On the Boards

3550 Commonwealth Park master plan underway

October 20, 2017

In partnership with Rebuilding Together Alexandria and Alexandria’s PARKnership program, a master plan for 3550 Commonwealth is underway!  This plan evolves a 2015 plan for a vacant lot adjacent to the Chick Armstrong Recreation Center, and includes games tables, open play space, natural play, and trike path. For more information: 3550 Commonwealth Avenue      

Urban Development Area for the City of Salem

June 19, 2017

For the past year, our team has been working alongside the City of Salem to develop an Urban Development Area (UDA) along their East Main Street corridor. This is the second UDA project that Rhodeside & Harwell has completed with Salem. The first UDA consisted of identifying three different UDA boundaries (including the East Main Street UDA). Following adoption of … Read more »

South Park Master Plan Underway

April 3, 2017

Rhodeside & Harwell has been enlisted by Arlington County to create a master plan for South Park, a piece of land located downstream of Four Mile Run where the stream meets the Potomac River. The park spans between Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 1) and Potomac Avenue. The Arlington County and City of Alexandria boundary line bisects the site into two sections. … Read more »

cultural landscape report kicks off for Green-Wood Cemetery, iconic open space in Brooklyn

December 19, 2016

Green-Wood Cemetery is a national historic treasure offering rolling hills of verdant lawn and winding tree-lined streets of a grand scale in Brooklyn, New York City. As with many of New York’s open spaces, Hurricane Sandy ravaged Green-Wood’s mature trees, ripping them from the ground, but in turn presented the Cemetery with an opportunity to move one step closer toward … Read more »

Lots of Activity in New York

May 20, 2016

There is lots of activity in our New York office.  Elliot and Mark recently kicked off work with Arup on the Lower Hudson Transit Link project, a bus rapid transit program linking Rockland and West Chester County.  Mary is getting ready to begin work on a cultural landscape report for Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, and design work continues on Jones … Read more »

Stairs Study Model

February 22, 2016

A current project in our office presented a unique situation for a stair application, which deviated from the standard tread/riser ratio.  Through a quick study model, we are now able to test various stair proportions to help identify a happy medium for different strides.

Fredericksburg Riverfront Park conceptual development

January 14, 2016

Conceptual work on Fredericksburg Riverfront Park is progressing through a series of sketches and model iterations to create fun playground spaces and a variety of programmatic areas throughout the park.

Alexandria Country Day School playground design

December 19, 2015

RHI is working on some ideas for outdoor classrooms and playgrounds to help convert underutilized spaces at Alexandria Country Day School campus.

Splash park design at a seaside park in New York

December 17, 2015

Seagrass and the windblown patterns of sand are our inspiration for a splash park we are designing for a seaside park in New York.  We wanted to avoid the plastic looking nozzles typical of most splash parks, so we used champagne-colored metallic tubes in the arcing pattern of seagrass. The rubberized surface underneath will have subtle changes in elevation and … Read more »

Sandy Springs work sessions

December 14, 2015

We had great work sessions last week to develop transformative concepts for the City of Sandy Springs, GA. Jim Tolbert, Assistant City Manager of Sandy Springs joined Rhodeside & Harwell and team members Nelson Nygaard, Gensler, RCLCO and Code Studio to evolve ideas for The Next Ten. Stay tuned for upcoming updates!  Check out the project website here for more … Read more »

Splash play area at Jones Beach

October 16, 2015

A study of dune formations translates into a fun, whimsical surface for this Jones Beach’s splash play area.  This characteristic of the surrounding beaches translates nicely into a space for kids to play with a covered area for parents to sit and watch.  

VCU campus building courtyard

October 16, 2015

RHI’s concept for the VCU School of Allied Health symbolizes Virginia’s Fall Line, creating a bold and simple configuration.