DJC TopProjects 2013

GreenWorks would like to congratulate the many firms and contractors that received recognition for their great work according to the DJC Magazine Top Projects 2013. Every year the DJC magazine publishes their “TopProjects 2013” and ranks the best public and private buildings, renovations, and public works and transportation projects in Oregon and Southwest Washington. All top projects 2013 nominees are recognized and honored as leaders in their area of expertise.

GreenWorks is very pleased that The Lewis and Clark Festival Park project received an honoree mention in the category of Public Buildings. Congratulations to our entire design and construction team for creating this notable park within the City of The Dalles. http://greenworkspc.com/works/community-parks/lewis-and-clark-festival-park/

Design and Construction Team:
Engineers: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Architect: Nathan Good Architects
Landscape Architect: GreenWorks, PC
General Contractor: Kirby Nagelhout Construction Co.

Go to the following link to see all of the finalists considered this year’s best of the best: http://djcoregon.com/topprojects/

Tanner Springs Park Project 1 of 5 finalists for Urban Land Institute Urban Open Space Award

Atelier Dreiseit and GreenWorks PC recently submitted their Tanner Springs Park project for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Urban Open Space Award.  The competition recognizes an outstanding example of a well-used public open space that has spurred regeneration and the transformation of its surrounding community.

The Atelier Dreiseit and GreenWorks submittal was one of the five finalists selected.

Other finalists include:

  • The High Line in New York, N.Y.
  • Pier 25 at Tribeca Section of Hudson River Park in New York, N.Y.
  • Railroad Park in Birmingham, Alabama
  • RiverWalk Urban Waterfront in Calgary, Alberta.

The winner will be announced at ULI’s Fall Meeting and Urban Land Expo, set for October 16 – 19, 2012 in Denver.

Click here for more about the ULI and Award Program.

Tanner Springs Park, Portland, Oregon

Awards Granted to Hood River Middle School Music and Science Building!

Music and Science Building at Hood River Middle School

The Hood River Middle School Music and Science Building is a LEED certified project designed as a hands-on learning laboratory, where students interact with the site’s resource systems. The building additions were completed in September 2010.

  • Last week the U.S. Green Building Council certified the Hood River Middle School additions as LEED Platinum, the highest possible LEED rating.
  • The project was also recently named one of the American Institute of Architects Top Ten Green Projects for 2012.

GreenWorks worked closely with school faculty and the design team to create a site that meets school needs while utilizing a small ecological footprint. Resource system information, such as onsite rainwater harvesting, wastewater treatment and solar power generation, is tracked and fed to a central dashboard where students monitor the buildings’ resource flows. In the native plant arboretum, each student is responsible for a plant that they care for, water, measure and observe throughout the seasons. The learning garden is an ever-changing canvas, which provides harvests enjoyed by students and the community. Students harvest and sell the produce at the local farmers market and learn permaculture principles in the multisensory, food forest where they grow and harvest plants for food, fiber, dye and other uses. GreenWorks’ services included schematic design, construction documents, specifications, LEED documentation, bidding assistance and construction administration.

Permaculture Garden and Greenhouse Outside of Music and Science Building

Site Plan

Read more about the project on the AIA website here.

GreenWorks Awarded 2011 ASLA Oregon Merit Award

ASLA Oregon’s 2011 Design Awards were held this month, celebrating landscape design in our region.  GreenWorks took home the Merit Award in the Research & Communication Category for our work on the Clean Water Services Low Impact Development Approaches Handbook.

The Clean Water Services Low Impact Development Approaches Handbook promotes sustainable stormwater management and site design practices that protect precious natural resources. It is a practical tool for those who make or influence development decisions in the urban portions of the Tualatin River Basin, Washington County, Oregon. The handbook communicates using colorful graphics, photos and tables to present stormwater management measures that are aesthetically appealing and can be readily incorporated into site landscaping and architecture.

Congrats to GreenWorks and all the winners at this year’s ASLA Awards!

To view all of the Oregon ASLA Awards visit:  http://www.aslaoregon.org/blog/2011/10/11/asla-oregon-2011-design-awards-winners-announced

GreenWorks Receives Three 2011 Top Project Awards

The results are in! The Daily Journal of Commerce announced the 2011 Top Project winners last week with GreenWorks earning 3 project awards in the Public Building category. GreenWorks received First Place Awards for Hood River Middle School and Lane Community College Health and Wellness Center and a Second Place Award for Riverdale Grade School.

First Place – Public Buildings – $1M to $5
Hood River Middle School

The Hood River Middle School science and music addition is a LEED certified project designed as a hands-on learning laboratory, where students interact with the site’s resource systems. GreenWorks worked closely with teachers and the school principal to design a site that meets school needs while utilizing a small ecological footprint. GreenWorks’ services included schematic design, construction documents, specifications, LEED documentation, bidding assistance and construction administration.

Teammates: Hood River County School District, Opsis Architecture, Kirby Nagelhout Construction Co

First Place – Public Buildings – $5.1M to $15M
Lane Community College Health & Wellness Center

Lane Community College Health and Wellness Center sets a new standard for classroom space where students experience the benefits of an enhanced learning environment, a deeper understanding of human health and well being, and new inspiration to care for the earth. GreenWorks provided landscape architectural services for the Health and Wellness Center including site planning, hardscape, grading, planting, irrigation, and site furnishings.

Teammates: Lane Community College, SRG Partnership Inc., Balzhizer & Hubbard Engineers, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Solarc Architecture & Engineering, Lease Crutcher Lewis, Altermatt Associates, CompView, Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory, Heery International Inc.

Second Place – Public Buildings – $15.1M to $50M
Riverdale Grade School

 The new Riverdale School facility, campus, and recreation fields encompass the development of a 45,000 square foot state-of-the-art, two-story education facility for grades K-8, including approximately 24 classrooms. The project incorporates sustainable site practices and LEED design. In addition to a new education facility, the project provides improved child safety, bus routing, parking and parent drop-off areas as well as a central courtyard for outdoor play and environmental learning areas.

Teammates: Riverdale School District, Mahlum Architects, Cardno WRG, Bremik Construction, Green Building Services, Hubbard and Associates, Interface Engineering, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Shiels Obletz Johnsen,The Bookin Group

 

Congrats to each interdisciplinary team for their hard work and deserved recognition. A full list of the winners can be found at http://djcoregon.com/topprojects-2011-winners/

Astoria Waterfront Visioning Wins Excellence in Coastal Communities Award

Hard work and great planning continues to pay off for GreenWorks’ contribution to the Astoria Waterfront Visioning Plan.  The project was recently honored with the Excellence in Local Government Planning: City of Astoria award for efforts at urban and waterfront revitalization, in particular the Riverfront Vision Plan by the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s Oregon Coastal Management Program.

GreenWorks assisted with this comprehensive waterfront visioning plan concentrating on accessibility, circulation, open space, parks, trails, and sustainable solutions.  The work focused on capturing the character of Astoria identifying, which characteristics are unique and well loved within the community and providing imagery, plans, and strategies to guide future community development.  This award complements the Astoria Riverfront’s national honors received for educating the community about the value of cultural and natural resources from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration received earlier this year.

 

Astoria Waterfront Vision Plan

 

 

GreenWorks Receives Julian Prize for Sustainability in Public Works

GreenWorks recently received the Julian Prize for Demonstrating Sustainability in Public Works based on their development guidelines work for the Clean Water Services Low Impact Development (LID) Approaches Handbook.

“The award recognizes individuals, practices or projects that showcase the role of public works in furthering the principles of sustainability.  The awards are intended to recognize systems thinking, long term design practices, and infrastructure systems that sustain society.  The awards are intended to further APWA’s purpose of education and recognition of excellence.” – APWA Oregon Chapter

GreenWorks worked with Clean Water Services to complement and update their current design and construction standards. The Handbook encourages the use of and simplifies the application of low impact development approaches that improve water quality and attenuate stormwater flows for the Tualatin River Watershed.  GreenWorks created a series of easy-to-read sketches and fact sheets that clearly show what current LID applications look like and how best to apply them through illustrative diagrams, explanatory text and photographs.

Astoria Waterfront Vision Plan Takes National Honors

As part of a comprehensive waterfront visioning project for the City of Astoria, Oregon, GreenWorks assisted in the planning efforts for the riverfront in Astoria concentrating on accessibility, circulation, open space, parks, trails, and sustainable solutions.  We assisted in the planning for open space and pedestrian connections that reinforce the values of community members as well as preserve the special character of this historic city.  We also assisted the community in identifying what is unique and well-loved about their community and provided them with imagery, plans and strategies to guide future community development.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration honored this project with its Walter B. Jones Memorial and NOAA Excellence Awards. The Astoria Riverfront Vision Plan took national honors for educating the community about the value of cultural and natural resources.

The Oregonian highlights this National Award and how the development process surrounding the Astoria Riverfront Vision Plan:

http://www.oregonlive.com/living/index.ssf/2010/07/astoria_and_bandon_win_honors.html

A full list of the 2010 Award Winners can be found at:

http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/programs/ocrm/jonesnoaa/supp_2010winners.html

Da Vinci Arts Middle School Awarded LEED Platinum

Da Vinci Arts Middle School was awarded LEED Platinum this week for the Evans-Harvard High Performance Classroom. This prestigious certification makes Da Vinci the first LEED Platinum public school building in the United States. The LEED Platinum certification complements GreenWorks’ portfolio integrating sustainability and high environmental standards not only as a professional standard but to serve as a teaching tool within the school system.

You can check out more information about the project and the certification on the Portland Public Schools website:
http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/facilities/3329.htm

Photo Courtesy of Portland Public Schools

National Prize for Maya Lin Project

The GreenWorks’ Confluence Project recently received national recognition, winning the 2009 “Excellence on the Waterfront” Awards Program.  See the full article below as posted in the Chinook Observer.

National prize for Maya Lin project

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Photo courtesy GreenWorks
The fish cleaning table at Cape Disappointment State Park is one of the completed Confluence Project sites.

CAPE D – The Confluence Project, which includes the outdoor artwork by Maya Lin in Ilwaco, has earned additional national recognition.

The project was honored with the top award in the Waterfront Center’s 2009 “Excellence on the Waterfront” Awards Program. The competition was founded by the Washington, D.C.-based organization in 1987 to recognize the best examples of waterfront work by communities, developers and design firms around the world.

The Confluence Project was formed in 2002 to create seven works of art on sites of cultural and historical significance. Each of the sites features an art installation by Lin that interprets the area’s ecology and history, encouraging the visitor to reflect on how the surroundings have changed over time.

Conceived to mark the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the sites reference passages from the Lewis and Clark journals. Each of the Confluence Project’s sites is linked to water,

Three of the Confluence Project’s seven sites are complete. Lin collaborated with GreenWorks, a Portland-based landscape architecture firm, on the Cape Disappointment State Park and Sandy River Delta sites; Jones and Jones, a Seattle-based landscape architecture firm, collaborated with Lin on the Vancouver Land Bridge.

Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco has four artistic elements. One is a large block of basalt used as a fish-cleaning table, on which Lin engraved the traditional Chinook story of creation. A trail leads to an amphitheater. An oystershell bed surrounds upended drift logs at the forest edge, providing a place for reflection. A piece of land buried under a parking lot for decades now flourishes with native plants and a water overlook.

The other planned sites are Celilo Park near the Dalles, Ore.; Sacajawea State Park in Pasco at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers; Chief Timothy Park at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers in Clarkston and Ridgefield, where the Columbia and Willamette Rivers are joined.

In selecting the Confluence Project for the 2009 Excellence on the Waterfront Honor Award, the jury noted the rich joining of art, landscape architecture and design, the public outreach entailed and the amount of fundraising required. There was also appreciation that public agencies involved did not, as one juror put it, “cut out the magic and poetry from the project.”

The nonprofit Confluence Project is based in Vancouver, and is led by Executive Director Jane Jacobsen. For information, log onto (www.confluenceproject.org)

For more information about the article and the Chinook Observer visit:  http://www.chinookobserver.com/Main.asp?SectionID=1&ArticleID=31896

Excellence on the Waterfront Confluence Project


Portland, Oregon
– Located along the Columbia River with sites in Oregon and Washington, Confluence Project has earned the prestigious top Honor Award in the Waterfront Center’s 2009 “Excellence on the Waterfront” Awards Program.  The Waterfront Center’s annual “Excellence on the Waterfront” awards competition was founded in 1987 to recognize the best examples of high quality waterfront work by communities, developers and design firms from around the world.

The Confluence Project was formed in 2002 to create seven works of art on sites of cultural and historical significance—to re-envision our relationship with the Land, Water and People who live along the Columbia River.  Each of the project’s sites features an art installation by Maya Lin that interprets the area’s ecology and history, encouraging the visitor to reflect on how the surroundings have changed over time.  Initially conceived to mark the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the sites reference passages from the Lewis and Clark journals.  Each of the Confluence Project’s sites is linked to water, recognizing that the Columbia River System has formed the backbone of Northwest culture and human settlement for hundreds of years.

The vision of Confluence Project is to foster sustainability through artistry.  Each site’s design uses materials that contribute to its sustainability.  Three of the Confluence Project’s seven sites are complete. Maya Lin collaborated with GreenWorks, a Portland-based landscape architecture firm on the Cape Disappointment State Park and Sandy River Delta sites.  Jones and Jones, a Seattle-based landscape architecture firm collaborated with Maya Lin on the Vancouver Land Bridge.

Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco, Washington, where the Columbia River empties into the Pacific Ocean, has four distinctive artistic elements. One stunning piece is a large block of basalt used as a fish-cleaning table, on which Ms. Lin engraved the traditional Chinook story of creation. A trail leads to an amphitheater. An oyster shell bed surrounds upended drift logs at the forest edge, providing a place for quiet reflection. A piece of land buried under a parking lot for decades now flourishes with native plants and a water overlook.

Vancouver Land Bridge, in Washington State, is a beautiful, bold intervention, enabling pedestrians to cross over a busy highway to make a connection to the Columbia at the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. River vistas invite people to a River Walk.

Designed by Johnpaul Jones, the bridge itself is a gentle curve covered in soil and native plantings. A ceremonial First Walk in 2008 attracted 3,500 people. The land bridge is at once an engineering achievement, a work of art and provides a storyboard contained in historic and explanatory panels.

The Bird Blind at Sandy River Delta in Troutdale, Ore., is an elegant and functional artwork, built of black locust and perched on a hilltop overlooking the confluence of the Sandy and Columbia Rivers. A total of 18 months went into researching the most sustainable wood. Each upright board is engraved with names of animals that Lewis and Clark encountered.  There is a 1.2-mile trail, built by volunteers, and reforested areas in this National Park Service area. A cooperative network of Federal, state and local governments, working with civic groups, collaborated to bring about this project.

The other sites are Celilo Park near the Dalles, Oregon; Sacajawea State Park in Pasco, Wash. at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers; Chief Timothy Park at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers in Clarkston, Wash., and Ridgefield, Wash., where the Columbia and Willamette Rivers are joined.

GreenWorks is providing landscape architectural services for the Confluence Project, working with artist Maya Lin in the development of 6 of the 7 project sites in Oregon and Washington.  The firm is responsible for site developments in support of Ms. Lin’s artwork: viewpoints and overlooks, trails, parking, comfort stations, fish cleaning stations, information kiosks and other site facilities. GreenWorks is responsible for all detailed site design as well as leading an interdisciplinary team of engineers, designers, architects and regulatory professionals in the development of these sites.

In selecting the Confluence Project for the 2009 Excellence on the Waterfront Honor Award the jury noted the rich joining of art, landscape architecture and design, the major public outreach entailed and the prodigious amount of fund-raising required. There was also appreciation that the public agencies involved did not, as one juror put it, “cut out the magic and poetry from the project.”

The jury also recognized Confluence in the Schools, a three-year arts education program that linked students and teachers with professional artists, Native American tribes and community partners. It aimed to encourage students to understand the relationship between the Columbia and the tribes that first inhabited the Pacific Northwest. In all over 5,000 students took part.

The non-profit Confluence Project is based in Vancouver, Washington and is led by Executive Director Jane Jacobsen.  For more information, visit http://www.confluenceproject.org/ You may also contact Jane Jacobsen or Walter Cook at the Confluence Project office: 360. 693.0123.

Based in Washington DC, Waterfront Center is a non-profit educational organization, formed in 1981 in the belief that waterfronts — where the land meets the ocean, bay, lake, river or canal — are unique, finite resources.

The vital characteristic that separates waterfronts from other areas in a community is the relationship to water.  For additional information go to http://www.waterfrontcenter.org/ design firms to strive for well-designed undertakings. Entries are taken from around the world

GreenWorks is a Portland-based landscape architecture firm with a practice focused on sustainable design. GreenWorks specializes in artistic urban stormwater projects and is developing and improving ecological approaches that conserve, clean, recycle and celebrate water.  The firm is working on some of the region’s most innovative and creative projects including The Confluence Project with Maya Lin.  Other projects include the award-winning Headwaters at Tryon Creek in SE Portland, RiverEast Center along the Willamette River, and Tanner Springs Park in Portland’s Pearl District. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified projects include the RiverEast Center, Washougal Town Center, OSU Kelly Engineering Building, American Honda; and Toyota Terminal Four Facility.  More information on GreenWorks can be found at http://greenworkspc.wordpress.com/

Photo Credits:

Sandy Bird Blind – The Confluence Project

Cape Disappointment Fish Cleaning Table – GreenWorks

Sherman Pass wins AGC award

As reported in the Associated Construction Publications, The Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors presented its 2008 Build Northwest Awards, and a special recognition was given to the Sherman Pass Scenic Byway Corridor Plan in the Colville National Forest in Washington.  The team included: Burton Construction Inc. for Sherman Pass Byway; owner, USDA Forest Service — Colville National Forest; Alpine Construction; Landscape Architect: GreenWorks; Civil: Taylor Engineering; and Interpretive Graphics: 1+2 Design.  The contract amount for the project was $474,100.

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“Projects are judged by an independent panel on the following criteria: meeting the challenge of a difficult job; excellence in project management; contractor’s innovation in construction techniques or materials; contractor’s state-of-the-art advancement; contractor’s sensitivity to the environment and surroundings; excellence in client service; and contractor’s contribution to the community.”

Sherman Pass National Forest Scenic Byway follows a 35 mile stretch along State Route 20 through the Colville National Forest in the northeastern corner of Washington, traveling over the highest yearly maintained pass in the state along the way at 5,575 feet.  Check out some additional images, and a more detailed description of GreenWorks role in the project below:

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GreenWorks was contracted by the Colville National Forest to develop a corridor master plan guide for the Byway, which has been identified as an opportunity to boost tourism in the region. Following analysis of the corridor and input from stakeholder groups, schematic site design improvements were developed for existing interpretive waysides as well as new potential sites. Conceptual designs for Byway gateway signs, site identifications signs, kiosks and pavilion structures were also developed, as well as a Byway logo which has since been adopted. In working with Forest Service staff and stakeholders, GreenWorks also developed an interpretive guide for the Byway, which developed an overall Byway theme and organized the important historical and ecological stories into interpretive themes for each of the sites.

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GreenWorks was awarded a second contract with the Forest Service and was the project lead in developing construction design drawings for the Byway. This work included site design drawings for three proposed new sites on the Byway. Other elements that were detailed in the design package included wood and stone masonry gateway signs, site identification signs, kiosks, pavilion structures and stone masonry walls. Construction on this project was completed in August of 2008.

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