Announcing Senior Landscape Architect and Practice Lead
Todd Smith joined Beacon in December 2019 to help lead and grow our landscape architecture team as they continue to expand their ecological design services in the areas of green infrastructure, climate-positive design and nature-based solutions. Specific areas of expertise include: ecological restoration, land conservation and reclamation, stormwater management/low impact developments, streetscape and downtown revitalization, sustainable landscapes, trails and greenway design, transportation and bikeways corridors, wetland remediation and stream corridor restoration.
Beacon was one of the first firms to install hydrometric monitors (also knows as “Silt Smart” systems) in response to evolving regulatory requirements for providing real-time turbidity monitoring in aquatic systems occupied by the Endangered Redside Dace. Beacon is currently overseeing the operation of these systems on sites in Oakville and Markham, Ontario.
Low Impact Development
Beacon regularly works on multi-disciplinary teams to integrate new and emerging “green” technologies as part of our design, habitat creation and site supervision services. For example, as part of the Bronte Green Community development in Oakville we are working with the team engineers and the local agencies to integrate infiltration trenches and bioswales in the transition areas between the approved development and the protected woodlands, wetlands and valleys. The first of these infiltration trenches was installed over the summer of 2019 beside the wildlife pond designed by Beacon. The remaining low impact development (LID) features are being installed in 2020.