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BNIM’s approach to campus planning focuses on supporting the unique mission and strategic goals of each institution. A planning project is a significant opportunity to shape or reshape campus priorities for the physical environment, including facilities over the long term. Through an integrated planning process, we engage campus stakeholders to identify a broad range of opportunities that are then cultivated and explored concurrently. The resulting plan creates a balanced solution that addresses a set of complex campus and facility planning issues including space needs, transportation and circulation systems, infrastructure, landscape design, community connectivity, sustainability, and capital and maintenance costs.
BNIM partners with communities to conduct comprehensive planning that is vision based, data driven, and contingent upon genuine community engagement. The comprehensive plans outline long-term community development goals and inform public policy and private investment decisions. Such plans encompass a broad range of issues facing communities including development and land use planning, transportation and infrastructure systems, economic development, community health and wellbeing, and environmental planning. Properly undertaken, comprehensive planning enables a community to view the big picture, coordinate local decision making, and form a basis for strategic implementation of the shared goals.
Corridor planning offers the opportunity to connect unique community nodes with shared economic interests. Whether planning for mobility or creating a destination, BNIM’s corridor planning process works to identify these common interests and breaks down the barriers between communities so that each can thrive. BNIM brings communities together to forge a vision for their shared goals and develop creative and practical solutions to move that vision forward. In this process, BNIM establishes the necessary framework to allow stakeholders to immediately take these plans and put them into action.
The breadth of experience at BNIM allows us to use all of the individual talents and strengths of the entire firm to help manage nearly every aspect of the development process. By fusing together the opportunities and impacts of areas such as economic development incentives, sustainable utility design, community engagement, stormwater management, neighborhood connectivity and effective long-range maintenance planning, we use the specialties within our ranks to offer a “one stop shop” for development services. BNIM does this with creativity, vision, and integrated long-term design solutions that focus on the triple bottom line – a balance of people, planet and prosperity.
When disasters strike, the pain and loss are immense, and the road to recovery can seem long and daunting. Disasters can also reveal resilience and dedication to community, even when it had been hidden or taken for granted. BNIM recognizes that it is demanding to think about long-term planning when immediate recovery needs are so pressing. Through smart decision making, strategic action, and a powerful community dialogue, however, our experience has shown that citizens can respond with a new shared vision that strengthens their communities for the future. A good planning effort allows the community to leverage the impact of every project and maximize the potential success of the entire recovery effort.
An extensive and diverse body of research exists that explores the breadth of fiscal, land use, quality of life, and social impacts that emerge from quality planning and development. There is also broad-based agreement on many of these impacts, and by modeling we can examine a wide range of indicators, from land usage and personal transportation costs, to energy consumption, employment accessibility and development potential. Building on this body of research, and BNIM’s nuanced understanding of community fiscal structures and challenges, we can analyze, measure, and create a defensible basis for the fiscal and economic impacts of planning, policy, and infrastructure decisions.
BNIM partners with communities to develop vibrant local and regional food systems through innovative solutions for land use, transportation, economic development, natural resource management, and community partnerships. These focus on increasing food security, strengthening coordination between stakeholders, and supporting overall community health. In urban, rural, and metropolitan areas, BNIM’s work spans a wide range of scales, including sustainable site design, neighborhood plans, and regional infrastructure. BNIM engages the complex stakeholder networks involved in developing healthy local and regional food systems by facilitating collaborative processes that establish a common framework and build support for innovative solutions and practical action.
The foundation of BNIM’s neighborhood and district planning practice lies in the firm’s commitment to a stakeholder-driven conversation about the area’s vision for the future. BNIM works with the community to discover and understand the many complex layers of a neighborhood’s character, including the natural and built environment, its local economy and social structure, and transportation and connectivity within the community and to other communities. An understanding of these resources allows BNIM to work with community partners to build capacity and identify creative and pragmatic opportunities to propel the community’s vision for itself into the future.
Regionalism is increasingly important in our interconnected world. Economies, ecologies, infrastructure systems, and communities all function across regional scales. Regional planning brings together diverse jurisdictions and communities within a region to create a regional vision and a framework to work together to achieve common goals. BNIM approaches regional planning as a consensus building opportunity by engaging a critical cross section of stakeholders such as elected officials, fourth generation family farmers, conservationists, utility providers, and myriad small, medium, and large business owners.
Transportation investments allow a community to shape its future and improve the quality of life of every resident. BNIM’s planning effort focuses on identifying existing transportation patterns, gaps in existing service, and opportunities to connect people and places in ways that catalyze the implementation of a community’s long-term goals and shapes the built environment to accommodate people from all walks of life. BNIM’s transportation and mobility experience includes multi-modal streetscape improvements, regional trail networks, and streetcar expansion projects.
BNIM’s work with First Nations people of North America has spanned the scale of work from community development to regional planning and has an innate focus on the deep connections between the people and place – environmentally, socially, and economically. To accomplish culturally appropriate work, it is paramount to listen closely to the assets and challenges of each community and to build deeply human relationships with the people who embody their culture. Core values emerge through the input of elders and those who know the tribe’s language, stories, and traditions. This allows the planning team to facilitate meaningful recommendations that can have the greatest impact.
Urban design and healthy community planning are central to BNIM’s core purpose of delivering beautiful, integrated living environments that inspire change and enhance the human condition. These interrelated issues have far-ranging effects including increasing walkability and bikeability, ensuring residents have access to critical services and healthy food options, and promoting diverse, mixed-income neighborhoods. BNIM explores design solutions as part of a holistic planning process that intersects people, planet, and place. The goal is to make plans at micro and macro levels that can be tangibly understood and readily materialized through programs, policies, and construction.