Gill 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.
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.
Last week, the DJC held its 21st annual TopProjects awards to celebrate and acknowledge outstanding building and construction projects in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Two GreenWorks projects were honored: Portland – Milwaukie Light Rail East Segment won first place in the Transportation Category and Bend Whitewater Park (Colorado Paddle Trail) took second place in the Infrastructure Category.
These recent photos of the Whitewater Park show the new safe passage over the existing dam for many types of river users, including inflatable crafts and hardshell boats like kayaks and canoes. The park is made up of three distinctly different channels:
- the Passageway for people floating on the river with inner tubes;
- the Whitewater channel which offers whitewater wave features for whitewater recreation enthusiast;
- and the Nature Habitat channel, which is a special channel reserved for habitat.
In addition to the in-water recreational components, the design includes increased habitat diversity along the river by incorporating fish passage and on-bank habitat restoration, design improvements to McKay Park, and removal of the existing pedestrian bridge and replacement with a new, higher, pedestrian bridge.
Check out the City of Bend’s website for more on this exciting new park:
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)
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.
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.
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.
The much anticipated grand opening of the Orange Line, TriMet’s newest addition to its growing light rail network , was held on Saturday September 12th. The event, which spanned the length of the new 7.3 mile line, saw an enormous turnout of citizens excited to ride the new line and enjoy the event festivities at each of the new stations along the route. One of the day’s highlights was riding a train full of people and hearing the cheering that erupted as the train crossed onto the new Tilikum Crossing bridge that spans the Willamette River. There was genuine excitement in the air for this new significant addition to the fabric of Portland.
GreenWorks is proud to have been a part of the design team on this project, involved with the landscape design at stations along the six mile long east segment of the line. For more pictures and video of the day, go to the link provided below.
The Orange Line on opening day.
The University of California West Campus Improvements project recently received an Honor Award for Excellence in Landscape Architecture and Open Space Planning and Design from The Society for College and University Planning. GreenWorks participated as part of a design team to create a vibrant and ecological residential village with streets, town square, greenbelts and public recreation facilities for this 200 acre residential development for the University of California adjacent to the UC Davis campus. The project team included: West Village Community Partnership (Urban Villages and Carmel Partners); SWA Group; Studio E Architects; MVE Institutional; Cunningham Engineering; GreenWorks; Teichert Construction; Moore Ruble Yudell; Mithun; Mogavero Notestine Associates; Lim Chang Rohling & Associates; Meeks+Partners; SunPower.
GreenWorks worked the City of Oregon City and OBEC Consulting Engineers in developing planting and irrigation design for the following OR213 Redlands Road Crossing, providing planting and irrigation design services for the Jughandle Project. Specifically, GreenWorks worked closely with the City of Oregon City and OBEC Consulting Engineers in developing planting designs for the following: solar-powered irrigation controller, 82 new street trees, over 500 landscape trees, and over 25,000 shrubs and groundcover plants.
The city has done an excellent job maintaining the planting and keeping the this gateway to Oregon City beautiful since the project was completed. Check out the most recent photos below.
Westmoreland Nature-Base Play Area was honored as one of the best public art projects of the year by Americans for the arts. Click here for more details.
The Colorado Avenue Dam improvements are well underway. Photos show the construction of the three channels in the Deschutes River: (1) a safe passage channel for boaters, paddleboarders and tubers, (2) a whitewater surfpark with four wave features and (3) a natural area with enhanced fish and wildlife habitat. The river will also have improved access from a new pedestrian bridge.
There will be a gathering to celebrate the whitewater surfpark on May 27th from 6-11pm at the Volcanic Theatre Pub. Check out the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance for more details.
View of construction from the pedestrian bridge.
Large sandbags are used to form a cofferdam to divert water during construction.
The boulders will form the permanent lining of the channels.
GreenWorks hosted a Water Resources Committee Meeting for the Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) on April 9th. For this event, Mike Faha and Shawn Kummer presented The Portland EXPO Stormwater Wall project that was designed by GreenWorks and constructed last fall 2014. Click on the link provided below for additional information about the project.
Check out the links below to see the most recent articles about our exciting nature-based play area projects around Portland!
This Metro Parent article includes a map of nature play areas in the Portland metro region and stars 8 GreenWorks projects: The All-Natural Playground
The Oregonian on Marshall Park: Q&A: Creator of ‘Children at Nature Play’ signs hopes to get more kids outdoors
Landscape Architecture Magazine on Westmoreland: Go Wild, Oregon Child
GreenWorks is currently working with Waterleaf Architects on an extensive redevelopment project of the Lloyd Center Mall that is being undertaken by Cypress Equities, the management company for Lloyd Center. A significant part of the project includes the creation of a new pedestrian gateway plaza entrance into the heart of the shopping center from NE Multnomah Blvd, located on the south/central side of the mall. A portion of the existing parking deck/garage and existing mall building west of Macy’s will be carved away in order to create the new open air pedestrian plaza that will provide a stronger connection to the mall. One of the signature project elements features a 700 square foot green wall forming a prominent edge along the plaza entry. Interior renovation improvements are also being undertaken as part of this project, which includes a dramatic spiral staircase at the new entry visible through the glass curtain wall at the north end of the new plaza. Improvements to three other entrances were completed in fall 2014. Design of this phase of the project is nearing completion and construction is to be completed by fall 2015. The artistic rendering, courtesy of Waterleaf, shows a view looking north into the new plaza and mall entrance.
Courtesy of Waterleaf Architecture
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services has created a video about green innovations within the city. You can check out the video on their website or below.
GreenWorks is working on the Master Plan for Allen Creek Soccer Complex in Grant Pass with the Ausland Group and DA Hogan. The complex includes several synthetic soccer fields, a multipurpose field that will transition between little league baseball and soccer, parking, pathways, open flexible lawn, and flexible park spaces that could be a playground and/or basketball court. The goals of the project are to provide the City with recreational space for organized league sports, have the ability to host tournaments, and provide the community with neighborhood park amenities.
Draft Master Plan
Draft master Plan – Phase 1B