Phillip Arden

A resident of Hendricks County, Phil is an Associate at REA and brings over 15 years experience in site architecture, planning, and urban design for a variety of public and private clients. His portfolio of work includes greenway plans, roadway enhancement plans, park and open space plans, master planning, corporate site design, low impact site development, and urban plaza design. Working with stakeholders and community leaders, he has helped communities achieve integrated and imaginative solutions that are equitable, accessible, and welcoming to all. Phil served as the project manager for the development of W.S. Gibbs Memorial Park master plan as well as for the master plan and phase one design development for McCloud Nature Park.

Phil has also led the planning, design and construction documentation for a variety of trail, greenway, streetscape, and park projects. Phil serves as senior project manager overseeing many of REA’s multimodal transportation projects and is responsible for coordination of the consultant team, management of production, and preparation of project documents. He has an extensive background in the design of active transportation projects and the federal aid process.

Phil served as project manager for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, a world-class urban bike and pedestrian path that connects city neighborhoods, cultural districts and entertainment amenities and serves as the downtown hub for the entire central Indiana greenway system. Because this trail was fully integrated into the complex urban streetscape of downtown Indianapolis, significant coordination with Indianapolis DPW, INDOT, IndyGo, public utility companies and multiple design consultants was necessary throughout the design and construction drawing stages of the project.

Phil served as Project Manager for a nine block urban streetscape improvement project surrounding CityWay, a new 23 acre mixed-used development in downtown Indianapolis that includes apartments, outdoor living and plaza spaces, an upscale hotel with an outdoor entertainment venue. REA prepared the master plan for the development and construction documents for the streetscapes that link downtown Indianapolis and the Eli Lilly & Company corporate campus. Phil managed the production of design and construction documents for the improvements, which focused on enhancing pedestrian safety and connectivity and included raised intersection tables, a mid block crossing with a HAWK signal, brick paver crosswalks, planted medians, and stormwater planters.

Phil is currently leading the design and implementation of a $6 million, 1.5 mile system of cycle tracks and enhanced pedestrian pathways in downtown Richmond, IN that employs a “complete streets” approach to reorganize the right-of-way within selected downtown streets to include dedicated walking and bicycling facilities, traffic calming measures, new lighting, wayfinding signage, upgraded signals, street tree plantings, and green infrastructure. Phil is overseeing the work of a multidisciplinary design team to provide survey, environmental, design and engineering, and construction inspection services.