Partnering with VIKA Means Engaging Collaboration, Smart Planning and Design Excellence

VIKA’s proactive role in the Somerset Pool and Bath House (SPBH) project helped attain “Design Excellence Jury Citation” award.  This prestigious recognition is granted by the Montgomery County Planning Department (MCPD). In this project, VIKA partnered with McInturff Architects and county stakeholders to provide planning expertise, permitting management and civil engineering services. “The Design Excellence... Read More

The leaves are coming in 2017 …

A friendly reminder; the end of the flying season for aerial mapping is upon us once again. You have until mid-March to have any aerial photos taken of your project site before the leaves begin to bloom. If you have any projects in consideration for development, now is the time. Digital mapping of the imagery... Read More

Season’s Greetings from VIKA

The VIKA Team is honored by the many opportunities we have shared with you throughout this past year. We are grateful that you have entrusted us to work with you in bringing projects and ideas to reality. We pledge to continue to earn your confidence by exceeding your expectations on each and every project. In... Read More

VIKA Design Teams in the Field

In Maryland and the District, almost every project we design has various Environmental Site Design (ESD) elements to treat and reduce runoff (such as Green Roof, Bio-gardens and/or planters, etc.) As our landscape architecture teams take on more oversight of the detailing of these elements, we feel it is important to keep track of construction... Read More

Renwick Reopens with WONDER

After a 2-year renovation, the Renwick Gallery recently reopened with WONDER. This exhibition serves as a perfect springboard for the imagination to take flight. It’s also the ideal canvas where landscape architects and civil engineers work together to create space using numerous materials and techniques including the following: Landforms Walls Fences Plant materials Paving designs... Read More

Stormwater Management as Site Design Tool

Stormwater management is a crucial element of all site designs, but has increased challenges in higher-density, infill scenarios. Our landscape architects and engineers work collaboratively to satisfy the state and local engineering code requirements while integrating the facilities into the design theme. A good example is the redevelopment of an existing parking lot in an... Read More

Weed Warriors

At VIKA, we take great pride in working with the Weed Warriors. That’s because they’re eco superheroes, but without the capes… Friday the 22nd was Earth Day, and April is International Landscape Architecture Month. As part of our commitment to sustainability, and as engaged landscape architects, we enjoy participating in numerous events throughout the community.... Read More

LEED Evolution at VIKA

As an industry, we’ve come a long way since the first LEED rating system pilot was first released to the market in 1998. For starters, we’ve seen the rapid expansion of myriad green building practices including: Reduction of energy use Recycling of content in building products Elimination of products that off-gas volatile compounds Change of... Read More

The leaves are coming …

A friendly reminder; the end of the flying season for aerial mapping is upon us once again. You have until mid-March to have any aerial photos taken of your project site before the leaves begin to bloom. If you have any projects in consideration for development, now is the time. Digital mapping of the imagery... Read More

Garden versus Park: A Comparison of Two Linear Landscapes

Part 1: Musing on Gardens and Parks Many of our projects have distinct types of open space that have historically been termed “active” and “passive” indicating how they would typically be used: as recreation spaces or as more restful places to enjoy being outdoors.  These distinctions, however, may be helpfully expanded upon by considering design... Read More