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DLK Civic Design

DLK Civic Design (DLK) is a mid-sized specialty design firm lead by principals Diane Legge Kemp and Kevin Kemp, both with experience in every type of space use and nationally recognized for design excellence. DLK is known for its civic places work.

“Our hallmark is a flexible and responsive working style,” explains DLK. “We infuse our work with a strong sense of citizenship, creating structures that serve and inspire the people who use them. We promote highly functional, environmentally sound and cost-effective solutions with a sensitivity as to how our designs affect the quality of people’s lives.”

The firm uses Microstation, AutoCAD, Arc GIS, Revit, Sketchup and Adobe Suite for their design work.

Woodfield Mall Plaza Renovation, Schaumburg, Ill.

Taubman Co. retained DLK to help renovate a mall plaza that was a large roof space. The weight of the materials had to be kept to a minimum. A pedestal system of 30”x30” pavers dispersed the weight across the roof deck and provided space for installing lighting conduit, drainage and irrigation piping. Styrofoam and soil-less mixes form topography in the planting beds. Sweeping lines of plants complement the two separate paver fields. Boxwood hedges continue the curvilinear lines through the six-inch curbed beds. Blue fescue and perennials add color in summer; ornamental grasses provide fall and winter interest. Benches add comfort to the space; waste receptacles and ash urns help keep things tidy. Ornamental pedestrian lights provide ambience and security. The project is an engaging, cost effective, functional amenity for the mall.


CDOT/IDOT: Wacker Drive Reconstruction Streetscape, Chicago

The improvements to the bi-level roadway in Chicago’s CBD, constructed in 1926, are consistent with modern traffic and engineering standards. Design work included a new post-tensioned structure for the upper roadway; re-alignment and reconstruction of the lower roadway, maintaining the caisson array; sidewalk replacement and widening; improved lighting (historic roadway and pedestrian fixtures); preservation and enhancement of historic limestone structures; upper plaza fountain and kiosk design; median planter design; sidewalk planter design; and establishing hybrid seasonal rotation planting schemes. Improved access and safety, easing traffic flow on adjacent streets, enhancing the streetscape and future development of a Riverwalk were achieved. The project earned an AIA Chicago Honor Award and IL ASLA President’s Award in 2005.


South Lake Shore Drive Medianscape, Chicago

In 2001, DLK/Hayden Bulin Larson was part of an engineering team selected by Chicago DOT to develop a landscape master plan and construction documents for a five-mile segment of So. Lake Shore Dr. that passes through Burnham Park. DLK also assisted in construction management.

Hundreds of trees were inventoried in the median and adjacent parkways to assess the impact of the roadway reconstruction on their health. The median landscape concept was a “pulse,” using waves of plantings—nearly 1,200 new trees and tens of thousands of salt-tolerant shrubs, groundcovers, vines, perennials and bulbs. The landscape near the bridges is “more organized” to reflect the architecture. An automatic irrigation system was designed and installed for the median. A series of pumping and control stations run the length of the project. The irrigation system helps flush salts that accumulate in the plantings during the winter months.




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