Raimi + Associates has been chosen to receive the 2015 National Planning Excellence Award for an Emerging Planning & Design Firm from the American Planning Association. Read more at: www.planning.org/awards/2015/Emerging.
The Emerging Planning & Design Firm award honors a young planning and design firm that has helped elevate the planning profession and build public support for planning, and demonstrating the potential for continually influencing the planning profession through its current work for years to come.
“Through its portfolio of work, Raimi + Associates demonstrates the energy, excitement and innovation of an emerging firm,” said W. Shedrick Coleman, 2015 APA Awards Jury chair. “The firm has become a national leader in the emerging practice of healthy community planning and in sustainable neighborhoods, showing even small firms can play a large role in effective planning.”
"We are thrilled to be recognized for our work and mission, which is to promote health, sustainability and equity through innovative community planning," said Matt Raimi, Founding Principal at Raimi + Associates. "Our goal is to incorporate fresh ideas and improve the field of planning at large, while serving the communities where we work. We want to change the world for the better, and set best practices that can be replicated nationwide." Raimi + Associates, along with other APA award winners will be honored at the 2015 National Planning Awards luncheon April 20, 2015, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington.
On Tuesday, March 31st, the Los Angeles City Council formally adopted a new section to its general plan that focuses on bridging the city's health disparities, representing what experts hail as a shift in how public officials think about health policy. Also known as the "Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles," this marks a major milestone for Raimi + Associates, who worked for over two years on health analyses, policy and goal writing, and public outreach. The guidelines contained in the Element are aimed at reducing stark disparities in L.A.'s health outcomes, especially for low-income neighborhoods.
Read about the Plan adoption in the L.A. Times.
View/download the Element.
We are actively seeking qualified and enthusiastic planners for the following positions:Senior Project Manager/Associate Principal - Posted September 2014
R+A is looking for a Senior Project Manager to join our Berkeley office (Los Angeles and Riverside will also be considered).
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R+A is looking for a Bilingual (Spanish) Health (and Equity) in All Policies Specialist to join our Berkeley office.
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Public Drafts for two major City of Mountain View projects have been released! The North Bayshore Precise Plan and El Camino Precise Plan are currently out for public review, with adoption of both documents anticipated later this fall.
R+A was recognized by APA California at the Chapter's 2014 Conference and annual Awards Ceremony. We are proud to add the accolades to our 2014 achievements:
• Emerging Planning and Design Firm
• City of Delano Health and Sustainability Element, Award of Merit, Innovation in Green Community Planning
Our projects and our firm have received a number of awards in the first few months of 2014. Thanks to our colleagues, clients, and collaborators for making them possible.
Raimi + Associates accepts the Emerging Planning and Design Firm Award of Excellence at the Northern Section Awards Gala on Friday, May 16th. The Raimi + Associates team is pictured above (L-R) Jackie Keliiaa, Aaron Welch, Beth Altshuler, Matt Raimi, Troy Reinhalter and Northern Section Director Jeff Baker. Photo Credit: Amanda Becker.
• Emerging Planning and Design Firm, Award of Excellence
APA Northern California Section, APA Inland Empire Section
• The Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles Interactive Website
"Innovative Use of Technology" Award, APA Los Angeles Section
• Inglewood Energy and Climate Action Plan
"Innovation in Green Community Planning" Award, APA Los Angeles Section
• Orange Line BRT Sustainable Corridor Implementation Plan
"Sustainability Award" Honorable Mention, Southern California Association of Governments
• City of Delano Sustainability Element
"Innovation in Green Community Planning," Outstanding Planning Award
R+A’s own Beth Altshuler was invited to present on two panels at the APA National Planning Conference that took place from April 26–30, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Beth’s presentations covered the intersection between planning and public health at the neighborhood scale. The following presentations took place on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014:
Neighborhood as a Focus for Health:
Panelists: Beth Altshuler, Raimi + Associates, Berkeley, Calif.; David W. Goldberg, City of Seattle; David E. Gamble, AICP, Gamble Associates, Boston.
See Beth's presentation here!
The Neighborhood Concept:
Panelists: Beth Altshuler, Raimi + Associates, Berkeley, Calif.; Dan Immergluck, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta; G. Mark Walters, City of Austin, Tex.; Frank S. Alexander, Emory Univ. School of law, Atlanta.
The November 26, 2013 issue of the New York Times ran a story covering Raimi + Associates' Ward Village LEED-ND project, including a quote from our very own Aaron Welch! Raimi + Associates is directing LEED-ND implementation for Ward Village, a 65-acre mixed-use infill project in downtown Honolulu. In early November, the Ward Village project received the platinum level certification for sustainable neighborhood development from the U.S. Green Building Council. Learn more about the Ward Village development and read the article here.
A new website with interactive health data created by Raimi + Associates for the City of Los Angeles has been called the “neighborhood data portal that every city needs” and the “gold standard for civic data delivery.”
The website is part of the Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles, a new health and wellness initiative launched by the Los Angeles Department of City Planning to link the relationship between health and the built environment. Raimi + Associates was hired by the city to prepare a new chapter for the framework of the General Plan that will elevate health as a priority for future growth and development in Los Angeles.
The website includes an interactive web tool that maps the geographic patterns of health, built environment, socio-demographic, and economic data, at the city and neighborhood scales. The majority data comes from the Health Atlas, a data-driven report that analyzes over 100 health issues and outcomes in Los Angeles, which Raimi + Associates produced in 2013. The web tool makes the same data accessible to a wider audience for an array of new uses.
For more information about the project and for regular updates, visit the project website at healthyplan.la.
R+A is working with Ward Village and Howard Hughes Corporation in Honolulu, Hawaii to implement the largest LEED for Neighborhood Development Platinum project in the United States. Ward Village is a 60-acre transit-served, highly walkable, infill development project with extremely high performance in green building and infrastructure. R+A has worked to increase the site plan’s sustainability performance while creating site-wide design standards and ensuring that building-level design documents achieve those standards. Paseo Verde – an affordable housing project developed by Jonathan Rose Companies in Philadelphia – also recently achieved LEED-ND Platinum. R+A worked on the project with funding from NRDC and LISC. With the certification of Paseo Verde and Ward Village, R+A has worked on the country’s two highest-scoring projects certified under the post-pilot LEED-ND program.
After over four years in development, LEED Version 4 was released November 20th. Raimi + Associates co-wrote the LEED v4 Reference Guide for U.S. Green Building Council, providing implementation and interpretation guidance for all credits related to location, transportation, and urban design. This includes the majority of LEED for Neighborhood Development credits. It also includes guidance for multiple credits in LEED's new Location and Transportation (LT) section for building-level rating systems such as LEED for New Construction, LEED for Existing Buildings and Maintenance, LEED for Schools, and LEED for Healthcare. LEED's new Location and Transportation credits are strongly informed by the criteria and standards developed for LEED-ND, making Raimi + Associates a natural fit to integrate its key concepts. Raimi + Associates worked with frequent partners Criterion Planners and the Agora Group to complete the work for U.S. Green Building Council.
Beth Althshuler participated in an APHA Advocacy and Policy Series webinar on planning through a health equity lens. Ms. Altshuler’s presentation focused on the importance of equity considerations in planning and how a focus on health can serve as a way to engage the community in the planning process and be a guide for prioritizing planning strategies. The webinar also featured stories of successful collaboration between public health and planning in Seattle, WA and Fort Worth, TX. To watch a recording of the presentation or review the presentations, visit the APHA webinars page.
The City of West Hollywood was recognized as the Project of the Year for “City of West Hollywood 2013 Community Study: Engaging, Listening, Learning” by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). The award was presented at the IAP2 North American Conference in September 2013. As part of the Community Study, R+A prepared a Demographic, Socio-Economic, and Health Conditions Report. The report provides a snapshot of the current conditions across the City, illustrates how the City has evolved over time, and offers information about specific target populations for the Social Services Division.
Click here to read the IAP2 press release.
R+A recently completed climate action plans in Inglewood and Bellflower. As many cities are working to comply with SB 375 and voluntary emission reduction targets, they are developing climate action plans that focus on state and local actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Working closely with the City of Inglewood, R+A developed an Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP). The plan showcases Inglewood as a leader in emission reductions, highlighting projects to increase building and infrastructure efficiency, to construct solar demonstration programs, and to create a green building center.
The Bellflower CAP compiled a detailed analysis of Public Health benefits along with CAP, and resulted in a qualified CAP CEQA stream knotting under SB 375. The Bellflower CAP provides applicants with multiple compliance options for reducing GHG emissions, including a many-based approach, and reduction of focusing on development standards. The CAP also offers an ‘in-lieu’ fee program, which will fund energy efficiency retrofits of the City’s existing building stock
Raimi + Associates welcomed a new staff member to their Riverside office, Brynn McKiernan. Brynn will be serving as our newest Planner.
Raimi + Associates recently completed one of the most comprehensive analysis to date of health, built environment, socio-demographic, and economic data in the Health Atlas for the City of Los Angles. The Health Atlas contains over 100 maps and numerous graphs that document neighborhood health conditions that may contribute to health inequities across the City's numerous neighborhoods. This work was completed to set the stage for the City of Los Angeles Health Chapter policies. Raimi + Associates will continute to work closely with the Department of City Planning, the County Public Health Department, numerous community based organizations, and other public agencies in creating and implementing policies.
Information about the Health Element can be found on the following official sites:
The following news outlets have covered the release of the Health Atlas:
Adapting LEED-ND to an Existing Neighborhood
Raimi + Associates applies existing development standards in a fresh way