N.E.S. Inc. is a professional services corporation based in Colorado Springs, Colorado that provides land planning and landscape architectural design services. N.E.S. Inc. has been providing professional design services since 1978 and has contracted with numerous private land owners, developers, and municipal agencies to assist them in land development issues. Our highly qualified professional team focuses on client satisfaction and achieving the project goals. We are proud to say that we can achieve this high standard, because many of our clients from our founding forty years ago, are still our clients today. It is this personal attention and client trust that we rely on as our business model.
N.E.S. Inc. has an extensive resume involving large, complex planning projects that require community input, public representation, site planning and landscape services.
Andrea Barlow, AICP
Andrea started her career in the United Kingdom where she accumulated 16 years’ experience as a private sector planning consultant serving a wide range of landowner, developer, house builder, retail, and commercial clients throughout the country. Since moving to the United States in 2004, Andrea has held positons as Planner II with the City of Colorado Springs and as Principal Planner with the City of Alexandria, Virginia. This extensive and varied experience provides a unique perspective to the resolution of complex policy and design issues, and the ability to resolve conflicts through creative solutions and mediation.
Andrea has been with N.E.S. Inc. since March 2014 and has put her planning and project management skills to effective use in guiding clients and coordinating project teams through the planning process. She also represents the Company on the HBA Land Use Committee and City of Colorado Springs Code Scrub Committee. Andrea enjoys the outdoor pursuits available in Colorado, especially mountain biking and Nordic skiing.
Andrea has a Bachelor’s degree in Land Planning and Development and a Master’s in Business Administration.
Chris Lieber, PLA
Mr. Lieber’s “results-oriented” approach to problem solving is based upon a foundation of community involvement, collaboration and more than 25 years of experience. With extensive experience managing highly visible, multi-million-dollar projects, Chris has the technical knowledge and practical experience necessary to lead a project team to a solution that is creative, politically acceptable, and fiscally responsible.
Mr. Lieber holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University. Having previously served as Manager of the Colorado Springs Parks Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) Program, he has a proven track record of successful collaboration and project implementation involving numerous stakeholders and passionate community advocates in the Pikes Peak Region including over forty park and open space master plan processes, numerous park construction projects, many miles of trail, and the planning and acquisition of thousands of acres of public open space. Mr. Lieber’s focus at N.E.S. Inc is on sustainable projects that provide great spaces for people to enjoy the outdoor Colorado lifestyle and on planning processes that seek to find a delicate balance between natural resource conservation and community recreation.
Mr. Lieber is pleased to bring his professional experience and community spirit to the N.E.S. Inc. Team. Beyond his professional life, he enjoys serving in a volunteer capacity within the Colorado Springs Community and adventure travel with his family…including cycling 4,422 miles across the United States on a bicycle built for four.
Jon Romero, ASLA, PLA
Jon joined N.E.S. Inc. in March 2015, bringing his diverse design aesthetic to a company rich in culture and history to further elevate his body of experience in Landscape Architecture. Jon’s role at N.E.S. Inc. as an Associate is utilized on many levels assisting in the design, management and overall fluid, diverse and thoughtful approach N.E.S. brings to the table.
In May 2004, Jon received his accredited Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture from the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University. Currently Jon serves as the Colorado Chapter President for the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Since graduating from CSU, Jon has been involved in a wide variety of projects both in the Colorado Springs area and abroad. His experience and strong desire to grow in the profession has lent to over 15 years of experience and roles from project management to associate director of planning and landscape architecture at his last firm. Marrying his native background and love for Colorado culture, Jon has led the successful development of projects ranging from small scale infill developments to large scale subdivisions, retail centers, and park projects to office complexes. His unique and diverse design and management experience lends to a well-grounded and thorough understanding in landscape architecture, planning, design and project management administration.
Bryn Iten, PLA
Bryn received her Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture with a focus on regional and community planning in the summer of 2017 from Colorado State University, Fort Collins. She is SITES AP certified through the United States Green Building Council and an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist.
Prior to joining N.E.S. Inc. Bryn participated in natural resource planning and management for several Colorado municipalities, including Colorado Springs. A childhood of exploration in Colorado and beyond created a curiosity that matured into a passion for the integration of natural and built environments. She is excited to be part of the team at N.E.S. Inc., contributing to influential projects within Colorado Springs and beyond.
When not outdoors running, bicycling or cross-country skiing, Bryn spends her free time studying the latest research on green technology, plant performance and urban planning.
Brooks received his Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture in 2015 from the University of Colorado, Denver.
Prior to coming to N.E.S. Inc. in the Spring of 2017, Brooks worked as a Planner and Landscape Designer for a local land development company, where he participated on the planning and engineering team to see projects from land acquisition through the entitlement process and into construction. Brooks enjoys the design process and interdisciplinary collaboration in the effort to create thoughtful places that connect people to each other and to the natural world. As a Colorado Springs native, Brooks is thrilled to be working for a firm that has played such a meaningful role in shaping the built environment of the Springs area.
In his free time, Brooks enjoys exploring the city and mountains on his bicycle, cooking and spending time with his family.
Blaine received his Bachelors in Landscape Architecture with a Minor in Urban and Regional Planning from Texas A&M University in May of 2019. Like many before him, Blaine served as a summer intern before joining the N.E.S Inc. family full time.
The open work environment, collaborative design efforts, and vast project portfolio of N.E.S has allowed Blaine to grow quickly in his role as Landscape Designer and Project Lead. In just two years, Blaine has had the opportunity to work on numerous projects in both the private and public sectors. As a Texas transplant, Blaine’s family history in the oil and gas industry has opened his eyes to creating more sustainable and meaningful places for all people to enjoy.
In his free time, you can find Blaine on the mountain enjoying some snowboard runs, watching his Aggies win on the football field, and playing a round of golf on one of the local municipal courses.
Jennifer Shagin moved to Colorado Springs to join N.E.S. Inc in summer of 2020. She is a Colorado native and holds a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor’s in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University. Prior to joining N.E.S. Inc. Jennifer was an elected official for the Town of Berthoud where she received the highest number of votes in Berthoud’s history. As an elected official she advocated for multi-modal transportation, helped hire a new Town Administrator and was strategic in helping Berthoud maintain its unique community identity in the face of widespread growth. On the Federal level, she has worked trail and travel management crews, and VIS services where she worked to educate the public on forest ecosystem health and sustainable practices. She enjoys working with inter disciplinary teams, collaborating and the design process.
Jennifer is passionate about her work as a Landscape Designer and Land Planner where she has completed various projects of differing magnitude across Colorado and Wyoming, highlights of her projects include Senior Affordable Housing, Design Standards for the Town of Keenesburg, and Environmentally sensitive design. Jennifer is an advocate for livable communities, the natural environment and local government. She is an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and currently serves on their Public Practice Advisory Committee.
When not at work, you can find her on a golf course or outdoors enjoying Colorado’s majestic mountains.
Kimberly Johnson, AICP
Kimberly started her career as a planning professional in her home state of Minnesota where she gained 20 years of experience as a municipal planner and planning director. Since moving from Minnesota in 2015, Kimberly has served the City of Page, AZ as its Community Development Director and the City of Manitou Springs, CO as its Planning Director. With a vast background in municipal planning and development, she brings a unique perspective to N.E.S. and a keen desire to efficiently and effectively guide clients and their projects through the design and entitlement process.
Since joining N.E.S. in April of 2021, Kimberly has put her planning and project management skills to good use in guiding clients and project teams through the planning process. Kim enjoys cooking and baking, and camping and outdoor activities that involve walking her dog and being at a lake or beach.
Kim has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Studies and a Master’s degree in Planning, and is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Annie received her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies in 2019 from Vassar College.
Prior to coming to N.E.S. in the Spring of 2021, Annie worked as a Military Community Planner at HDR, where she participated in federal planning projects to include site analysis, area development plans, master planning, strategic planning, and cost estimating.
Annie is especially interested in using data visualization and graphic design tools to convey ideas, ultimately to foster a unique connection between the natural and built environments. As a Colorado Springs native, Annie is passionate about playing a meaningful role in artfully crafting the future of the Pikes Peak region.
In her free time, Annie enjoys exploring the great state of Colorado with running shoes, hiking boots, a bike, golf clubs or skis! She also enjoys coaching club volleyball here in town.
Courtney joined N.E.S. in June 2021 as a Landscape Designer following her graduation from Ball State University in May 2021. She received her Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture with a minor in Social & Environmental Justice. Her minor was sparked by her internship in Atlanta after working with urban communities. At Ball State, she found interest in regional planning and plant design as well. Courtney plans to tackle the L.A.R.E exams and become a registered Landscape Architect in Colorado in the future. For now, she enjoys creating designs that affect how people interact with the land around them and leaves a lasting impact on the local community.
Outside of work, you can find her hiking the endless number of trails, kayaking, rollerblading, and taking her dog to the park.
Tyler Knab has lived in Colorado Springs for over 25 years and joined the N.E.S. team in 2021. His passion for creating beautiful and functional outdoor spaces while conserving the natural beauty and resources led him to the team as an opportunity to give back to the city he loves.
Tyler received his degree in Landscape Architecture from Utah State and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Ecology Restoration from Colorado State University. In a professional capacity, he has completed over 450 hours of national volunteer service with the Conservation Corps, worked alongside the National Forest Service conservation education, as well as designed and managed the building of numerous residential properties. This varied experience gives Tyler unique knowledge and insight to combine form and function, giving his clients and community inspiring and sustainable outdoor spaces.
When he isn’t working, Tyler can be found hiking, playing disc golf, or watching rerun episodes of Star Trek.
Plan Review Specialist
Tyler joined N.E.S. Inc. in July 2021 as a Plan Review Specialist. Tyler moved to Colorado Springs from Texas in 2020 and enjoys hiking and adventuring in the mountains with his wonderful wife. He has a passion for the landscape process and strives to make the customer experience the most joyful as possible. He takes pride in assisting in the creation of beautiful projects that continue to make Colorado Springs the best city in America.
Carol joined N.E.S. Inc. in 1996 after working the previous 10 years in an administrative position for the developers of Briargate. While tending to all the tasks of an Office Manager, she also enjoys keeping the NES computer network up and running. Carol pursued a special business administration program her last year of high school that trained her for the business world. She took college computer classes to gain a background in computer technology, which has been very beneficial in her business career.
This will be her 30th year in Colorado Springs with her husband, Larkin. They settled here after his retirement from the Air Force. Two of their children reside in this area, and one is located in North Carolina. They have five grandchildren ranging in ages from 2 to 14. All girls! Through the years, she has been an active volunteer in the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Special Olympics.
Gwendolyn joined N.E.S. Inc. in April 2019. She is a local native, and enjoys living in Colorado Springs with her husband and their three children.
She graduated from Widefield High School and has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Pikes Peak Community College. Previously she has been a hotel Front Desk Clerk, Night Auditor, and Accounts
Receivable Assistant Manager, and the Corporate Office Manager for a temporary labor service.
Her hobbies include hiking, biking and camping with her family; cooking from scratch, the daily crossword with her Dad, knitting with friends, and learning to speak Italian.