Graceland Cemetery

Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. completed a lawn-to-prairie transformation at the historic Graceland Cemetery in Chicago and the results are incredible. Starting in 2014, we worked with a landscape architecture firm and the Cemetery’s Board to create a beautiful prairie that is now home to birds, butterflies, and other native wildlife.

Pine Dunes

Native Landscape Contractors, LLC is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of this 310-acre project for the Illinois Tollway and Lake County Forest Preserves while ecology + vision, llc is conducting 5-year monitoring and reporting. The project began in 2013 as we worked with a general contractor to begin to restore this natural area.

Ecological Assessments

Successful ecological restoration begins with properly assessing a site. What kind of plants and animals are there? What is the topography? Is there water and how does it move? Walking a site allows landscape architects and planners to get to know its special characteristics and how to maximize resources to restore its natural beauty. Sometimes, we find threatened and endangered species or particularly valuable remnant ecosystems.

Some natural areas are more challenging to navigate through restoration than others. For example, wetland regulations can be particularly tough to tackle without expert help. First, you need to determine if your site qualifies as a wetland. We can offer assistance. Our certified wetland specialists will walk you through the process.

We believe in using science to drive our ecological restoration activities. When we assess your site, we use the most recent technology to accurately measure and monitor the flora and fauna. This creates a bedrock of solid data to build and evaluate the restored ecosystems and make realistic performance criteria to determine the long-term success of the project.

Once an assessment is in place, it’s time to dive into restoration. Are you ready to discover unexpected treasures on your site?

Village of Montgomery Basins

Since 2007, Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. has been the Village’s Native Landscape and Water Quality Maintenance Contractor and is charged with maintaining the Village‐controlled basins and naturalized areas. The stewardship program focuses on sustainability and the overall aesthetic of each site within the village.

Nantucket Cove HOA

Since 2006, Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. has been restoring and stewarding the stormwater basin at the Nantucket Cove community. The Village of Schaumburg mandated native plantings for the severely eroded shoreline. Originally the HOA Board of Directors had priced out a riprock stone solution, but our proposal for a native shoreline buffer came in significantly under that budget.

Peck Farm Park

ecology + vision, llc conducted the conceptual design, design development, and completion of full bidding documents for Geneva Park District’s Peck Farm newly phased 36 acre park. Initial work included converting the existing agricultural field to prairie on the Miller Parcel and a mix of prairie, wet prairie, and savanna ecotypes on the Thompson Parcel. We provided follow-up vegetative monitoring and reporting to ensure performance criteria were satisfied prior to acceptance.

Tinley Park Naturalized Basin Assessments

ecology + vision, llc has conducted detailed inventories of existing vegetation for multiple naturalized basins, all of which are stormwater facilities owned by the Village of Tinley Park. The project includes detailed vegetative inventories, critical analysis regarding the quality of natural vegetation and its distribution throughout the properties, recommendations for ecological restoration, and recommendations for phasing with specific cost estimates for restoration and long-term stewardship.

Panduit Corporate Headquarters

ecology + vision, llc was retained by the project landscape architect to design the native planting areas, including a 1 acre sustainable buffalo grass lawn. Panduit is a global manufacturer and distributor of electrical solutions, their World Headquarters in Tinley Park, Illinois is built to be a model of sustainability and a template for environmental and societal leadership…not just for today, but for future generations.

Chicago Park District Peace Garden Reconstruction

ecology + vision, llc advised the Chicago Park District on revitalization of the Peace Garden landscape, including tree removal recommendations, design, and plant palette. ecology consulted on select tree removals and structural pruning in order to allow dappled light to the understory.

Anita Purves Nature Center

Conducted conceptual design, design development, and completion of full bidding documents for the Urbana Park District’s Anita Purves Nature Center Habitat Garden. The project consists of a 2 acre parcel surrounding the Nature Center, bounded by the Saline Drainage Channel, and also serves as the access point to Busey Woods, a 59 acre woodland that contains high-quality remnant areas of woodland, savanna, prairie, wetland, and riparian ecosystems.