Awards

We’ve been experts for 40 years. And, as the world changes, we’re at the forefront. We ask questions, test our creativity and drive for success. Below is a testament of how our passion for getting it right measures against the rest of the industry.

Firm

Best Places to Work (2016)
The LA Group was named a Best Place to Work by the Albany Business Review after an independent survey of employees. The award recognizes the company’s efforts to build an engaging and meaningful workplace experience based on benefits, working conditions, and company culture.

Largest Landscape Architectural Firm 
The LA Group was ranked the Largest Landscape Architectural Firm (2006-2008, 2010, 2012-2015) and the Seventh Largest Engineering Firm (2006) in NY’s Capital Region by the Albany Business Review.

Practitioner of the Year Award for Private Practice (2012)
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), NY Upstate Chapter honored firm Partner, C. Michael Ingersoll, RLA, ASLA.

 

The Zweig Letter Hot Firm List (2010)
The Zweig Letter has recognized the fastest-growing architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms on the basis of percentage growth and dollar growth. Over the years, the “Hot Firm” designation has become synonymous with success in the industry. The 2010 List includes The LA Group as one of 150 firms and is the only Landscape Architecture firm listed.

Fastest-Growing Private Companies (2007)
Inc. 5000

Great Places to Work (2005)
The LA Group was named one of the “Great Places to Work” in the region. The award recognizes the company’s achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of benefits, working conditions, and company culture.

Small Business of the Year (2005)
The LA Group was named Small Business of the Year by the Albany Business Review in recognition of the firm’s growth, management strengths, and profitability over a 20-year period.

National Cemeteries

Honor Award, General Design (2012)
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), PA/DE Chapter, Washington Crossing National Cemetery: A New Paradigm for Our Nation’s Sacred Landscapes (with Cairone & Kaupp, Inc.) Newtown, PA.

Engineering Excellence Grand Award (2012)
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Missouri Chapter, Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Phase 1A – Early Turnover (with URS), St. Louis, MO.

VA Sustainability Achievement Award (2011)
Massachusetts National Cemetery (MNC): Reclaimed Water Use from the Air Force Engineering and Environmental, (AFCEE)/Otis Air National Guard Base (ANGB) Groundwater Filtration System for Cemetery Irrigation Use (with MNC director Paul McFarland). Bourne, MA.

Federal Energy and Water Management (FEWM) Award (2011)
Massachusetts National Cemetery (MNC): Reclaimed Water Use from the Air Force Engineering and Environmental (AFCEE)/Otis Air National Guard Base (ANGB) Groundwater Filtration System for Cemetery Irrigation Use (with MNC director Paul McFarland and colleagues Rose Forbes, civil engineer, and Mark Ivory, project manager). Bourne, MA.

Honor Award, Analysis & Planning (2010)
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Alabama Chapter, Alabama National Cemetery (with Macnally Ross Land Design), Montevallo, AL.

Honor Award (2001)
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), NY Upstate Chapter, Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Saratoga, NY.

Projects

Merit Award, Historic Preservation (2017)
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), NY Upstate Chapter. Olana Strategic Landscape Design, Hudson, NY (with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects)

Merit Award, Built Design (2016)
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), NY Upstate Chapter. Terrapin Point Reconstruction, Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, NY

Merit Award, Planning and Analysis (2016)
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Virginia Chapter. Olana Strategic Landscape Design, Hudson, NY (with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects)

Excelsior Award for Public Architecture – Honor Award, New Construction (2016)
New York State AIA. The Bio Building at the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks (“The Wild Center”), Tupper Lake, NY (with Phinney Design Group)

Excelsior Award for Public Architecture – Honor Award, Renovation/Addition (2016)
New York State AIA. SUNY Oneonta Fitzelle Hall Expansion-Quad Design, Oneonta, NY (with Architecture+)

Outdoor Tennis Facility Award (2016)
American Sports Builders Association. SUNY Cortland Tennis Courts, Cortland, NY (with Nova Sports, USA)

Merit Award, Historic Preservation (2015)
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), NY Upstate Chapter. Grey Towers National Historic Site Facilities Master Plan

Village Beautification Award (2015)
Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association. Ballots Spa Village Cemetery Garret Road Entrance

Diamond Award for Transportation (2015)
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), NY Chapter. Washington Ave/Fuller Rd. Intersection Reconstruction (with Creighton Manning Engineering)

Design Award (2014) 
American Institute of Architects (AIA), Eastern NY Chapter. SUNY Oneonta Fitzelle Hall Expansion – Quad Design, Oneonta, NY (with Architecture+)

Design Award (2014) 
American Institute of Architects (AIA), Eastern NY Chapter. Glenmont Job Corps Academy, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Glenmont, NY (with Hyman Hayes and Tecton Architects)

Planning Excellence Award for Comprehensive Planning (2014)
American Planning Association (APA), NY Upstate Chapter. The Village of Saranac Lake Comprehensive Plan 2013, Saranac Lake, NY

 

Honor Award (2013) 
American Institute of Architects (AIA), Eastern NY Chapter. Malone Middle School, Malone, NY (with CSArch)

Planning Excellence Award for Sustaining Places (2012)
American Planning Association (APA), NY Upstate Chapter. Market Center at Railroad Place, Saratoga Springs, NY

Design Award (2012)
American Institute of Architects, Eastern New York. SUNY Orange Kaplan Hall, Newburgh, NY (with JMZ Architects and Planners, P.C.)

Outstanding Project in Sports Facility/Fitness Center (2012) 
Learning by Design, Veterans Field – Long Beach City School District

Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice (2011)
American Planning Association (APA), NY Upstate Chapter. Stewardship Plan for the Historic Saratoga-Washington on the Hudson Partnership

Diamond Award for Studies, Research, and Consulting (2011) 
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), NY Chapter. Historic Erie Canal Aqueduct/Broad Street Corridor Master Plan (with T.Y. Lin, Cooper Carey), Rochester, NY

Outstanding Design in Sports Stadium/Athletic Facility (2011)
American School and University, SUNY Morrisville Synthetic Turf Field Stadium

Queensbury Beautification Award (2010)
Town of Queensbury, NY, Adirondack Trust Company, Queensbury, NY Branch (Bay Rd.)

Merit Award (2009)
The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Eastern NY Chapter, 58 Washington Street, Mixed-Use Building Project (with Balzer Hodge Tuck Architecture), Saratoga Springs, NY

Citation for Design Excellence (2009)
American Institute of Architects (AIA), NY Chapter, Historic Erie Canal Aqueduct/Broad Street Corridor Master Plan (with T.Y. Lin International, Cooper Carey), Rochester, NY

Merit Award, Built Design (2009)
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), NY Upstate Chapter, The Sagamore Resort on Lake George, Bolton Landing, NY

Merit Award, Planning & Analysis (2009)
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), NY Upstate Chapter, Luther Forest Technology Campus, Malta, NY

 

Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice (2009)
American Planning Association (APA), NY Upstate Chapter, The Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Project

Community Achievement Award (2008)
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), NY Upstate Chapter, Reclaiming the Hudson, The Saratoga County Riverscape Project

Honor Award (2007)
The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Eastern NY Chapter, 92 East Avenue Mixed-Use Building (with Bonacio Construction), Saratoga Springs, NY

Merit Award (2007)
The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Eastern NY Chapter, Tomkins Cortland Community College Athletic Center Expansion (with JMZ Architects), Dryden, NY

Wayside Exhibit (2006)
National Association of Interpretive Planners (2006), Fayette Station Road Exhibits at New River Gorge National River, Fayetteville, WV

Business Facilities (2006)
Economic Development Deal of the Year Awards, Luther Forest Technology Campus, Malta, NY

Excellence in Highway Design Award (2006)
U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. Allegany River Rest Area, Interstate 86, Allegany, NY

Excellence in Highway Design Merit Award (2006)
U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. Chautaugua Lake Rest Area, Interstate 86, Southern Tier, Chautaugua, NY

Honor Award (2004)
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), NY Upstate Chapter, Constitution Marsh Sanctuary, Phillipstown, NY

Outstanding Planning Project, Implementation (2004)
American Planning Association (APA), NY Upstate Chapter, Congress Park Centre, Saratoga Springs, NY

Community Achievement Award (2004)
American Planning Association (APA), NY Upstate Chapter, Carousel in Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, NY

The dream of Olympic glory.

“The LA Group has an unparalleled concern for camaraderie and teamwork. They are enthusiastic and aggressive – the whole experience is refreshing.”

– Dennis Kennelly, Vice President, T.Y. Lin International