A Long Time Coming for Vista Grande


[ Written by: Tim Russell, P.E., W.R.S., Group Manager, Engineering Division, Lumos & Associates ]

Vista Grande Blvd serves as the main thoroughfare for the western half of the Indian Hills General Improvement District (IHGID). However, this road historically was not IHGID’s to maintain in its entirety. Through a quirk of the creation of the District and old politics, the central portion of Vista Grande was Douglas County’s responsibility to maintain. Before the projects completion, you could tell which sections of the road were Douglas County’s and which were IHGID’s by looking to see if there was sidewalk and curbing (only in the IHGID sections). After a failed attempt about 15 years ago to fix the County portion of the road with County funds an effort by IHGID and Douglas County Public Works succeeded in allocating Douglas County Redevelopment Funds to create the road we have today. As part of the funding agreement, IHGID is responsible for the ongoing maintenance of Vista Grande in its entirety.


Lumos provided design services that included geotechnical investigation, improvement plans and specifications, and construction management/inspection for the reconstruction project that included pulverizing of the existing asphalt and base, and placement of hot mix asphalt on Vista Grande Blvd between Peridot Ct. and Amador Ct. (approximately 2600 linear feet).


In addition to the road reconstruction, and in many ways the more important part of the project, was the installation of new curb, gutter, sidewalk, ADA corner ramps, striping, signage, and flashing crosswalk notification near James Lee Park. The project includes an ADA accessible route through the center of Indian Hills GID from Mica Drive to James Lee Park where historically pedestrians have had to walk in the dirt or the street.

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Dale Doerr Elected Nevada State Board President

Lumos’ Dale Doerr was recently elected president of the Nevada State Board of Landscape Architecture.

Nevada State Board of Landscape Architecture

The Board includes two Landscape Architects from both Northern and Southern Nevada, along with a Public Member. It regulates the practice of Landscape Architecture, protecting the public’s health, safety and welfare. The Board also reviews and approves applications for licensure and examination, working closely with CLARB, the association responsible for the national exam. Currently there are 366 license holders, including 83 who reside in the state of Nevada. The majority of licensees are from California and Arizona. It is expected that applications for reciprocity will grow rapidly in the next few years with continued growth in our state. The Board’s goals for this year include developing a 3 and five-year strategic plan, along with implementing continuing education requirements. Equally important is educating new members regarding open public meeting laws and following the Boards and Commissions guidelines for the state.

Dale Doerr

Dale Doerr heads landscape architecture services for Lumos and in his position has provided landscape planning and design for most of the numerous parks and schools that have been built in Northern Nevada in the last 10 years as well as most of the new buildings on the UNR campus. Appointed by Governor Sandoval to the Nevada State Board of Landscape Architects in 2012, Dale has worked diligently to increase awareness of the Landscape Architect industry. He often invites students to shadow him for a semester.

Dale’s background includes more than 30 years of park and recreation master planning, land use planning, subdivision design, grading plans, erosion control plans, urban renewal, and landscape/irrigation design. He has received numerous awards and accolades in his career, including the privilege of being a grandfather.

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Mitch Burns, P.E., C.E.M.
NDOT Certified Water Pollution Control Manager

Lumos is pleased to announce that our Construction Services Engineer, Mitch Burns, P.E., C.E.M. has completed the training and is now an NDOT certified Water Pollution Control Manager.

Mitch has over 23 years of geotechnical engineering experience. He has served as a materials technician, special inspector, project engineer, project manager, and department manager. Mitch has authored numerous geotechnical reports for schools, roadways, airports, pipelines, buildings, mines, and site developments across Nevada. Mitch also oversees all three of Lumos materials testing laboratories. He has experience in slope stability analysis, fault evaluations, and a variety of roadway rehabilitation methods that include pulverizing and reusing existing roadway sections, lime and cement treatments, rock stabilization, geogrids, and geotextile fabrics.

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