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.

Lloyd Center Plaza Design Gains Portland Design Commission Approval

The design for a new pedestrian entrance plaza to the Lloyd Center Mall from Multnomah Boulevard, developed by Waterleaf Architects and GreenWorks, was approved by the Portland Design Commission on Thursday April 2nd. This project, by mall owner Cypress Equities, is envisioned as the first step to transforming the mall to have a more outward focus to the neighborhood and the community. This bold new connection to the interior of the mall adjacent to the west side of Macy’s is made possible by the removal of a section of parking deck and existing mall building to a create a 50 foot wide by 250 foot long open plaza space. The plaza has been designed to be a flexible event space for programming opportunities such as outdoor dining, food vending, small events and festival displays. A new defining feature of the interior of the mall will be a grand spiral staircase, visible through a glass curtain wall at the north end of the plaza. Construction of the project is scheduled to begin January 2016.

Courtesy of Waterleaf Achitects and Atomic Sky

Courtesy of Waterleaf Achitects and Atomic Sky 

GreenWorks teams up with the Trail Blazers!

Check out this article by Sustainable Business Oregon editor Andy Giegerich announcing upcoming updates to the Portland Trail Blazers’ Moda Center exterior, a project headed by GreenWorks!

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We have been working with the Trail Blazers Senior Director of Sustainability, Justin Zeulner, to both beautify the Center’s landscaping with native and drought-resistant plants and replenish the grounds with healthier soils and stormwater facilities, which will “reduce the [site’s] landscaping water use by 20-30%” among other progressive initiatives. This work represents what Justin noted as “the first phase of sustainable projects around the arena,” and will further the Trail Blazers’ efforts for sustainability in keeping with their ideals.

Located in the Lloyd Center District, Portland’s first EcoDistrict, the Moda Center earned LEED Gold status in 2010 because of measures that reduced greenhouse gas emissions, energy usage, non-organic and non-local food sourcing, and landfill use, but they’re not stopping there.  As Justin suggests, “Every little bit helps.”

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The new landscaping designs will become a reality after demolitions in the spring. Click here for more information on the Blazers’ conservation efforts.

New Gervais City Hall Construction Complete

Construction is nearly complete on a new city hall facility for the City of Gervais.  GreenWorks provided site design for the building’s entry way, parking area and pedestrian circulation, including site grading, layout and planting design. The site was designed so that all stormwater from paved surfaces flows through curb cuts along the parking area edges and flows into a vegetated swale, which also serves to break up and soften the impact of the paved surfaces on the site.

The design team for the project was led by PIVOT Architecture and included  Balhiser & Hubbard Engineers (Civil), M.R. Richards Engineering, Inc (Structural), Moulds Mechanical Engineers and Hanna Engineering (Electrical). The general contractor on the project is JWC General Contractor LLC and the landscape contractor is SCC Earthworks.

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Pendleton Riverfront Plaza Construction Well Underway

Construction continues on Pendleton’s new Riverfront Plaza designed by GreenWorks.  The Plaza is expected to be complete this September to celebrate the 100th annual Pendleton Round-Up.

The goal of this project was to replace residential properties along the Umatilla River Greenway Trail that had been purchased by the City to produce a park connection from Court Avenue to the Greenway Trail.

GreenWorks’ design for this park focused on providing a strong connection from Court Avenue and the neighborhood to the River Parkway trail located on an elevated levee on the northern edge of the park; and developing an urban park facing Court Avenue that provided for passive recreation uses and festival activities.

Park elements included trees, native landscaping adjacent to the Greenway, paved courtyard area, ramps and stair connections to the Greenway trail and decorative  native stone walls that were also utilized at Westgate Intersection Gateway to the Court Avenue improvements together.

This project was done in partnership with the City of Pendleton staff and required coordination with ODOT and USA COE.

“Green” is the theme around theater

GreenWorks recently completed work on a rain garden plan and landscaping additions, implementing “green technology” around a new Canby Cinema.  Read more below in this article by John Baker of the Canby Herald.

Landscaping designs incorporate green techniques

By: John Baker

Walking slowly around the new Canby Cinema 8, it’s easy to miss the “green” feel that runs throughout the facility.

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Specially designed pavers will move rainwater into specially designed areas for reuse in green landscaping. Photo by John Baker

 

 

But don’t be fooled. Turning rainwater into something more than a puddle took planning, commitment and a willingness to go state-of-the-art. Turns out, the “green street project” at the cinema delivered.
Matilda Deas, project planner for the city, said the idea to “go green” came about through some other projects she’s working on for the city — transportation system plan update, subdivision design standards and park planning.

“What has happened is that the city has very little piped sites and has dealt with dry wells in the past,” said Deas. “Well, DEQ is not incredibly happy with dry wells. We’ve known for a long time we needed to be looking at alternatives. Through a lot of discussion and research, we found that green streets and rain gardens are well establishedthat the DEQ likes them.
“When the cinema project came up, we thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to do a demonstration site for what we could do in the commercial realm,” Deas added.

With that, Deas and the city approached Greenworks Landscape Architecture of Portland about what might be possible in and around the cinema.

Working with the city’s public works department and Director Dwayne Barnes, Greenworks came up with an innovative plan to create a rain garden and other landscaping additions that put rainwater to use rather than let it sit around and pool up.
Landscaping around the theater was going green.

“Our goal was to improve the drainage of our city streets by using green technology,” Barnes explained, “rather than rely on dry wells or surface water sources. We’re really happy it turned out so well. A lot of it was just kind of a vision at first — it’s kind of our pilot project.”

Barnes agreed with Deas, saying many of the green street techniques used in this project will show up in future design models for Canby.

“We’re kind of excited,” said Deas. “We’ve got the rain garden and some things in the parking lot and all kinds of plants to absorb the water. It’s a brand new concept for us, but not one that’s been untested — it’s kind of state-of-the-art that works.”

The design incorporates channels cut into the curbs that direct water to the growth features — the rain garden.

Using 25,000 square feet of pervious pavers will allow detention and percolation of rain water in the parking lot, rather than become a big pool of water.

“This slows the water down so it doesn’t flood,” said Deas. “It’s very cool. It’s just a fantastic project and if it hadn’t been for the very supportive work of the public works department, we wouldn’t have been able to do it. Kudos to Dwayne Barnes and his department.”

For Barnes’ department, the maintenance will be nothing out of the ordinary. For the pervious pavers, the public works department will have to use a mechanical sweeper to keep the leaves and debris cleared off the pavers.

Along Second Street, Barnes said the water will come right off the street into the rain garden where it will drain into 18 inches of soil and then hit a rock area covered by fabric.
From there, it simply leeches into the soil.

The city’s new street sweeper will keep leaves and other debris from fouling the drainage to the rain garden. They’ll also need to maintain the gardens with regular cleanup, but all-in-all, the green street project won’t require a lot of extra upkeep.

Join Us for PARK(ing) Day 2009

Come see the 1 day park at NW 2nd and Couch… 9am to 5pm

  9303_ParkingDay_EmailerGreenWorks is proud to work with Metro as they participate in the annual, one-day global PARK(ing) Day event.  More from Metro:

“Artists, activists and communities will collaborate to transform metered parking spots in cities everywhere into temporary public parks or “park(ing)” spaces. Park(ing) Day is a powerful and creative way to re-imagine the potential of our public places by demonstrating the value of parks and natural areas, rethinking the way greenspace can happen, and helping to improve the quality of urban wildlife and human habitat. This year, Metro is tapping into the creative energy and celebrated momentum of this excellent event to educate our region’s residents about The Intertwine (the ever-growing regional network of integrated parks, trails and natural areas that will one day soon be the world’s greatest system of its kind!) and its web site launch.  Come check out our space at NW 2nd and Couch (or other Intertwine locations in Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Gresham and Vancouver, Washington) and learn more…”
 

:: Visit the PARK(ing) Day Network – Portland 
:: View PARK(ing) Day 2009 – Portland Metro Area regionwide map here.

 

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Historic Kenton Main Street to Get Makeover

On Tuesday, August 25th a crowd braved a spot of summer rain to attend a  news conference to kick off Kenton business district streetscape project.  Portland Mayor Sam Adams and representatives of the Portland Development Commission, Multnomah County Libraries, N. Denver Avenue businesses, and the Kenton Neighborhood Association were all in attendance.  Some info from the PDC media advisory:

Lots of new changes are coming to a historic part of town as a full range of streetscape improvements begin construction on N. Denver Avenue, the main street in the Kenton neighborhood. Construction is expected to begin in early September to renovate the 4.5-block stretch of N. Denver Avenue (Interstate Avenue south to Watts Street).  Improvements include wider sidewalks, new street trees, stormwater planters, pedestrian lighting, concrete street resurfacing, a granite public art sculpture and seven carved stone benches. The $2.85 million N. Denver Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project is funded by PDC in coordination with the Portland Bureau of Transportation. The city has been working with local businesses, community representatives, and technical experts since 2006 to plan the right mix of attractive, functional improvements.

The N. Denver Avenue project exemplifies the vision of 20-minute neighborhoods called out as a key element of the city’s new economic development strategy. Related revitalization projects include Multnomah County’s remodeling of 8226 N. Denver for a new North Portland library branch;  renovation of the iconic Paul Bunyan statue at the intersection of N. Denver and Interstate Avenue; and the opening of new businesses in the district. “

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Images © GreenWorks PC.  For more information about this project check out our website.  Also see these recent articles in the Portland Business Journal and the Portland Tribune.

A Hopeful Rooftop Harvest

The Multnomah County Hope Garden installed in mid-June as a GreenWorks pro-bono project with a host of other partners, continues to thrive.  On August 19th hosted a crowd to continue the harvest.  Commissioner Judy Shiprack, Sustainability Coordinator Kat West, and many others celebrated with a brief  ‘harvest’ ceremony to celebrate the donations of time, labor, and materials from a wide range of people and local businesses.

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The produce will be donated to the Oregon Food Bank to combat hunger issues in our region, and if you have surplus veggies from your garden, these can be donated to OFB through the Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign.  Over 4000 pounds of produce so far this year has been donated from local gardeners – over 50 of which came for this very productive 150 square feet of rooftop.

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Kenton Streetscape in Portland Monthly

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 Some recent press regarding the Denver Avenue Green Main Street project, in the Kenton Neighborhood of North Portland.  This is excerpted from the Portland Monthly article “Upgrade Avenue: Kenton gets a million-dollar makeover”…  by Rachel Ritchie – Published July 2009

 

 

“IF EVER A PATCH OF PAVEMENT could capture the multiple personalities of Portland’s past, present, and future, it would be the intersection of N Denver and N Interstate Avenues in the historic Kenton neighborhood. Here, a giant statue of Paul Bunyan stares down at the ramshackle all-nude roadhouse Dancin’ Bare while the Euro-futuristic cars of the MAX light-rail glide by. Kenton was home to Portland’s stockyards and the meatpacking titan Swift & Company in the early 1900s; legend has it that so many cattle were slaughtered in the neighborhood, the Columbia Slough ran red. Over the years, Kenton held fast to its gritty pioneer character (Exhibit A: The Bunyan statue), but minus pedestrian-friendly amenities like benches and crosswalks, its business district—the car-clogged N Denver Avenue—foundered, becoming perennially studded with vacant properties. But now the Portland Development Commission (PDC) is offering up a bundle of new business loans, plus $2.85 million for the Denver Streetscape Project, a six-month-long renovation set to begin in August. Here’s a preview of Kenton’s next incarnation.

Green Street Not only will N Denver Avenue’s sidewalks be widened from ten to fifteen feet and its three car lanes cut down to two, but by year’s end, the thoroughfare will be one of Portland’s first fully retrofitted green main streets. The pavement will be replaced with concrete, which retains less heat than asphalt, thus reducing cooling needs for adjacent businesses. Stormwater planters on every block will capture and sift runoff from the roads and sidewalks while adding a hint of street-level lushness.

New Business To encourage N Denver Avenue’s rebirth as an urban boutique district à la N Mississippi Avenue and NE Alberta Street, the PDC is subsidizing small-business loans. One early taker: Kenton resident Jessie Burke, who, in May, opened Posie’s Café (posiescafe.com), a charming coffee shop committed to supporting fellow local businesses. (She sells coffee from Ristretto Roasters, pastries from Florio on N Willamette Avenue, and wraps from White Girls Can Wrap.)

Paul Bunyan The mythological concrete-troweled lumberjack, who earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places this year, was built in 1959 for Oregon’s Centennial celebration and has since remained the icon of Kenton. He’ll stay put, but the plaza he stands in will soon be dressed up with trees, greenery, and seating.

Kenton Library Hennebery Eddy Architects has designed a new six-thousand-square-foot Multnomah County library branch, slated for completion in 2010, that will provide Kenton bibliophiles with a home. The neighborhood has lacked a library since its founding in 1909.

Mauricio Saldaña Sculpture Portland artist Mauricio Saldaña, a third-generation stone carver, will create a granite sculpture to stand at the corner of N Denver Avenue and Kilpatrick Street, as well as seven concrete-and-granite benches that will be planted along the corners of the street.”

Gardening for Hope

GreenWorks has been honored to help orchestrate the transformation of the rooftop planters on the Multnomah County Green Roof into a ‘Hope Garden’ … From Multnomah County website:

“Multnomah County and the City of Portland are partnering to plant organic vegetable gardens at their respective headquarters to recognize the growing community interest in local food systems and to inspire residents to plant their own edible gardens.  “Growing food is a great way for a family to reduce food costs, spend time together, and to assist hungry families,” said Multnomah County Commissioner Judy Shiprack.   “Multnomah County recognizes that our local food system has a significant impact on the economy, health, and environment of our community,” said Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen. “And this demonstration project fits one of the county’s core missions to promote healthy people and healthy communities.”

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Volunteers from a number of organizations and firms contributed their time and effort into making the garden a reality.  A list of donations includes:

:: GreenWorks Landscape Architects www.greenworkspc.com
:: Teufel Landscape www.teufel.com
:: Tremco Roofing www.tremcoroofing.com
:: Anderson Roofing www.andersonroofing.net
:: Phillips Soil Products www.phillipssoil.com
:: HD Fowler www.hdfowler.com
:: Oregon Wire www.oregonwireproducts.com
:: Territorial Seeds www.territorialseed.com
:: Plant Health www.planthealthllc.com
:: Portland Nursery www.portlandnursery.com
:: Parr Lumber www.parr.com
 

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Food will be cared for by the Multnomah County Green Team, and donated to local food banks via the Share your Harvest program.  The roof is publically accessible at 501 SE Hawthorne, and open during regular business hours.  Plus the view of downtown is stunning.
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Gresham CFTA Plaza Opens Tomorrow

Updated pics of the GCFTA Plaza with plantings… as the grand opening gets near.

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Just a reminder about the Grand-opening festivities for the Gresham Center for the Arts Plaza, to be held tomorrow on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., followed by musical performances and family-fun activities from 1 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information on the project, visit http://www.gcfta.org/.

Plaza Celebration – Gresham Outlook

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Arts enthusiasts ready for plaza celebration

By Mara Stine

The Gresham Outlook, Jun 3, 2009

“Local patrons of the arts will be kicking up their heels this weekend in celebration of the city’s new Center for the Arts Plaza.

A grand opening for the plaza, located between Northeast Second and Third streets and Hood and Kelly avenues, starts at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6. Free musical performances and family activities are scheduled throughout the day and into the evening.

For a complete line up and history of the plaza, see the special section dedicated to the project inserted in this issue of The Outlook.

Funded through a partnership between the Center for the Arts Foundation and Gresham, the $2.3 million plaza is designed to showcase local performers and provide East County residents a central gathering space.

“The plaza is a unique opportunity for our citizens and visitors to not only enjoy art and cultural events, but also have community gatherings and picnics while enjoying this beautiful outdoor ‘living room’ in the heart of Gresham,” said Gresham City Councilor Carol Nielsen-Hood.

The Center for the Arts Plaza is on a 2-acre parcel donated to the city by the Fourier-Larson family. It’s centrally located in historic downtown Gresham, just a few blocks east of Main Avenue.

A privately funded Center for the Arts also is planned for the site. The Center for the Arts Foundation is still raising money for the project.

Plaza events will be scheduled year round, and the space is available for private event rental such as weddings.”

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Construction is finishing up on the Gresham Center for the Arts Plaza, and the dedication ceremony has been scheduled for Saturday, June 6th…  Here’s the text from a recent DJC article, as well as some recent construction pics.  Hope to see you there.

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Grand Opening Planned for Gresham’s Living Room

From the DJC – June 2, 2009

Gresham’s “living room” is one step closer to completion: Konell Construction has completed work on the first phase of the city’s new Center for the Arts Plaza.

The plaza, built on a two-acre parcel of land at Second and Third streets between Northeast Hood and Kelly avenues, is intended to accommodate local performers and also serve as an ‘outdoor living room’ similar to Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. Designed by GreenWorks PC, the plaza features four art pillars that symbolize fine arts, literature, performing arts and music.

Construction of the $2.3 million plaza began in August 2008. Future phases of the project will include construction of a two-story, 37,400-square-foot performance and events facility and a three-balcony proscenium theater, which will be built bordering the plaza.

Grand-opening festivities for the plaza will be held on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., followed by musical performances and family-fun activities from 1 to 8:30 p.m. For more information on the project, visit http://www.gcfta.org/.

Denver Avenue Streetscape Approved

Latest News on the Denver Avenue Streetscape Project in Portland’s Kenton Neighborhood.  Project team includes GreenWorks and SERA Architects.  Text from the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC), April 27, 2009 by Tyler Graf…

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Spruced-up streets planned for Kenton Neighborhood

The city says 42 construction jobs will be created as part of the Denver Streetscape Project inside the Kenton Neighborhood. Thanks to an ordinance passed last week at City Council, the $2 million project will move forward this summer. The project will feature the installation of trees, sidewalk improvements, curb extensions, storm water planters, art, ornamental streetlights and pedestrian crossings and will cover North Denver Avenue from North Interstate Avenue to North Watts.

According to the Portland Developent Commission, design and engineering will be completed this spring. The project will be put out to bid shortly with the bid opening anticipated for May. Contracts will be awarded in June, with construction expected to finish by the end of the year.

First and Main building tops off

DJC Oregon – Monday, March 2, 2009  (By Tyler Graf)

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“A year before the First and Main building – located at the western base of the Hawthorne Bridge – is scheduled to open its doors, its developers at San Francisco-based Shorenstein Company still don’t have an anchor tenant for their 365,000-square-foot building.  But with the shell of the building constructed, and 13 of the 16 floors safe for prospective tenants to look at, project managers such as Matt Cole are taking strides to boost marketing efforts.  “We’re hopeful to announce anchor tenants soon,” said Cole, a senior vice president of Shorenstein. “It’s so hard to predict what will happen with the economy though.”

That’s a common refrain among brokers, said Ryan Pennington, a Colliers International broker unassociated with the project.  “I wouldn’t be surprised if they had something signed really soon,” Pennington said. The building had its “topping off” ceremony late last week and marked the occasion with a mass tour for brokers. There’s no “common denominator” used in attempting to attract an anchor tenant, Cole said; however, Shorenstein and its brokers continue to sell the building as the “first new office building in the Central Business District since the Fox Tower.”   Construction of Fox Tower completed in 2000.

Its status as a “first” may be appealing, but First and Main could nonetheless find itself playing catch-up to Park Avenue West, the office tower scheduled to open immediately following First and Main. That building has already secured law firm Stoel Rives to anchor it.  “I don’t see that being a disadvantage, though,” Pennington said. “For most projects in this market, securing anchor tenants has been really difficult.”  In the next 12 to 36 months, he said, there will be a lot of bigger office tenants looking for space.

Todd Sklar, development director for Shorenstein, said he expects the building to become more attractive to tenants as it takes shape, one glass panel at a time.  “Our building may have more color than some,” Sklar said, adding that as the building adds new details, such as the expanse of glass that will cover the face of the building, brokers will have an easier time envisioning its final look.  “We have a big focus on natural light,” he added.

Construction on the building has stuck to its time schedule in spite of setbacks, according to Hoffman Construction supervisors. Work halted for two weeks in December, when Portland was pummeled by snow and ice. The setback to construction came as a surprise – a costly one – but Hoffman was “able to recover the lost time,” Cole said.

Though still gutted, with puddles of water pooling on the slab concrete ground, the building’s interior brings promises of sustainable features. The lobby will feature floors made of travertine, a type of sedimentary rock used in both ancient and modern architecture. Its walls will be lined with solid fir paneling to accentuate the floor-to-ceiling windows, said Krista Bailey, a development manager for Shorenstein. For looks and practicality, the lobby will also feature a gas fireplace, Bailey said, along with art displays and Venetian plaster – a finishing technique in which plaster is applied to walls with a trowel to create a three-dimensional texture.

The fourth floor will feature an eco-roof, which will be accessible to all building tenants. Currently, it’s just a concrete roof awaiting various plants, walkways and benches. Eventually, it will be a plush, garden-like environment, Bailey said.

It’ll grow, she said, like the building.”

Beavercreek Sustainability

Construction was completed last fall on the Beavercreek Road Green Street project, which was also recipient of an honorable mention for Project of the Year from the Oregon APWA.   The Beavercreek Road Improvements Project was a $4.2 million project undertaken by the City of Oregon City to upgrade 2500 feet of a heavily traveled regional arterial. Beavercreek Road is the primary link between Highway 213 and the City’s main north-south arterial, Molalla Avenue. The project, a major component in the City’s Transportation System Plan, expanded the existing three-lane roadway to five lanes with bike lanes and sidewalks on each side. It also incorporated green street design elements for stormwater collection, reduction, and treatment. The project’s design and construction engineering was completed by Wallis Engineering, along with GreenWorks for landscape architecture with construction completed by Dirt and Aggregate Interchange, Inc. and landscape construction from Fox Erosion Control.

Check out the project in more detail in this video:

 

Windscape Video

Construction was recently completed on the GreenWorks project ‘Windscape’, which  “…forms a dramatic landmark in the Gateway District of Northeast Portland; an art installation at an undevelopable site dominated by vehicle traffic.  A constructed topography built from the concrete rubble of a major streetscape redevelopment project recalls the rugged slopes and bluffs of the Columbia River Gorge. Bisecting the landform are rows of flexible windpoles, 20 feet tall and laid out in the cardinal directions. The north-south double row symbolizes adjacent 102nd Avenue as it cuts through the landform. The east-west row of poles represents East Burnside Street, as it was the baseline upon which the city of Portland was laid out.”

The recent installation of the wind poles gave the opportunity, with this past weekends high-velocity east winds, to see how the project was working in action. Landscape Architect Shawn Kummer, who was the GreenWorks designer for the project, shot the following video:

“Motion is the key theme of the piece. The windpoles flex, dependent upon the amount and direction of the wind. As a person drives the loop, the view of the piece is in constant movement, as the rows of poles align and then diverge, and the overlapping topographic features rotate, also appearing to move. Stormwater from adjacent roadways will be captured and directed into an infiltration basin on the site which will filter out stormwater contaminants, while also functioning as an aesthetic element that the recycled concrete walls meander through. Douglas fir trees form a contextual backdrop to the piece, creating windows through which to view Windscape and the adjacent development.”

Gresham plaza artist to talk about public art

From the Daily Journal of Commerce – 01.13.09

The artist chosen to create art elements for Gresham’s Center for the Arts Plaza will be at the 4th Street Brewing Company on Jan. 28 to discuss her work in public art. Claudia Fitch was awarded $175,000 to create art to mark the Third Street entrance to the GreenWorks PC designed-plaza, which will act as a “living room” for the city. Fitch has designed a variety of public art projects, including art for Qwest Field in Seattle. At the presentation, she will discuss her previous work and her strategy for approaching public art projects. Her artwork for the plaza is expected to be completed and unveiled in August.

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"Colossal Heads" at Qwest Field, Seattle - by Claudia Fitch

Fitch’s commission was donated by Dwight Unti, Sue O’Halloran, Mike McKeel, Steve Thoren, John Kilian and the Gresham Art Advisory Committee in memory of Walter C. Calvert. The presentation will be held at 77 N.E. Fourth St., in Gresham, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The $1.5 million Center for the Arts Plaza will be a freestanding town square at the center of Gresham’s historic downtown. The project design includes decorative pavers, in-ground LED lighting and a public fountain, as well as a performance and events facility. Project construction began in fall 2008 by Konell Construction, which plans to finish the plaza early this year.