In the News


Highlander Development

Federal HUD Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson toured Highlander, a mixed-use, mixed-income development in Omaha and spoke highly of it. He specifically noted the community garden and the strength of public-private partnerships.

Although designs that are sensitive to sustainability, livability, and natural systems are second nature to our designers on this project, these efforts are getting recognized here with a purposeful design that aims to strengthen the community.
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Johnson County Park & Recreation District Inclusive Playgrounds

After design and construction is complete, it all pays off when we can share in the fun on this Shawnee Mission Park inclusive playground. We worked with Johnson County Park and Recreation District to develop the County's second inclusive playground for people of all abilities and ages.
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Local Firms working with Students at KU Edwards Campus

Scott Schulte, Senior Environmental Planner, is not only a part of the Vireo team, but he teaches an environmental planning class at the University of Kansas. "Vireo is one of the many ways KU collaborates with area employers and community colleges to create pathways for students to earn a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of General Studies in environmental studies from KU." We are glad to be one of the local firms working with environmental studies graduates, as the "need for people with a blend of science and policy knowledge will [grow]" with KU Edwards Campus.
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Camp Branch Park Master Plans

Camp Branch Park will soon accommodate that growing community, and we are proud to be working with the Johnson County Park and Recreation District to plan for possible future. 

"Johnson County continues to grow rapidly so this will continue to serve some of those needs." - Jeff Stewart, Deputy Director.
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520 Penn Courtyard & Rooftop

The historic McQueeny Lock building has new life thanks to Centric, Superior Bowen, and Inspired Homes, who are spurring jobs and activity in another part of the KC Crossroads Arts District. We are proud partners on the rooftop and courtyard spaces with KEM STUDIO.
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Norterre - Multi-use & Senior Living

Vireo is the site planner and landscape architect on this $66 million dollar, master-planned community. It is the first of its kind in the country, consisting of residential homes for all stages of life, including young families, active adults and seniors. The first phase of the project includes a healthy living center, café, households for seniors and short-term rehabilitation suites. The Town Square is a focal point, with multi-use, outdoor gathering space, shaded seating, and a splash pad.

Vireo offered insight on how to design with the topography and avoid massive cut and fill grading. This resulted in a more ecologically sustainable design with substantially less infrastructure costs.
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Marlborough Neighborhood's Target Green at 81st & Troost

The project isn't done yet, but we've come a long ways within Kansas City's Marlborough Neighborhood at 81st & Troost. Thanks KCUR 89.3 for highlighting this forward-thinking neighborhood and their push to do green infrastructure.

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Northland Fire Station 15

Breaking ground on the new Northland Fire Station. We are proud to be a part of this "important development for the fast-growing northeast corner of Kansas City."

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Westport Commons Farm

It may not seem like much right now, but just wait. We are working with Cultivate KC to prep the soil for what will be the Westport Commons Farm, adjacent to the Sundry and Plexpod. This working farm will provide food to the community and strengthen the overall vision - adaptable growth for a sustainable future.

Barney Allis Plaza

Whether a short term approach or long term investment, something will be done soon to Barney Allis Plaza... or should we say the “Yard.” Great collaboration from the ULI team, which included Vireo's planner, Triveece Penelton. 


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Veterans Community Village

Something truly special is happening in KC: Veterans Community Project at 89th and Troost. Vireo helped to plan the community with a team of professionals to provide homes to local veterans.

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Inclusive Playgrounds

"Inclusive play" has been a growing trend for community playgrounds nationwide for over the past decade. JCPRD was assisted by Vireo, who led the design process for two new such playgrounds. 

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Overland Park Farmers Market

Together with the City of Overland Park, Vireo illustrates the community's vision for a downtown Farmers' Market. "With fresh produce and homemade treats growing in popularity," the market may see new exciting changes to accommodate future growth!

3-Trails National Historic Trail

The success of Vireo’s work on Kansas City’s 6th District Trails Study has in part led to the development of the metro-wide 3-Trails concept study and plan. Vireo facilitated this additional work with the Mid-America Regional Council and the National Park Service.
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