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Steven Bacs to lead Westwood’s Phoenix operations

Steven Bacs, Westwood Professional Services, Inc.

Steven Bacs, Westwood Professional Services, Inc.

Westwood recently announced the addition of Steven Bacs, AICP, CPM to its national team of office leaders, a position previously held by Dan Cleland, ASLA. As director of Arizona operations, Bacs will oversee operations for Westwood’s land and energy development business throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area from the firm’s office in Scottsdale, Ariz. Cleland assumed the position of Director of Land Development for the Southwest Region earlier this year. Bacs and Cleland have worked together previously and demonstrated an exceptional level of service as a team.

With more than 20 years of experience in public and private sector work, Bacs held positions that range from senior project manager and team leader at URS and AMEC to land planning director at David Evans and vice president of land acquisition and development at Keystone American Homes. Bacs previously led large teams to success on complex, multi-discipline land development projects. This includes an award-winning residential project in 2011 in which he provided overall program management and early project delivery of 550 residential units.

Westwood’s vice president and national land development leader, Jason McCarty, is thrilled to have Bacs onboard. He says, “Steven is aligned with Westwood’s values. In order to be successful in each of our offices, it is necessary that we have an unwavering commitment to clients, their projects, and the success and development of our project teams. Steven has a proven track record and established relationships within the industry throughout his years and we are excited to have him on our team.”

Bacs is also a retired lieutenant colonel with 26 years of service in the United States Air Force Reserve where he worked in his final position as a civil engineer squadron commander. He received his bachelor’s degree in land planning and development from the geography department at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., and completed his master’s degree in operations management from the Department of Defense in Santa Maria, Calif. Bacs is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Urban Land Institute (ULI), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and a Certified Project Manager (CPM).

SmithGroupJJR - Chris Brown

SmithGroupJJR's Chris Brown Elevated to ASLA Fellow

Architecture, engineering and planning firm SmithGroupJJR announced that Chris Brown, FASLA, LEED AP BD+C, vice president and landscape architecture studio director, has been elevated to the Council of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

The designation of Fellow is conferred upon individuals in recognition of exceptional professional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. Brown will be honored at an investiture ceremony at ASLA’s Annual Meeting and Expo Sept. 30 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

With nearly 30 years of experience, Brown earned a bachelor of science in urban planning and landscape architecture from Arizona State University and a master of science in real estate development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He is a registered landscape architect in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Nevada, Texas and Wyoming, and is a LEED accredited professional. He is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute and board member of the Valley Forward Association.

Brown has garnered the reputation as an innovator and national leader in sustainable site design and restoration for arid environments. He has led landscape architectural design efforts for many notable and award-winning projects throughout Arizona.

Significant works include the Gateway to McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale; Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, Phoenix; and a series of collaborative design efforts for the Phoenix Zoo.

Brown also served as landscape design principal for the 34-acre multi-use George “Doc” Cavalliere Park in Scottsdale.

The park is one of just 150 projects selected into the two-year pilot program conducted by Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES™). SITES is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the U.ited States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices.

As part of this pilot initiative, George “Doc” Cavalliere Park is among the first projects in the United States and abroad to demonstrate the application of The Sustainable Sites Initiative: Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009. The guidelines, released November 2009, establish a four-star rating system based upon a 250-point scale. The park is anticipated to be first SITES Certified project in Arizona.

About The American Society of Landscape Architects

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) (www.asla.org) is the national professional association representing landscape architects. ASLA strives to increase the public’s awareness of and appreciation for the profession of landscape architecture and its contributions to quality of life. The organization supports public policy initiatives pertaining to professional licensure, the environment, sustainable design, livable communities, surface transportation, historic preservation, and stormwater management issues, among others. ASLA’s membership totals over 15,400, with fewer than 1,100 receiving the prestigious distinction of fellowship.