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!

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

GreenWorks Welcomes Flora Yeh

We are pleased to announce that Flora Yeh has joined GreenWorks as Senior Project Manager. Flora is a licensed landscape architect in Washington State and Texas and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Flora brings experience in a diverse range of projects, from parks and residential gardens to urban design and master planning. Flora is passionate about achieving “a balance of biology, community, and artistry” through her work. Welcome Flora!

GreenWorks welcomes Matthew Crampton

This week, Matthew Crampton joined GreenWorks as Senior Project Manager. With almost a decade of experience, Matthew brings an energy and passion for context appropriate placemaking on urban design, planning, parks, higher education, and transportation projects. Welcome Matthew!

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

Gill Williams at The University of Oregon, Portland School of Architecture

Gill went back to school this spring term, co-teaching a design studio at the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture. Co-led by Tim Smith, Principal at SERA Architects, the studio entitled Portland Green Loop: A Placemaking Armature for the 21st Century City explored how the public infrastructure of cities “can be a catalyst for the (re)generation of whole and beautiful city districts and neighborhoods, and why the public realm needs to be multi-functional from an economic, environmental, and social standpoint.” (excerpt from the syllabus) The 6-mile long Green Loop is a linear greenway envisioned for Portland’s central city area. Spanning the Willamette River and touching a variety of close-in districts and neighborhoods this pedestrian-centric facility is envisioned as a park, transportation corridor, urban placemaking catalyst, habitat and social experiment. 25 first year masters students spent 10 weeks exploring the possibilities of “The Green Loop” and the re-imagining of the neighborhoods along the alignment. Guest speakers during the studio included representatives from the City of Portland, the local development community and architecture, planning and landscape architecture practitioners. The studio culminated in two days of presentations by the students to a variety of local professionals.

GreenWorks welcomes (back) Jim Figurski

We are very pleased to announce the return of Jim Figurski to GreenWorks! Jim Figurski is a licensed landscape architect (Oregon #210) and Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects.  His career spans more than 35 years of service to public and private clients.  Welcome back, Jim!

GreenWorks welcomes Gini Piercy, Landscape Designer

Gini has a Masters of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington. After receiving her masters, Gini taught several courses at the University Of Oregon Department Of Landscape Architecture, including a course based on her Masters Project, applying contemporary drawing concepts and teaching methods to a landscape architecture curriculum in order to develop a comfort and confidence with the act of drawing in the design process. Gini’s appreciation of sensitive design and place identity stems from growing up on Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve, Whidbey Island. She credits this for leading her to work with cultural landscapes at the National Park Service and drawing her to GreenWorks. In her spare time Gini enjoys drawing, gardening, and exploring public lands with her boyfriend and their dog, Trooper.

Gill Williams named one of the Top Influencers in the Landscape Architecture Industry

Gill Williams, principal at GreenWorks, has been named one of the top influencers in the Landscape Architecture industry by the web entity Fixr. The architects were chosen by nationwide industry experts based on each individuals contribution to blogs and websites, as well as awards won and landscape associates. Follow the link to see all recognized individuals and opinions on upcoming trends for the Landscape Architecture industry: https://www.fixr.com/blog/2017/02/24/top-100-influencers-in-the-landscape-architecture-and-design-industry-2017/#ic10

Making Improvements to Show We Care

GreenWorks is currently reviewing our sustainable office practices and looking for ways to improve. GreenWorks has been promoting sustainable design and sustainable office practices for decades, but we like to think that sustainability is not a destination, but a journey! There’s always room for improvement. This week, we received new recycling boxes from the City of Portland’s Sustainability at Work program. Each box comes printed with a list of what can and cannot be recycled in it. This will help maximize recycling in our office. We’re definitely starting the year off right. Even our Valentine’s Day decorations, made from repurposed paper, show our efforts to keep sustainability as a core value of the firm.

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.

http://www.oregonapa.org/learning-past-stabilization-strategies-offset-public-investment-induced-gentrification-caused-displacement/

 

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.

GreenWorks Celebrates Halloween!

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pumpkin-2GreenWorks principal, Mike Faha, hosted a Halloween party at his home for the office and their families. Enjoying the perfect autumn afternoon and each other’s company, we all had a blast carving pumpkins, snacking on hors d’oeuvres, and playing ping pong. From a unicorn to a scary jack-o-lantern, everyone harnessed their imagination and transformed their pumpkins into works of art. We hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday tonight with clear skies and lots of candy!

GreenWorks Cleans Up!

img_20161021_134744115_hdrimg_20161021_131633762As we approach the 30th anniversary of our practice (20 years as GreenWorks), we decided to have an office-wide flat file clean-out. We turned up the music, enjoyed some pizza, and found out just how much paper can fit inside a recycle bin.

Mike Faha is Named A Fellow

It is always nice to be recognized for a job well done. But the most gratifying accolades are those that highlight work born of passion — work that inspires us and of which we are most proud. Founding Principal Mike Faha’s passion is in creating livable, sustainable communities that balance economic, ecological, and social needs. This year, he was recognized with the highest honor in his profession for a body of work that spans four decades and defines his legacy as both a pioneer and innovator of sustainable design. Sunday, at the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo in Chicago, Mike was honored for his contribution to his profession and to society by being named a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA) for 2015.

This great honor comes on the heels of another career milestone for Mike. In October, he was recognized by the American Public Works Association Oregon Chapter (APWA) with the Individual Award in Sustainability Practices for his contribution to projects that enhance the economic development, financial stability, education, safety, enjoyment, livability, environmental stewardship, conservation, and energy efficiency in communities throughout Oregon. With over 30 years’ experience restoring the health of urban watersheds, Mike tirelessly advocates for low impact development and promotes urban stormwater planning and design as an integral part of the work of landscape architects. His approach to projects integrates various professional disciplines in order to realize multiple-objective community design goals. To be acknowledged by his peers for the work that is closest to his heart is a tremendous moment in his career.

Cheers to Mike! This truly caps off a year that can only be described as an annus mirabilis for Mike and GreenWorks. With Gill Williams joining GreenWorks in March and numerous awards for our projects, GreenWorks truly has many reasons to give thanks for a wonderful year.

From left: Mike Faha and Mike Abbate at the 2015 ASLA Council of Fellows Investiture Dinner

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Mike Faha and former GreenWorker, Dave Elkin, at the FASLA Investiture Dinner

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From left: Paul Morris, Kerry Blind, Don Bringham, Mike Faha, Mike Abbate

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From left: Paul Morris, Mike Abbate, Gill Williams, Mike Faha, Carol Mayer-Reed