POD Design is a professional landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firm that creates sensible environments in which people live, work, and play. POD Design has created numerous unique and high-quality engaging outdoor play environments for children of all abilities. With offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, Shanghai, we have completed exciting natural play settings for discovery, adventure and reflection; places that inspire the imagination, stimulate the senses and forge a collaborative design process with children, parents, educators and professionals.
Within many of our designs, we combine the best of both worlds by carefully integrating selected manufactured components with natural features of landforms, pathways, plants, water, boulders, sand, dirt and more. Additionally, POD Design’s involvement with the fellowship program of Natural Learning Initiative and expanded training in therapeutic gardening and environmental education continues to reinforce our practice and belief that as designers, we have the ability to positively impact generations of children and adults through contact with nature.
Some nature-related or recreational projects that POD Design has recently completed or are in-progress includes:
- NaturePlay@BCM, Behringer-Crawford Museum at Devou Park, Covington, KY
- Owen’s Place Treehouse – Beavercreek Township, Ohio
- The Woodlands Garden – Franklin County Metro Parks
- Millstone Creek Park – Westerville, Ohio
- Community Park – Mayfield Heights, Ohio
- Pinnacle Park – Grove City, Ohio
- Coffman Park Playground – Dublin, Ohio
Jim Dziatkowicz, PLA, ASLA (614) 787-8829
The majority of Jim’s 20 years of professional experience lies within the parks and recreation arena. From large scale system-wide master plans, inclusive playscapes and nature-based play environments to mini pocket parks less than half an acre in size, Jim understands the role that open space plays within the fabric of the community, regardless of size. His greatest professional experience lies within a project’s initial design, needs assessment, and consensus building phases. Jim is skilled at facilitating the discussions of project stakeholders – particularly those from disparate points of view – and engaging meaningful participation that results in an overall successful outcome. As a gifted presenter, Jim is skilled at providing the information necessary to ensure an informed public input process.
Senior Project Manager:
Sharon A. Floro, PLA, ASLA (513) 256-1249
Sharon Floro has worked in various design firms involving landscape architecture, architecture, engineering, and graphic disciplines. She has worked in design offices in Manila, Los Angeles, and Champaign-Urbana before settling in Cincinnati, Ohio. While managing projects for previous employers and working as sole principal practitioner, she has provided prime consulting or joint-venturing roles in designing nature-based play environments, such as the Marge & Charles Schott Nature PlayScape, the Western North Carolina Nature Center, and The Seven Hills School Doherty Campus Children’s Garden Playscape. Additionally, she has completed the Montessori Learning Center hillside playscape and campus master plans and playgrounds for the Woodlawn, Woodford, Glendale, the Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies and Silverton Elementary Schools.