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About Us

Environmental Concepts has earned recognition for providing quality, personalized Landscape Architecture/Land Planning services for both small and large scale projects. From initial client contact, research and site analysis to master planning, design development and detailed site design, our services are tailored to address the issues of each project.

We are experienced in working with multidisciplinary teams and have established successful working relationships with numerous outstanding professionals to assure excellence in all aspects of project planning and design.

Environmental Concepts has successfully undertaken projects in sensitive coastal wetland and upland environments meeting the needs of: the client, the site and the ultimate end-user. Our imaginative and comprehensive approach to planning and design is reflected in each design solution.

Our Team

Greg Duckworth
Gregory D. Duckworth, FASLA

Founder & Landscape Architect

Greg is the founder of Environmental Concepts, LLC, an award-winning professional Landscape Architecture and Land Planning design firm. Established in the Summer of 1992, Greg serves as Principal-in-Charge of the firm’s operations and organizes multidisciplinary teams to provide comprehensive services for the specific needs of each project. He has over three decades of professional experience with a diverse background of projects throughout the Eastern United States.

James C. Ricard
James C. Ricard, PLA

Landscape Architect

Jim is a graduate of West Virginia University where he earned his degree in Landscape Architecture. Born and raised in New Hampshire, Jim brings with him his knowledge of the rich design traditions of rural New England. Jim moved to the coast of South Carolina to settle down in North Myrtle Beach where he began work at Environmental Concepts, LLC. During his time in South Carolina, Jim has developed a solid understanding of the area and works daily to incorporate his design ideas into the landscape of the Grand Strand.

B. Chad Smith

Associate Landscape Architect

Chad, a native of Camden, South Carolina, has always had a passion for the places and landscapes that are synonymous with Southern culture and hospitality. This innate zeal, cultivated on the farm he called home, served as the starting point for his desire to creating meaningful spaces. As a recent graduate of Clemson University’s Bachelors of Landscape Architecture program, and a newly minted practitioner, Chad brings an innovative approach to design that is both civically and environmentally conscious, grounded in an understanding of the spaces around him.

Patti A. Beckett
Patti A. Beckett

Executive Assistant

Patti has lived and worked in various locations throughout the country, including California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, and Kentucky; she has administrative experience working for United Artists, Xerox, East Stroudsburg University and Knight-Ridder. Patti makes her home with her husband and their son where they enjoy gardening, fishing and traveling.

Our Services

Planning and Feasibility

Large, complex projects often progress over many years through the work of many designers. To ensure the integrity of these complex projects, comprehensive planning is required prior to site design. These planning methods may include the determination of strategic guidelines, elucidation of long-range goals, development of a generalized design schemata, and site feasibility studies.

Design Development

The design process begins with the development and approval of a conceptual model to guide a particular project. This design concept is refined through a series of exploratory drawings that describe and assess the various aspects of project implementation, including construction technologies, materials, site furnishings, plants, and development costs.

Design Development
Construction Documentation

Construction Documentation

Prepared as part of the bid package for contractors, construction documents include all of the technical details and specifications of a project’s design.

Presentation Drawings

Presentation drawings are often more illustrative in nature than other project drawings. These renderings can be prepared for use in the marketing phase of a project or as a part of the evaluation process.

Presentation Drawings
Digital Animation

Digital Animation

In the highly competitive real-estate marketplace, realistic digital renderings and animations can help investors, municipalities, and clients have a more realistic idea about the finished product of any project. Massing, composition, function, and material selection can all be visualized and evaluated in a 3-dimensional, rendered world.

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Entitlement Services

Our staff is experienced in negotiating the often-confusing permitting environment of local government agencies. We can read and interpret zoning and land development ordinances, check project compliance with local rules, and author compliance reports and support documentation for projects ranging from the smallest commercial sites all the way up to the largest Planned Development Districts.

Entitlement Services
Public Involvement and Participatory Planning

Public Involvement and Participatory Planning

In many cases, the difference between quick project or ordinance approval and months of costly delay hinges on public acceptance and buy-in. Many local government public involvement programs are woefully inadequate. If you are one of our government clients, our staff can assist you in crafting a meaningful public involvement program for your agency. If you are a developer seeking project approval, we can assist by facilitating meetings with surrounding residents to explain your project and seek opportunities for consensus.

Urban Design

Creating lively urban spaces that are used and loved by the community is a complex process that requires attention to a number of design variables. We understand the design variables involved in establishing quality public and private spaces. Our staff has significant experience in Smart Growth, sustainable design and community livability issues.

Urban Design
Construction Observation Services

Construction Observation Services

Construction observation during construction may be required to make certain that construction satisfies the intent of the project’s design. Regular site visits and review of design drawings with contractors helps to ensure correct design implementation.