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Carter Van Dyke Associates, Inc.

Carter Van Dyke Associates, Inc.


Specialties Urban Design, Hotels/Resorts, Campus Planning Design, Design/Build, Historic/Cultural/Landscape, Botanic Gardens/Arboreta, Therapeutic Gardens Design, Green Roof, Office/Retail, Sustainability, Green Infrastructure, Master Planned Communities, Parks/Recreation/Playgrounds, Streetscapes/Highways/Transit, Resource Management/Regional Planning, Wetlands/Stormwater, Greenways/Trails

Firm Description

Carter van Dyke Associates (CVDA) provides elegant and sustainable designs for our clients while incorporating the latest research in all aspects of landscape architecture and planning. Our firm works closely with a wide range of disciplines to create a synergistic studio atmosphere where we focus on the design of academic campuses, healthcare and therapeutic facilities, public spaces, public gardens, large and small private gardens, corporate centers, economic revitalization, and sustainable economic design practices for communities. We also have experience in the creation of roof gardens, green roofs, and rain gardens. We pride ourselves in the breadth and scale of the projects we have undertaken and the vast experience and expanding knowledge that we share with our clients.

Carter van Dyke Associates developed a master plan and construction documents for this 16-acre estate in Upper Makefield, Pennsylvania. Included in the program were a period garden, a pre-cast concrete grotto, swimming pool, water rill, and greenhouse. Other aspects of the design included arbors, rose gardens, crab apple allee, and kitchen gardens.

Bryn Athyn College hired Sasaki Associates to develop a master plan for the renovation and expansion of the campus. Upon its completion in 2006, Carter van Dyke Associates (CVDA) and Spillman Farmer Architects were then hired to
collaborate with Sasaki Associates to implement the Master Plan.The process involved on-going modifi cations and refi nements to the Master Plan.
CVDA’s unique contribution was its ability to restore the campus in a manner true to the character of the remarkable historic architecture and landscapes developed by the Olmsted Brothers. CVDA achieved a sustainable design that carefully balanced enhancing the historic character of the landscape and the needs of a modern operating
facility. CVDA continues to develop a new student center, housing, sports facilities, and new campus roads.

Carter van Dyke and a client introduced the concept of a therapeutic healing garden for St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC) and raised the funds for its implementation. The initial cloister garden incorporated a formerly-inaccessible space into a Japanese-themed refuge for patients, visitors, and staff. Three distinct areas—Japanese walk, dining terrace, and open lawn—soon became a major feature within the culture of the hospital, helping the administration to attract the best staff and gain
support from major sponsors, and ultimately leading to a coveted award as one of the top 100 hospitals in which to work.

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