What do children playing in Philadelphia’s Herron Park have in common with couples shopping in West Hartford’s popular Blue Back Square? Both places were designed by landscape architects from Langan Engineering & Environmental Services. This unique group led by Michael Szura has helped breathe new life into sites ranging from neglected public spaces and blighted waterfronts to memorials, parks and redeveloped Brownfields in the New York metropolitan region.
At Langan, Szura has built something unique: a design-focused landscape architecture group within a consultancy known primarily for engineering and environmental services. Theoretically-speaking landscape architects working in concert with engineers, scientists, and surveyors under the same roof provide synergy to a range of design solutions. And in this case, reality matched theory.
Langan’s landscape architecture projects include MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ; Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, NY; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Basking Ridge, NJ; Canal Dock in New Haven, CT; St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA; Mannington Mills in Mannington, NJ; and DMAVA Park in Jersey City, NJ, which will provide arguably the best view of lower Manhattan from New Jersey. Clearly, the firm’s landscape architecture capabilities have added a valuable dimension to the numerous complex projects that the firm undertakes, particularly urban open space enhancement and waterfront redevelopments that help revitalize our cities.
“Every site is unique and has a history or ‘genius of place’ that’s often partially erased or hidden completely,” said Szura. “We find ways to bring those buried elements back to the surface in a relevant way. When we balance those features with the real-time jurisdictional constraints and economic goals of a project, Langan achieves what we consider the true triple bottom line—connecting people, layers and places. It’s where the practical meets the aspirational, translating design ideas into sustainable and memorable built landscapes.”
To view some major projects from Langan’s landscape architecture portfolio, click here.