MONTALTO, UPPER CAMPUS OF THE ROBERT H. SMITH CENTER FOR JERFFERSON STUDIES : ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA  Montalto, the mountain southwest of Monticello, was part of Thomas Jefferson’s original landholding. It was recently re-acquired by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. to expand the Center for Jefferson Studies with a world class multi-purpose education center. NBW collaborated with Dagliesh Gilpin & Paxton Architects in the development of a feasibility study and master plan for the property. The firm has continued on the project with detailed design in collaboration with Glave & Holmes Architects. Wherever feasible, sustainable design principles are being applied through the incorporation of cisterns, porous paving, and rain gardens. LEED™ certification is a goal of the project. THE BARNS : CITY OF TRAVERSE CITY, MI  NBW was hired by the City of Traverse City and Charter Township of Garfield Recreational Authority to develop a conceptual site plan for this 56-acre agricultural site shared by three non-profit organizations with similar commitments to the environment - the Botanical Garden Society of Northwest Michigan, Little Artshram, and SEEDS. Through a series of workshops, a set of guiding principles was developed to help shape the site plan. The resulting concept creates a vision for the property as a farm, park and botanic garden - a place of production, cultivation, conservation, education, and outreach to the public through innovative environmental practices. While honoring the site’s agricultural history, the plan seeks to preserve existing ecological habitats, restore impaired habitats, and create new ones that support biodiversity. LOWER BLUFF WALK : CITY OF LYNCHBURG, VA  The Lower Bluff Walk is part of a larger revitalization plan for historic downtown Lynchburg that will provide a spine for a new mixed-use cultural district. The Walk is a proposed pedestrian street that connects a series of alleys and residual spaces in a continuous, accessible walking experience along five blocks. Located in a rapidly developing area atop dramatic rocky bluffs overlooking the newly developing Riverfront Park and James River, the Walk weaves between existing buildings, future building lots, and rock outcrops. Primary themes are the arts and interpretation of Lynchburg’s history. New galleries, shops, and cafes are envisioned to provide a vibrant street life. Fountains with falls and channels that reveal storm drainage are proposed to cascade down slopes, celebrating the hydrologic connection to the James River. UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI : CORAL GABLES, FL  The team of Cooper, Robertson & Partners and Nelson Byrd Woltz was hired to update a 1992 master plan and design guidelines for this 230-acre campus. In accordance with the University’s strategic plan, the project identifies future building sites; open space preservation areas; recommendations for transportation, circulation, and parking; and linkages between complementary University programs and precincts. The plan supports and reflects the University of Miami’s sustainable design inititiative, GreenU.