Mr. Randy Collins is a Senior Associate in BETA’s Landscape Architecture and Urban Design group with over 30 years of experience. He has worked on significant and high profile projects throughout the New England region including the redesign of the Providence Performing Arts Center streetscape; Veterans Park in the heart of Downtown Stamford, CT; and North Square, Boston, where Paul Revere’s home is located. As a landscape architect he is able to effectively combine creative design logic with a complete understanding of construction methods. The results are reinvigorated public spaces that are contextually appropriate, functional, and aesthetically pleasing.
His projects throughout New England include community parks, streetscapes, urban centers, waterfront development, and improving regional highways. Perhaps most importantly, he is truly passionate about what he does (ask him about his Japanese Maple tree collection) and is fully committed to seeing his design projects get built. To move projects beyond the design phase, Randy is often called upon to present and communicate design concepts to the general public in order to gain consensus. His experience truly resonates with genuine concern for how to implement projects that are in the best interest of the community. His efforts have resulted in the construction of a majority of all the projects he has undertaken.
Recently Randy was a keynote speaker, alongside BETA’s Project Engineer Frank Marinaccio, PE, at the New England American Public Works Association Summer Conference. Their dynamic presentation offered suggestions to municipal leaders seeking to be in compliance with requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Additionally, he is past President of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, has rewritten the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s Standard Specifications for Landscape Improvements, and is a certified Low Impact Development Master Designer by the Rhode Island CRMC (Coastal Resources Management Council).
Randy received his BS in Plant Science and Landscape Architecture from the University of Rhode Island, and is a registered Landscape Architect in Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut. In his nine years at BETA, he has been instrumental in projects including wayfinding signage and interpretive panels, commercial and retail site design, school and municipal site design, bicycle and pedestrian trails, and many historic streetscape projects.
As a devoted father of two teenagers he enjoys embarking on unique travel adventures that connect them with nature and history. Those experiences are often reflected in Randy’s approach to design, which keeps his ideas fresh and relevant to today’s needs.
If you are interested in learning about BETA’s landscape architecture and urban design capabilities, Randy can be reached at RCollns@BETA-Inc.com or 401-333-2382.