Abonmarche conducted initial feasibility studies; created a park and marina master plan; provided surveying, architectural and landscaping services; and arranged for all permitting, including IDNR/USCOE and local approvals, for this $12 million project. The total project includes a riverwalk along Burns Waterway, fishing platforms into Burns Waterway and rest room facilities for public use. In addition to the 250-slip marina and boat launch, the park features a 6-lane boat launch facility, large parking lot, retaining walls and natural landscaping.
Abonmarche was contracted to complete a Master Plan and renovation of this facility, including the design of a 4,000 sq. ft. Boaters’ Services Building, which contains public restrooms, showers, a lounge area and a screened-in porch. The project area is adjacent to the historic Fishtown area and the building was designed architecturally to be compatible with this development. The site design integrates a complex traffic plan that can accommodate the flow of automobile traffic, trucks towing boats, as well as pedestrian traffic from downtown Leland and the adjacent Fishtown area.
This 22,000 square foot Police and Fire Station facility was designed to meet the public safety needs of the Lake and Baroda Township communities for 50 years, consolidating the fire and police departments of both townships, and has expansion capacities built-in for that time. The design features sustainable elements including a geothermal heating/cooling system. The new building was constructed across the street from the former Lake Township Fire Station, which is now used as a Medic 1 ambulance center.
In an effort to gain greater efficiency from the 15 facilities Whirlpool Corporation operates in and around the Saint Joseph/Benton Harbor area, the company announced a consolidation effort in late 2010. The center-piece of this effort is the creation of a campus in downtown Benton Harbor consisting of three- three story office buildings and an amenities building. Additionally, the design will incorporate green elements, allowing the company to seek LEED Gold certification.
Our landscape architecture team has a strong understanding and respect for the environment, allowing us to incorporate natural site features into a project. Our team works closely with the engineering, surveying, and planning staff to maximize each project’s potential. Our goal is to listen to our clients and incorporate their wants and needs into our design philosophy. A philosophy that is based on minimizing the impact to the environment while providing an aesthetically pleasing experience for the user. Our goal is never to use the cookie-cutter approach to design.