JAMES ALMONTE, RLA
Landscape Architect: Rhode Island and Massachusetts
University of Rhode Island - Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
University of Rhode Island - Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing
Jim has over nineteen years of diverse experience as a landscape architect, and serves as WDA's office manager. He is responsible for overall project design, comprehensive project management, and multi-disciplinary project team coordination. He has extensive experience in all phases of site design, from preliminary site and regulatory analyses through design development to comprehensive construction administration. As office manager, he is responsible for the overall development and implementation of the Standard Operating Procedures for the firm, project budget supervision, AutoCAD standards and data management, development of junior staff, and marketing and new business development.
Jim's current work includes the design of the landscape infrastructure at Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, MA. The only licensed slot parlor casino awarded by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the site is located at the intersection of Routes 1 and 495, and is presently the home to harness and simulcast racing. This new LEED Certified Gold facility is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015. He is also the project manager for the South Main Street Streetscape in Providence, RI, which includes the restoration of brick sidewalks, mitigation techniques for existing trees and the introduction of new street trees along the mile-long historic downtown corridor.
Recently, Jim was the project manager for Northborough Crossing, a 625,000 sf “open-air” mixed-use development in Northborough, MA. The project is home to the first Wegman’s Supermarket in New England, numerous restaurants and retail venues, and both formal and preserved open space. The residential component of the project includes a 382 apartment complex for AvalonBay, created under the Massachusetts affordable housing program, MGL Chapter 40B.
Jim is responsible for the design and construction administration of numerous automobile dealerships throughout Massachusetts for Colonial Automotive Group, including Colonial Honda and Colonial Chrysler Jeep and Dodge in Dartmouth, MA, Colonial Volkswagen in Medford and Westborough, MA, and Acton Toyota of Littleton. Jim has worked on a wide range of projects in the public and private sector, including athletic facilities, parks for local towns, places of worship, and various institutional projects. His residential project experience ranges from a single family estate on Maui to affordable housing projects throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Away from the office, Jim enjoys golfing with his 84 year old dad, spending time with his wife of almost 20 years, and gardening at his home in Smithfield, RI. In the winter months he enjoys skiing with his nephews and rooting for the PC Friars basketball team.