National China Garden Engages Architecture/Engineering Team

  National China Garden Engages Architecture/Engineering Team

             -- Project Team Launches Design Feasibility Phase –-

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- October 28, 2013

Marking a first step in the transition from concept to creation, the National
China Garden Foundation announced today the selection of an architectural
design and engineering team. Led by the architectural firm, Page Southerland
Page (PSP), the team, assumes responsibility for site plan development, civil
engineering, infrastructure design and more. The selection comes following a
competitive bidding process directed by the National China Garden Foundation’s
Board of Directors.

Page Southerland Page and its colleagues will support a Joint Design Team
comprised of Chinese and American representatives already working
collaboratively to bring to fruition the vision of a classical Chinese garden
and center for cultural study. The garden is slated for construction at the
U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. It is intended as a permanent
testament in the nation’s capital to the strength and importance of U.S./China
relations. Project funding is to be raised through a $60 million capital
campaign focused on private resources needed not only for design and
construction, but also long-term maintenance and operation.

Page Southerland Page leads a comprehensive team comprised of engineers,
landscape architects, and mechanical contractors working together to realize a
plan originally created by a Chinese design team at the conceptual stage of
the project. PSP team members include:

  *Rhodeside & Harwell with Peter Liu - Landscape Architecture
  *Dewberry – Civil/Structural/Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineering
  *Schnabel Engineering – Geotechnical Engineering
  *Rolf Jensen & Associates – Code and Security Consulting
  *Wells & Associates – Traffic and Transportation Engineering
  *Harmony Ponds – Koi Pond and Water Feature Design
  *Belstar, Inc. - Construction Cost/Project Management
  *C.M. Kling + Associates – Lighting Design
  *Lynch & Associates - Irrigation Planning and Consulting
  *URS Burlington – Archaeological and Historic Documentation and

“Our selection committee was especially impressed that Page Southerland Page
assembled such a diverse pool of expertise for this important project,” said
Bob Stallman, chairman of the National China Garden Foundation board of
Directors. “We have utmost confidence in their ability to complement the Joint
Design Team and cooperatively construct a classical Chinese Garden,” Stallman

Collaboration, continuity and compatibility are hallmarks of the design
concept for the National China Garden. From the outset, a collaborative effort
between the Chinese and American governments helped bring the original vision
to life. That vision arose from a 2004 agreement between the China’s Ministry
of Forestry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to build a Chinese Garden
in Washington, D.C. A formal agreement to construct the garden at the
Arboretum was signed by both governments and extended with a Memorandum of
Understanding signed in 2011 by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and
China’s Ambassador to the United States Zhang Yesui. The MOU calls for a
12-acre facility on an undeveloped parcel at the Arboretum donated by the US
Congress for the project and managed by the USDA Agricultural Research

While there are other examples of classical Chinese gardens in the United
States (California; Missouri; New York) the National China Garden at the
Arboretum is expected to be the finest demonstration of a harmonious balance
of man-made structures, plants, water and rockeries. More than just a
beautiful garden for the public to visit and enjoy, the project is envisioned
to be a venue for visitors from around the world to learn, enjoy and gain an
appreciation for the profound influence of China’s history of horticulture and
garden design.

“Page Southerland Page is delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to
the cultural landscape of our nation’s capital,” said Thomas McCarthy, AIA,
LEED AP and Principal with Page Southerland Page. “The National China Garden
will offer an exceptional location for experiencing the sensual delights of a
classical Chinese Scholar’s Garden as the backdrop to exhibits, events and
classes. Designed to be a beautiful destination during every season, the
Garden will be particularly poignant when hosting programs and events to
celebrate our evolving relationship with China,” Thomas concluded.

Once completed, the U.S. National Arboretum will own the China Garden. In
addition to the garden itself, the venue will feature some 22 structures, art
and furnishings provided by the People’s Republic of China. It will serve as
the location for meetings, conferences, special events in addition to public
tours and year-round cultural and educational activities.

The national China Garden at the U.S. Arboretum is expected to become an
important tourist destination and cultural center in the nation’s capital.

About the National China Garden Foundation:

The National China Garden Foundation (NCGF) was formed in 2011 with a mission
to create the premier classical Chinese garden and center for cultural study
and practices in the nation’s capital with the high-level cooperation of the
US and Chinese governments, and in particular the US Department of Agriculture
under that Department's authorities, and with the Government of the People's
Republic of China, and in particular, the State Forestry Administration, under
that Administration's applicable authorities. For more information go to

About Page Southerland Page:

With roots extending back to a two-person partnership formed in 1898 in
Austin, Texas, Page Southerland Page is one of the most prolific and enduring
architectural and engineering design practices. This partnership—one of the
very first to offer integrated architectural and building engineering
services— has evolved into a widely diversified planner and designer of the
built environment. A staff of over 425 architects, engineers, interior
designers, strategic analysts, planners and technical specialists provides
Page Southerland Page with the resources and the network of professional
affiliations to responsibly handle projects of all scales and schedules
anywhere in the world. The firm’s international portfolio includes projects in
the government,healthcare, academic, science and technology, corporate and
urban housing sectors, located throughout the United States and in over 50
countries worldwide. Learn more about the firm at

About Rhodeside & Harwell:

Rhodeside & Harwell has provided landscape architectural services for projects
from New York to California, as well as many sites overseas. The firm’s design
philosophy and processes encourage creativity, contextual sensitivity, and a
disciplined sense of respect for environmental considerations, cost
parameters, and most of all, client objectives. Our portfolio reflects decades
of experience working within both the public and private sectors. Rhodeside &
Harwell offers a diverse set of skills—from feasibility studies and site
analysis through community outreach and final design and construction
administration. The firm’s projects have frequently earned awards for design
excellence and have been published in many prominent magazines and other

About Peter Liu:

Peter H. Liu, ASLA, is the founding principal of Peter Liu Associates, Inc.
Mr. Liu is a landscape architect with over 30 years of experience in landscape
architecture and planning. Prior to the founding of his own firm in 2002 he
worked at the renowned firms of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and EDAW (now
AECOM) through the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was a founding principal of
Lee & Liu Associates, Inc. in Washington, D.C. from 1987 to 2002. As a member
of the D.C. Mayor’s advisory Chinatown Steering Committee, Mr. Liu routinely
reviews the design of all new development projects and new signage in the
Chinatown District and constantly coordinates the approval process with the
D.C. Government’s Office of Planning, Historic Preservation Review Board,
Department of Transportation, and Department of Consumer and Regulatory

Among Mr. Liu’s many notable projects are his work on the new Chinese Embassy
at Van Ness Center and installation supervision of the Penjing pavilion at the
US National Arboretum.

About Dewberry:

Dewberry is a leading professional services firm with a proven history of
providing architecture, engineering, and management and consulting services to
a wide variety ofpublic- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining
unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise,
Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and
transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered
in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 40 locations and 1,800+ professionals

About Schnabel Engineering:

Schnabel Engineering’s experience dates back more than half a century to 1956,
when founder Jim Schnabel established one of the first firms in the
Mid-Atlantic to offer services in soil mechanics engineering. Today Schnabel
Engineering is an energetic and dynamic company offering professional services
within the United States and abroad from 18 offices throughout the continental
United States. Schnabel Engineering offers highly specialized services in
geotechnical engineering; geostructural design; dam engineering; tunnel and
underground engineering; environmental, geophysical and geosciences;
construction monitoring; and resident engineering from locations throughout
the United States.

About Rolf Jensen & Associates:

Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. (“RJA”) is a leading consulting firm providing
a range of professional services involving life safety, fire protection,
security and mass notification on commercial, institutional and industrial
projects for clients worldwide. Founded in 1969, RJA is headquartered in
Chicago with 21 offices located in major U.S. cities, China, the Middle East
and the Western Pacific. To date, RJA has participated in more than 50,000
projects worldwide. These projects include government facilities ranging from
military installations and embassies to courthouses and the headquarters for
the FBI; landmark high-rise buildings in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the
Middle East; major gaming complexes from Las Vegas to Macau; biomedical,
applied science and laboratory facilities on the campuses of leading colleges
and universities; world-renowned hospitals; hotels owned and operated by the
leading names in the hospitality industry; manufacturing plants; and large
venue assembly and convention centers around the world.

About Wells & Associates:

Wells + Associates is a nationally recognized transportation and traffic
engineering firm delivering traffic engineering services to private real
estate developers, public agencies, corporations, and institutions. In the
past 20 years, Wells has worked in 34 states, the District of Columbia, and
four foreign countries. The principals of the firm each have 15 to 35 years of
individual experience in the fields of transportation planning, traffic
engineering, parking management, traffic signal design, traffic control plans,
travel demand management, transit planning, and transportation master plans.

About Harmony Ponds:

Harmony Ponds is an award-winning design/build firm with over 18 years of
experience in the design, construction, and maintenance of ponds, fountains,
splash parks, waterfalls, streams, storm water management ponds, and related
systems for commercial and residential clients. Harmony Ponds specializes in
the technical design and installation of water features; water handling
systems for fountains and water features including ornamental and koi ponds,
utilizing the latest technology in biological filtration, ultra-violet
sterilization, and energy-efficient pump systems; water quality management for
large ornamental and storm water management ponds using floating fountains and
laminar flow aeration systems; and consulting on habitat design, aeration, and

Belstar, Inc.:

Established in 1985, Belstar, Inc., is a construction cost/project management
company providing comprehensive services related to the design,
pre-construction, procurement, construction, and post-construction phases of
building and infrastructure development. With four home offices in Virginia
and Maryland, Belstar offers a highly experienced team of experts, fully
automated technical resources, and the flexibility to perform the entire scope
of cost/project management services from the concept phase to the
post-construction phase, either in-house or on-site, as may be required.
Belstar clients include a multitude of public and private sector
organizations, including architectural/engineering companies, general
contractors, commercial developers, municipalities, state and federal
agencies, military agencies, and educational and religious organizations.

C.M. Kling + Associates:

Since its establishment in 1980, C.M. Kling Lighting Design, later C.M. Kling
& Associates, Inc. has collaborated on and designed the lighting for over
2,500 projects worldwide, with such diverse scope and scale as convention
centers, hotels, religious institutions, corporate campuses and headquarters,
office complexes, and theaters. Kling’s staff is trained in various fields,
including architecture, engineering, and design, providing a wide perspective
and skills that aid in all aspects of project development. Kling lighting
designers understand that lighting is only a component part in the
establishment of the experienced environment, whether in architecture,
landscape, or cityscape; through the collaboration and integration with each
other design component, successful projects are created.

Lynch & Associates:

Lynch & Associates was originally founded in 1988 by Brendan Lynch as Eastern
Irrigation Consultants, Inc., with offices in Boston and Washington. Since
1992 the firm has been known as Lynch & Associates, Ltd., Irrigation
Consultants, consisting of the Washington (now Annapolis) office. Lynch &
Associates, Ltd. is a Native American-owned Maryland Sub-Chapter “S”
Corporation dedicated to providing the client with the most efficient,
cost-effective means of replacing water lost from soil through
evapotranspiration. In pursuit of this objective, a heavy emphasis is placed
on overall master planning, central control, weather monitoring, precipitation
and soil-moisture sensing, and, where applicable, development of alternate
water sources including groundwater withdrawal, river/stream, lake/pond, as
well as the use of treated effluent, gray water, and other harvested
recycled/reclaimed water.


URS Burlington conducts studies for projects involving construction of
industrial and institutional facilities, transportation improvements,
installation of aboveground and underground utilities, and commercial and
residential development, along with developing and implementing extensive
public outreach programs in support of these projects. These services are
provided to increase sensitivity and stewardship in historic preservation. URS
is committed to community involvement, providing broad public outreach
products, and is particularly sensitive to the needs of culturally diverse,
transitional, and traditional communities. Staff members also have extensive
experience dealing directly with state and federal agencies, and several staff
members have worked for state historic preservation offices, state departments
of transportation, and federal agencies throughout the Eastern United States.


National China Garden Foundation
Sandra L. Gibson
Executive Director
202.327.5425 (office)
202.277.8856 (direct/cell)
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