For almost 40 years, EDA Planning + Urban Design has been involved in open space planning across scales and capacities. Projects have included preparation of high level regional open space planning documents, down to neighbourhood open space development/renewal strategies and park master plans. Regardless of the size of the project, our refined process enables us to effectively examine existing and prospective open space systems, and determine the spatial opportunities and constraints based on demographics, existing usage, trends, and goals of the client.
Our extensive experience in natural resource based planning, design and management includes a full range of services, including regional resource and land sustainability assessments, site specific analyses, and development guidelines and implementation strategies. Our expertise focuses on creative management approaches to sustainable development and visual resource management. Community consultation and stakeholder engagement is integral to our process. Our role is to ensure that all stakeholders and priorities - client, community, and environment are considered in final outcomes.
Urban Planning and Design projects range from streetscape design and plazas, to integrated downtown development plans for commercial and mixed use developments. Successful projects recognize opportunities to integrate public and private initiatives through a framework for design and development that considers economic, political, and other complex concerns and factors.
We have substantial experience working with municipalities and community groups towards improved urban outcomes; to achieve aesthetic, social, and physical improvements that shape identity in neighbourhoods and improve investor confidence. Our multiple award winning projects are evidence of a commitment to design excellence.
We've worked with communities throughout Canada to reflect their needs and beliefs in the physical spaces in which they gather. EDA has planned and designed park spaces, cultural gathering spaces, community league properties, and more. It is important that the planning process be tailored to the specific community.
Public consultation is a complex and integral part of the design process. Our experience includes engagement ranging from formal presentations, group workshops, design charrettes, one on one interviews, and various types of surveys. Our ability to produce clear, concise and intriguing presentation material has enabled us to garner exciting ideas and solutions to design challenges from communities and stakeholders. The ability to create presentation material, such as figures and diagrams that simplify complex ideas and design challenges, has helped us foster collaboration and build consensus in our projects.
Design Guidelines and Standards provide a framework for ongoing development to help ensure that a common vision for an area is designed and respected. They can address any given component of a site, and can be as specific as desired. Our experience includes many design guideline reports for a variety of project types, including: streetscape and downtown development projects; park and trail projects; and facility appearance projects Theme development is normally an important component of design guideline projects, and can be developed to relate to the history, culture, or natural environment of the project location.
Many communities are now revitalizing the role of their rivers and waterfronts through careful planning of appropriate uses, and redevelopment of adjacent properties into publicly accessible parkland. Our expertise is demonstrated through the breadth of our completed projects, ranging in scope and scales from high level planning documents such as Area Redevelopment Plans, Feasibility Studies down to Master Plans, to detailed design and construction document preparation. In all projects of this nature, community and stakeholder consultation is a key component contributing to successful outcomes.
Communication between the various users and a clear priorities and objectives are very important in any development or project on a school site. We have been involved in a variety of campus and school site planning and design projects, with experience ranging from long term comprehensive site planning, through to detailed site design and implementation for individual buildings on campus.
Our experience and services include subdivision planning, design, and construction implementation for a number of Developers in the Edmonton Region for decades. We have worked in various regional jurisdictions, and therefore have substantial experience with the approval processes in each, allowing us to deliver exceptional designs and services, while shortening timelines for approvals and construction, and ultimately reducing costs. Our landscape architects have impressive design credentials, while our technical staff has extensive experience in the preparation of subdivision design plans, construction administration and approval coordination.
We consider trail planning to be one of our design specialties. Our extensive experience extends to all stages from planning and design to implementation and construction management. We have overseen the development of trails in a range of situations - from back country mountain hiking trails to high-use urban multi-use trails. Our hands on approach and comprehensive review of site conditions factor in the success of all trail projects. Some of thse include but are not limited to: biophysical issues such as soils, drainage, topography, and spatial and visual opportunities provided by each individual site. Our general philosophy maximizes opportunities provided by the land no matter the scale of the project or its rural or urban context.
Our Visual Impact Assessment experience has ranged from regional land use management recommendations to site specific analysis. Our clients include all levels of government, special interest groups, and private corporations. Our work has included the preparation of visual resource assessment and technical documentation, impact documentation including text and graphics, hearing evidence, specialized courtroom graphics and video presentations, and CADD and simulation modelling.
Our planning and design experience include public and private sector projects in both development of new cemeteries and improvement of those that exist. Our involvement in includes master planning, concept design, facility planning, site development, as well as detail design of specific elements within cemeteries such as entry gates, sanctuaries, columbaria, memorials, information kiosks and mapping and location systems.
Our involvement typically starts at the early stages with land use analysis, and continues through to detailed design development of specific site features and associated amenities. Typical planning, design, and implementation services that we provide have included: eco-Industrial planning, streetscape treatment, parks + recreation facilities, trails + open space linkages, entry features, subdivision layout, stormwater management facilities, sustainable design features, marketing brochures, and construction management.