Former Oak Ridge Community Development Director Kathryn Baldwin has joined Lose & Associates, a planning and design company that once developed a master plan for the Oak Ridge City Center.
Lose & Associates is a landscape architecture, architecture, civil engineering, and planning firm with offices in Nashville and Atlanta, a press release said. The company recently announced its expansion to the Knoxville area, in Franklin Square on Kingston Pike.
Baldwin, office manager and senior planner, will lead the Knoxville office, the press release said. She has a master’s degree in geography from East Tennessee State University, and she “brings a wealth of geographic knowledge, management skills, and technical knowledge to her new position,” the press release said.
Baldwin retired after 16 years with the City of Oak Ridge, and her last day was July 28. Wayne Blasius, who had been executive director of the nonprofit East Tennessee Community Design Center, has been hired to replace her, starting August 28.
Baldwin was previously director of planning for the City of Hendersonville, Tennessee, for 13 years.
She currently serves on the board of directors for East Tennessee Quality Growth and is a member of the East Tennessee Greenways Alliance, the press release said.
The press release said landscape architect Daniel Boutte, formerly of boutteDESIGN, a firm specializing in park and recreation master planning and sustainable storm water design, has also joined the Knoxville office team.
“Having known and worked with Kathryn for over 20 years, I am really excited to have her join our firm,” said Lose’s President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Camp. “We are equally excited by the unique skills Daniel will bring to the team with his reputation as a leading disc golf course designer.”
Founded in 1982, Lose & Associates maintains professional design licenses in more than 26 states and currently employs 59 staff members, the press release said.
“The firm is no stranger to East Tennessee,” the press release said.
In 2008, the company was selected to develop a master plan for the Eastgate Greenway, a three-mile greenway in Sevierville. The firm then developed construction plans for Phase One and Two of the project and is currently working on Phase Three of the connector.
Lose & Associates has also done work for the City of Athens, which said it has benefited greatly from the company’s work and thinks the Knoxville office will be an asset to the East Tennessee community, according to the press release.
“The City of Athens has had a working relationship with Lose & Associates for over 25 years beginning with their design of the award-winning Athens Regional Park,” said City of Athens Director of Parks and Recreation Austin Fesmire. “Their new office in Knoxville will no doubt be an asset to their clients, both new and old, as they provide professional services that assist in the future development of parks and recreation.”
Other East Tennessee projects include the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA and Kingsport Aquatics Center and Athens Regional Park. Current projects in design stages include Heritage Park, a new Public Works maintenance facility in Morristown, several park projects in Cleveland and the Garrison Park redevelopment project in Crossville.
The firm has completed other projects in the past, including the original site master plan for the Turkey Creek shopping center in Knoxville, a master plan for the Oak Ridge City Center, and a comprehensive parks and recreation master plan for Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Recreation, along with a number of state park projects in the area, the press release said.
“We’ve enjoyed working on a variety of projects in the East Tennessee area over the past 35 years, so we’re thrilled to open a Knoxville office to better serve this region,” said Lose & Associates Principal Mike Wrye. “We look forward to sharing our collaborative design process, superior service and exceptional performance to clients while also being good stewards of natural resources in the area.”
For more information on Lose & Associates, visit http://loseandassociates.com/.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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