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Master Planning

Master Planning allows the owner to look at the “big picture” when developing a vision for their landscape and helps them make important site decisions. A Master Plan is a drawing that is developed through meetings with the client, site visits, and careful analysis of the property. Typically, it is a long term plan, and it is never too late to begin.

Design

A harmonious landscape design creates an environment that is sensitive and responsive to the land.   Our approach is to organize design within a series of “outdoor rooms” which can be an extension of the interior, so that the line between the interior-exterior becomes blurred.   The landscape also becomes an extension of the client, a place that touches their heart and allows them to daydream, sit quietly or play loudly.

Construction Management

We provide an integrated construction process with skilled craftsman, use of durable materials, timely construction schedule and on-site construction supervision from our staff.

Effective construction management of the project, appropriate attention to on going details and clear communications with all involved is a key to our clients’ satisfaction.

Projects

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Awards & Honors

"Honor Award for Design Excellence", Boston Society of Architects (BSA) for Small House, Great Barrington, MA designed by Maryann Thompson Architects.

“Meritorious Award in Planning & Analysis”, Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) for Berkshire Theater Festival Master Plan, Stockbridge, MA.

"Meritorious Award for Accessible Design", Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (AAB) for Robert A. Wells Entry Garden, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA.

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Testimonial

“I am writing this letter to enthusiastically recommend Craig Okerstrom-Lang, RLA and Okerstrom-Lang Landscape Architects, LLC as a planning, landscape architecture, and environmental consultant.  As Director of Community Development for Adams, Massachusetts, I have worked closely with Craig and his staff over the past several years on a number of community development projects in town.

Okerstrom-Lang has assisted the Town in a variety of projects, including the Armory Court Project, the design and phased implementation of the $1.8 million Renfrew Park Renovation Project, and the recent Adams Station Park and Park Street Improvement Projects.

In their work for Adams, Okerstrom-Lang has demonstrated a very high degree of creativity and responsiveness.  They are adept at problem solving and finding acceptable solutions to issues that are often controversial.  Their work has been accomplished in a timely manner and they have worked closely and productively with project steering committees for each of the projects undertaken for Adams.

Craig has been especially effective during public participation that is required throughout project development and implementation.  He and his staff have always been sensitive to responding to community input and concerns arising during numerous public presentations, which in turn has helped to maintain strong support for projects.

Given this consistently high caliber of performance, I recommend without hesitation Okerstrom-Lang, Landscape Architects.”

Donna E. Cesan, AICP Director of Community Development for Adams, Massachusetts

“Over time, once construction commenced, Craig OL’s involvement included some cost estimating, multiple design concepts, as well as detailed design and layout. One aspect of the development was the design and construction of a new 50’x 25’ pool, deck and pool house.

Craig not only assisted with the design but was primarily responsible for the selection of contractors for that aspect of the overall project as well as overseeing the bidding process. His referral of the successful contractor resulted in a significant savings compared to the other bids.”

Jeffery N. Cohen Linden Brook Farm Great Barrington, MA

Craig has been especially effective during public participation that is required throughout project development and implementation.  He and his staff have always been sensitive to responding to community input and concerns arising during numerous public presentations, which in turn has helped to maintain strong support for projects.

Donna E. Cesan, AICP Director of Community Development for Adams, Massachusetts

“Craig OL’s multifaceted expertise, not only as to planning but also as to landscape design, overall construction management, and general good common sense has resulted in an evolved comprehensive master plan that has been implemented with great attention to detail and cost.”

Jeffery N. Cohen Linden Brook Farm Great Barrington, MA

“Okerstrom-Lang has demonstrated a very high degree of creativity and responsiveness.  They are adept at problem solving and finding acceptable solutions to issues that are often controversial.“

Donna E. Cesan, AICP Director of Community Development for Adams, Massachusetts

“You and your client worked with our concerns and we appreciate that.”

2013 Golub Residence Scenic Mountains Act public hearing #2 upon approval of project Great Barrington Conservation Commission

“Woooooooow!!!! Great work and well done !!! We are privileged to be part of a great team !!!! Thank you all! Full speed ahead!!!”

Mark & Nancy Upon approval of their house and landscape plan for their new home, Lenox, MA, 2013

“I have appreciate your sense of detail and articulation in the design of our new front walkway and landscape”

Michael Simon, Richmond, MA, Interior Designer

“Craig, I love the work you and your crew did.  I rejoice to see it every day.”

Roberta, Lenox, MA

“Thank you for creating the perfect garden sanctuary for us.  We LOVE it!  It was a pleasure working with you”

Carol & Saul, Williamstown, MA

“Very thorough and well thoughtful submission…with an extreme level of detail answering of our questions.”

2010 at Chesloff Residence Scenic Mountains Act public hearing meeting Great Barrington Conservation Commission

“The property looks great in every season. Our family just loves the Camp you created at our property for our children and grandchildren.”

Lesley & Richard, Great Barrington, MA from sticky Florida!

“Your master plan and design of our property by your firm will be enjoyed by my family for many years.”

Richard Giordano, Lakeville, CT

A New Relevance, A New Persona

 

Thanks to the creativity, foresight, competence and professionalism of the people who worked on this project we have become a more relevant and integral part of the cityscape.”

Betsey Selkowitz, Past President, Board of Trustees Berkshire Museum