John J. Hicks
John J. Hicks, AICP, ASLA
Master of Landscape Architecture, 1982
School of Environmental Design, Univ. of Georgia, Athens.
Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, 1976
University of Missouri - Columbia. Columbia, MO
St. Louis Community College, 1988 - Present. [Site Planning and Landscape Development] Currently developing a course on introduction to City and Regional Planning.
Lincoln University Extension Service, 1988 - Present.
Courses include Landscape Design 1, Landscape Design 2, Housing and Land Development, Historic Landscape Preservation and others.
Missouri Botanical Garden, 1988-89 [Residential Landscape Design]
Senior Planner and Environmental Analyst, 2000-2002
Shannon and Wilson, St. Louis, MO.
Senior Landscape Architect and Planner, 1987-2000
Parsons Brinkerhoff/Booker, St. Louis, MO.
Senior Landscape Architect, 1985-1987
Colton Lester Corp., St. Louis, MO
Senior Landscape Architect, 1983-1985
JonesMayer Architecture, St. Louis, MO
Landscape Architect, 1982-1983
St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)—118661, (1995)
Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS)—0001126, (1997)
Registered Landscape Architect (RLA)—Kansas 404 (1985), Missouri 000055, (1992)
National Association of Environmental Professionals
Society of Wetland Scientists
American Planning Association (APA)
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
Educational Facility Planning
• Southeast Missouri State University, Campus Landscape Master Plan. Project manager and lead designer for a campus wide master plan.
• University Center Plaza, Southeast Missouri State University. Site planning for developing a new entry and plaza for the University Center.
• Lincoln University Campus Master Plan—Jefferson City, Missouri. Project Director. Responsible for development of a 300-acre campus master plan.
• Lincoln University Farms Master Plan—Jefferson City, Missouri. Project Director. Responsible for master plan that developed land use and resource management guidelines for 1,200 acres of ecologically and historically significant research farms.
• Lincoln University Library—Jefferson City, Missouri. Project Director. Responsible for feasibility study for a state-of-the-art library. Responsible for final development plans and construction documents. Site development integrated building and site features including a lake, elevated walkway, and colonnade in a historic campus of Georgian architecture.
• St. Louis Community College West County Campus—St. Louis, Missouri. Development of a conceptual master plan for a fourth campus for the St. Louis Community College system.
• Washington University Plant Growth Facility—St. Louis, Missouri. Responsible for site development and landscape planning for a new plant growth facility for biological sciences.
• East St. Louis Higher Education Center, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville—East St. Louis, Illinois. Responsible for site plan development for an expansion of the campus including development of three new facilities.
• Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri Project Director. Responsible for site planning and landscape architecture for the Cottonwood Treatment Center.
• Alton Community Unit School District No. 11—High School. Developed a master plan and site plan for expanding the high school. Site elements included developing several entry plazas, an interior courtyard, new parking and circulation and athletic facilities.
• Columbia School System District Wide Improvements—Columbia, Missouri. Responsible for site development for seventeen K-12sites, an administrative center and a maintenance center.
• Carr Lane Performing Arts Center Magnet School – St. Louis, Missouri. Responsible for site development of a performing arts center magnet high school for the St. Louis School District.
• Shiloh Middle School—Shiloh, Illinois. Responsible for site plan improvements for a new middle school campus.
• Church of Our Lady—St. Peters, Missouri. Responsible for campus-wide master plan that included a worship center, school, gymnasium and multi-purpose facility.
• Our Lady of Providence—Crestwood, Missouri. Responsible for development of a master plan for a new worship center and school expansion.
• St. John’s Lutheran Church and School—Ellisville, Missouri. Project Director. Prepared a campus master plan for a worship center, elementary school, and community center.
• Immaculate Conception School—Crystal City, Missouri. Project Director. Responsible for preparation of a site master plan for a new elementary school serving 300 students.
• Edwardsville Community Unit School District—Edwardsville, Illinois. Site design for a new elementary school.
• O’Fallon High School—O’Fallon, Illinois. Master plan for a new high school and adjacent park.
Master Planning Comprehensive Planning
• Toyota City Concept Master Plan—Malden, Missouri. Prepared a comprehensive land use plan for a new Toyota Assembly Plant based on the “total city” concept. Multiple use components included expansion of the Malden Municipal Airport, heavy and light industrial facilities, railroad and transportation planning, commercial development, schools and residential development.
• Copley Regional Medical Center Master Plan—Aurora, Illinois. Responsible for development of a new medical center and associated facilities on a 300-acre site in the Fox River Valley.
• St. Joseph’s West Hospital—Lake St. Louis, Missouri. Responsible for environmental analysis and master planning for a new hospital.
• St. John’s Regional Medical Center Master Plan—Springfield, Missouri. Responsible for development of the master plan for the third largest medical center complex in Missouri.
• Farm and Home Insurance Corporate Campus Master Plan—Pekin, Illinois. Master plan development of six office buildings for a corporate campus. Features included siting buildings around a lake, and developing a corporate retreat center overlooking the Illinois River.
• Sunset Hills Industrial Park Master Plan—Sunset Hills, Missouri. Master plan for an industrial park.
• Military Family Housing Community Plans—Pacific Air Force Command. Assistant Project Director. Prepared community development plans (CDP) and neighborhood improvement plans for the Pacific Air Force Command of the U.S. Air Force. The plans evaluated housing, infrastructure, schools, shopping, transportation, parking, parks, recreation, and support services for military communities ranging in size from approximately 2,000 personnel up to 15,000 personnel and dependents. The CDP evaluated environmental conditions and operations affecting the community. The CDPs were integrated into the Environmental Base Comprehensive Plans for airside and landside facilities of the Air Force Base. Plans were prepared for Hickam AFB, Hawaii; Andersen AFB, Guam; Kadena Air Base, Okinawa; Yokota AB, Japan; Misawa AB, Japan; Eielson AFB, Alaska; and Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.
• Army Family Housing Community Plan—Fort Rucker, Alabama. Project Director. Responsible for development of the prototype Army Family Housing Community Plan for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Rucker. Received an ACASS rating of excellent.
• Military Family Housing Community Plans—U.S. Air Force. Assistant Project Director. Responsible for community development plans and neighborhood improvement plans for the Air Force Materiel Command at Kelly AFB, Texas; McClellan AFB, California; Tinker AFB, Oklahoma; Hill AFB, Utah; Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota; Keesler AFB, Mississippi and Eglin AFB, Florida.
• Military Family Housing Community Plans—U.S. Air Force. Responsible for community development plans and neighborhood improvement plans for the Air Combat Command at Langley AFB, Virginia; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; Nellis AFB, Nevada; Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona; Luke AFB, Arizona; Cannon AFB, New Mexico; Holloman AFB, New Mexico.
• Comprehensive Neighborhood Plans—U.S. Navy. Project Director. Responsible for preparation of comprehensive neighborhood plans at FISC, Cheatham Annex, Virginia; NSGA Northwest, Virginia; Yorktown, NAS, Virginia and NAS Patuxent River, Maryland.
• Base Comprehensive Plan—Hill AFB, Utah. Responsible for preparation of the transportation, housing, and landscape components for Hill AFB.
Site Development and Landscape Development
Responsible for site planning and development on a variety of project types including:
• American Airlines Flight Training Center, St. Louis, Missouri.
• Fairview Heights Public Library, Fairview Heights, Illinois.
• Williamson County National Guard Armory, Williamson County, Illinois.
• Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) Flight Simulator Facility, St. Louis, Missouri.
• Kirkwood Community Center, Theatre and Ice Rink, Kirkwood, Missouri.
• Hammonds Heart Institute, Springfield, Missouri.
• Southwestern Bell Data Center, St. Louis, Missouri.
• South Pointe Apartments, St. Louis, Missouri.
• Mountain View Condominiums, Denver, Colorado.
• Park Terrace Apartments, Fairview Heights, Illinois.
• Countryside Village, Aurora, Illinois.
• Franklin Hospital, Williamson County, Illinois site development.
• Missouri State Information Center, Jefferson City, Missouri.
• Missouri Veterans Memorial, Jefferson City, Missouri.
• Southwestern Bell Communications, 1010 Chestnut Street Plaza, St. Louis, Missouri.
• KinderCare, La Petite and National Early Childhood Learning Centers, Various Locations. Site plans and landscape plans for over fifty child care learning centers nationwide.
• ClockTower Place Shopping Center—St. Louis, Missouri, site and landscape development.
Environmental and Transportation Planning
• Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), Career Education District—St. Louis, Missouri. Responsible for Phase I ESAs for the three campuses of the Career Education District.
• Alton Industrial Corridor—Alton, Illinois. Responsible for environmental permitting for redevelopment of a former industrial site and expansion of an existing industrial site.
• 22nd Street Connector—St. Louis, Missouri. Prepared an Environmental Impact Statement for the corridor. Prepared site development plans for businesses impacted by the corridor.
• 39th Street Parkway—St. Louis Missouri. Prepared a landscape development plan and other transportation enhancements for the Shaw neighborhood improvement plan.
• Adams Dairy Parkway—Blue Springs, Missouri. Transportation enhancement plan for the Adams Dairy Parkway in a rapidly urbanizing fringe of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.
• Northside, Southside, and Daniel Boone Major Transportation Investment Analyses—St. Louis City and County, Missouri. Environmental analysis and documentation for three MTIA studies for the extension of the MetroLink Light Rail system into far west, north, and south areas of the St. Louis region.
• Level 3 Communications—Various Locations. Responsible for environmental support for a 25,000-mile fiber optic network including wetland delineations, permit applications, contamination screening assessments, threatened and endangered species review, and environmental documentation.
• Illinois Route 158, Madison—St. Clair and Monroe Counties, Illinois. Responsible for social-economic, wetlands and natural resource analysis for a feasibility study for the 38-mile outer-belt for the St. Louis Metropolitan Region.
• Bypass, Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)—Macomb, Illinois. Preparation of the DEIS of the 13-mile bypass. Investigated and authored sections on social-economics, cultural resources, visual characteristics, alternatives analysis, secondary and cumulative impacts.
• Missouri Route 100 Major Transportation Investment Analysis and Environmental Assessment—St. Louis and Franklin Counties, Missouri. Responsible for Environmental Assessment for a 30-mile corridor study. Participated in public involvement and prepared environmental sections of the problem definition, scoping, and alternatives reports of the MTIA.
• Illinois Route 3 Environmental Impact Statement—Madison and St. Clair Counties, Illinois. Responsible for preparation of an EIS for a 6-mile corridor of the relocated Illinois Route 3 for the Illinois Department of Transportation. Preparation of the EIS and conducted field investigations for wetlands, land use, habitat, threatened and endangered species, and others. Primary author for the wetland technical report.
• Page Avenue Extension EIS—St. Louis and St. Charles Counties, Missouri. Responsible for investigation of wetlands, habitat, and land cover types for a 29-mile corridor study for the MoDOT. Assisted in authoring the wetland technical report, the FEIS.
• Spirit of St. Louis Airport EA—Chesterfield, Missouri. Responsible for the Environmental Assessment of the 20-Year Airport Layout Plan of the Spirit of St. Louis Airport. The plan was essential for the airport to fulfill its role as the third busiest airport in the FAA Central States Region and as the primary reliever for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
• Arnold Tenbrook Road—Arnold, Missouri. Responsible for wetland delineations, Section 404 permitting, and wetland mitigation plans for a 1.8-mile road through the Meramec River flood plain. Assisted in preparing an EA for the project.
• U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Processing and Distribution Center EA—Evansville, Indiana. Project Director. Responsible for Environmental Assessment for a regional processing and distribution center.
• U.S. Postal Service Main Post Office EA—Urbana, Illinois. Responsible for Environmental Assessment for a new main post office and assisted in preparing ESAs for multiple sites.
• I-270 Environmental Assessment—Madison County, Il. and St. Louis County, Mo. Assisted in preparing the Environmental Assessment for a new bridge over the Mississippi River.
• Chesterfield Valley Environmental Study—Chesterfield, Missouri. Responsible for Environmental Study for a master drainage plan for the 4,300-acre Chesterfield Valley.
Recreation and Open Space Development
• Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park. Prepared the master plan for the Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park, directly across the river from the Gateway Arch. This 34 acre site has been under consideration for expansion of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
• Village of Godfrey Comprehensive Parks Master Plan. Prepared the village wide comprehensive parks plan for the future open space and recreation needs for the community. Prepared concept development plans for seven park sites. A key element of the plan is “The River Green”, an open space corridor of over 2000 acres, to be developed as a regional park.
• Arnold Meramec Greenway—Arnold, Missouri. Project Director. Responsible for development of concept plan for a greenway encompassing the floodplain of the lower Meramec River. Starting at the confluence of the Meramec and Mississippi Rivers, the greenway extends for 9 miles and ranges from 0.25- to 1-mile-wide.
• Affton Athletic Association Master Plan—Affton, Missouri. Responsible for development of a master plan for athletic facilities. The plan was integrated into the Gravois Creek Greenway.
• Piasa Creek Watershed Hydro-geomorphic Assessment—Illinois. Project Director. Responsible for evaluation of a 78,000-acre watershed and developed recommendations to reduce sediment load within watershed for pollution credits. The first project of its type done in Central United States it won the Illinois Governor’s Pollution Prevention Award, October, 2002
• St. Louis Zoo Landscape Master Plan—St. Louis, Missouri. Project Director. Responsible for development of a zoo wide landscape master plan.
• Lower Meramec Park Master Plan—St. Louis County, Missouri. responsible environmental and site analysis and design for a 200 acre site as part of the Meramec River Greenway.
• Fox Hill Park Master Plan—St. Charles, Missouri. Responsible for development of a master site plan for the original Fox Hill Park.
• MetroLink Biketrail—St. Clair County, Illinois. Responsible for development of a Categorical Exclusion document for a biketrail parallel to the 30-mile MetroLink light rail system in Illinois.
• Meramec Biketrail—St. Louis County, Missouri. Responsible for environmental analysis, documentation, and permitting for a 9-mile biketrail along the Meramec River that connects three parks and provides a critical link in a regional biketrail system and greenway system.
• St. Vincent Park and University of Missouri, Section 6(f) Plan—St. Louis, Missouri. Prepared a Section 6(f) report for a land swap between the University of Missouri and St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation for implementation of the campus master plan.
• St. Vincent Park Recreation Complex—St. Louis, Missouri. Responsible for development of a landscape improvement plan.
• Richland Creek and East Belleville Bikeway—Belleville, Illinois. Responsible for environmental analysis, permitting and mitigation for two biketrails along Richland Creek.
• Meramec State Park—Stanton, Missouri. Project Director. Responsible for design of circulation routes, parking, and entry signage.
Resource Management and Wetland Studies
• Marathon Oil Company’s Platte River Pipeline—Missouri. Project Director. Responsible for environmental coordination and permitting for this 270-mile pipeline.
• Spirit of St. Louis Airport Wetland Delineations, Section 404 Permitting, and Wetland Mitigation—St. Louis County, Missouri. Project Director. Responsible for delineation for 1,800 acres of airport property. This effort included Section 404 permitting for the 20-year Airport Layout Plan and design of a 250-acre wetland mitigation site.
• O’Hare Airmail Processing and Distribution Center—Chicago, Illinois. Project Director. Responsible for developing a program to achieve regulatory compliance for a major USPS facility at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, including implementation of a 5-year monitoring program for a 30-acre wetland mitigation site.
• Lewis and Clark Industrial Property—Madison, Illinois. Project Director. Responsible for preparation of a feasibility study for a 1,500-acre industrial site. Identified and evaluated wetlands and developed permitting and mitigation strategies.
• Lady Luck Gaming Facility—Kimmswick, Missouri. Responsible for environmental assessment, wetland delineations, and permitting for a 50-acre entertainment complex along the Mississippi River.
• Victorian Star Casino—Boonville, Missouri. Responsible for environmental permitting for a 75-acre entertainment and gaming complex along the Missouri River.
• Chesterfield Valley Resource Management Plan—Chesterfield, Missouri. Project Director. Responsible for preparation of the Resource Management Plan for the 4,300-acre Chester-field Valley along the Missouri River. This plan, the first of its type in the Midwest, was modeled after the Special Area Management Plans for ecologically sensitive areas in coastal zones. This innovative plan evaluated the natural resources of the valley and established measures to protect resources while accommodating the implementation of multiple activities including highway and infrastructure improvements, commercial development, and parks and recreation. The RMP also incorporated elements of the Spirit of St. Louis Airport EA and Airport Layout Plan. The RMP led to a valley-wide Section 404 permit and concept design of the first credit based wetland site in eastern Missouri, totaling over 300 acres.
1995 Citation Award, U.S. Air Force Design Awards, for the Community Development Plan for Nellis AFB, Nevada
Merit Award, ASLA St. Louis Chapter for the Community Development Plan for Eielson AFB, Alaska
1992 Merit Award, ASLA St. Louis Chapter for the Lincoln University Campus Master Plan