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An Awesome Day in Modesto: The Awesome Spot Playground Groundbreaking!

Construction has officially begun on The Awesome Spot Playground at Beyer Community Park. We are so excited to be one step closer to realizing this amazing recreational asset in the Modesto community! The Awesome Spot is a socially inclusive and sensory-integrated playground designed to eliminate social, physical, and cognitive barriers from play. From a phone […]

Land Connections–Creating Healthy Landscapes

Healthy landscapes help create healthy communities. A healthy landscape is an outdoor space designed to promote the health and well-being of people and the environment. There are many social, ecological, and environmental benefits associated with healthy landscapes, including improving quality of life and mitigating environmental impacts. The Landscape Institute provides five principles that are believed […]

O’Dell Named Best Places to Work Central Valley 2022 and Announces Executive Team Progression

For the fourth year, O’Dell Engineering has been named a “Best Places to Work: Central Valley”! The program, presented by Best Companies Group, recognizes organizations with strong, positive workplace environments. We are grateful to be counted as one of these workplaces in 2018, 2019, 2020, and now 2022! Unfortunately, the program did not take place […]

New Ralston Tower Senior-Focused Park Coming Soon!

The new Ralston Tower Park is officially on its way! O’Dell provided master planning, design development, and construction documentation for this amazing senior playground! We are now happy to provide construction support services. The new park will feature walking paths, game tables, a plaza, a horseshoe pit, fitness equipment, benches, and a drinking fountain. The […]

Land Connections–Homelessness in the Built Landscape: How Can We Help?

How do landscape architects address homelessness in the built landscape? What are we doing wrong? What are we doing right? What can we do better?  Architects, Civil Engineers, Landscape Architects, and Urban Planners in the public and private sectors have a responsibility to design cities that serve the entire community, including the homeless. Government policies, […]

Shortage of Electrical Transformers May Cause Construction Delays

With the demand for new homes as strong as it has been in many years, there are many factors now affecting the delivery of new home construction. Shortages of labor and materials have driven prices higher and extended lead times for construction. One of the most significant shortages relates to the installation of electric facilities […]

Land Connections–Blurring the Line Between Inside and Outside

How Did We End Up Like This? Architecture and landscape architecture pursue the same aim: to provide mankind with diversified indoor or open spaces while addressing user and client needs. It is perhaps also not inaccurate to say that while many landscape architects naturally strive to create landscapes that ‘fit’ into their natural surroundings (or try […]

Land Connections–Designing for Safety

With incidents of harassment and violence commonly displayed on the news or social media, it is understandable that people may feel vulnerable in public spaces, even in the nicest of areas. Whether taking a stroll in the park during a sunny day or walking home from work late in the dark night, no one should […]

Sunnyvale Preschool Play Area Grand Opening

The Sunnyvale Preschool Play Area in Sunnyvale, CA is complete and open for play! Visitors can now enjoy the new non-slip rubberized surfaces for outdoor play, a dramatic tunnel, low fencing with a variety of learning panels, and an outdoor classroom. O’Dell believes in the amazing impact of play. We loved being able to enhance […]

Land Connections–Social Justice Through Landscape Architecture

The world today is changing. Not only in our technological advances but also in how we communicate as individuals. With information across the globe available at the click of a button, we have access to an abundant amount of facts, thoughts, and ideas. This access to information allows us to be more conscious than ever […]