Crafton Tull is pleased to announce that our Planning Department led by Dave Roberts, ASLA and Julie Luther, AICP, ASLA is the recipient of two planning and design awards for their work at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith, Arkansas. On September 8th the Arkansas Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) honored our team with the 2011 Achievement in Urban Development & Design. In addition, the Arkansas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) also chose Crafton Tull’s Planning team for their work at Chaffee Crossing as the recipient of the 2011 Merit Award for Planning & Urban Design, awarded on September 23rd in Fayetteville.
As a whole the entire company is proud of each and every person who worked so hard to make this project a success for Crafton Tull, Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority and the area citizens whose lives will be impacted impacted by its completion. It is a great honor to be recognized by peers and colleagues; especially on a project of which we are so proud to have been a part of.
Crafton Tull wanted to share the highlights of the project and what our Planning Department was able to accomplish. Chaffee Crossing is the type of project where planners play a role that truly impacts the public’s quality of life while at the same time teaches lessons of sustainability and appreciation for the environment. The Plan and the Development Guidelines establish a criterion that places a focus on the pedestrian, community character and environmental respect. This is evident in the concept for the Land Use Plan which establishes walkable nodes, each with a different mix of use, each with a varied design character. The laces that tie these nodes together are the trail connections that intertwine through the 7,000-acre site, linking Chaffee Crossing to Fort Smith, Barling, and points beyond. This plan is about providing for a collection of sustainable developments that equal a greater sum, an option for residents to live, work, play and shop in a walkable community that encourages human interaction.
We would like to offer our sincere congratulations to Dave Roberts ALSA, Julie Luther ACIP, and Kyle Blakely, ASLA for their hard work and the recognition they received as a result. Crafton Tull is appreciative of the quality and consistency of the work of our talented, dedicated staff. It is rewarding when that When that work is recognized by our professional peers.