School Playground Renovation
Community: Brighton, Colorado
Client: Zion Lutheran School
Duration: July 2021 - December 2022
Since it was founded in 1899, ZLS has built a reputation across northeast Denver for providing high-quality and Christ-centered K-8 education. Due to safety hazards and a lack of variety of activities, ZLS developed a rebuilt Kindergarten-8th Grade playground that fulfills the school's core value of providing "a high-quality Christ-centered education." We provided conceptual design and owner's representation on the project.
Missionary Training Center
Community: Camden County, Missouri
Collaborator: Engineering Ministries International
Duration: March 2022
Ethnos360 is a Christian missionary agency that exists to share the Bible with corners of the world that it has never been. Their Training Center in Missouri provides a hands-on learning experience for new missionaries. Included in the curriculum are church planting, developing an alphabet for a language that does not have one, and life skills for living in remote parts of the world: off-grid technologies, simple living, agriculture, and more. Heidt and Depth provided site planning services and landscape architecture design guidelines for EMI in their development of a new master plan for the campus.
Community: Kansas City, Missouri
Client: Parade of Hearts
Collaborator: Element Ten
Duration: August 2021 - February 2022
Kansas City has historically been divided by many things, including race, politics, income, and geography. The Parade of Hearts in Kansas City is an exhibition designed to unite people by bringing them together in public spaces over a common interest: art. We worked with Element Ten to bring their piece - a narrative of division and coming together told through an abstract neon-sign-like sculpture - to fruition. Photo credit: Element Ten
Custom Preschool Playground Equipment
Community: Lander and Riverton, Wyoming
Client: Child Development Services of Fremont County
Collaborator: Steve Twitchell
Duration: June 2021 - July 2021
CDS approached us requesting more opportunities for kinesthetic learning for preschool students in their system with autism, cerebral palsy, speech impediments, and other developmental delays. We responded by designing two pieces of vehicle-like playground equipment. These "buses" provide dozens of new opportunities for sensory learning for students: shapes, colors, textures, sounds, tactile experiences, and settings to build friendships through creativity. We then worked with a local carpenter to build and install these pieces, one each at two preschool locations.
Community: Denver, Colorado
Client: Century Site Services
Duration: November 2022
Century Site Services, a property services company whose services include landscaping and excavation, needed a planting design for a townhome complex they were renovating. We provided them with a diverse arrangement of colorful species that would withstand a highly shaded environment as well as the salts Century uses in their ice removal.
Community: Dallas, Texas
Clients: Deep Ellum Foundation, Design Future Dallas
Collaborator: Studio Outside Landscape Architects
Duration: February 2016 - April 2016
Deep Ellum is a popular mixed-use district in Dallas, but it lacks adequate public space. To address this need, Design Future Dallas hosted an international design competition to gather ideas for repurposing the underutilized Crowdus Street into usable public space at the heart of the neighborhood. Our competition entry was dubbed the "best suited proposal to successfully address the neighborhood's needs" by the jury. Shortly afterward, the Deep Ellum Foundation sought and obtained funding from the City of Dallas to make our proposal and two others a reality. The result was a month-long multi-block pop-up park event - Reimagine Crowdus - which served as the first long-term experiment of Crowdus Street repurposed as usable public space. Photo credit: Studio Outside Landscape Architects
Rural Medical University
Community: Ifakara, Tanzania
Client: St. Francis University College of Health and Allied Sciences
Collaborator: Engineering Ministries International
Duration: January 2021 - Present
SFUCHAS is a burgeoning health sciences university located in a village of 100,000 residents in central Tanzania. It serves as a launching point for hundreds of local students each year pursuing medical careers. By equipping these students with a college education, SFUCHAS is impacting the health crisis in rural East Africa by "teaching a man to fish," as the adage goes. In partnership with EMI and local Tanzanian design staff, we developed a master plan to guide SFUCHAS is it builds out a new campus to accommodate its growing programs and student body. Photo credit: Engineering Ministries International
Community: Evergreen, Colorado
Client: Lisa Drey
Duration: December 2020 - May 2021
Lisa Drey - a psychiatric nurse practitioner, licensed professional counselor, and equine-assisted therapy candidate owns a psychiatric practice and an equine facility in the Front Range of Colorado. When she considered consolidating her services into an equine therapy ranch, she turned to Heidt and Depth. "If I’d had to hire a designer, multiple contractors, and a ranch hand, it would have required a business loan," she says. "Yet, I found all of those things and more in (Heidt and Depth)... Without (their) reliability, trustworthiness, and consistency, I never could have focused my attention on my clients while maintaining my property and making the necessary changes to it to expand my business."
House for Hospitality
Community: Centennial, Colorado
Client: Private residence
Duration: August 2019 - May 2021
In order to purchase a home in a challenging housing market, one prospective Denver-area homeowner decided to buy low and remodel. He engaged Heidt and Depth to design and build a warm, comfortable environment where he could entertain his friends, family, and neighbors. Between the finished product and his heart for hospitality, this place became known, as one visitor put it, as "a house where people can come as they are," and as a colleague described it, "the closest thing that you can find to the equity of public space within a home."