Striving to Help “Life” Thrive

April 16, 2020

Meet Kurtis Durrant, Project Planner on the land planning and recreation team based out of McGill’s Hickory office. Since joining McGill two years ago, he has played an integral role in designs for master plans, streetscapes, parks, and greenways. In this interview he shares what motivated him to pursue a career in the landscape architecture field and what keeps him passionate about each project. READ MORE »

Updates to Deep-Rooted Historical Area in Downtown Asheville

March 26, 2020

Haywood Streetscape Construction
“The Haywood Street project is a prominent streetscape project for the City of Asheville with much historical significance,” said Mike Norris, PLA, Director of Land Planning and Recreation at McGill. “This project is providing a safer sidewalk for the businesses, visitors, and residents, and a more pleasant pedestrian experience overall.” READ MORE »

Rutherford County’s Thermal Belt Rail Trail Officially Opens

November 7, 2019

Keith Webb and John Condrey from the RHI Legacy Foundation
After less than two and a half years of development, the 13.5-mile Thermal Belt Rail Trail is now officially open. By converting an abandoned rail corridor into a public multiuse trail, multiple communities throughout Rutherford County – including Spindale, Rutherfordton, Ruth, Forest City, and Gilkey – are now connected. READ MORE »

Meet a Member of Our Land Planning and Recreation Team

July 26, 2019

Carrie Cranwill, PLA, EI, has been with McGill since 2014 and adds 27 years of experience, bringing a unique blend of landscape architectural and civil engineering skills to McGill’s Land Planning and Recreation Team. We sat down with Carrie to learn more about her background and passion for the profession. READ MORE »

Thermal Belt Rail Trail Brings Life Back to Historic Rail Corridor

June 7, 2018

McGill Associates has been working with the Thermal Belt Rail Partners (Town of Forest City, Town of Rutherfordton, Town of Ruth, Rutherford County, and the Town of Spindale) on the Thermal Belt Rail Trail, a 13.5-mile-long trail that will connect multiple communities throughout Rutherford County. The project includes converting an abandoned rail corridor into a public multi-use trail. The railroad was once a very important part of these communities and this trail commemorates its history.… READ MORE »

Bessemer City’s Centennial Park Project Receives NC Main Street Award

March 21, 2017

McGill Associates is pleased to announce that the City of Bessemer City’s Centennial Park Revitalization Project was recognized at the 2017 NC Main Street Awards Ceremony in the design category for “Best Outdoor Space Improvement.” The project, with its completion in September of 2016, serves as the newest hotspot for City events and recreational activities. READ MORE »

Town of West Jefferson Project Wins Strongest Infrastructure Project Contest

November 1, 2016

McGill Associates is pleased to announce that the Town of West Jefferson recently received the “Strongest Infrastructure Project” contest for their Downtown Revitalization from Strong Towns. Strong Towns is a national media nonprofit dedicated to supporting a model of development that allows America’s cities, towns, and neighborhoods to become financially strong and resilient. The award is for a project that exemplifies: READ MORE »

Bessemer City Downtown Centennial Park Opens

October 3, 2016

McGill Associates provided planning and design services for the expansion of Bessemer City‘s Downtown Centennial Park, which becomes a new hotspot for downtown events and recreation. The park was established from the demolition of two dilapidated buildings along West Virginia Avenue that were too costly to renovate. Our services included an elevated open air stage, dance and seating areas, artificial turf lawn area, and lighting. READ MORE »



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