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Expanding Landscape Architecture Services in Southern Wisconsin

Andy Meessmann, PLA, is a fantastic addition to the Madison, Wisconsin Land Development team, with over seven years of experience as a Landscape Architect. He graduated from Kansas State University in 2009 with a Master of Landscape Architecture and Iowa State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning. A native of Iowa City, Andy moved to Colorado after college to pursue his career. A desire to live closer to family in Wisconsin brings him and his wife to Madison.

Andy has a knack for photography, along with strong organizational, technical, and interpersonal skills, that will be an asset to the firm. As a Landscape Architect, Andy enjoys creating sustainable landscapes that rejuvenate cities while fostering healthy environments and lifestyles.

“We’re excited to have Andy join our office, and we look forward to incorporating Andy’s landscape architecture skill set into the services we provide for our clients,” says Mike Calkins, PE, Business Unit Leader for Snyder & Associates Madison. “His diverse project experience and technical expertise will allow us to strengthen and expand our service offering in southern Wisconsin. His communication and project management skills will also be an important asset as we expand our landscape architecture services firm wide.

What inspired you to become a Landscape Architect?

My dad worked at a paper factory when I was a kid and brought home endless rolls of paper that I drew on—mostly trees and buildings. I also had a train set that my sister and I would spend hours playing with and destroying.

What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on?

A 40-acre, $800 million renovation of the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. It included updated site plans for a hotel, expanded Hall of Fame building, retail shops, sports fields, rooftop decks, and a pedestrian mall through the center of the site.

What do you consider to be your greatest personal or professional achievement?

Getting my first landscape architecture job during the great recession. I learned more about myself, and how eager and dedicated I am.

If you were a talk show host, who would be your first guest and why?

Mike Tyson. Because the possibilities of what might happen are limitless.

Pineapple on pizza: yes or no?

Yes.

Where can we find you on the weekend?

Biking, hiking, camping, or kayaking with my wife. And taking photos of sunrises and sunsets.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

“Bike it or Walk it.”