University of Illinois - C/U
IL Licensed Landscape Architect
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
State of Illinois Landscape Architecture Registration Board 2000 to 2008
Massie serves as project manager for large-scale planning as well as design
projects. He promotes sustainable design
and has developed plans for both Sustainable Sites Initiative (SSI) compatibility
and L.E.E.D. certification. Kent is experienced in design and conservation of natural and cultural sites.
Decatur Enhancement involves a comprehensive
restructuring of Downtown Decatur scheduled for completion in 2014. The 30-block project involves changing the dedicated truck route through the city, reconfiguring
streets and parking, and constructing new sidewalks and street crossings. The streetscape improvements included special
materials and design of paving, light fixtures, street furnishings and other
amenities. The project also included
redesign of Central Park including custom-designed canopy structures.
and University Hall, University of Illinois Springfield, involved creating a central
quadrangle within the campus and a signature colonnade and fountain to anchor
its north end. The project also included areas around the new
University Hall on the the new quadrangle where walkways,
plazas and gathering nodes were created as a template for development of future
buildings on the campus.
Mumford House and South Quadrangle, University of
Illinois Urbana/Champaign provided an opportunity to integrate the university’s past with the
present campus. The Concept Study shows
how Mumford House, the model homestead built by the university in 1870, can be
adapted for contemporary uses and meaningfully interconnected with the
surrounding more-modern campus. Designs
for the site include access for pedestrians, use of surrounding
grounds for demonstration plots, and exhibits of sustainable site design and campus history.
Kent L. Massie, PLA
Principal Planner and Landscape Architect
Downtown Galesburg Strategic Plan for the Future addressed the 60-block area of Downtown Galesburg and extensively involved city leaders, stakeholder groups and the general public. The strategic plan addressed historic preservation and delineated improvements of transportation routes (rail, vehicular, bicycle, pedestrian). It identified opportunities for business development and infill construction, including storm water management considerations. The plan also discussed implementation strategies for both public and private urban projects.
Lincoln Memorial Garden, Springfield, IL. MMA
prepared the Master Plan for Preservation and Protection of this
64-acre garden originally designed by Jens Jensen and now on the National Register
of Historic Places. Devised with the input of Jenson experts from across the
country, the plan described needed restoration of its original plan
(flowering-tree lined walkways, woodlands and meadows, vistas and screening)
and restoration of its structures (council rings, bridges, signs, benches,
drinking fountains). It also addressed
the need to reduce the impacts from overuse.
The plan identified 120 surrounding acres to acquire and manage for protection of
the historic garden. The buffer areas would allow for expansion of garden programs and activities.
Prairie Center. This 30-acre farm site was acquired to
protect the historic Lincoln Memorial Garden site.
MMA developed the master plan and construction documents for
converting the site to a prairie center. Plans included renovating the existing 100-year old farm house and outbuildings, and constructing a new visitor's station designed to blend with the farmstead. The pond was rebuilt and
native plant species used for bank stabilization and wildlife habitat. Boardwalks and a viewing
screen were constructed for close observation of the pond's wildlife. Historic hedge rows were retained, and fields were planted and managed to recreate tall-grass prairies and native forest communities. Winding trails and paths were built though the new nature areas.
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