PARKS + RECREATION
WHO WE ARE
DALHOFF THOMAS design studio is about making an impact. Every project that we are commissioned with follows a rigorous design process with one simple end goal in mind: Good design is measured by its effects on people over time. Always beginning with long-form conversation with a potential client, our goal of delivering an end-product that is second to none begins with getting to know the end-user. The relationships with our clients are what bonds our creative minds with the passion we commit to every project.
Bob Dalhoff and Dean Thomas began working as a collaborative team and partnership almost 40 years ago and in 1998 began what is today the largest Urban Planning, Landscape Architectural, and Parks + Recreation design firm in Memphis. The personalities that both of our leaders present have harbored many wonderful relationships through the years, forming bonds with some clients that span nearly four decades. Through Bob's expertise in community and urban planning and Dean's extensive knowledge in landscape architecture and parks + recreation, DALHOFF THOMAS design studio is anchored in a solid foundation that will last for many more decades.
DALHOFF THOMAS design studio's current staff of eight includes Urban Planners, Landscape Architects, and LEED accredited professionals. The diverse range of backgrounds and design interests among our professional staff drive the creative, collaborative, and focused work environment that fuels good design. In turn, each project commissioned to us receives unmatched attention from the Programming Phase to the Construction Phase.
Quality design is more than just ink on paper. It is the end product and user experience that determines the success of the design. DT strives to create timeless places that our clients can be proud of for many years to come.
Two heads are better than one. Collaboration between disciplines, firms, and team members provides multiple perspectives on the same design challenge to ensure a more thorough final product.
"The day you stop learning is the day you stop living." We are always making an effort improve ourselves, our process and our designs, and believe it is important to teach others along the way.
It is easy to fall into the habit of doing something the way it has always been done. Innovators challenge themselves to find a newer, faster, or better way.
DT's passion goes beyond the office and into the community, serving through organizations such as the Urban Land Institute, American Society of Landscape Architects, and many other wonderful national, local, and grass-roots organizations.
Often referred to as the "Triple Bottom Line", we are always focused on the economic, environmental, and social aspects of each design and how a project impacts the present as well as the future.
IN THE WORKS
WHAT'S ON OUR DRAFTING TABLE?
The Farms at Bailey Station is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) located here in the Mid-South. Currently, we are in the process of creating the Development Program for grounds of the luxury Independent Living apartment tower within the CCRC. The tower, designed by renowned REES Associates, Inc. in Dallas, boasts an incredible one-acre courtyard because of the buildings unique bowtie shape. The courtyard will have elements such as an event lawn used for passive activities or picture shows, elevation changes that create and divide spaces, water features, an outdoor kitchen, and a plethora of other elements all tied seamlessly together with a tasteful landscape and hardscape palette. And, we can't forget about the importance of lighting - just wait, this space will be incredible at night! Stay tuned for more updates on The Farms at Bailey Station. Oh! And, there are some pretty sweet Charleston-style private courtyards in this facility, too!
One of the most prominent retirement communities in Memphis, Kirby Pines, is getting a new front door! For decades, residents and visitors alike took a nondescript route to Kirby Pines, snaking through an old and well-established Memphis neighborhood. After many years, and unfortunately a decline the neighborhood's economic vitality, Kirby Pines decided to invest in the neighborhood by building a front door on Kirby Parkway.
Left as an empty and under-maintained lot for years, the property purchased for the new, lushly landscaped boulevard entrance will be a shot in the arm for the surrounding neighborhood. Prominent oak trees will line the new entrance, making a grand statement from the moment residents and visitors arrive from Kirby Parkway. The grand entrance will definitely give Kirby Pines residents a proud sense of arrival to their home! Good job Kirby Pines and Retirement Companies of America for investing in Memphis and your neighborhood!
Late last year Dalhoff Thomas was commissioned with authoring a Comprehensive Parks & Recreation Master Plan for the City of Starkville, Mississippi (affectionately known as Mississippi's College Town). Tasked with analyzing every aspect of Starkville's Parks and Recreation system, from operations to conceptual spatial design of individual parks, Dalhoff Thomas has recently completed a rigorous inventory and analysis of each park and is currently working on conceptual spatial designs for each park. The conceptual spatial designs will provide the City of Starkville with a general idea of what each park could develop as in the future. The designs are based on research and data provided national park standards, as well as an intense 3-day public input session where leaders and residents of Starkville were able to give their opinions of the current and future park system.
Check back soon for more updates about this exciting project!
We recently checked out the finished product for our Big River Trail trailhead design and it turned out fantastic! From this trailhead near downtown West Memphis, Arkansas, walkers, runners and cyclists will be able to get to the Harahan Bridge and cross the Mississippi River to downtown Memphis.
The project is a critical component of the the Main Street to Main Street Multi-Model Connector Project. It is funded by a TIGER IV grant (read about it on the Transportation for America website).
The Big River Trail also is part of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan.
"Transportation for America is helping local leaders come together to make sure the federal government doesn't drop the ball, and that states and the federal government invests in smart, homegrown, locally-driven transportation solutions."
- Transportation for America website
Check them out and read about how they continually help local communities get needed funding to improve connectivity for healthier and safer communities across the nation!
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