GreenWorks Opens Bend Office

GreenWorks, a regional leader in landscape architecture and environmental design, is expanding their practice to Bend, Oregon. Jim Figurski, Senior Landscape Architect, will head up the new Bend office. After 20 years of providing services to Central Oregon clients on projects like Bend Whitewater Park, Mirror Pond Visioning, The Simpson Pavilion, Sisters Cascade Avenue, and current work on the Mirror Pond Bank and Trail Improvements and Big Sky Park projects, “it was time to make a permanent commitment to the region” says GreenWorks Principal Gill Williams.

In addition to having a presence in the Central Oregon market, the Bend office will serve clients in Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Utah. This office will allow GreenWorks to be a more accessible, providing responsive and timely services on projects including parks and recreation, stormwater management, transportation, green infrastructure, habitat restoration, and urban design. Principal Mike Faha added “we are grateful to our existing clients in Central Oregon and look forward to what the future holds.”

As a practice founded in 1987, GreenWorks is celebrating 30 years of innovating solutions for clients by linking natural resources, urban environments, and people. As we grow, this focus will continue to be a key distinction of our work and our mission: Integrating people and nature through creative and sustainable design.

GreenWorks Welcomes Kelly Stoecklein

We are pleased to announce that Kelly Stoecklein has joined GreenWorks as a Landscape Designer. Her landscape design experience includes public and private projects of all types and scales in both Portland and Los Angeles where she has enjoyed site planning, planting design, and engaging with clients. While growing up in Vermont she worked in her father’s nursery and now appreciates that her family spent vacations visiting botanical gardens throughout New England. Welcome Kelly!

International Rose Test Garden Celebration

Our thanks to Portland Parks & Recreation for hosting the 100 Years of Roses event and the Accessibility Improvements Project ribbon cutting ceremony. It was a beautiful summer day in Washington Park’s International Rose Test Garden. A multitude of proud Portlanders, Royal Rosarians, families, musicians, artists, and visitors to the Rose City celebrated amid a stunning display of roses. Portland Parks Director Mike Abbate and City Commissioner Amanda Fritz spoke, and Gill Williams (the project’s Principal-in-Charge) and Mike Faha represented GreenWorks.

Our thanks to the project team:
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

(Photo Credit: KLiK Concepts)

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.