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Making Improvements to Show We Care

GreenWorks is currently reviewing our sustainable office practices and looking for ways to improve. GreenWorks has been promoting sustainable design and sustainable office practices for decades, but we like to think that sustainability is not a destination, but a journey! There’s always room for improvement. This week, we received new recycling boxes from the City of Portland’s Sustainability at Work program. Each box comes printed with a list of what can and cannot be recycled in it. This will help maximize recycling in our office. We’re definitely starting the year off right. Even our Valentine’s Day decorations, made from repurposed paper, show our efforts to keep sustainability as a core value of the firm.

Tanner Springs Park Honored as a Frontline Park

Tanner Springs Park was named a Frontline Park by the City Park Alliance. This is a designation bestowed on park projects that demonstrate urban park excellence, innovation, and stewardship. Tanner Spring Park is currently featured on City Park Alliance’s website and can be accessed at the link below.

Thanks to Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté and Mark Ross, Media Relations, for their help preparing the awards submittal!

http://www.cityparksalliance.org/why-urban-parks-matter/frontline-parks/parks/437

 

GreenWorks Employee gets Published

As a member of a group called Community of Practice, Jill Roszel published an article in the Oregon Planners’ Journal, a publication of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association entitled, “Learning from Our Past: Stabilization Strategies to Offset Public-Investment Induced Gentrification Caused Displacement.”

Community of Practice was comprised of a group of concerned students and professionals that met in 2015-2016 to consider how planners in Oregon can help advance the practice of not causing gentrification-caused displacement, particularly associated with public transportation investments.

http://www.oregonapa.org/learning-past-stabilization-strategies-offset-public-investment-induced-gentrification-caused-displacement/

 

Collaboration with Public Artists


At GreenWorks, we craft designs that capture and share the story of a place. For this reason, we frequently collaborate with artists on projects across market sectors, including parks, habitat, urban design, and transportation. Recent projects that have involved public artists include Denver Avenue Streetscape Project, Westmoreland Park Nature Based Play Area, and Clay Street Green Street.

The Westmoreland Park Nature-Based Play Area design team included environmental artist, Adam Kuby. Adam collaborated with the design team on the overall conceptual design of the playground theme and layout that represents the restoration of the adjacent Crystal Springs. Not only did he help envision these artistic elements as play features within the design, Adam was also contracted to install the log and boulder climbers to ensure the execution met the design intent.

For Metro’s Canemah Bluff Overlook, we were asked to incorporate art subtly into the design that reflected the site’s natural history. Artist and landscape architect, Caitilin Pope-Daum prepared realistic ink sketches of local flora and fauna unique to the oak savannah including the Nuthatch bird, Camas wildflower, and Oregon White Oak leaf. Mauricio Saldana was the stone carver.

The Khunamokwst Park project benefited from its multi-disciplinary team that included artist Valerie Otani. Public engagement was extensive and included diverse stakeholder groups and community-based organizations. In a series of after-school activities, GreenWorks and Valerie worked with students from the Cully neighborhood to engage them in the process and teach them about park design. The design included a large stone carving of a Douglas fir cone which Mauricio Saldana carved and was incorporated into the playground as a climbing feature.

Art was incorporated as a measure to improve the pedestrian experience in Clay Street Green Street. The “Log Dog” art, by Linda M. Wysong, celebrate the district’s industrial history. Much smaller versions of the Log Dog were once used to grapple and float logs down the river to mills.

Thank you to all the amazing artists we work with!

Westmoreland Park
Adam Kuby

Khunamokwst Park
Mauricio Saldana
Valerie Otani

Canemah Bluff
Mauricio Saldana
Caitilin Pope-Daum

Denver Ave
Mauricio Saldana
Valerie Otani

RiverEast Center
Linda Wysong


Clay Street Green Street

Linda Wysong

Windscape
Pete Beeman

 

GreenWorks Recognizes Employees Active in the Milwaukie Community

Ben Johnson and Michael Corrente, residents of the Milwaukie area, are both active members of their civic community.

Michael Corrente has just been appointed to the Design and Landmarks Committee of the City of Milwaukie. His appointment will be made official at the February 7th City Council meeting. The Design and Landmarks Committee (DLC) is a 5-member group established to advise the Planning Commission on urban design, architectural, and historic preservation activities including but not limited to design review of development proposals in downtown, education and outreach, designation of historic districts and landmarks, and historic and cultural resources inventories.

Ben Johnson has served as a board member on the City of Milwaukee’s  Parks Advisory Review Board since 2015. As a member, Ben and his fellow board members coordinate with the City and Parks District to provide for the community’s parks and recreation needs.

Thank you Mike and Ben! GreenWorks is very proud of our civic-minded team.

Canemah Bluff named “Trail of the Month”

Portland Monthly is featuring Canemah Bluff Nature Park as its Trail of the Month in the December issue:

http://www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2016/11/14/trail-of-the-month-high-and-dry-winter-walks-at-canemah-bluff

Canemah Bluff is a 300-acre natural area owned and maintained by Metro within Oregon City. GreenWorks worked with Metro to develop public access to the sensitive oak savannah and woodland and which includes, improving hiking & walking trails, a new boardwalk and a foot-bridge, and scenic overlook. Many thanks to our friends at Metro, Rodney Wojtanik and Alex Perove, for including us in their wonderful project.

Tanner Springs Park continues to get international and national interest

On October 27, 2016 GreenWorks led a tour for the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture of Beijing University and staff of Landscape Architecture Frontiers publication. This tour group was particularly interested in technical issues related to: soil/vegetation approaches for water quality treatment; the ultra- violet finishing treatment that allows for human contact with the treated water; and soil capping issues for a former brownfield site.

GreenWorks typically leads 4-6 tours per year since Tanner Springs Park opened in 2005. Tour groups have included national and international professional and environmental organizations and academic institutions. Visitors are interested in a variety of issues, including design inspiration, public involvement and outreach, and technical challenges.

Tanner Springs Design Team:

Artist: Herbert Dreiseitl, Ueberlingen, Germany
Landscape Architect: Dreiseitl/Waterscapes Inc. Ueberlingen, Germany
Local Landscape Architect: GreenWorks PC, Portland
Civil Engineers: KPFF Consulting Engineers, Portland
Mechanical/Electrical Engineering: R&W Engineering Inc., Beaverton
Fountain Engineering: CMS Collaborative, Santa Cruz
Botany and Wetland Plants: Cooke Scientific Services, Inc., Seattle
Construction: Slayden Construction, Slayton
Client: City of Portland Parks and Recreation

River Island

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river-island-tour-11012016Mike Faha recently toured our project at River Island. Situated along the Clackamas River near Barton County Park, River Island is 240 acres of natural area that provides habitat for native species including endangered salmon and steelhead, native turtles and migratory birds. The main portion of the site in the middle of the river was a gravel mining operation until the 1996 flood, which greatly altered the natural area’s landscape by breaching man-made levees and shortened the main channel of the Clackamas River. GreenWorks and Inter-Fluve have been working with Metro to help create a vision and concepts for restoring natural channel processes and supporting multiple values including fish and wildlife habitat, riparian and upland forests, water quality and recreation. GreenWorks assisted with public outreach and prepared presentation materials to easily convey complex engineering concepts into understandable, photo realistic graphics that help the public and stakeholders understand the opportunities and what the site could look like once it is restored. Conceptual design alternatives were created for restoration of riparian-forested wetlands at the gravel mine site as well as design and restoration of Goose Creek, reconnecting it to the Clackamas River mainstem for cool water rearing habitat for juvenile salmonids. Inter-Fluve developed a site conservation plan and permit-level designs.  This project is one of the biggest restoration projects in the Pacific Northwest.

 

GreenWorks would like to acknowledge Metro Project Manager Brian Vaughn as well as project lead Inter-Fluve, and members of their team: Emily Alcott, Lon Mikkelsen, Mike McAllister, Mike Brunfelt, Caitlin Alcott, Matt Cox, Colin MacLaren, Rich Phaneuf, and Mackenzie Baxter.

 

GreenWorks Receives Green Award

wmswcdGreenWorks received a Green Award from the West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (WMSWCD) on October 29, 2016 for the Meadowscaping Handbook. GreenWorks was one of three groups recognized at the Conservation Districts Annual Meeting. The Conservation District was very pleased with the design and layout of the publication especially the illustrative plant list and 3-D planting templates. Upon receiving the award, Mary Logalbo said “Greenworks went above and beyond their original commitment to complete the project.”  GreenWorks was honored to collaborate with WMSWCD on The Meadowscaping Handbook. The Conservation District’s knowledge and ecological awareness was a pleasure to work with and aligns with our mission, “Integrating people and nature through creative and sustainable design.” A copy of the handbook can be downloaded from WMSWCD’s  website.

GreenWorks Play Date

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playscapes_passportThe GreenWorks team took a little time
playscapes01playscapes03off lunch last week to visit the Playscapes exhibit at PNCA. Thank you to Stephanie of Design Museum Portland for giving us a private tour of the exhibition, which runs through December 17th. Two GreenWorks projects are included in the exhibit: Westmoreland Nature-Based Play Area and Khunamokwst Park. Our team got to try out Playworld’s new saucer, which is on display, and had fun playing on PlayForm 7 outside of PNCE in the North Park Blocks. This Sunday, PNCA will host a kids workshop at 1pm (511 NW Broadway). Learn more at www.designmuseumportland.org

GreenWorks Celebrates Halloween!

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pumpkin-2GreenWorks principal, Mike Faha, hosted a Halloween party at his home for the office and their families. Enjoying the perfect autumn afternoon and each other’s company, we all had a blast carving pumpkins, snacking on hors d’oeuvres, and playing ping pong. From a unicorn to a scary jack-o-lantern, everyone harnessed their imagination and transformed their pumpkins into works of art. We hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday tonight with clear skies and lots of candy!

A note from the Marketing Manager

fullsizerenderVeronica and I attended the Daily Journal of Commerce’s annual Women of Vision event this week. This year’s panel discussion and awards ceremony drew 500 attendees to honor 37 amazing women in architecture, engineering, construction, and related professions. The panel discussion was deeply inspirational and included Grace Crunican (General Manager, Bay Area Rapid Transit) as moderator with Diana C. Mendes, AICP (Senior VP, HNTB); Dr. Beverly Scott (CEO, Beverly Scott Associates); and LaVerne Frances Reid (Former FAA New England Region Airports Division Manager). Ms. Mendes reminded the audience that “Not taking a risk is a risk in itself.” We are sometimes preconditioned to fear rather than embrace risk. Learning to embrace risk as an opportunity rat
her than a danger is a huge challenge. Another powerful message to take from the day is to “lift as we rise.” The importance of mentorship in our industry cannot be overstated. As we recognize those who mentor us, it is equally as important to turn around and acknowledge those next in line. In the building industry we focus so much upon sustainable and resilient built environments. Infusing our operations and professional relationships with the same regenerative spirit will go a long way in strengthening the profession for the future.

Women of Vision supplements will be appearing in Friday’s DJC. More information can be found at this link: http://djcoregon.com/women-of-vision/

GreenWorks Cleans Up!

img_20161021_134744115_hdrimg_20161021_131633762As we approach the 30th anniversary of our practice (20 years as GreenWorks), we decided to have an office-wide flat file clean-out. We turned up the music, enjoyed some pizza, and found out just how much paper can fit inside a recycle bin.

Cardinals and Broncos at GreenWorks!

ball_state_u calpolypomonaStudents from programs at Ball State University (The Cardinals) and Cal Poly Pomona (The Broncos) visited our office this week. We always love talking to students, introducing them to our office, and giving them a glimpse into what they can expect when they begin their professional lives. It is also edifying for our staff to hear about what the next generation is learning in the classroom that will impact the future of the industry. From what we can see, the future is in great hands. Recent student visitors tell us about their studies in “cradle to cradle” or regenerative design, a holistic approach to design to attain efficient and waste-free environments. Our designers enjoy sharing our green infrastructure projects like the Portland Expo Center Stormwater Green Wall and Clay Street Green Street to illustrate sustainable design in Portland.

October Rain

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albany_stormwater2 With major storms threatening our region, stormwater management is a topic on everyone’s mind. Rain gardens, bioswales, and other stormwater facilities become highly active players in the infrastructure of a city during a major weather event like the one we are experiencing in the Pacific Northwest. The City of Albany is highly committed to managing their stormwater and has been working with GreenWorks to improve their stormwater management since 2009.

GreenWorks was hired by the City of Albany to assist them in developing stormwater quality development standards. The first phase was a thorough review of the city’s municipal and development codes and engineering standards. GreenWorks recommended updates to address water quality and stream protection goals and regulations. The team facilitated workshops and a field facility tour for city staff to determine the types of stormwater quality facilities and related design standards to adopt. We developed facility sizing requirements and prepared engineering standards, specifications and standard drawings. Key goals included the development of stormwater quality standards with a focus on vegetated facilities that can integrate into existing site landscaping and City ROW, that are straight-forward to design and review for compliance, and offer flexibility to the development community. GreenWorks used highly illustrative standards to show how various options of vegetated facilities could be sized and located. The resulting Stormwater Quality Program and Standards (including codes, standards, specifications, and drawings) was adapted by the Albany City Council in 2014.

Stormwater facilities were designed and completed in 2015. Robust in size, these facilities were built to manage a major stormwater event. GreenWorks continues to provide implementation assistance to city staff on an on-call basis to review drawings and answer questions, and in some instances provide stormwater facility design support.

GreenWorks Projects Showcased in Design Exhibit

khunamokwst-parkkhunamokwst_park_reducedwestmoreland_park_reducedwestmoreland_logs_reducedDesign Museum Portland is currently hosting Extraordinary Playscapes,  a nationally touring exhibition focused on playground design. Two GreenWorks projects are among the five local Portland (and 40 international) playgrounds featured. Westmoreland Park Nature-Based Play Area and Khunamokwst Park, both designed for Portland Parks & Recreation, are showcased for their innovative ways of redefining playground design and inspiring imaginative play.

The exhibit opened last night at Pacific Northwest College of ART (PNCA) and will run through December 17th before continuing on its national tour. Several events are scheduled throughout the Fall, including a screening of The Land: Adventure Playground (October 20th), a kids workshop on November 6th, and a panel discussion entitled “How Portland Does Play” on November 17th. (All events are at PNCA, 511 NW Broadway, admission is free). For more information, visit: www.designmuseumportland.org