Landscape Design: The Ultimate Return on Investment

Two of our most recent projects, we believe, deserve extra special attention. We honestly can't claim all the credit. In fact, in both cases there was an amazing collaboration that made these projects extraordinary—our clients, the contractors, and the stake-holders, to name a few. It's truly an honor to have the opportunity to be involved in these projects. We feel it should be noted in the following cases, by investing in good design clients were able to surpass their project goals!

Case Study 1: Sharp Coronado Hospital Entry and Arrival Remodel Project

We joined the AVRP Skyport/Nielson Dillingham team in a competitive design-build pursuit. Working closely with the AVRP Skyport team, we developed computer-generated 3D renderings of our vision for the campus. We were honored to win the pursuit and our client took our renderings immediately to the community to raise support. They got the support they needed, and one donor fully funded the project! The entry landscape paved the way for the largest campaign in the hospital’s history. They secured more than $14 million in contributions to support the creation of a new entry and state-of-the-art Outpatient Pavilion. The entry project cost was originally estimated at $750,000. The impact of our design generated a 1,867% return on investment in future donations.

Case Study 2: San Diego State University Centennial Mall Modernization

A project originally envisioned by campus planners Laura Shinn and Robert Schultz had a budget of $750,000. Once the project came out of the ground, a philanthropist took notice and donated $1,000,000 to the school towards the project (a 133% return on investment).

In a world where society is increasingly focused on enhancing the quality of the environment, the value placed on landscape architecture cannot be underestimated. Our work is most successful when we able to calculate a return on the investment for our clients. Especially when, as these two case studies illustrate, the return is well above expectations. Because we develop incredible new spaces for people to live, work and play, our clients are experiencing the true value of landscape architecture.

A Time For Thankfulness

mccullough thanksgiving 2017

During this season we joyfully express our sincere appreciation for your trust and loyalty throughout the year.
We are deeply grateful and extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day!


This beautiful photo was taken of our project at Farmer & the Seahorse at The Alexandria in La Jolla.