The summer season brings new opportunity at GreenWorks with Ben Hedstrom joining the team as an intern. Ben, a third-year Cornell MLA student, kicked off his internship with the construction of a model for the Hillsboro Reservoir #3 project. The model serves as a tool for community members to further understand the attributes of the new reservoir, namely that it won’t be visible from their homes in Hillsboro with careful tree and shrub planting design.
The model also provides a learning opportunity for Ben whose interests lie in the social side of green infrastructure and in the way landscape architecture impacts communities beyond design. “It’s not enough to provide sustainable practices. I am interested in how we as landscape architects can educate the public to understand how design solves problems and extends beyond a site’s boundaries,” Hedstrom said.
Ben starts his third and final year at Cornell this fall and will be working with GreenWorks throughout the summer on a wide range of projects. That range is what attracted Ben to this internship. He mentions “I enjoy the wide variety of sustainable projects GreenWorks has to offer. The exposure to the range in both scope and design is proving to be a tremendous learning experience.”