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Minto Island Bridge named Project of the Year

The Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge, which opened to the public on August 2nd 2017, has been named the APWA Oregon Chapter Project of the Year in the category Structures-$5 Million to under $25 Million. This project is the culmination of years of planning and effort by the City of Salem and Salem’s Urban Renewal Agency. The bridge was designed by OBEC Consulting Engineers. GreenWorks had the pleasure of developing a conceptual framework that integrated existing park features, such as the “Eco Earth” art globe, with new terraced seatwalls and complemented accent plantings. The bridge now serves as a link between downtown Salem and Minto-Brown Island Park, a 1,400 acre green space.  It is estimated that 2,000 people use the bridge each day.

We would like to thank OBEC Consulting Engineers and the City of Salem for their partnership on this project.

To see all APWA Oregon award winners please visit: http://oregon.apwa.net/PageDetails/12969

Bend Whitewater Park Wins Design Award

Bend Whitewater Park has received the 2017 Design Award by the Oregon Recreation and Park Association. The award is presented to the best designed public parks agency recreation area, taking several criteria into account such as maintenance design, cost effectiveness, and most efficient use.

A team that included GreenWorks designed this project to provide safe passage over the existing dam. The project is made up of three distinct channels: the Passageway Channel with modest rapids; the center Whitewater Channel with four wave features for more experienced whitewater enthusiasts; and the Habitat Channel, with no public access, provides habitat to local and migratory wildlife. Opened in 2015, the Bend Whitewater Park enhances recreation by allowing river users to travel through the dam without having to portage and improves riverfront habitat in an ecologically sensitive area. GreenWorks is honored to have worked on this project and would like to thank OTAK, Pacific Habitat Restoration, Wallace Group, River Restoration, Hickman Williams and Associates, and Inter-Fluve for their partnership, as well as Bend Parks and Recreation. Please follow these links for more information:

Live Feed of Bend Whitewater Park

Bend Parks and Recreation Park Page

Complete ORPA 2017 Award Winners

GreenWorks Welcomes Bhronwhyn Dean

We are excited to announce that Bhronwhyn Dean has joined the GreenWorks team as a Landscape Designer. Her project experience covers a wide range of scales and types from custom residential design to campuses, trails, and natural areas. She enjoys working at a fine-grained scale to bring a project from the drawing board to reality, whether that is permitting, construction documentation or construction administration.  Her particular passion is for trees and plants of all types, so her favorite projects are those that provide adequate space for trees in all their glory. Welcome Bhronwhyn!

Westmoreland Published!

Westmoreland Park has been featured in the Design Museum Foundation’s recently published “Design and Play” book, which is based on their nationally-traveling exhibit Extraordinary Playscapes. The book examines the art, history, science, and importance of play, and explores the latest thinking in playground design. The coauthors, Sam Aquillano and Amanda Hawkins, do an amazing job at telling the stories behind these incredible play spaces, while emphasizing the positive impact free play has on childhood development, thriving communities, and social equity. The GreenWorks team is honored to have Westmoreland featured as an exceptional, international playscape. We would like to thank Adam Kuby and Portland Parks and Recreation for their collaboration throughout this project.  Please visit the Design Museum’s website for more information: https://designmuseumfoundation.org/portland/

Design Workshop for Gateway Green

GreenWorks recently held a Design Workshop for Gateway Green, a once forgotten 24-acre parcel located at the confluence of I-205 and I-84 in Portland, Oregon. During the workshop the advisory committee was encouraged to provide feedback on desired programming, circulation, and general layout of the park. By utilizing a mix of tactile objects such as post-its, colored string, and movable icons, participants were able to discuss the pros and cons of various layouts and engage in dynamic conversations about the project. GreenWorks gained an insurmountable amount of feedback from the experience, and is excited to use the information as guidance while navigating the project’s ultimate design.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Wins 2017 Demuro Award

GreenWorks was recently awarded the 2017 Demuro Award for excellence in preservation, reuse, and community revitalization for its work on the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Access Project. Built in 1906, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is a historic church in Portland’s Alphabet District. The project retrofitted an existing staircase with new accessible ramps and stairs which provided better access to the courtyard and church entry. GreenWorks was a sub-consultant to Waterleaf and we provided irrigation and planting services. For more information on this years winners and Restore Oregon please visit: https://restoreoregon.org/demuro-awards/

 

GreenWorks is Silver Certified

GreenWorks is excited to announce it’s official recognition as Silver Certified through the City of Portland’s Sustainability at Work program. The program offers three levels of certification to recognize Portland business’s positive impact on the environment and the community. We look forward to working with the City of Portland on our journey towards Gold Certified! For more information on how to green your workplace, please visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/sustainabilityatwork/

 

GreenWorks Opens Bend Office

GreenWorks, a regional leader in landscape architecture and environmental design, is expanding their practice to Bend, Oregon. Jim Figurski, Senior Landscape Architect, will head up the new Bend office. After 20 years of providing services to Central Oregon clients on projects like Bend Whitewater Park, Mirror Pond Visioning, The Simpson Pavilion, Sisters Cascade Avenue, and current work on the Mirror Pond Bank and Trail Improvements and Big Sky Park projects, “it was time to make a permanent commitment to the region” says GreenWorks Principal Gill Williams.

In addition to having a presence in the Central Oregon market, the Bend office will serve clients in Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Utah. This office will allow GreenWorks to be a more accessible, providing responsive and timely services on projects including parks and recreation, stormwater management, transportation, green infrastructure, habitat restoration, and urban design. Principal Mike Faha added “we are grateful to our existing clients in Central Oregon and look forward to what the future holds.”

As a practice founded in 1987, GreenWorks is celebrating 30 years of innovating solutions for clients by linking natural resources, urban environments, and people. As we grow, this focus will continue to be a key distinction of our work and our mission: Integrating people and nature through creative and sustainable design.

GreenWorks Welcomes Kelly Stoecklein

We are pleased to announce that Kelly Stoecklein has joined GreenWorks as a Landscape Designer. Her landscape design experience includes public and private projects of all types and scales in both Portland and Los Angeles where she has enjoyed site planning, planting design, and engaging with clients. While growing up in Vermont she worked in her father’s nursery and now appreciates that her family spent vacations visiting botanical gardens throughout New England. Welcome Kelly!

International Rose Test Garden Celebration

Our thanks to Portland Parks & Recreation for hosting the 100 Years of Roses event and the Accessibility Improvements Project ribbon cutting ceremony. It was a beautiful summer day in Washington Park’s International Rose Test Garden. A multitude of proud Portlanders, Royal Rosarians, families, musicians, artists, and visitors to the Rose City celebrated amid a stunning display of roses. Portland Parks Director Mike Abbate and City Commissioner Amanda Fritz spoke, and Gill Williams (the project’s Principal-in-Charge) and Mike Faha represented GreenWorks.

Our thanks to the project team:
PP& R Project Manager, Robin Laughlin
PP&R Botanical Specialist/Curator International Rose Test Garden, Harry A. Landers
Public Involvement, Maija Spencer
Owner’s Representative, Suzanne Carey
Contractor, Brown Contracting, Inc., Beau Biron, Project Superintendent

(Photo Credit: KLiK Concepts)

Starting Off the Week at Columbia Tech

This morning, Ben Johnson and Flora Yeh (pictured left) visited the Columbia Tech Nature Play Area now under construction in Vancouver, Washington. Great progress has been made since we last blogged about the project in August. Photos really don’t do it justice; the scale of this play area will surely make this a popular destination once complete. We’re thrilled to be working on this exciting project for PacTrust!

Lake Oswego – Tigard Water Treatment Plant Grand Opening

The GreenWorks team was in attendance at the Lake Oswego – Tigard Water Treatment Plant’s Grand Opening August 31. The Lake Oswego – Tigard Water Treatment Plant was expanded to serve future demands forecasted for the Lake Oswego and Tigard service areas and is also now an emergency supplier of water to the City of West Linn. GreenWorks provided landscape design for stormwater management, address visual impacts in residential areas, and to provide amenities for neighborhood use. Amenities included a neighborhood trail linking neighbors to the north and south where no street exists, public open space for neighborhood use including an amphitheater seating area, and native woodland enhancements. GreenWorks actively met with the adjacent neighbors to hear their concerns about the project and with the broader community at workshops to describe landscape / site design elements for public comment.

GreenWorks would like to acknowledge the team:
Joel B. Komarek, PE, CWRE | Project Director | Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership
Dick Talley, PE, PMP | Area Manager | MWH, now part of Stantec
Tom Lebow | Construction Manager | Brown and Caldwell
Catherine Dummer | Construction Administrator | Brown and Caldwell
Ryan J. Imel | Project Manager, General Contractor | Slayden Constructors, Inc.
Sean Curley | Landscape Contractor | SCC Earthworks

Columbia Tech Nature Play Area Taking Shape

The Columbia Tech Nature Play Area is under construction! GreenWorks was hired by PacTrust to design a new nature play area within the Columbia Tech Center in Vancouver, Washington. Columbia Tech Center is a 410-acre mixed use development that includes a 12-acre park that promotes a live-work balance for the community. The new 25,000 square foot playground will become the heart of the park and will be a significant amenity for the development.

Our special thanks to PacTrust and contractor, Rotschy Inc.

Mayor Ted Wheeler Declares August 2017 “International Rose Test Garden Centennial Month”

Portland Parks & Recreation is hosting 100 Years of Roses, the International Rose Test Garden Celebration on Saturday, August 26th, 11:00 AM-8:30 PM. The GreenWorks team will be in attendance to celebrate the completion of the Accessibility Improvements Project, which removes barriers to access and provides accessibility upgrades to meet current ADA standards while maintaining and enhancing the historic character of the International Rose Test Garden.

The GreenWorks team would like to acknowledge…
PP& R Project Manager, Robin Laughlin
PP&R Botanical Specialist/Curator International Rose Test Garden, Harry A. Landers
Public Involvement, Maija Spencer
Owner’s Representative, Suzanne Carey
Contractor, Brown Contracting, Inc., Beau Biron, Project Superintendent

GreenWorks Welcomes Flora Yeh

We are pleased to announce that Flora Yeh has joined GreenWorks as Senior Project Manager. Flora is a licensed landscape architect in Washington State and Texas and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Flora brings experience in a diverse range of projects, from parks and residential gardens to urban design and master planning. Flora is passionate about achieving “a balance of biology, community, and artistry” through her work. Welcome Flora!

Celebrate Salem’s New Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge

A community parade and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to celebrate the opening of the new Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge on Wednesday, August 2. Festivities get underway at 4pm.

This project is the culmination of years of planning and effort by the City of Salem and Salem’s Urban Renewal Agency to achieve the community’s vision of connecting three major urban parks and more than 20 miles of trails via two pedestrian bridges over the Willamette River. This goal became a reality in part after the renovation of the historic Union Street Railroad Bridge, which connects West Salem’s Wallace Marine Park with Riverfront Park downtown. However, completion of the Minto Island Bridge and adjoining multimodal trail is the last critical link.

For design and permitting, the City of Salem hired OBEC Consulting Engineers with GreenWorks. The design integrates context-appropriate, safe infrastructure for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other trail users. Special thanks to Bob Goodrich, PE of OBEC and Aaron Kimsey, PE, Senior Project Manager at the City of Salem for including us on this great project.