Best Unknown Firms

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Professional Practice Network’s blog is shining a spotlight on “the best unknown firms” in the industry. GreenWorks was named among those “unsung heroes/heroines in the biz.” What a very nice distinction! GreenWorks is very proud of our small, but mighty stature! Here’s a link to the article:

GreenWorks Employee gets Published

As a member of a group called Community of Practice, Jill Roszel published an article in the Oregon Planners’ Journal, a publication of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association entitled, “Learning from Our Past: Stabilization Strategies to Offset Public-Investment Induced Gentrification Caused Displacement.”

Community of Practice was comprised of a group of concerned students and professionals that met in 2015-2016 to consider how planners in Oregon can help advance the practice of not causing gentrification-caused displacement, particularly associated with public transportation investments.


Canemah Bluff named “Trail of the Month”

Portland Monthly is featuring Canemah Bluff Nature Park as its Trail of the Month in the December issue:

Canemah Bluff is a 300-acre natural area owned and maintained by Metro within Oregon City. GreenWorks worked with Metro to develop public access to the sensitive oak savannah and woodland and which includes, improving hiking & walking trails, a new boardwalk and a foot-bridge, and scenic overlook. Many thanks to our friends at Metro, Rodney Wojtanik and Alex Perove, for including us in their wonderful project.

GreenWorks Receives Green Award

wmswcdGreenWorks received a Green Award from the West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (WMSWCD) on October 29, 2016 for the Meadowscaping Handbook. GreenWorks was one of three groups recognized at the Conservation Districts Annual Meeting. The Conservation District was very pleased with the design and layout of the publication especially the illustrative plant list and 3-D planting templates. Upon receiving the award, Mary Logalbo said “Greenworks went above and beyond their original commitment to complete the project.”  GreenWorks was honored to collaborate with WMSWCD on The Meadowscaping Handbook. The Conservation District’s knowledge and ecological awareness was a pleasure to work with and aligns with our mission, “Integrating people and nature through creative and sustainable design.” A copy of the handbook can be downloaded from WMSWCD’s  website.

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.


Nature-Based Play in the Press

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

Pages from LAM_03Mar2015_OregonPlaygrounds-spreadsLandscape Architecture Magazine on Westmoreland: Go Wild, Oregon Child

Mirror Pond, Celilo Falls and Centennial Mills in the news

Recently, a few of GreenWorks’ projects have been in the press.

In early November, The Bend Bulletin published the preferred graphics for Mirror Pond. Check out the article to see what GreenWorks and Inter-Fluve have planned for the iconic site in Bend, Oregon. You can also view the graphics below.

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The DJC also published two articles regarding Celilo Falls and Centennial Mills, projects that GreenWorks has been working on for some time. You can read them here and here.

Graham Oaks Nature Park Green Roof Featured in Parks and Rec Magazine!

Metro’s Graham Oaks Nature Park, located in Wilsonville, Oregon is loved by neighbors and animal inhabitants alike. GreenWorks always strives to meld built elements and the natural environment together in our designs. A great example of how we’ve achieved this can be seen in the structures at Graham Oaks Nature Park.

The shelter is a modified prefabricated structure from Western Wood Structures.  It was was modified to match the restroom on site as well as incorporate green features like the ecoroof. These multifunctional efforts were developed by a forward thinking team.

  • Waterleaf Architecture worked to match colors, roof lines and green features from prefabricated structures from two different manufacturers.
  • GreenWorks worked to develop an irrigation and ecoroof plan that would flourish in the sites open condition.
  • Metro (as always) pushed the sustainable envelope and was able to support these slight modifications to make the buildings more ‘green’.

The result is seamless, beautiful and functional.

The National Recreation and Park Association recently included the ecoroof in an article entitled ‘Green is Gold’ in its March 2012 issue.

You can read the full article on the Parks and Recreation Magazine website.

Phytoremediation in Landscape Architecture

Jeff Boggess, Landscape Designer

GreenWorks’ Associate Jeff Boggess recently attended the Constructed Wetlands and Poplar Remediation Technical Tour, put on by the International Phytotechnology Society as part of their 8th Annual Conference in Portland this September.  Jeff gave an in-office lunchtime presentation on the experience, followed-up by an online article in this month’s Oregon ASLA LANDbytes.  Inside he recaps the tour stops at 5 constructed wetlands and poplar plantations in the Willamette Valley Region and talks about potential opportunities for landscape architects to further enrich their stewardship role by making phytotechnology common practice in their designs.

You can check out the article here:

Willamette Week’s Finder Guide Highlights Two GreenWorks Projects

Willamette Week’s Finder, an annual guide to Portland’s neighborhood hot spots features two GreenWorks projects in its recent 2011 issue.

The Finder names Da Vinci Middle School as one of Laurelhurst/28th Avenue’s “Best Kept Secrets.”  GreenWorks designed the site work for this modular 21st century classroom that is certified LEED Platinum.

Da Vinci Arts Middle School


The Finder also features the GreenWorks’ Kenton Streetscape project with a neighborhood mention by Mayor Sam Adams. While noting the huge Paul Bunyan statue as an icon in the area, Mayor Adams describes Kenton Streetscape as “the real babe of the neighborhood.”  He mentions the neighborhood’s redevelopment as a “fully retrofitted green main street, with wider sidewalks, concrete-and granite benches, and a granite sculpture by Mauricio Saldana.”


Mayor Sam Adams at the Kenton Streetscape Opening





Hood River School Receives Recognition in Portland Monthly

As Hood River School District completes upgrades and building additions to several schools this fall, Hood River Middle school receives recognition for its LEED improvements. (See link to full article below.)

In response to a successful bond measure the Hood River School District has been upgrading, renovating and building additions to their elementary, middle and high schools. GreenWorks helped retrofit existing sites and create new spaces and learning landscapes. Site improvements include plazas, playgrounds, stormwater facilities, outdoor classrooms, performance/ amphitheater spaces, learning gardens and associated landscapes. The site work carefully incorporates the needs of students and how they experience, use and enjoy a site while balancing safety, maintenance and character. GreenWorks services included schematic design, construction documents, specifications, LEED documentation, bidding assistance and construction administration.


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Green Streets on ASLA Website

A recent article authored by Jason King and Shawn Kummer appeared in the ASLA Urban Design Professional Practice Network – discussing some recent work on green street projects and their role in shaping urban form.


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“Green streets, like many other green infrastructure strategies, offer the same or better functional contributions as gray streets, as well as a range of added benefits. For example, green storm water design contributes to communities well beyond treating 90% of roadway pollutants, replenishing groundwater, sequestering carbon, and improving air quality. More expansive community benefits include improved neighborhood aesthetics, green connections, pedestrian and bicycle safety, traffic calming, and building community consensus around what is a good infrastructure investment. This transfer of investment from single-purpose gray infrastructure such as cartridge storm filters to multi-purpose green infrastructure investment allows for greater benefit to communities—both financially and environmentally—making every dollar invested pay back abundantly. The economics are simple:  green storm water infrastructure provides more green in our communities, costs less, works better, is easily scalable, and is more resilient and adaptable than standard pipe systems. While the techniques to improve the control and treatment of storm water runoff are still evolving, green stormwater designs, like many other green infrastructure techniques, are proving to be flexible, offering solutions at a variety of scales rather than just at the end of the pipe. “

Read the entire article here.

APLD Conference Keynote

Mike Faha, Principal of GreenWorks, gave a Keynote Speech on Tuesday, July 14th to the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), in town this week for their annual meeting.


Design + Sustainability, A Retrospective on Portland’s Establishment as a National Leader in the Sustainable Design Movement
F. Michael Faha, ASLA, LEED
This session will include discussions on the following topics: the
impetus behind a city’s determination to go green; evolution of public
acceptance for sustainable practices; sustainable site design, low-impact
development, green development practices; integrating habitat into the
urban environment; sustainable stormwater, raingarden design, green
roofs, green walls, green streets; LEED projects; sustainable landscapes
do not have to look like a weed patch; the use of recycled materials in the
landscape; and rainwater harvesting.

Click here to download a PDF of the presentation (5.78 MB)

upcoming asla chapter lecture


Two current trends that offer myriad opportunities for landscape architecture include trends towards truly integrated habitats and definitions of veg.itecture, the insertion of vegetation into architectural form. Jason King, ASLA LEED and Brett Milligan ASLA will provide an overview of both topics and provide an open forum for discussion of these important trends.

Part I will give a detailed account of their award-winning entry for the Metro Integrating Habitats Competition entitled Urban Ecotones: Transitional Spaces for Commerce and Culture. The proposal provides a vision for how innovative big box development design can regenerate, rather than destroy lowland hardwood forest habitat corridors within the expanding city of Portland. Using the model Nature in Neighborhoods ordinance as a guide, and Landscape Urbanism theory as a framework, the proposal is informed by time based, economic and ecological systems to provide an adaptive development model for the shift from fossil fuel dependency to a more localized economy. Particular attention is given to the thresholds at which commercial development meets natural systems. Rather than seeing these interactions as points of confrontation, they are approached as environments of unique richness—a synergy of both habitats akin to an ecotone: the transitional area between two ecosystems containing more diversity and biotic activity than singular habitats.

Part II will provide an engaging visual investigation of the recent trend of Veg.itecture and its impact on the allied professions of architecture and landscape architecture – including the representative, descriptive, and technical. This concept builds on and transcends our current implementation of simple rooftop gardens, ecoroofs, and living walls to encompass a holistic and integrated approach to design intervention that blurs the lines between landscape and architecture. Topics include a definition of the concept, including the eight common typologies of veg.itecture in action, and how this phenomenon impacts and expands the practice of landscape architecture. In addition to providing this veg.itectural primer, the presentation will include a survey of recent projects from around the world as featured on Jason King’s blog Landscape+Urbanism including the work of Ken Yeang, Jean Nouvel, Patrick Blanc, Hundertwasser, Urbanarbolismo, James Corner, Mass Studies, and many more.

There will be time at the end for a thorough discussion of both topics, offering the chance to discuss, dispute, expand, and question these exciting topics that have current and future resonance for our profession.

When: April 14, 5:30pm
Where: Group Mackenzie, 1515 SE Water Avenue, Suite 100, Portland
Cost: Free to OR-ASLA members; Non-Members: $20, Emerging Professionals (0-5 years) $10

PDH credits available.

Plants at Work: Greywater Wetlands

The last issue of Plants at Work, a supplement created by the regional group Sprout, and periodically attached to the Sustainable Industries Journal, provided some information on the up-and-coming issue related to greywater wetlands – in particular the potential use of these facilities to treat and make available, water for reuse in buildings.  The potential for greywater reuse to expand the ability to provide water conservation to sustainable landscapes is vital for our local climate, which is marked by long periods of drought in summer months.  Greywater, with minimal treatment, can be repurposed for use in irrigation of green roofs or other landscaping, as well as provide a beautiful site amenity.  The article ‘Building Wetlands: Legalizing greywater reuse opens new markets for wetland plants’, is written by Libby Tucker, who is also a frequent contributor to the DJC.


The article featured a number of GreenWorks projects.  There are no small scale examples of building wetlands for greywater at this time, but simple modifications can be made to other forms of constructed wetlands to provide this additional benefit.  Once the laws are changed, this will open up new potential for sustainable sites and water management – expanding the realm of design from sustainable to regenerative.   Projects include the Synopsis Headquarters in Hillsboro, 4800 Meadows in Lake Oswego, Rock Creek Greenway Wetlands, NRS Headquarters in Salem, and Tanner Springs Park in Portland. 

Downloads of the magazine are available here.  (definitely check out the article on Floating Wetlands as well… good stuff).


Also, be sure to check out the presentation at Sprout’s upcoming conference ‘Soak it Up: Phytotechnology Solutions for Water Challenges’.   GreenWorks Senior Associate Jason King, ASLA LEED AP, will present at the first day of the conference on the theme: “Connecting Landscape Function to Ecological Function Through Design.” which will feature a range of GreenWorks and other related project work pushing the boundaries of  innovative stormwater management… truly putting plants to work every day.

Veg.itecture: Landscape Middle East

Jason King,  ASLA LEED AP, Associate at GreenWorks, has authored an article for the magazine, Landscape, the First Specialised Landscape Magazine in the Middle East. The article is entitled The “The Veg.itecture of Ken Yeang” and uses the work of the legendary bioclimatic architect to address topics related to integration of landscape into buildings as an aesthetic and functional reasons. 

Check out the online version of the magazine here… and jump to pages 60-61.



images courtesty of Landscape ME