biota's Crew 2014

About

Based in Minneapolis, MN, biota is an award-winning landscape design and build firm that works on residential and commercial projects. Our mission is to create innovative designs that invite interaction and inspire the imagination using the highest-quality plants, materials and construction techniques. We strive to share our knowledge and foster an ongoing stewardship to create lasting enjoyment.
Steve Modrow

Steve Modrow, Owner, ASLA

Steve oversees design services at biota. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and is the President of the Minnesota chapter. He is also the chair of the Design Network Committee of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association. Steve received his master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota after completion of his bachelor’s degree in environmental design.

Jim Saybolt

Jim Saybolt, Owner, Affiliate ASLA, CLP

Jim oversees biota’s operations. He is a MN Licensed General Contractor, MNLA Certified Landscape Professional (CLP) and an affiliate of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He studied at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, the University of Minnesota and attended Harvard Graduate School of Design for the career discovery program in landscape architecture. Jim currently serves on the MNLA networking committee and is a MNLA Foundation Trustee.


Elizabeth Wynne

Elizabeth Wynne, Design CLP

Elizabeth is a designer here at biota. She holds an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Landscape Design and Construction. She is a Certified Landscape Professional (CLP) with the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association

Eric Alward

Eric Alward, Design Associate ASLA

Eric is a designer here at biota. He is an Associate member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He completed his bachelor’s degree in fine art and received his master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota.


Nick Wagner

Nick Wagner, CLP, Manager of Maintenance + Gardening Services

Nick manages our Maintenance and Garden Services. He holds an associate of science degree in environmental landscape Management and a bachelor of arts in philosophy. He is a Certified Landscape Professional (CLP) with the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, and achieved a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Permaculture Institute.

Installation Foreman

Installation Foreman: Tom Kobayashi, Joe Hafner and Bryan Hardel


More about biota

From design to construction, we do great, innovative work that gets noticed. View a sampling of our awards and biota press mentions. View biota affiliates.

Giving Back

biota believes it is important to give back to our community. Our team engages in ongoing education and works with local community organizations sharing our expertise, equipment and excitement to help create a better environment and better neighborhoods.


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