ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Rhodeside & Harwell, an award-winning landscape architecture and planning practice headquartered in the Washington, D.C., area, has hired Mary Zimmerman as a project manager in the firm’s Newark, N.J., office. Zimmerman was previously head of the Capital and Planning Office of Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she had worked for 17 years. Her experience there included management of the $13 million Watercourse and $5 million Boathouse restoration projects, a $20 million reconstruction of the Parade Ground athletic fields, the Imagination Playground, and several infrastructure projects.
In addition to extensive experience in managing landscape design and construction projects, Zimmerman is noted for her knowledge of managing historic properties, including parks and grounds designed by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted and the Olmsted brothers. She has been active on the Board of Trustees of the National Association for Olmsted Parks, and served as its co-chair for six years.
Zimmerman’s prior experience also includes work with the Times Square Alliance, where she managed the Duffy Square/TKTS project team during construction and start-up. The $19 million, award-winning project was funded through a mix of public and private funds, and involved coordination with New York City agencies and a variety of stakeholders.
Since joining Rhodeside & Harwell, Zimmerman has managed several restoration projects at Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey, where the firm has been providing cultural landscape study and landscape architecture services since 2001. Recent projects under her oversight include the restoration of the park’s Music Court and Kiyofumi Sakaguchi Memorial Grove.
This summer, the President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation awarded the Branch Brook Park Alliance and Essex County its Preserve America Award for 2012, in recognition of their stewardship of the park. Rhodeside & Harwell has led the multi-phase restoration work at the park during the past 11 years, with more than $20 million in completed restoration improvements. Essex County Branch Brook Park was designed by the firm of the Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects and is on both the New Jersey Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
A graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University, Zimmerman is an affiliate member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.