Last Friday GreenWorks was delighted to host Design Museum Mornings: Nature Play in the City at the Center for Architecture in Portland’s Pearl District. Drawing an enthusiastic crowd of about fifty—everyone from early childhood education professionals and community organizers, to fellow landscape architects and nature play experts—the event included a fun social session with breakfast provided by GreenWorks followed by a comprehensive lecture on Westmoreland Nature-Based Play Area by GreenWorks’ Landscape Architect, Ben Johnson.
Ben, who has gained a reputation as a nature-based play specialist, began by sharing academic research on the subject, including the benefits of risky play and exposure to nature at a young age, before moving on to the vision and design process at Westmoreland. He outlined the successful Public Engagement process lead by Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong at Portland Parks and Recreation, who brought the community together early on to support the project and also described Adam Kuby’s role as the project Artist who had an integral role throughout the visioning and construction phases.
From the structural integrity of the massive logs and boulders, which are meant to encourage balance and climbing, to the carved stones which capture the journey of rain water, every detail of the space was carefully analyzed through multiple lenses including sustainability, safety, childhood development, and design.
GreenWorks had a fantastic time working with Design Museum Portland, a pop-up museum whose mission is to “educate the world about design,” and look forward to following their work around the city.
Missed the lecture? Interested in learning more? Check out our award-winning work on Westmoreland’s Nature-Based Play Area here and here!
Three GreenWorks projects recently received awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Oregon for 2018. The awards recognize engineering firms and projects that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement and value. The following projects were award recipients.
Grand Award: Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge
OBEC Consulting Engineers with the City of Salem and project partners GreenWorks and DKS Associates, created a connected system between Minto Island, Salem, and West Salem providing increased access to 1,300-acres of riverfront park space and 30 miles of off-street trails.
Honor Award: River Island Restoration Project
Inter-Fluve worked with METRO and Biohabitats, Aquatic Contracting, Clackamas County Parks, ODFW, PGE, K&E Excavation, Clackamas River Basin Council and GreenWorks to restore natural channel processes to support multiple values including fish and wildlife habitat, riparian and upland forests, as well as water quality and recreation on the Clackamas River.
Honor Award: Terminal 4 Sustainability Stormwater Street
GeoEngineers, Inc., Century West Engineering, and David Evans and Associates with the Port of Portland worked with project partners GreenWorks and RailPros to create a new access road into the port’s most active marine terminal utilizing green street approaches.
We would like to thank the above mentioned clients and engineering firms for their continued partnership and commitment to excellent work.
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, the City of Salem, and DKS Associates for their partnership on this project.
To see all APWA Oregon award winners please visit: http://oregon.apwa.net/PageDetails/12969
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 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/
Our friends at Angelo Planning Group were honored last night at the DJC’s Building Diversity Awards ceremony. Darci Rudzinski, Cathy Corliss and Matt Haste were there to accept this award that celebrates outstanding COBID firms. Congratulations APG!
The Tualatin Valley Water District’s (TVWD) Ridgewood View Park Reservoir and Pump Station was completed in October of 2016 (except for the lawn area, which will be roped off until spring). You can learn more about this project at TVWD’s website: http://www.ridgewoodviewwater.org/
GreenWorks aided TVWD in replacing an outdated reservoir with a new one adjacent to Ridgewood View Park in Beaverton. The new water project required extensive piping and construction staging on the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District (THPRD) park site so, in turn, TVWD needed to upgrade the amenities in Ridgewood View. GreenWorks’ proposed new park elements, including open lawn, paths, parking, picnic shelters, access to natural areas, playgrounds, and a bocce ball and tennis court on top of the reservoir. Innovative elements for the project included terraced rain gardens that treat and convey stormwater from the roof of the reservoir. The park’s new rain gardens help screen the 15’ wall of the reservoir in the park and provide an educational resource for TVWD, THPRD, and the residents of the neighborhood.
This project received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s (ISI) Envision rating system’s Gold Award. Read more about the award here: http://sustainableinfrastructure.org/envision/project-awards/ridgewood-view/
GreenWorks 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.
Veronica 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/
Mike Faha has been awarded the American Public Works Association (APWA) 2016 Sustainability Practices Award for an Individual. The award recognizes individuals that have made outstanding contributions to promote sustainability in public works. Mike will accept the award at the APWA National conference in Minneapolis.
This isn’t the first time Mike has been celebrated for his contributions as an individual to sustainable infrastructure. In 2015, he received the APWA Oregon Chapter’s Sustainability Practices Award for an individual. With over 30 years of projects and a career dedicated to creating livable, sustainable communities that balance economic, ecological, and social needs, these awards are particularly meaningful to Mike.
Pictured here, Bob Patterson, Public Works Director from the City of Pendleton with Mike Faha at the APWA Awards in Minneapolis August 29, 2016. Bob was named one of the top ten public works directors in the U.S.
Last week, the DJC held its 21st annual TopProjects awards to celebrate and acknowledge outstanding building and construction projects in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Two GreenWorks projects were honored: Portland – Milwaukie Light Rail East Segment won first place in the Transportation Category and Bend Whitewater Park (Colorado Paddle Trail) took second place in the Infrastructure Category.
These recent photos of the Whitewater Park show the new safe passage over the existing dam for many types of river users, including inflatable crafts and hardshell boats like kayaks and canoes. The park is made up of three distinctly different channels:
- the Passageway for people floating on the river with inner tubes;
- the Whitewater channel which offers whitewater wave features for whitewater recreation enthusiast;
- and the Nature Habitat channel, which is a special channel reserved for habitat.
In addition to the in-water recreational components, the design includes increased habitat diversity along the river by incorporating fish passage and on-bank habitat restoration, design improvements to McKay Park, and removal of the existing pedestrian bridge and replacement with a new, higher, pedestrian bridge.
Check out the City of Bend’s website for more on this exciting new park:
GreenWorks recently received a 2015 National APA Award for Excellence in Sustainability in the category of Sustainable Parks, Open Space and Recreation for their work at Westmoreland Nature Play area. GreenWorks worked with Portland Parks and Recreation to replace an aging playground with an innovative nature play area at the same time that Portland Bureau of Environmental Services led a stream enhancement /fish habitat improvement project on Crystal Springs Creek, which is adjacent to and an inspiration for the nature play area. The Award recognized both projects for creating a new place that connects watershed health, human health and livability.
It is always nice to be recognized for a job well done. But the most gratifying accolades are those that highlight work born of passion — work that inspires us and of which we are most proud. Founding Principal Mike Faha’s passion is in creating livable, sustainable communities that balance economic, ecological, and social needs. This year, he was recognized with the highest honor in his profession for a body of work that spans four decades and defines his legacy as both a pioneer and innovator of sustainable design. Sunday, at the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo in Chicago, Mike was honored for his contribution to his profession and to society by being named a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA) for 2015.
This great honor comes on the heels of another career milestone for Mike. In October, he was recognized by the American Public Works Association Oregon Chapter (APWA) with the Individual Award in Sustainability Practices for his contribution to projects that enhance the economic development, financial stability, education, safety, enjoyment, livability, environmental stewardship, conservation, and energy efficiency in communities throughout Oregon. With over 30 years’ experience restoring the health of urban watersheds, Mike tirelessly advocates for low impact development and promotes urban stormwater planning and design as an integral part of the work of landscape architects. His approach to projects integrates various professional disciplines in order to realize multiple-objective community design goals. To be acknowledged by his peers for the work that is closest to his heart is a tremendous moment in his career.
Cheers to Mike! This truly caps off a year that can only be described as an annus mirabilis for Mike and GreenWorks. With Gill Williams joining GreenWorks in March and numerous awards for our projects, GreenWorks truly has many reasons to give thanks for a wonderful year.
From left: Mike Faha and Mike Abbate at the 2015 ASLA Council of Fellows Investiture Dinner
Mike Faha and former GreenWorker, Dave Elkin, at the FASLA Investiture Dinner
From left: Paul Morris, Kerry Blind, Don Bringham, Mike Faha, Mike Abbate
From left: Paul Morris, Mike Abbate, Gill Williams, Mike Faha, Carol Mayer-Reed
Last Friday night, the Oregon Chapter of the ASLA 2015 Design Awards Soiree was held at the Multnomah Athletic Club in the Goose Hollow neighborhood. It was a festive evening, with lots of members from the landscape architecture community gathering together to celebrate landscape architecture in Oregon. Prior to the award announcements, Mike Faha was acknowledged for his Works in the profession and received a standing ovation for the designation of Fellow this year, which he will be officially recognized at the National 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo in Chicago, November 6-9. During the awards, there were 29 projects nominated for awards, including 8 student projects that were reviewed by a jury of three professionals. Winners were selected in the following categories: Award of Excellence, Honor Award, and Merit Award. GreenWorks received three awards including a Merit Award for Cascade Ave (US 20) Streetscape project in Sisters, Oregon, an Award of Excellence and the People’s Choice Award for the Orange Line, Portland to Milwaukie Light Rail. It was a special evening for GreenWork and GreenWorks would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of these projects.
GreenWorks staff at the awards soiree. Back row from left: Gill Williams, Shawn Kummer, Wes Shoger, Mike Corrente. Front row from left: Dave Walters, Ben Johnson, Mike Faha, Jennifer D’Avanzo.
The University of California West Campus Improvements project recently received an Honor Award for Excellence in Landscape Architecture and Open Space Planning and Design from The Society for College and University Planning. GreenWorks participated as part of a design team to create a vibrant and ecological residential village with streets, town square, greenbelts and public recreation facilities for this 200 acre residential development for the University of California adjacent to the UC Davis campus. The project team included: West Village Community Partnership (Urban Villages and Carmel Partners); SWA Group; Studio E Architects; MVE Institutional; Cunningham Engineering; GreenWorks; Teichert Construction; Moore Ruble Yudell; Mithun; Mogavero Notestine Associates; Lim Chang Rohling & Associates; Meeks+Partners; SunPower.
Mike Faha, a founding principal of GreenWorks, was recently selected as an ASLA Fellow for 2015! Click here for more details.
Mike Faha of GreenWorks and former GreenWorker David Elkin attended the ASLA Annual Conference where they received the National Honor Award for the Zidell Green Infrastructure Scenarios project.
Dave Elkin (Left) and Mike Faha (right) prepare to accept the Honor Award at the ASLA Annual Conference.
The Zidell Yards Green Infrastructure Scenarios present a unique opportunity to develop on brownfield sites without causing harm to the environment. To read more about what is planned for this site, check out today’s story in the DJC here.
Westmoreland Nature Play was recently recognized by the Oregon Chapter of ASLA with an Honor Award for design. We would like to thank our entire team for all their contributions. Thanks especially to Portland Parks and Recreation for their support and desire to connect kids with nature.
Children can move and manipulate loose parts of the play area to create a fort and tailor their own play experience. The Sequoia branches were taken from the grove of trees in the park
Logs and boulders are arranged in a variety of ways to provide climbing and balancing challenges for kids of all ages. The logs in the foreground are extensions that lead kids between the Mountain Mound and Log Tilt in the background.
The Large Log Climbers in the background hint at what it is like to climb trees. In the foreground, one of the six carved stones tells the story of rainwater’s journey from the forest to the stream.
The creek channel is an 80’ long and meanders along a large sand pit. Water weaves its way around recycled concrete cubes and boulders and under willow domes to provide a unique play experience. Kids use sand to create dams to divert water into the sand play area.
The hand pump is the metaphorical source of Crystal Springs located at the top of the Creek Mound. The kids at the pump have the power to activate the “stream” and can direct the water with weirs through several different channels down the Concrete Mound to the main creek channel.
Check out this recent article by Margaret Buranen at Stormwater: The Journal for Surface Water Quality Professionals about green infrastructure in stormwater management, featuring a recent GreenWorks project in Salem, OR!
Pringle Creek Community is one of Oregon’s most low-impact residential developments, and as the first sustainable housing and mixed-use project spanning 32 acres of a total 250 scheduled for development, Pringle Creek is pioneering green initiatives in southeast Salem.
Pringle Creek is, according to the Community’s general manager Jane Poznar, “a diamond for sustainability” with its 7,000 feet of green streets, 2,000 feet of green alleys, and a newly ‘salmon safe’ creek (from which the community gets its name). Regarding stormwater, Buranen notes that Pringle Creek Community is also home to “one of the largest pervious asphalt street systems in the United States,” handling 90% of runoff onsite.
GreenWorks was responsible for collaboration on the design of the Community’s green streets and rain gardens, pedestrian pathways and greenway enhancement, woonerfs and public recreational spaces, overall landscape treatment and the Village Green open space.
The project was awarded the Land Development of the Year Award in 2007 from the National Home Builder’s Association.
On Friday evening, landscape architects from around Oregon gathered at the annual ASLA Oregon Design Awards event to celebrate work from around the state. A wonderful group of jurors donated their time to review the project submissions and determine the winning entries. We were excited to hear that our Zidell Yards Green Infrastructure Scenarios project won an Honor Award in the Analysis and Planning category. The project was an incredible team effort led by GreenWorks that included the US Environmental Protection Agency, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, ZRZ Realty Company, and TetraTech. We are humbled to have been part of such a challenging project and been recognized among so many high quality award submissions.