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Presenter: Brad Aldrich and 7 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Johnston, IA

Hilton Garden Inn Des Moines/Urbandale
8600 Northpark Drive
Johnston, IA 50131
Phone: 515-270-8890

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 4:30 pm

Accommodating Multiple Purposes of Site Design 
D. Marner

   Functional site design Stormwater management opportunities
   Sustainability goals Slope stabilization and erosion control
   Landscape aesthetics

Considering the Impact of Soils and Landforms 
R. Bednarek

   Understanding the role of soils Soil Genesis of Iowa
   Soil characteristics, classification and engineering properties
   Identifying the underlying geological conditions

Gray vs. Green: The Role of Green Infrastructure in the Face of an Uncertain Climate
J. Patchett

   Continued emerging role and importance of integrated green infrastructure systems
   Multiple community benefits
      • Stormwater runoff reduction
      • Improved flood control
      • Water quality enhancement
      • Enriched bio-diversity
      • Increased quality and longevity of public infrastructure with reduced maintenance
      • Improved community aesthetics
      • Case studies

Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Soil Quality to Green Roofs 
P. Sauer

   Using green infrastructure to manage for water quality and flood control
   Applications of green infrastructure throughout Iowa
   Inspection and maintenance is critical for long-term success

Developing a Sustainable Site Plan: Using SITES and LEED 
B. Aldrich/J. Host

   Reduce water demand
   Preserving greenspace
   Filter and reduce stormwater runoff
   Providing/preserving wildlife habitat
   Reduce energy consumption
   Improve air quality
   Improve human health - Promoting walkability and bikeability
   Increase outdoor recreation opportunities

Water and Stormwater Capture: Techniques You May Not Have Thought Of
J. Hager

   Traditional landscape best management practices and their practical implications
   Reasons for best management practices
   Specific design techniques and examples
   Development planning considerations
   Specific site development considerations

Case Study: Stormwater Design on Public Elementary Schoolyards
B. Yost

   The Clean Water Act, trends, & city-wide initiatives for health, sustainability, and water quality
   Educational, aesthetic, and playful stormwater management and rainwater harvesting design
   Case studies: innovative and sustainable stormwater and rainwater designs on public school grounds.

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Landscape Architects
  • Floodplain Managers

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW Continuing Ed Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Landscape Architects
     6.5 HSW Continuing Ed Hours
     6.5 LA CES HSW PDHs

Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects and landscape architects in most states, including Iowa. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Iowa.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/ CES and LA/CES.

Architects, engineers, and landscape architects seeking continuing education credit outside Iowa will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this course for 6.5 CECs.

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire program. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Brad Aldrich

Landscape Architect with Confluence
Mr. Aldrich is a landscape architect with Confluence who has 15+ years designing sustainable sites and innovative green infrastructure practices. He is passionate about sustainable site design and has numerous award-winning projects certified and/or influenced by LEED, SITES and the Living Building Challenge (LEED on steroids).

Rick Bednarek

State Soil Scientist in Iowa for the Natural Resources Conservation Service
Mr. Bednarek has statewide responsibility for the Soil Health and Technical Soil Services Programs. He also supervises the GIS section. Mr. Bednarek is also the State Resource Inventory Coordinator in Iowa providing leadership for the state in all Natural Resource Inventory activities. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1983 and started his career with NRCS in 1987. Mr. Bednarek began his soil scientist career as a county soil scientist in McDonough County, Illinois, in 1985. In 1987, he joined the Soil Conservation Service in Minnesota as a soil scientist and later as project leader and area soils specialist. In 1999, Mr. Bednarek became the Resource Soil Scientist in Atlantic, Iowa. Then in 2007, he went to the South Dakota State Office as Soil Quality Specialist and later as Assistant State Soil Scientist.

John Hager, PLA, LEED AP

Mr. Hager is a professional landscape architect, licensed to practicein Iowa and Illinois with over 30 years of experience working as avital team member at both large, multi-disciplinary firms and smallerlandscape architectural and engineering offices. After receiving hisbachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Iowa State University,his professional journey included design and planning positions atlarge, national, multi-disciplinary firms such as Jacobs and Parsons aswell as smaller landscape architecture, engineering and architecturefirms in Iowa, Tennessee and Missouri. Mr. Hager has worked on anumber of housing, mixed use, and light industrial projects in many USlocations for private developers. His experience in planning and urbandesign for low impact and best management practices includes work inHeibei Province, Peoples Republic of China.

Jim Host

Landscape Architect with Confluence
Mr. Host is a landscape architect with Confluence who has 30+ years of public and private sector experience. Sustainable practices have been part of his design influence over that span. Past projects have achieved LEED and Green Globes certification, and he is currently part of the West North Central SITES Collaborative.

Don Marner

Snyder & Associates, Inc.
Mr. Marner is a landscape architect with 29 years of experience in the profession. He leads the Land Development Business Unit consisting of civil engineers and landscape architects in the corporate office in Ankeny. Project experience in the private sector includes housing, retail, commercial and industrial developments. Projects in the public sector include educational facilities, parks, streetscapes and sports complexes. Projects are located in Iowa and the surrounding states.

James M. Patchett, FASLA, RLA, LEED AP

Considered one of the innovators in melding art, science and engineering in design, James Patchett, FASLA, LEED AP, founded Conservation Design Forum in 1994, with offices in Elmhurst, Illinois, and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. Patchett is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading pioneers in the design and promotion of sustainable site planning methodologies that integrate innovative water resource management and ecological restoration measures into built and natural environments. Trained both as a landscape architect and hydrologist, Mr. Patchett has served on a variety of national technical advisory committees including the ASLA Sustainable Sites initiative. He is also co-founder of Conservation Research Institute, Conservation Land Stewardship, and Solutions in the Land. Mr. Patchett is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a LEED-Accredited Professional. He received an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture, and master’s degrees in both Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering (water resources) from Iowa State University. Mr. Patchett has completed the necessary course work towards a PhD degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources.

Pat Sauer, CPSS, CPESC


Ms. Sauer is a professional soil scientist and the executive director for the Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership (ISWEP). She oversees ISWEP, an organization that supports Iowa MS-4 cities that are permitted by the IDNR by providing educational resources, training and technical support. She also develops and conducts educational training and certification programs throughout Iowa on construction site runoff control, green infrastructure and stormwater design, streambank restoration and stormwater pollution prevention. Ms. Sauer is on the Technical Committee for the IDNR Iowa Stormwater Management Manual and is involved with planning the annual Iowa Water Conference.

Bambi Yost

Associate Professor in the Landscape Architecture Department at Iowa State University 
Professor Yost teaches graduate and undergraduate collaborative and interdisciplinary studios; a social and behavioral landscapes seminar (environmental psychology); an advanced graphics and representation course; portfolio design; graduate-level introduction to research methods for landscape architects; Design Core Studio for 1st year students in our College of Design; an optional upper-level studio titled, “Poetry of Place, Earthworks, & Revelations,” and a capstone community-based studio focused on stormwater, green infrastructure & schoolyard design called “Mount Airy Schoolyards” in northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Professor Yost received her two master degrees in Landscape Architecture and Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Colorado Denver and a bachelors of arts degree in General Arts & Sciences from Pennsylvania State University. In addition, she is currently completing her PhD degree (ABD status) on Denver Public School Learning Landscapes schoolyards. Prior to pursuing her graduate degrees, Professor Yost was a program manager and environmental educator for five years for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Virginia where she designed and led watershed and wetlands programs.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.