Starting Off the Week at Columbia Tech

This morning, Ben Johnson and Flora Yeh (pictured left) visited the Columbia Tech Nature Play Area now under construction in Vancouver, Washington. Great progress has been made since we last blogged about the project in August. Photos really don’t do it justice; the scale of this play area will surely make this a popular destination once complete. We’re thrilled to be working on this exciting project for PacTrust!

Lake Oswego – Tigard Water Treatment Plant Grand Opening

The GreenWorks team was in attendance at the Lake Oswego – Tigard Water Treatment Plant’s Grand Opening August 31. The Lake Oswego – Tigard Water Treatment Plant was expanded to serve future demands forecasted for the Lake Oswego and Tigard service areas and is also now an emergency supplier of water to the City of West Linn. GreenWorks provided landscape design for stormwater management, address visual impacts in residential areas, and to provide amenities for neighborhood use. Amenities included a neighborhood trail linking neighbors to the north and south where no street exists, public open space for neighborhood use including an amphitheater seating area, and native woodland enhancements. GreenWorks actively met with the adjacent neighbors to hear their concerns about the project and with the broader community at workshops to describe landscape / site design elements for public comment.

GreenWorks would like to acknowledge the team:
Joel B. Komarek, PE, CWRE | Project Director | Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership
Dick Talley, PE, PMP | Area Manager | MWH, now part of Stantec
Tom Lebow | Construction Manager | Brown and Caldwell
Catherine Dummer | Construction Administrator | Brown and Caldwell
Ryan J. Imel | Project Manager, General Contractor | Slayden Constructors, Inc.
Sean Curley | Landscape Contractor | SCC Earthworks

Columbia Tech Nature Play Area Taking Shape

The Columbia Tech Nature Play Area is under construction! GreenWorks was hired by PacTrust to design a new nature play area within the Columbia Tech Center in Vancouver, Washington. Columbia Tech Center is a 410-acre mixed use development that includes a 12-acre park that promotes a live-work balance for the community. The new 25,000 square foot playground will become the heart of the park and will be a significant amenity for the development.

Our special thanks to PacTrust and contractor, Rotschy Inc.

Mayor Ted Wheeler Declares August 2017 “International Rose Test Garden Centennial Month”

Portland Parks & Recreation is hosting 100 Years of Roses, the International Rose Test Garden Celebration on Saturday, August 26th, 11:00 AM-8:30 PM. The GreenWorks team will be in attendance to celebrate the completion of the Accessibility Improvements Project, which removes barriers to access and provides accessibility upgrades to meet current ADA standards while maintaining and enhancing the historic character of the International Rose Test Garden.

The GreenWorks team would like to acknowledge…
PP& R Project Manager, Robin Laughlin
PP&R Botanical Specialist/Curator International Rose Test Garden, Harry A. Landers
Public Involvement, Maija Spencer
Owner’s Representative, Suzanne Carey
Contractor, Brown Contracting, Inc., Beau Biron, Project Superintendent

Celebrate Salem’s New Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge

A community parade and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to celebrate the opening of the new Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge on Wednesday, August 2. Festivities get underway at 4pm.

This project is the culmination of years of planning and effort by the City of Salem and Salem’s Urban Renewal Agency to achieve the community’s vision of connecting three major urban parks and more than 20 miles of trails via two pedestrian bridges over the Willamette River. This goal became a reality in part after the renovation of the historic Union Street Railroad Bridge, which connects West Salem’s Wallace Marine Park with Riverfront Park downtown. However, completion of the Minto Island Bridge and adjoining multimodal trail is the last critical link.

For design and permitting, the City of Salem hired OBEC Consulting Engineers with GreenWorks. The design integrates context-appropriate, safe infrastructure for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other trail users. Special thanks to Bob Goodrich, PE of OBEC and Aaron Kimsey, PE, Senior Project Manager at the City of Salem for including us on this great project.

Happy Solstice!

In the Northern Hemisphere, peak sunlight usually occurs on June 20, 21, or 22 of the year, giving us the Summer Solstice. In Portland, that means 15.5 to 16 hours of daylight. Enjoy the extra daylight with a bike ride along the Trolley Trail, which can be reached from TriMet’s SE Park Station on the Portland-Milwaukie Orange Line. GreenWorks provided landscape architectural services for the final design of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail. Along the trolley trail section, GreenWorks provided trail improvements including plant selections.  For more information on the Orange Line: http://catchtheorange.com/#/stations

Green is Always in Season!

NBA season may be over, but at the Moda Center, the lush new landscape is definitely in season. GreenWorks provided services for the Portland Trail Blazers’ Moda Center Exterior project. The project enhanced the Center’s landscaping with native and drought-resistant plants, provided waterproofing, and replenished the grounds with healthier soils and stormwater facilities, reducing the site’s landscaping water use by 20-30%. GreenWorks’ Derek Sergison captured these sunrise shots.

Hike Canemah Bluff!

It’s the perfect time of year for family-friendly hike on the Canemah Bluff Overlook Trail in Oregon City. The Camas flowers have been in bloom this spring, and Derek Sergison recently visited to take these beautiful photos. GreenWorks completed this Metro project in 2016. For more information and directions, see Metro’s website: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/parks/canemah-bluff-nature-park

Sandpoint First and Cedar

GreenWorks is currently working on an exciting project in the City of Sandpoint, Idaho. The First and Cedar Streetscape Project, led by Century West Engineering, seeks to enhance the character of Downtown Sandpoint by creating a built environment that encourages and supports multi-modal transportation on a pedestrian-friendly scale. For more information on this project, please visit its website: http://sandpointstreets.com/

So many people are contributing to the success of this project. GreenWorks wants to acknowledge team partners Christine Fueston and Dennis Fuller of Century West Engineering, Kody Van Dyk and Debbie Van Dyk of Clearwater Engineering, Morrison Maierle (traffic engineering), ALLWEST (geotech), Trindera Engineering (electrical engineering), James A. Sewell and Associates (land surveying), and Plateau Archaeological Investigations (archaeological/cultural). Thanks Team!

Old Youngs Bay Landing Interpretive Display Project

If you happen to be headed to the coast Presidents Day Weekend, be sure to stop at the Old Youngs Bay Landing Interpretive Display Project. GreenWorks assisted Suenn Ho, Principal at Resolve Architecture and Planning, with site planning an interpretive display near the Old Youngs Bay and Lewis and Clark bridges for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Old Youngs Bay and Lewis Clark Bridges were built by Conde B. McCullough in 1921 and 1924.  Both bridges are being repaired to bring them up to code. The display consists of salvaged materials from both bridges and the rustic panels are comprised of etched historic drawings, biographical information and student poems and drawings celebrating  McCullough’s craftsmanship behind the historic bridges.  The interpretative display was complete in May of 2016 and is located on the western approach to the Lewis and Clark River in Astoria Oregon.

Washington Park International Rose Test Garden Accessibility Improvements Project

Now in the schematic design phase, the Washington Park International Rose Test Garden Accessibility Improvements project renovates a portion of the garden to increase accessibility and visitor enjoyment. In preparation for the Rose Garden’s Centennial Celebration in 2017, Portland Parks & Recreation tasked at team led by GreenWorks with this high-profile project. The primary goal is to ensure the public’s safety by removing barriers to access and provide accessibility upgrades to meet current ADA standards while maintaining and enhancing the historic character of the Rose Garden.

GreenWorks managed a complex design team of engineers and accessibility experts providing site design, construction drawings and specification documents. An important component of the project was a 3-day design charrette with Portland Parks & Recreation and the design team, which GreenWorks facilitated. Additionally. GreenWorks provided 3D visualizations of design elements and developed presentation graphics for the public engagement process.

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Oak Harbor Facility Project in Final Design Phase, GreenWorks completes the Windjammer Park Integration Plan

Oak_Harbor_Birdseye_sm KM_C654e-20160304122525Gill Williams and Derek Sergison traveled to Seattle last week to take part in a team meeting for the Oak Harbor Wastewater Treatment Plant project. This project, now in its final design phase, will take advantage of technological updates to modernize the regional facility, integrate it with the surrounding environment, and reduce its visual and olfactory impacts. With the facility situated in Windjammer Park on the shores of Oak Harbor, GreenWorks is preparing planting and hardscape plans that will reflect the coastal setting with the inclusion of rolling dunes planted with coastal grasses and perimeter sidewalks that will emulate local wooden docks. Pedestrian and automobile circulation on either side of the facility provides primary access from downtown Oak Harbor to Windjammer Park and the waterfront. The site plan requires the creation of strong physical and visual links along these axes. The design allows for parts of the facility to be exposed to the public, offering opportunities for interpretation along the two main thoroughfares.

Our work for the wastewater treatment plant spurred our involvement with the Windjammer Park Integration Plan. Funds from the renovation of the wastewater treatment plant were allocated to develop an integration plan for the park. The Windjammer Park Integration Plan provides the long-term plan to integrate existing and new program elements into this 28.5 acre waterfront park. GreenWorks led the design effort by working closely with the City of Oak Harbor, the Community Advisory Group, and the public to devise a preferred concept. The final concept plans for a renovation of the swimming lagoon, improved pedestrian walking trails, reconfigured parking lots, new events plaza and splash park outside the facility, as well as a performance stage, new playgrounds and multiuse fields. To aid implementation, GreenWorks developed a phasing plan to guide the future programming of Windjammer Park. The Integration Plan was adopted by City Council in May.

Paradise Under the Asphalt

Last weekend, GreenWorkers pitched in at Astor Elementary School’s depaving where a group of 100 volunteers spent a Saturday removing 5,000 square feet of asphalt. The demolition was orchestrated by Depave (depave.org) whose mission is to assist communities in transforming their pavement lots into neighborhood greenspaces. The asphalt removal is making way for a new playground which includes a turf mound, group swings, tree groves, and a custom log and boulder climber. GreenWorks was directly hired by Astor PTSO to design the playground which is on schedule for construction this summer.

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Two GreenWorks Projects Honored by the Daily Journal of Commerce

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.

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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:
http://bendparksandrec.org/bend-whitewater-park/

Orange Line Featured in May LAM Magazine

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Check out the May issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine with a feature article about the TriMet Orange Line Portland –Milwaukie Light Rail (PMLR) project. GreenWorks was part of the team that assisted TriMet in the regional effort to extend light rail service from downtown Portland to downtown Milwaukie and North Clackamas County. The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project is a vital transportation element in the region’s strategy to manage growth and build livable communities for future generations. GreenWorks provided landscape architectural services for the final design of the Portland Milwaukie Light Rail including planting and irrigation design, green infrastructure, sustainability initiatives, and art coordination. The team also assisted in coordination and collaboration efforts with TriMet, Clackamas County, Multnomah County, the cities of Portland, Milwaukie and Oregon City, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Portland Development Commission.

The new bridge built for the Orange Line, Tilikum Crossing, is named after the Chinook word for people to promote this unifying vision for the project. The opening of the Orange Line poses a new manner of viewing the cities of Portland and Milwaukie as connected communities. Rail tracks are all too often a symbol of division. The design for the Orange Line rejects this archetype. Our landscape approach was informed by the connectivity that is inherent to the project and will strengthen the region over time. The project is a catalyst to fundamentally heal the urban fabric socially, culturally, and environmentally. This concept is manifested in every detail of the project, from the overall vision down to the plants selected. Our design team chose fast-growing, pioneer species that colonize and begin the process of natural repair to the site disrupted by the new infrastructure. These plantings quickly create mass and scape for an immediate recognizable identify. The design also includes stable, mature plant communities to support and achieve the long-term aspirations, which stich the neighborhoods and the communities to the station areas. The Orange Line PMLR project is above all about connecting people and bringing economic vibrancy to the Portland Milwaukie transit corridor.

https://landscapearchitecturemagazine.org/ (also available at Powell’s City of Books)

The Stormwater Green Wall at the Portland Expo Center has a new admirer!

Expo_Duck_courtesyBESA female mallard duck was recently photographed enjoying the Wall’s lush vegetation. Since opening in 2014, the Stormwater Green Wall has flourished. After a winter that broke rainfall records in the Portland Metro area, the ferns, star jasmine, sedge, and other plants are thriving. The Stormwater Green Wall was designed in partnership with the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) as a pilot project. The Wall manages and treats 9,400 square feet of roof stormwater runoff, and it continues to be monitored to better understand its performance and relevance to future projects. The Stormwater Green Wall was constructed as a freestanding custom metal structure with a gravity water distribution system that feeds stormwater to a series of vegetated channels that filter pollutants and absorb stormwater. We are delighted to learn that besides processing stormwater, it provides urban wildlife habitat too!
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Meadowscaping Handbook in the Works

GreenWorks is assisting Mary Logalbo from West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District and Mark Griswold Wilson, Urban Ecologist, with the The Meadowscaping Handbook.
GreenWorks’ role in The Meadowscaping Handbook started with creating three meadowscaping planting design templates including front yard urban meadow, parkway strip meadow and wet meadow. When West Multnomah Soils and Water Conservation District decided to create a how-to publication for urban meadowscaping, GreenWorks was asked to generate 3D perspective sketches for each design template, exhibited below. During this process and the successful relationship West Multnomah Soils and Water Conservation, GreenWorks has continued to assist by graphically compiling the handbook into a beautiful publication that will be available later this year. Please stay tuned for an update when The Meadowscaping Handbook has been released.

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New Bridge for Longview Washington Completed

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Construction of a new bridge crossing historic Lake Sacajawea Park on Washington Way in Longview Washington has been completed. Lake Sacajawea Park, built in 1924, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The existing bridge seen in the photo above, built in 1934 as a temporary structure, was listed in the Register as ‘non-contributing’.

GreenWorks, working with the City of Longview and OBEC Consulting Engineers, assisted in developing conceptual design for bridge elements such as the bridge form and character, material, railing design, finishes and lighting fixtures. The team developed bridge design that would fit and complement the historic context of the park. The constructed bridge photo provided shows how successfully the design and construction of the bridge accomplished the design vision.

Other project design team members included Kittleson and Associates, Inc., Artifacts Consulting, Inc., Gibbs & Olson, Inc., Ecological Land Services, Inc., Geotechnical Resources, Inc.

Westmoreland and Crystal Springs Creek Receive APA Award for Sustainability

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.