Invasive Species Management – KC WildLands - Kansas City, MO
Habitat Architects has completed herbicide application treatments for the eradication of bush honeysuckle (Lonicera mackii) for over 100 acres of property in parklands within the Kansas City Metropolitan area over the past 7 years. The project is an ongoing effort in cooperation with KC WildLands and the Missouri Department of Conservation to improve wildlife habitat specifically for neo-tropical migrants and has been funded by grants from the Missouri Bird Grant Initiative.
Tiger Trail Exhibit – Kansas City Zoo, Kansas City, MO
Habitat Architects, LLC was contracted to provide habitat development and landscape planting services for the new Tiger Trail Exhibit at the Kansas City Zoo located in Swope Park. Construction services included transplanting over 300 live bamboo culms from the garden walk to the Tiger Trail Exhibit, as well as the installation of the landscape along the visitors viewing and seating areas. Landscape species included Compact Abelia, Spirea, Sawara Cypress, Creeping Juniper, Chinese Astilbe, Bee Balm, Dwarf Fountain Grass, Black Stemmed Bamboo, Dwarf Heavenly Bamboo, Prairie Dropseed, Butterfly Bush, New Jersey Tea Lilac, and Isanti Redosier Dogwood. Additional services included soil preparation, fertilizing, hardwood mulching and initial establishment watering.
Bio-swale Design Build – Shawnee Mission Park - Johnson County, KS
The Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department contracted Habitat Architects to complete a native vegetation and bio-swale project along the front entry of the Theater in the Park facility. The project was a design build project to improve aesthetics to the facility entry while improving water quality through a bio-swale that received runoff from the adjacent parking lot. An interesting component to the project was the potential impact by the oversized deer herd in the park. Habitat prepared a design that included attention to the aesthetics of the theaters entrance, as well as choosing species that were less likely to suffer from the overpopulation of deer in the park. In order to cut installation cost, the park recruited student volunteers to help with plantings and mulch installation. Habitat staff completed hands on instruction with the students and planting over sight to insure proper planting techniques.
Rain Garden and Bio-swale Construction – O.P. Soccer Complex – Overland Park, KS
Construction included two BMP’s to protect and enhance water quality on the site, a rain garden supported by parking lot runoff and approximately 420 linear feet of native vegetated bio-swale. Both features included the installation of a perforated underdrain system through a modified soil medium to encourage infiltration. Each site was seeded with native grass and wildflower tailored specifically for each application. Habitat also planted containerized native grasses and wildflowers to improve site aesthetics near the facility entrances.
Wetland Mitigation - City of Pleasant Hill, MO
Habitat Architects, LLC was selected to provide wetland mitigation services for the City of Pleasant Hill, Missouri. The city was required, as a condition of a Section 404 permit, to mitigate wetland impacts associated with the construction of soccer fields within the city park. Habitat completed the design and installation of two wetlands that included a native grass and wildflower buffer. Excavation and grading was used to channel site runoff into the wetland. The site met all the restoration objectives required for the clients 404 permit. The wetland received "Compliance Certification" from the US Army Corps of Engineers in less than a year.
Kickapoo Wastewater Lagoon – Horton, KS
Habitat Architects, LLC was contracted to complete native seeding for the wastewater lagoon construction site located on the Kickapoo Indian Reservation near Horton, Kansas. Habitat’s services included broadcast seeding of a fescue / rye blend across a 3.5-acre project site. Soil preparation for the enhancement of seed germination included harrowing, fertilization and the placement of straw mulch across the disturbed soil areas.