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A Registered Ohio Landscape Architectural Firm Established in 1978

James Burkart - President/Principal

Mr. Burkart has landscape architectural experience in numerous states including Florida and California. He has held the position of business manager and as a vice president for two previous companies. He has been president of his own firm since 1978 designing and managing a variety of municipal, park, university, athletic, retail, corporate, medical, primary and secondary schools and, exclusive residential projects. He has also authored three technical manuals for Landscape Architecture, SiteSpec Handbook and SiteSpec Handbook Version II. The third version renamed S•Details contained 59 technical specification sections and 210 standard details and was released in 2013. Nemachek Vectorworks CAD software purchased the rights to include S•Details as part of their CAD worldwide network. Mr. Burkart was presented the Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Award of Recognition for SiteSpec Handbook, "for its technical accomplishment as a tool for landscape architecture".

The Wolf Creek Company, Ohio Rain Bird master distributor with the support of the Rain Bird Sprinkler Manufacturing Co., bestowed upon him the title “Mr. Irrigation” for "His Influence and Guiding Hand in Designing Professional Irrigation Systems”. Mr. Burkart is regarded as an expert in all facets of irrigation design including water well drilling, pumping stations, booster pumps, backflow prevention, controllers, computer centrals, radio and telephone networks and weather station interface. Mr. Burkart is also an expert in designing ponds, swimming pools, interactive play fountains, decorative fountains, sport fields (natural and artificial), storm drainage design, sub-surface drainage design, grading design, and small architectural structures. Construction managers have sought his impartial opinions on projects not designed by our firm. He has also been asked to serve as an expert witness by property owners and corporations. Mr. Burkart's innovative designs have brought many 'firsts' to Ohio. Most notably the first use of a pond water features in a State of Ohio interchange. He is also the first landscape architect to design and administer the renovation of a MAC 10 football stadium, including designing and administrating a new MAC 10 baseball stadium and two MAC 10 softball stadiums

  • 'City Beautiful Award' Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau; Plaza and site development of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, Ohio.
  • 'City Beautiful Award' Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau; Site development of the State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company park/plaza facilities, Columbus, Ohio
  • 'City Beautiful Award' Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau; Landscape development of the Columbus Dispatch Printing Facility, Columbus, Ohio
  • 'Special Judges Award' Ohio Nurserymen's Association; Landscape design of the Mr. & Mrs. Leonard J. Immke, Jr. residence, Upper Arlington, Ohio
  • 'Honor Award' Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects; Landscape design of the Mr. & Mrs. Richard M. Schultz residence, Upper Arlington, Ohio
  • 'Honor Award' Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects; Landscape design of the Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Pizzuti residence, Bexley, Ohio
  • 'Merit Award' Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects; Landscape design of the Mr. & Mrs. Leonard J. Immke, Jr. residence, Upper Arlington, Ohio
  • 'Merit Award' Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects; SiteSpec Handbook Version II, typical format specifications with details
  • 'Award of Recognition' Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects; SiteSpec Handbook, the designer's guide to site specification writing.
  • 'Award of Recognition' Ohio Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects; Service on the Capitol Square Community Assistance Team
  • First Place Award Color Columbus Sidewalk Planter Design Competition, Color Columbus, Inc.
  • First Place Award Blue Ash Office Center Building #6, The Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati
  • '1993 Grand Award' Ohio Nurserymen's Association; Landscape design of Dr. & Mrs. Christopher Copeland's residence, Upper Arlington, Ohio
  • '1996 Ohio Environmental Beautification Awards Program' Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association; Landscape design of the Midland Plaza Project, Downtown Columbus, Ohio
  • '2002 Outstanding Achievement Award' American Council of Engineering Companies of Ohio; Avery-Muirfield Drive Bridge over US 33/Ohio 161 Interchange
  • '2003 Landscape Ohio Landscape Enhancement Awards Program' Presented by the Ohio Landscapers Association for 'Outstanding design' of Miranova complex Columbus, Ohio
  • '2004 Landscape Ohio Landscape Enhancement Awards Program' Presented by the Ohio Landscapers Association for 'Outstanding design' of Avery -Muirfield Interchange, Dublin, Ohio
  • '2004 Merit Award' Presented by the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association for the Jack Nicklaus Sculpture, Dublin, Ohio
  • '2005 Outstanding Achievement Award' American Council of Engineering Companies of Ohio; Muirfield Drive/ Brand Road Roundabout
  • '2010 1st Place Award' Ohio Parks and Recreation Association, Area Development $1M and Higher, for the Millstone Creek Park, Westerville, Ohio
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