Landscape Architecture and Green Space Planning
- Master Planning and Site Design
- Native and Ornamental Planting Design
- Neighborhood Planning and Design (LEED Focus)
- Greenway and Multi-use Trail Planning and Design
- Tree Preservation/Mitigation Plans
- Stormwater Basin Enhancement Design
Our engineers, landscape architects, and ecologists work in a studio environment utilizing interdisciplinary expertise to create ecologically based landscape architectural plans. In-house professionals employ a thorough knowledge of native and ornamental plants of our region.
Natural Area Restoration, Management and Monitoring
- Site Analysis and Selection
- Construction Management
- Native Plant and Seed Installation
- Chemical & Mechanical Vegetation Treatments
- Prescribed Burn Management
- Performance Monitoring
- Near-Term Management
- Long-Term Stewardship
Our experts perform on-site inspections and evaluations which are used to create innovative yet practical plans for native area restoration, stream and pond enhancement, bank stabilization, and new naturalized stormwater treatment areas. Our experience and research produce the most effective management guidelines and performance criteria for conservation areas. We monitor these areas, evaluate their performance, suggest improved strategies, and compile reports required for their acceptance by regulating municipalities and agencies. We have the knowledge and resources to provide on-the-ground adaptive management services including site construction management, exotic/invasive species control, native seed and plug installation, erosion control installation, and prescribed fire.
Comprehensive Wetland Services
- Site Determinations
- Federal, State, and Local Permitting
- Mitigation Planning and Design
- Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plans
Senior staff of LRMG has guided ecologically responsible development of private and public land with our comprehensive wetland services approach. We are regionally recognized leaders in the wetland consulting profession and stay up-to-date with the ever-changing regulatory programs in the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. We use all available resources and work directly with federal, state, and local governing agencies to accurately delineate, assess, and manage jurisdictional wetlands.
We proactively navigate our clients through the wetland permitting process to help them reach their objectives. Our experience of working with regulatory branches of the Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, State Natural Resources Conservation Services, and State Departments of Natural Resources guides our mitigation design, drives efficient site planning, and reduces permit review time.
Natural Resources Evaluation
- Biological Assessments
- Plant Community Mapping
- Endangered, Threatened, Rare Species Surveys and Inventories
- Floristic, Tree and Wildlife Surveys
- Stream/Lake Inventory and Assessments
- Critical Dune Habitat Evaluation
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reporting and documentation
Our team of professional plant ecologists, natural resources biologists and water resources experts has the practical field experience, taxonomic skills, and regulatory expertise to accurately and efficiently identify and assess a diverse array of natural resources in the Midwest. High quality mapping of resources can be established with GIS software. Our staff is continually updating their knowledge through advanced professional training. LRMG’s wealth of in-house expertise is enriched through our professional affiliations and association with academic colleagues and other professionals who bring particular focus to specialized areas of concentration when needed.
Water Resources Consulting
- Hydrologic Design for Ecosystem Restoration
- Floodway Permitting/Hydrologic and Hydraulic Analyses
- Stormwater Best Management Practices Design
- Bank/Shoreline Stabilization and Erosion Control Design
- Watershed Planning and Studies
Management of stormwater quality has become an important and often critical factor in all site design development and infrastructure improvement projects. The need to control non-point source pollution while protecting buildings and infrastructure from increasing frequency and severity of flood events has resulted in more stringent stormwater regulations. Our engineers have extensive experience with state-of-the-art hydrologic and hydraulic models, allowing us to design stormwater management systems that incorporate structural and non-structural Best Management Practices (BMPs) to improve water quality. Our design not only meets regulation requirements but oftentimes results in infrastructure cost-savings to our clients because of our practical yet innovative solutions.
Site Design & Development
- Low Impact and Sustainable Site Design
- Stormwater Management & BMP Design
- Cost Analysis and Project Budgeting
- Preliminary and Final Engineering
- Permitting Services
- Construction Document Preparation
- Construction Observation
LRMG provides professional engineering services for residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial projects. We believe that development can and should be achieved with in a balanced approach to address economic, market, environmental, and sustainability issues. With our expertise, we can assist you to create and bring your vision to fruition – whether it is a sustainable residential development, a corporate campus with amenities to create a healthy workplace, or an industrial complex that is sensitive to the surrounding environment and residents. LRMG provides support throughout your development process on site selection and evaluation, land planning and zoning, economic analysis, permit procurement (land entitlement), preparation of construction documents and specifications, bid and contract administration, and construction observation. While taking a holistic approach on the overall planning and design of a development project, we pay close attention to details in engineering and specifications, allowing each and every project to be successful in the short run and sustainable in the future.
- Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
- Remediation Design and Oversight
LRMG environmental engineering services are focused on the redevelopment of commercial and industrial properties. We have environmental professionals and professional geologists on staff to perform Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments. Our objective is to develop cost-effective and risk-based solutions for our clients while ensuring regulatory compliance.
Special Project Support
- Graphics Design and Rendering
- Marketing Materials
- GIS Mapping & Management
- Grant Preparation and Writing
- Educational Signage Design
- Public Workshops and Professional Meeting Facilitation
- Stormwater and Landscape Ordinance Writing and Review
Our clients may need additional services in order to accomplish their goals. With our in-house staff of ecologists, environmental planners, marketing personnel, GIS professionals and graphic artists, LRMG has the flexibility to provide these extra services. We commonly offer assistance in the preparation of grant writing and submittals, creating cost analyses and project budgeting. Our staff can craft marketing pieces for projects to clarify goals, impacts, and benefits, for trouble-free public understanding. We regularly develop custom environmental education materials in the form of brochures and interpretive signage. Finally, we offer our facilitation skills to conduct public workshops and meetings to achieve solid public acceptance of projects.