VODA was enlisted by the home owners’ association of the historic Dakota Lofts in downtown Salt Lake City to aid in a renovation of the existing landscape. Set in a highly trafficked urban environment, the landscape needed to be hardy, sustainable, and beautiful. The existing landscape was dominated by high-water use Kentucky bluegrass, and was beginning to show the wear and tear of any busy urban landscape.
In June 2010, a Chevron pipeline running through the foothills above Salt Lake City began leaking raw crude oil into Red Butte Creek. The spill lasted only a few hours, but dumped an estimated 30,000 gallons of oil into a creek running through residential areas, public parks, and natural areas. VODA was hired by Carbaugh & Associates and the city of Salt Lake to assist in facilitating public meetings that would determine what actions the city could take to prevent future spills, and how to deal with similar accidents in the future.