University of Illinois - C/U
IL Licensed Landscape Architect
American Planning Association
State of Illinois Landscape Architecture Registration Board
Sue Massie is the president of Massie Massie
& Associates and a principal planner and landscape architect. She is trained in IDOT CCS approach to
planning and coordinates public involvement using this and other
methodologies. Sue has a background in
plant ecology and leads projects involving establishment, rehabilitation and
management of natural areas.
Sue has the additional experience of developing
and directing the Illinois program for reclamation of abandoned mine
lands. During this tenure, she worked
with technical staff to devise techniques for managing mine subsidence, reclaiming
mine spoils and refuse, and mitigating other detrimental effects from mining
for coal, fluorspar, iron and aggregates.
Interstate 64 and IL Rte. 159
Interchange at Fairview Heights, IL. Sue developed plans to improve the
function and visual distinction of this cloverleaf interchange and mile-long section
of interstate east of St. Louis. City
staff and elected officials, commercial developers, property owners and
businesspeople participated in development of the plan. Patterns were created on the highway
landscape using sustainable mixes of prairie plants and woody species. Retaining walls along the highways are sculptural
elements and lead motorists into the city.
This distinctive imagery will be further developed within the city,
along streets and on private property.
Spring Creek Waste Water Treatment
Plant, Springfield, IL involved devising
a master plan for this 80-acre site to 1) preserve natural areas where
possible, 2) develop sustainable vegetative cover appropriate to the
environment, and 3) minimize maintenance requirements. Meandering waterways, prairie-vegetated swales
and filters, and wetland surrounded containment basins were established. Reforestation was done in lowland areas and extensive
tree and shrub planting done to create habitats and screen the site from the
Sue S. Massie, PLA
Principal Planner and Landscape Architect
Downtown Jacksonville Streetscape, Jacksonville, IL involved preparing a master plan for the downtown district with input from an ad hoc committee, stakeholders, and city officials. Two phases of construction followed, with MMA preparing detailed plans for a new streetscape along Main Street and for redevelopment of the downtown square park. Improvements include new sidewalks with special paving, street lights and pedestrian lights, fence and bollards, planting beds and street trees.
Union Square Park, Springfield, IL. This urban park is centrally located
within the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum complex. Paved
walkways and a central plaza serve as a gathering area for visitors and as a
venue for special outdoor events. A
massive arbor and gazebo provide visual separation from surrounding streets,
and have become a popular site for photographs. Historic trees and the Mary Todd Lincoln Flower Garden embellish
the site as do several noteable bronze sculptures.
Lincoln Log Cabin Site, Macon County, IL involved research
and plans to reconstruct the Lincoln family’s log cabin at Lincoln Trail
Homestead State Park. An in-depth
archaeology study was first done to find evidence of the Lincoln’s 1830 cabin. Then, a history and master plan for the state
park and the associated Lincoln National Memorial Highway was developed. The plan involves restructuring existing use
areas and facilities, developing a new interpretative station, and rehabilitating
natural areas to achieve a sustainable environment, one that would have been
present when the Lincolns were there.
Marberry Arboretum, Carbondale, IL.
MMA prepared a Master Plan to develop this arboretum into a facility for
environmental education. The 25-acre
site had been an experimental plantation of a professor 60 years earlier. The
master plan includes areas for growing collections of various plant communities
and highlighted species, a new visitors center with gardens, primary and
secondary pathways through the arboretum, and gathering locations for interpretation
and group events.
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