Landscape Architecture Statement
Richard Kattman is an award winning landscape architect with more than 35 years of experience producing fine designs and building landscapes with character and integrity that are original in concept and long lasting in finish. Kattman received his education with honors from Rhode Island School of Design and Pennsylvania State University.
Kattman established the Kattman Corporation in 1988, providing business services in landscape architecture, site design and regional planning. The firm has completed substantial projects for clients in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Its principals and officers are Richard Kattman, President, Landscape Architect, and Barbara Kattman, Treasurer/Secretary.
What is Our Design Philosophy?
Garden design is a fine art. We meet clients' needs by providing original designs of the greatest aesthetic appeal on schedule while remaining within a client's budget. We take pride in our work!
Scope of Services
Professional services offered by the firm include preparation of site designs and planning for corporate and private clients, completion of urban designs, and formulation of master plans for landowners. Landscape architecture projects typically include:
- Garden design
- Residential site design
- Housing developments; subdivisions; planned unit developments
- Schools and campuses
- Commercial, industrial, transportation, governmental, and institutional facilities
- Open space and recreational uses, golf courses, athletic fields, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries
- Cemeteries and memorials
- Urban development; streets revitalization
- Rooftop gardens
- Historic preservation
- Site inspection; site inventory and analysis
- Meetings attendance; client and consultant coordination
- Contract documents preparation: landscape design; construction documents; specifications
- Cost estimates, bid evaluation;
- Construction observation; Contractor assistance.
- Maintenance programming;
- Master planning for land parcels
- Land use mapping and development guidelines preparation; preservation studies
For individual program requirements, the Kattman Corporation utilizes the expertise of consultants such as surveyors, horticulturalists, engineers, tree specialists and irrigation experts. The office works in a consultant capacity to architects, developers, civil engineers, planners and lawyers.
What is the Design & Construction Process?
The owner contracts the Kattman Corporation to prepare and implement a design plan and to manage construction. Planning the work comprises three phases, including Programming, Preliminary Design, and Final Design. Once a program is established with a client, the preliminary plan and details are prepared in sketch form along with a draft estimate and outline specification. Alternative designs may be considered, budget allowing. Upon client approval, final design drawings are prepared in a hard-line manner for all site improvement including layout, materials, grading, drainage, electric and irrigation systems, site furniture, structure details, lawns, and planting. A final cost estimate and specifications are prepared for construction.
The Kattman Corporation assists the clients in selecting a reputable contractor to build the design. During construction, the landscape architect inspects the work weekly to insure compliance with the contract documents. Kattman Corporation will answer the contractor's questions, approve shop drawings and samples and submittals, approve pay requisitions, tag all plant materials and close out the job.