Expo Center Stormwater Wall

GreenWorks is working with the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services to design a Green Wall at the Expo Center that will also manage roof stormwater runoff. Because of this added function, we have taken to calling this project a Stormwater Wall. A design workshop was just recently held on April 16th with our project partners at Metro and the Expo Center along with participants from BES and GreenWorks. There was a lot of good conversation, information and design ideas generated during the work session from which to move forward with into the design phase of the project. The Storm Water Wall  project will serve as a prototype for BES from which they can monitor and learn from for future green wall projects. It will also provide an exciting and attractive new green sustainable feature to the the Expo Center.

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ASLA and AIA Oregon EP Greenroof Tour

Greenworker Claire Maulhardt, along with other ASLA and AIA Oregon Emerging Professional (EP) members, organized a great educational event on June 13th, Local Innovation in Greenroofs.  The sold out event was a green roof tour of three Portland buildings, followed by a lecture/discussion lead by Tim Nash of Columbia Green hosted at the Center for Architecture. Speakers on the green roof tour also included Casey Cunningham, City of Portland’s Sustainable Stormwater Division, and Trent Thelen, landscape designer of The Indigo Building green roof. The speakers talked about the plants, wildlife and technology of greenroofs.  The event met ASLA Oregon EP committee’s goal of encouraging professional enhancement.  Participants were given a unique opportunity to further their education and connect with fellow landscape designers and landscape architects. Greenworkers Danae Davison, Derek Sergison, and Azad Sadjadi were among the 25 participants.

This tour was ASLA Oregon’s Summer 2012 EP 101 Series event and was sponsored by Willamette Graystone and Columbia Green.

Tour members observe the Ladd Tower’s 4th floor greenroof

Derek Sergison and Danae Davison on The Indigo’s rooftop

The Indigo’s greenroof garden

Special THANKS to Christopher Olin, Desirae Williams, and Emily Hull all their efforts in making the event a success! AND to the other EP Committee members for helping us staff the event.

Photo Contest Results

For their annual wild-flower hike this year, GreenWorks employees headed to the Tom McCall Nature Preserve in Rowena. Located in the transition zone between the moist, heavily-forested, west side of the Cascades and the drier bunch grass prairies of the east, the Preserve brings impressive blooms every spring. As part of the hike, GreenWorks employees were encouraged to photograph the scenery and enter their best shot in an office wide photo contest. Results can be viewed below for First, Second and Third Place.

First Place: Mike Faha

Photo by Mike Faha

Second Place: Derek Sergison

Photo by Derek Sergison

Third Place: Amy Kearsley

Photo by Amy Kearsley

Nature Play Community Workshop For Westmoreland Park

Portlanders celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a community design event put on by Portland Parks and Recreation and GreenWorks geared around the eventual design for a nature play area to be built in Westmoreland Park. Kids of all ages really enjoyed the event! Their creativity, teamwork and ingenuity were all in full gear. It was an amazing start to an exciting project. Thank you to those who joined us!

Young builders hard at work!

The Concept:
Portland Parks and Recreation and GreenWorks Landscape Architecture invited the community to play with natural materials, talk about natural play, make models and lay the groundwork for the design of the nature play area at Westmoreland Park. The City of Portland recognizes the benefits of letting children play in nature, including the physical, mental and social benefits. Prior to the natural play workshop, Parks and Recreation staff participated in a workshop to discuss risk and maintenance associated with natural play areas.

VIDEO: Here’s a great video of one of our enthusiastic young builders!

The Activities:
Activities ranged from having adults remember their childhood play experiences, to free building and water play areas, to model making. The design team was able to talk with kids and adults about what they would like to see in the natural play area.

Model making

Water play station

The Outcome:
As kids of different ages and abilities worked together, creativity soared. We got some amazing feedback and ideas for the play area. Plus, we had a lot of fun!

Kids designing their 'dream playground' at the model making station

Join Portland Parks and Recreation and GreenWorks this Saturday, March 17th, for a Fun-Filled day at the Westmoreland Nature Play Workshop!

A fun, interactive chance

for you and your children

to explore nature based play.

How does a nature based

play area differ from

a traditional playground?

Portland Parks & Recreation

is designing the City of Portland’s

first nature based play area in

Westmoreland Park.

Who: All ages welcome and encouraged to play! Come rain or shine, the event is indoors!

When: Saturday March 17th -10am-2pm

Where: 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave. and SE Mitchell St. Tri-Met bus #19

RSVP: Portland Parks and Rec or call Elizabeth at 503-823-5113

More information: www.licenses.ci.portland.or.us/parks/index.cfm?c=57822&

SE Clay Street Green Street Open House

Join GreenWorks and the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services at Indent Studios for an Open House discussing SE Clay Street Green Street this Thursday the 13th from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.  The Open House will present the latest information on the project and answer questions about the community impact of the new green street.  GreenWorks worked with the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services on the streetscape design for 12 block section ofSE Clay Street in the Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID).  The new green street will provide a pedestrian friendly corridor from Ladd’s Addition to the Eastbank Esplanade.

We hope to see you there!

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ASLA Emerging Professionals: Nursery Tour + Wine Tasting

On June 9th five members of GreenWorks enjoyed a beautiful evening in Newberg, Oregon at Oregon Small Trees Nursery.  Danae Davison, Claire Maulhardt, Alex Perove, Azad Sadjadi, and our new summer intern Ben Hedstrom attended a nursery tour plus wine tasting as part of ASLA Oregon’s Emerging Professional (EP) series.  Claire is the ASLA Oregon Emerging Professionals Committee Co-Chair, and put on the event with Emily Hull and Christopher Olin.

Dave Leckey, owner of Small Trees Nursery, gave an educational talk about process of building his nursery, consisting mostly of mature small trees.  He explained sustainable processes he implements to grow the trees and shared the different qualities of trees he grows and how their form matures over the years.  Dave discussed how small trees could inspire a design and be a nice accent in small places. The nursery was started about 15 years ago when Dave began planting a group of unique and unusual small slow growing conifers. Today, the nursery still contains mostly small conifers with a small collection of maples.

In tangent with the nursery tour, K&M Alchemy Vineyards held a wine tasting in the central gathering space. Ken Morrison, owner of K&M, poured a selection of their Pinot Noir vintages.

Dave Leckey talks about the qualities and characteristics of a tree at Oregon Small Trees Nursery

ASLA Emerging Professionals 101 Series, Dave Leckey on the left.


For more information about Upcoming ASLA Events, visit: www.aslaoregon.org


Oregon Small Trees Nursery
Phone: 503.625.9467



K&M alchemy vineyard

Phone: 503.625.3236






Students Gain Invaluable Professional Insight

GreenWorks hosted two energetic student groups last week, giving them a sneak peek into the profession. Claire Maulhardt, landscape designer, is involved with two students groups that encourage the relationship between students and the Landscape Architecture profession; ACE Mentoring program for high school students (Architecture, Construction Management and Engineering) and ASLA Oregon Student Liaison.

Claire’s enthusiasm for teaching leads to her involvement in the (ACE) Mentoring program designed for high school students interested in pursuing Architecture, Construction Management and Engineering. On January 25th, GreenWorks hosted one of the biweekly meetings exposing students to a range of projects in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design. The students learned about site analysis and site planning  related to drawings for a waterfront café they are designing over the next few months. Crowded around the site plan on the wall, students threw out suggestions for site placement of their café  and discussed the opportunities and constraints as they took turns drawing. At the end of the two-hour session, the students came to an agreement on their building location. To create the most ideal waterfront “atmosphere,” the student team placed their café cantilevered over the river. In the coming weeks, structural engineering mentors will walk them through the exciting challenges that this decision imposes on the process of design and construction.


Claire Maulhardt is also involved with ASLA Oregon as a Student Liaison on the Executive Committee. This role helps facilitates the relationship between the Student ASLA chapter and ASLA Oregon. On January 28th, GreenWorks hosted five college students from the University of Oregon as part of the Eighteenth Annual Shadow Mentor Day, an event organized by the University of Oregon’s Professional Outreach and Development Services (PODS), the Department of Landscape Architecture, Student ASLA and ASLA Oregon. The students spent the day with GreenWorks staffers learning about the day-to-day of being a landscape architect. GreenWorks staff and the students toured a few recent projects, one of which was 1st and Main, a new roof terrace garden closed to the general public. The students learned about the range of green roof types and had ample opportunity to ask LOTS of questions about Landscape Design.



North Denver Avenue Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

A public celebration was held November 18th in the downtown Kenton neighborhood of North Portland to mark the completion of streetscape improvements to Kenton’s four block long business district. Community members were joined by Portland Mayor Sam Adams and representatives from the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Development Commission, Kenton Neighborhood Association, Kenton Business Association and Regional Arts & Culture Council and countless others who contributed in one way or another to this project. There was an unveiling of a public art sculpture of carved stone by artist Mauricio Saldana, which now sits prominently on the corner of N. Denver Ave and Kilpatrick St.

Phase 2 improvements to the project were completed earlier this fall, which included grinding the existing asphalt pavement and repaving with concrete; a paving process called ultra thin white topping (UTW). Parking and intersections are delineated with dark gray concrete with the travel lanes a natural concrete color. Phase 1 construction work was completed earlier in the year. The complete reconstruction of the pedestrian zone included widened sidewalks, new street trees, stormwater planters that treat road and sidewalk rain runoff, ornamental lighting and carved stone benches. The purpose of this project is to support the continued revitalization of the historic Kenton business district and to make Kenton a safer place.


Mayor Sam Adams joins Community Members for North Denver Ave Grand Opening

Confluence Project Featured this Week on OPB’s “Think Out Loud”

Tomorrow’s Oregon Public Broadcasing “Think Out Loud” broadcast will feature Artist Maya Lin and the Confluence Projects for which GreenWorks is providing landscape architectural services.  Artist Maya Lin and Confluence Executive Director Jane Jacobsen will be sitting in with host Emily Harris at 9 a.m. Thursday  to discuss Ms. Lin’s approach to the series of interpretive sites in Oregon and Washington along the major rivers of the Pacific Northwest.

Individual sites are located along the Snake, Columbia, and Sandy Rivers and include site developments in support of Ms. Lin’s artwork, including:  viewpoints and overlooks, trails, parking, comfort stations, fish cleaning stations, information kiosks and other site facilities.  GreenWorks is responsible for detailed site design for multiple sites as well as leading an interdisciplinary team of engineers, designers, architects and regulatory professionals in the development of these sites.

You can listen to the broadcast and learn more at:



Artist Maya Lin, on right, collaborating with Master Stone Mason, Pete Andrusko


Pendleton Round-Up Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Sept 15-18, 2010 marked the 100th Year Anniversary of the legendary Pendleton Round-Up, an annual rodeo event that brings 50,000 people every year to the city of Pendleton, Oregon. GreenWorks worked with the Round-Up Association, the City of Pendleton, and ODOT to complete three high priority projects in time for the celebration, which include a new landscape gateway into downtown, Round-Up streetscape frontage improvements and Centennial Plaza, and a new Riverfront Park on the Umatilla River.


Pendleton Westgate Gateway

Round-Up Streetscape Frontage Improvements and Centennial Plaza

Riverfront Park on the Umatilla River




Public Art installed at Gresham Center for the Arts Plaza

Four sculptures, by Seattle based artist Claudia Fitch, were installed at the Gresham Center for the Arts Plaza on Thursday Oct. 21st. The quartet of forms range in height from 18 to 27 feet in height, and serve as colorful beacons at the plaza’s door step.  The work, which Claudia has named FineTunedTule, is based upon the theme of the four arts – visual art, music, literature and dance and is directly inspired by four formal tools/instruments representative of the arts respectively: the paintbrush, the trumpet, the fountain pen and the tutu.

Claudia writes about the work, “I am fascinated by the finely contoured shapes of all these tools (the tulle construction of the tutu being no less precisely delineated). And, like in the verbal pun of the working title, I saw an opportunity in these tool forms to play with their elegant sculptural shapes in a kind of cross referential way, switching functionality with humor, and punning on their visual similarities and differences.”

A public dedication of the public art sculptures will be held Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, with formal presentations to begin at 12 noon. All are invited to attend. The plaza is located at 401 NE 2nd Street, Downtown Gresham.

Construction of this project, designed by GreenWorks, was completed in June of 2009 and serves as the City of Gresham’s living room, where many public events and performances have already been held. The plaza is the first step in realizing a vision for an arts district centered on the plaza.

GreenWorker Finishes Strong in Portland Marathon

GreenWorks’ Emily Arruda finished her second Portland Marathon on Sunday’s 10-10-10 downtown event. Despite the pouring rain and wet conditions, Emily finished 38 minutes faster than last year’s time setting a personal record of 4:32:15 and average pace of 10:23 per mile. She ranked in the top 47% overall and finished full stride passing 544 people in the final 6 miles while only allowing 8 to pass her by.  Congrats on your personal record and second marathon achievement Emily!

Emily and her brother David after their marathon finish

GreenWorks Finishes 6th in Division for Bike to Work Challenge

September’s end wrapped up the 2010 Bike Commute Challenge and the results are in – GreenWorks placed sixth in their category for Businesses and Non-Profit Agencies with 5-24 employees.  This ranking was based on a 79.2% commute rate, out of 303 competitors in the category!  GreenWorkers logged a total of 149 commutes and 1324 miles overall.  We also held our annual internal competition to see which employee bikes the most based on miles and commutes.  Alex Perove swept both categories with 342 logged miles, biking every day in the month for a total of 44 commutes.  Hats off to GreenWorks bikers for their hard work and miles put in for this year’s challenge!


Lane Community College Health & Wellness Center Grand Opening

GreenWorks is proud to announce the grand opening of the HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER at LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE in Eugene, Oregon.  The grand opening on September 23, 2010 was well attended and celebrated by Lane Community College. The Center sets a new standard for classroom space where students will 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. The exterior courtyard space and rain gardens provides for relaxation, learning, and community.  This area connects to the main campus circulation spine flowing through the building entry lobby and out the north side to the Long House and track beyond.

Rainwater is expressed as it comes off the roof through scuppers and rain chains into a series of custom rain basins, which feed the large rain gardens surrounding the building.  Custom Ipe decking and flow through planters provide seating opportunities and views of the new native environment.  The design creates awareness of the natural world and conserves resources by filtering and storing all of the rainwater on site.

“This signature building is a tall testimony to Lane’s enduring commitment to be at the forefront of the health care education in the region.  Students and Faculty alike will excel in this state-of-the art learning environment.” Tony Baker – Opening Door Campaign Chair Lane Community College

Graham Oaks Nature Park Opens to the Public

METRO and the City of Wilsonville unveiled their newest park last Saturday, Graham Oaks Nature Park.  GreenWorks provided schematic design, construction documents, and construction administration for the 250 acre park.  The opening had a great turnout despite the rainy conditions!  Special thanks to METRO for hosting the event with various activities and to our own Michelle Mathis for her hard work as Project Manager on Graham Oaks.

GreenWorker Pitches in to Clean Clackamas River

Alex Perove, Landscape Designer

Last weekend, Alex Perove volunteered (along with 350 other river lovers) to clean up the Clackamas River. Together, the volunteers hauled out approximately 5,000 pounds (2.5 tons) of trash from 14 miles of riverbank and bottom. This immense effort inspires a community of artists to take a turn in the ripples of a great sustainable cause. As part of the Ripple Effect effort, local artists will transform the recovered river trash into handcrafted works of art that will be enjoyed in a new way by our community, completing the full life cycle of our waste.

Save the date and come check out the Ripple Effect art exhibit on 1st Thursday, in the Pearl. 7pm on Oct. 7th at the Keen “Green Room” http://www.ripplepdx.com/

A huge thank you from We Love Clean Rivers and the Clackamas River Basin Council for all of their efforts to improve the health of our beloved Clackamas River.

Graham Oaks Nature Park Grand Opening

Join GreenWorks and METRO this Saturday in Wilsonville for the grand opening of Graham Oaks Nature Park.  GreenWorks will be there to celebrate the park’s grand opening where METRO will lead tours, a dedication ceremony, showcase student artwork, and highlight the park’s history.  Hope to see you there!  

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UO Design Camp Wraps Up Week 1 with a Focus on Landscape Architecture

Week One wrapped up with more design foundations and a focus on the field of Landscape Architecture. Claire and the other instructors lead campers on a walking tour of Portland. Along the way, the students were divided into teams and tasked with creating performance installations at different sites based on water-themed words such as meander, rush, and babble. Check out the UO Design Camp blog for more details about the day’s events.