Case Study

Project: Mesa Verde National Park Visitor and Research Center

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Client: Mesa Verde National Park

Location: Montezuma County, Colorado

Year: 2014

Landmark Design was part of a multi-disciplinary team which developed schematic, design development, and construction documents for an award-winning new Visitor and Research Center at Mesa Verde National Park. Specific firm responsibilities included landscape architecture and landscape restoration. Landmark Design staff worked closely with the architects to provide a well thought-out visitor experience approaching the facilities, developed opportunities for interpretation outside the buildings and on the adjacent interpretive trail, and completed landscape and revegetation design utilizing native plants derived from regional sources. The project has been awarded LEED Platinum certification for the building and landscape, and was one of 150 projects worldwide selected as a pilot project for the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES ™) pilot program, a program which has created voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices, similar to LEED which primarily addresses buildings. Landmark Design led the significant documentation efforts, and in 2013, the project was awarded a Two-Star SITES™ Certification. The project included a substantial amount of invasive species management conducted concurrently by the National Park Service.


Utah Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects
Award of Honor 2014

LEED Platinum Certification Two-Star SITES™ Certification

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