About kenneth B. Simmons Associates, LLC
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Kenneth B. Simmons Associates, LLC (KBSA) is a privately owned business established in 1946 for the practice of landscape architecture and land planning. Kenneth B. Simmons, Sr., the founder, was the first South Carolina born landscape architect and established the first landscape architectural firm in South Carolina. Since its beginning, the firm has been a leader in the profession, including leading the lobbying efforts for the establishment of registration of landscape architects in South Carolina. In 1976, registration was obtained, with the partners of KBSA being awarded the following registration numbers: Kenneth B. Simmons, Sr., #1, Sidney Gattis, Jr., #2 and Kenneth B. Simmons, Jr., #4.
In continuing to serve the profession Kenneth B. Simmons, Jr., served in many roles including, President of the Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Board (CLARB). This national board is the only organization that is charged with preparing the annual registration exam that is legally defensible in all United States having registration of landscape architects, as well as portions of Canada.
For their exceptional contributions, positive impact on the public and the profession Kenneth B. Simmons, Sr., and Kenneth B. Simmons, Jr., were elected Fellows in the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). This is the highest honor bestowed upon a landscape architect by the ASLA; currently less than 2% of the membership has received this honor.Advancing the profession and educating the public about the services landscape architects provide, that better the health, safety, and welfare of our citizens has always been KBSA’s goal. Our firm and profession has always put a strong emphasis on the protection of the natural environment long before the principles of LEED and Low Impact Development (LID) were standards. KBSA continues to lead the profession today relying on our vast project experience on environmentally sensitive and historically significant sites. Our continued emphasis on integrating environmentally sound principles with the needs of humans, leads our design team. KBSA’s practice remains broad in both scope of projects and variety of services. The practice ranges from advisory services to comprehensive consultations, environmental permitting, master planning, and full developmental design services for a wide variety of projects. In each of these areas our team-based interdisciplinary approach means every aspect of your project will receive the highest level of design expertise and project management to assure its total success.
Project: West Ashley Bikeway Presenter: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Award: Land Development Stewardship Program – State Award
Project: Palmetto Park Presenter: National Tennis Association Award: 2004 Major Complex
Project: Southeast Park Presenter: United States Tennis Association (USTA) Award: 2007 Outstanding Large Facility
Project: Southeast Park Presenter: American Sports Builder Association Award: 2008 Outstanding Tennis Facility
Project: Three Rivers Greenway – West Columbia and Cayce Riverwalk Presenter: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Award: 2003 Stewardship Development
Project: Three Rivers Greenway – West Columbia and Cayce Riverwalk Presenter: American Society of Landscape Architects – SC Chapter Award: 2003 Merit in recognition of outstanding professional achievement
Project: Bailey Island Club (Residential Community) Presenter: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Award: 1996 Outstanding Achievement for Stewardship Development – Exceptional land management and habitat protection plan, donation of vital habitat to Nature Conservancy.
Project: Chestnut Hill (Residential Community) Presenter: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Award: 1996 Outstanding Achievement for Stewardship Development – Protection of significant riparian wildlife habitat along the Broad River through gift to the Congaree Land Trust.
Project: Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Commercial/Industrial) Presenter: South Carolina Department of Land Resources Award: Land Development Stewardship Program – Honorable Mention
Project: Town of Wagener Presenter: Municipal Association of South Carolina (MSAC) Award: 2009 Achievement – superior and innovative efforts
Project: Old Santee Canal State Park Presenter: American Society of Landscape Architects – South Carolina Chapter Award: 1993 Honor