Smart Growth Leadership Award

RGS one of Central Pennsylvania’s leading civil engineering, land planning, and landscape architecture design firms, and Land Studies, Inc. (LSI), a Lititz based environmental planning and restoration firm, have received the Leadership Award for a Small Project / Built Infrastructure Project in recognition of their joint effort for a floodplain restoration project on Paul & Judy Ware’s five-acre home in Lancaster Township. This award recognizes leadership on smart-growth standards of effectiveness, collaboration, replicability, community involvement and support. This is the highest honor from the Lancaster County Planning Commission Smart Growth Award. According to Client Manager, John D. Hershey of RGS, “the innovative holistic approach to the Ware’s 5-acre, 19th-century home, included floodplain restoration for a highly visible and heavily eroded tributary to the Little Conestoga Creek”. “We hope that this approach which blends restoration with stormwater management, will inspire other landowners and design professionals to better manage water resources on other properties”, commented LSI President, Kelly Gutshall.

About Land Studies

Land Studies, Inc. is a certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) providing environmental planning and restoration services with 25 years of experience. They work on the belief that understanding and working with natural systems, instead of artificially controlling them, provides consistently superior, more stable, and longer lasting results. They offer a refreshing approach to conventional site design while balancing stewardship with practicality.

About RGS

RGS celebrates its 20th year of client service during 2013. It successfully merges art and technology to create truly distinctive and sustainable landscapes. Other recent awards for such projects include the U.S. Green Building Council’s ‘LEED Project of the Year’ and the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County’s ‘Community Revitalization Award’. RGS offices include a Downtown York location along with a newly-renovated, historic warehouse location in Lancaster City.