HKGi

HOISINGTON KOEGLER GROUP INC.

PRINCIPALS

Paul Paige, PLA
Brad Scheib, AICP
Bryan Harjes, PLA, LEED AP
Gabrielle Grinde, ASLA, PLA

ASSOCIATES

Rita Trapp, AICP, LEED AP
Jeff Miller, AICP
Lance Bernard

STAFF

Amy Bower, PLA
Natalie Brown
Grace Chryssomallis, PLA
Kevin Clarke
Sarah Evenson, ASLA, PLA
Aimee Hackett
Jordan Hedlund
Mike Madson
Jody Rader, ASLA, PLA
Beth Richmond, AICP
Trey Rouse
Hannah Schmitz
Tim Solomonson, ASLA, PLA
Natalie Strait
Eric Blodgett

Amy Bower, PLA, Landscape Architect

Amy has more than two decades of experience developing plans, site designs, and construction documentation for parks, public spaces, trails, recreation facilities, and streetscapes. Her background in industrial design, combined with her experience as a landscape architect, has enabled her to develop expertise transforming planning and design concepts into built projects. Her attention to detail and her superior technical efficiency have made Amy a valuable project contributor, particularly during the detail design and implementation phases of a project. Amy is also an avid cyclist and outdoors enthusiast, valuable experiences that provide additional insight into her trail, streetscape, and park design work.

The results of Amy's work can literally be seen throughout the state of Minnesota. Projects that best illustrate the quality of her design skill include the Broadway streetscape in Alexandria, the River's Edge Commons in Elk River, the Osseo Central Avenue Streetscape, and playground and park designs throughout the Twin Cities metro.

Amy has a Master's in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor's of Science in Industrial Design from the University of Wisconsin - Stout.

AMY BOWER, PLA

Landscape Architect
T: (612) 252.7121
E: abower@hkgi.com

NATALIE BROWN, Planner

Natalie is an urban planner whose background includes a focus on comprehensive and long-range planning, equitable community engagement, research, and GIS mapping and analysis. Her recent planning experience is comprised of a neighborhood plan update in Alexandria, VA, coordination and research surrounding implementation of a rails-to-trails conversion, research and mapping of floodplain impacts on affordable housing and development, and development review of large-scale redevelopment projects, including a decommissioned power plant. Natalie has taught an introductory GIS class to master’s level students.

Natalie has a master’s degree in Environmental Planning and Design from the University of Georgia, and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish and a GIS certificate from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

NATALIE BROWN

Planner
T: (612) 217.0205
E: natalie.brown@hkgi.com

GRACE CHRYSSOMALLIS, Landscape Architect

Grace is a licensed landscape architect whose skills and experience include site and planting design, master planning, community engagement, graphic design, and visualization. She has provided landscape architecture service on several park design and park system planning projects while at HKGi, including projects in Rochester, Hutchinson, St. Francis, and Rice County. Grace is also an active member of ASLA-MN and serves as co-chair for WxLA-MN (Womxn in Landscape Architecture).

Grace earned her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota's College of Design. She also earned her Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Minnesota and was the 2015 Student Commencement Speaker as the College of Design's Graduate with Distinction.

GRACE CHRYSSOMALLIS, PLA

Landscape Architect
T: (612) 252.7131
E: grace@hkgi.com

KEVIN CLARKE, Urban Designer

Kevin Clarke is a planner and landscape designer whose work at HKGi has included project management, parks and recreation planning, land use and redevelopment planning, trail master planning, athletic facilities needs assessments, GIS mapping, and streetscape planning. Kevin also has training in economics, which means he is also a valuable resource for conducting research and collecting and analyzing data related to service standards and recreational or development trends.

Kevin has served as project manager for several recent athletic facilities needs assessments projects and was a key contributor to the award-winning Ironwood, Michigan Comprehensive Plan. He has contributed to downtown planning and streetscape projects in Alexandria, Chaska, Red Wing and St. Francis, and he has worked on several park and trail planning projects in Duluth's St. Louis River Corridor.

Kevin earned his Master's of Landscape Architecture and his Master's of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota and his Bachelor's of Arts in economics from St. John's University (MN). He has also been active in the Urban Land Institute's UrbanPlan program for High Schools and Universities, and he has served on the Minnesota Design Team.

KEVIN CLARKE

Urban Designer
T: (612) 252.7143
E: kevin@hkgi.com

Sarah Evenson, Landscape Architect

Sarah is a landscape architect whose background includes a focus on urban ecology and green infrastructure as part of the site design process. She has played critical roles in several park and public space design projects and has also contributed planning, design, and engagement services on several park and community planning projects. Sarah brings design creativity to her project work and combines that creativity with strong technical knowledge of best management practices and industry trends. Sarah is also skilled at developing visual communications materials, including 3D renderings, animations, plan drawings, that communicate clearly to clients and stakeholders and help them evaluate and envision concepts and designs under consideration. Her work is crucial to generating community support for public space improvement projects.

Sarah's project portfolio includes planning and design for improvements to the Oxbow Nature Center in Olmsted County; master planning for the Lake Byllesby Regional Park and Byllesby Park in Dakota and Goodhue Counties; and master planning for parks along the St. Croix River in both Stillwater (MN) and St. Croix Count (WI). She also provided key support for redevelopment planning for the Columbia Arena site in Fridley, now home to the new Fridley Civic Center and other adjacent public space and private redevelopment projects.

Sarah has a Masters in Landscape Architecture and a Bachelors in Environmental Design from the University of Minnesota.

SARAH EVENSON, ASLA, PLA

Landscape Architect
T: (612) 252.7140
E: sarah@hkgi.com

AIMEE HACKETT, Landscape Designer

Aimee is a landscape designer whose expertise and experience includes site design and planting plans, park concept planning, construction documentation, and visual communication design. While in college she was named an Arizona Nursery Association Academic Scholar in Desert Studies and completed an internship with the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden. Her senior project was nominated for the Herberger Institute's Design Excellence award and was also selected for presentation at the 2016 Annual Roads and Streets Conference. Her professional interests include urban design, green infrastructure, botany, master planning, community driven design, marketing, and graphic design.

Aimee earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Arizona State University with an undergraduate minor in urban planning. In addition to her training as a landscape designer, Aimee has also received training in horticulture.

AIMEE HACKETT

Landscape Designer
T: (612) 252.7138
E: aimee@hkgi.com

JORDAN HEDLUND, Landscape Designer

Jordan is a landscape designer who has experience providing design and construction coordination services for a playground design/build firm. He brings experience working with vendors, contractors, and other consultants, and he is also experienced at tracking and managing project budgets and conducting construction administration. Jordan also has outstanding visual communications skills and is adept at using AutoCAD, GIS, Lumion, and Adobe Creative Suite to illustrate and create visualizations for park, trail, and open space improvement projects. Jordan focused much of his academic work on public engagement strategies and outreach. He is fluent in Spanish and is an active member of ASLA-MN.

Jordan earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota. He also served as an Advisory Chair for the College of Design.

JORDAN HEDLUND

Landscape Designer
T: (763) 486.3635
E: jordan@hkgi.com

Mike Madson, Planner

Mike is a planner who provides support for a variety of projects including zoning ordinance research and revisions, capital improvement planning research, and other business development research projects. His strengths are in providing support for ordinances addressing lighting and light pollution and for promoting dark sky compliance and energy efficient lighting. He is also knowledgable about environmental topics realted to water quality and renewable energy.

Mike earned his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with a minor in Urban Studies from Augsburg University and was named to the Dean's List. As a student he conducted research on lighting at the Ford Redevelopment site in Saint Paul and on water quality and land use issues in the Mississippi and Red River basins.

MIKE MADSON

Planner
T: (612) 252.7127
E: mike@hkgi.com

JODY RADER, Landscape Designer

Jody is a landscape architect whose experience includes bicycle and pedestrian planning; park and public space master planning; and site planning and design. She excels at using design to address issues related to connectivity, active living, access and equity, sustainability, and safety. She is an outstanding communicator who brings a strong creative problem solving and critical thinking approach to her work. She has demonstrated her ability to collaborate with clients, community members, and other consultants to develop design solutions that incorporate stakeholder input, address key concerns, and achieve project goals and objectives. In addition to her training in landscape architecture, she also has training and experience in architecture, community design, and construction administration.

Jody's experience includes park planning and design in communities such as Inver Grove Heights and Isanti County. She has conducted trail master planning in Minneapolis, Fergus Falls, and Duluth and has also developed bicycle-pedestrian plans in Farmington, Washington County, and Woodbury. Jody has served on design teams for transit-oriented planning and redevelopment planning projects in Eagan, Golden Valley, Clive (IA), and and River Falls (WI), and she served for several years on the post-Hurrican Katrina rebuilding effort along the Gulf Coast. Jody earned her Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota.

JODY RADER, ASLA, PLA

Landscape Architect
T: (612) 252.7136
E: jody@hkgi.com

Beth Richmond, Planner

Beth provides general planning services to several municipal clients and has demonstrated her ability to provide outstanding client service in the review of development applications, report writing, and zoning ordinance interpretation and revision. She combines attention to detail with a strong understanding of zoning ordinance principals and how they impact and influence community development when applied. Beth also assists with comprehensive planning, grant writing, and zoning ordinance writing and amendments. She has provided general planning service to communities such as St. Francis, Maplewood, Shoreview, Mound, Stillwater, and Greenfield, and she has also provided support on planning projects in Onalaska (WI), Greenville (WI), Kasson, Otter Tail County, Stearns County, South St. Paul, and Grand Marais.

Beth earned her Master of Urban & Regional Planning degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison where she focused on land use planning. As a graduate student, she worked for UW-Extension’s Local Government Center. Beth also earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of Saint Benedict.

BETH RICHMOND, AICP

Planner
T: (612) 252.7145
E: beth@hkgi.com

Trey Rouse, Planner

Trey provides planning support on a variety of projects including redevelopment and neighborhood plans, zoning ordinance revisions, comprehensive plans, and park and trail planning projects. He is a strong communicator who is passionate about engaging with community members and clients to learn about their values, needs, and desires for the future of their communities. He has used GIS to conduct data collection and analysis and has provided services on projects in Woodbury (MN), Lindstrom (MN), Inver Grove Heights (MN), and Clive (IA). Prior to joining HKGi Trey conducted aviation planning.

Trey earned his Bachelor of Science in Community & Regional Planning degree from Iowa State University. As a student he worked for several Iowa communities, providing general planning services.

TREY ROUSE

Planner
T: (612) 252.7120
E: trey@hkgi.com

Hannah Schmitz, Designer

Hannah provides graphic and detail support for projects throughout the design process. She uses Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup, Lumion and other graphic production applications to create renderings that bring design concepts to life during the conceptual design phase. She also uses AutoCAD to contribute to the design development and construction documentation phases, creating landscape bases and details that will be used for construction. Her work experience includes working in collaborative environments to engage clients, stakeholders, and colleagues to create conceptual master plans for small communities, streetscapes, parks, and wayfinding enhancements.

Hannah is a graduate of Iowa State University where she participated in a semester long traveling studio, which visited both the Northwestern and Southeastern parts of the United States. She also studied abroad in Newcastle, Australia, where she travelled along the country’s coast and immersed herself in the Australian culture. During her time at school, Hannah worked on a program called Community Visioning, which focused on the development of conceptual master plans for small town communities across Iowa using local research and community engagement. Outside of work, Hannah enjoys going to the lake, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, sand volleyball, and exploring all that Minneapolis has to offer with family and friends.

HANNAH SCHMITZ

Designer
T: (612) 252.7128
E: hannah@hkgi.com

TIM SOLOMONSON, PLA, Landscape Architect

At HKGi Tim has played a variety of roles and has contributed to a wide variety of planning and design projects. Some of his areas of specialty include GIS mapping and involvement of all phases of the design process including schematic design, design development, construction documentation, and construction administration. Tim is also adept at creating 3D renderings and other graphic materials to illustrate plan and design concepts and at conducting document layout and production for plan reports, engagement materials, and other forms of communication.

Some of Tim's project experience includes the design of park improvements in communities such as Maple Grove, Minneapolis, and Prior Lake; streetscape improvements in Anoka, Chaska, and Red Wing; and a variety of community plans in Woodbury, Johnston (IA), Hastings, and Greenville (WI). Tim served in deployments under Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and has spent significant time abroad studying, learning, and interacting with a diverse range of peoples and cultures. His interests include urban agriculture, wildlife conservation, park planning, natural resource management, historic preservation, and systems integration.

TIM SOLOMONSON, PLA

Landscape Architect
T: (612) 252.7137
E: tim@hkgi.com

Natalie Strait, Planner

Natalie is a versatile planner who provides support on a variety of projects including comprehensive plans, land use plans, zoning and regulatory tools, GIS data collection and mapping, and bicycle-pedestrian/trail plans. Her training and experience includes farmers market organizing, entrepreneurship, statistics, and civic engagement.

Natalie earned her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota with a concentration in environmental planning and food systems. Prior to her graduate studies she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin.

NATALIE STRAIT

Planner
T: (612) 252.7129
E: natalie@hkgi.com

Eric Blodgett, Marketing Director

Eric Blodgett has over ten years of experience as a communications professional, including work in the non-profit industry, higher education, and at HKGi, where he worked from 2001-2004. Eric directs HKGi’s marketing communications strategies, including proposal development and production, external communications, and online resources. He also assists in the editing of project reports and documents, striving to ensure that they communicate clearly in concise, reader-friendly language.

Eric earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and his master’s degree in English with a focus on Rhetoric and Composition from Texas A&M University.

ERIC BLODGETT

Marketing Director
T: (612) 252.7132
E: eric@hkgi.com