Ohio.
(Cincinnati, Ohio) The State of Ohio Department of Administrative Services has determined that Vivian Llambi and Associates, Inc. meets the eligibility requirements for EDGE certification in the state of Ohio. This certification was approved for the procurement categories of Architecture and Engineering. The EDGE program establishes goals for state agencies in awarding contracts to certified EDGE businesses. EDGE procurement contracts apply to: goods and services, professional services, information technology services, construction, architecture and engineering.

Press Release: November 14, 2008

Vivian Llambi and Associates Wins A.I.A. Honor Award for Built Work in Landscape Architecture.
(Cincinnati, Ohio) VLA takes honor award at the Cincinnati Design Awards 12. Vivian Llambi and Todd Wales were on hand to accept the award at the gala held at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Hotel.

The project consists of the development of a headquarters and educational Center for a non-profit organization dedicated to helping business owners lead and manage their companies. The 114-acre site was designed and detailed to reflect the evolution and journey of business owners. The long and winding drive selectively reveals a progression of landscape features including a gateway bridge over a creek framed by picturesque sycamores; a logo incised into the landscape; berms and meadows planted with prairie grasses; a wetland; and an allče of trees. The journey culminates in the revelation of the ultimate goal: The Center. The building's architecture organizes pavilions around an infinity edge pool adjacent to a 3-˝-acre pond. Each pavilion houses distinct operations defined by thematic elements, reflected in the design of exterior spaces. Significant elements include: a passion garden, dry creek bed, terraces, walking trails, pedestrian bridges, overlooks, fire pits, fishing dock, sculpture, and landscaping with year-round interest. Environmental improvements include: wetlands, sedimentation controls, bio-swales, and prairies. The Center is committed to the principles of sustainability. The building utilizes prevailing winds for cooling, passive solar and geo-thermal wells as energy sources and water is supplied from wells and collected rainwater. This project is LEED® Gold-Certified. 

Press Release: September, 2007

Vivian Llambi and Associates, Inc. is Chosen as LEED Project Team Administrator for NASA's New Gate House Visitor Center.
(Cleveland, Ohio) Philip Tworek, ALSA, RLA, LEED Accredited Professional, of Vivian Llambi and Associates, Inc. (VLA), is currently serving as the LEED Project Team Administrator for NASA's new Gate House Visitor Center at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, as part of the center's Main Gate Security Project. Mr. Tworek is responsible for managing the project design team through the LEED application and certification process. The project team includes VLA, for site landscape architecture and civil engineering, and A.M. Kinney for architectural and MEP design.

The new Gate House is currently registered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) with the intent of achieving LEED Silver Certification. The building and site design will meet the requirements of the LEED for New Construction Rating System which addresses the following categories: Environmental and health impacts of site development, environmentally preferred construction materials, finishes and furnishings, energy and water use, waste stream management, indoor environmental quality, and exemplary performance and innovation in sustainable design and construction.

Press Release: September 27, 2006

Jennifer Brown of Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc. Becomes a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI).
(Cincinnati, Ohio) Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc. (VLA), a Cincinnati-based Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Civil Engineering and Environmental Design firm is pleased to announce the achievement of Jennifer Brown as a Certified Playground Safety Inspector.

CPSI stands for "Certified Playground Safety Inspector". It is the certification offered by the National Recreation and Park Association, through the National Playground Safety Institute. CPSI's are certified to inspect Playgrounds for safety issues; making sure that each playground they inspect is up to current national standards, developed by the ASTM and CPSC.

Press Release: August 15, 2006

Ken O'Dea Joins Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc.
(Louisville, KY) Ken O'Dea has re-joined Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc. (VLA), a Cincinnati-based firm specializing in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Community Planning and Environmental Design, as Senior Planner/Landscape Architect.  He will manage the firm's new urban design and planning department as well as various other environmental design projects.

O'Dea, originally from Louisville, will also be responsible for expanding VLA's market in Kentucky, where he will manage the firm's new office in Louisville.

O'Dea has a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Kentucky and is currently completing thesis work on a Master's degree in Community Planning/Urban Design at the University of Cincinnati. 

O'Dea is a licensed landscape architect in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the State of Ohio.   

Press Release: August 15, 2006

Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc. Opens Louisville Office
(Louisville, KY) Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc. (VLA), a Cincinnati-based Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Community Planning and Environmental Design firm, has opened a new office in Louisville, Kentucky.  The new office is located at 101 North 7th Street in Louisville, and can be reached at 502-561-3487.  Ken O'Dea, who started as a project landscape architect at VLA in 1999, will manage the Louisville office.  Originally from Louisville, O'Dea has a Bachelor's in Landscape Architecture from The University of Kentucky, and is finishing thesis work on a Masters of Community Planning / Urban Design from the University of Cincinnati.

VLA has worked on some of Louisville's most visible sites, including various projects at the Kentucky Fairgrounds, the Delia B. Baxter Biomedical Research Building, the Basketball Practice facility at the University of Louisville, the Louisville International Airport Master Plan, and the Otter Creek Park master plan.  Vivian Llambi, President of VLA says, "We have been involved in the Louisville business community for more than 15 years, so opening a local office continues our commitment to Louisville and allows us to offer enhanced services to our clients throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky". 

Founded in 1984, Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc. is one of Cincinnati's largest landscape architecture firms offering services in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Community Planning and Environmental Design.   The firm is a certified Disadvantaged and Woman-Owned company with 12 employees.  

Press Release: August, 2004

Philip Tworek of Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc. Becomes LEED Accredited Professional.
(Cincinnati, Ohio)Vivian Llambi & Associates, Inc. (VLA), a Cincinnati-based Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Community Planning and Environmental Design firm is pleased to announce the achievement of Philip Tworek, ASLA as LEED Accredited Professional.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.