North Clackamas School District’s magnet school, New Urban High School, was built in 1924. Thanks to a 2016 bond Clackamas County voters approved, New Urban High School (NUHS) will soon receive long-awaited renovations—a complete remodel, seismic upgrades, fire safety and technology improvements, and many others. Opsis Architecture is leading the design team on the project and GreenWorks is excited to be doing the site design, which includes two courtyards, benches, surrounding landscaping, and stormwater management. GreenWorks Landscape Designer Nadja Quiroz explained more:Read More
On Wednesday, September 11th, Portland City Council gave the Gateway Green project permission to bid for a construction contract. This is routine business at the City, but to the project team and park supporters, it’s thrilling. It means the many years of advocacy, public engagement, and design work will take one more step towards becoming a reality.
Gateway Green is a 25-acre site located at the confluence of two major freeways in East Portland, a historically park-deficient area of the Portland Metro Area. Since 2012 GreenWorks has been involved in the project and most recently produced a master plan to guide future work centered around restoring habitat, improving access, and enhancing recreational opportunities, specifically off-road cycling. We asked landscape designer Kelly Stoecklein, who has been spending a lot of time on the project over the past two years, about the significance of last week’s events.Read More
We really enjoyed turning our local parking spot into a tiny park for #PBOTparkingday today. What is Park(ing) day?
PARK(ing) Day happens across the world in September and gives people the opportunity to re-envision how we use our public spaces. The City of Portland has been participating in this international event since 2006. - Portland Bureau of TransportationRead More
Every Monday morning at GreenWorks we have a meeting to kick off the week. A portion of this meeting is dedicated to ‘sharing’ which can include anything from photos people have taken while on vacation, family and personal updates, images of projects through the phases of design and construction, events and conferences attended, or stories of how people spend their time volunteering. This last part is something special at GreenWorks; as individuals and as GreenWorks employees, we are dedicated to our communities and the environment in so many unique ways. Here are a few ways people at GreenWorks volunteer their time:Read More
GreenWorks was honored to assist landscape architect firm Abbaté Designs by using their two-dimensional design drawings to create immersive, 3D visualizations of a proposed Vietnam War Memorial on the Oregon State Capitol grounds. The memorial is a tribute to Vietnam veterans, and a place to remember the hard lessons and the immense costs of that war.Read More
When I applied to be the office coordinator at GreenWorks, I figured I had the upper hand. I’d been around landscape architecture since I was fifteen (my brother’s a landscape architect). After starting at GreenWorks, however, I quickly learned I was not much further along than people who think landscape architecture is the same as landscaping maintenance. I found myself listening to conversations around the office feeling like that scene in Stranger Things where Winona Ryder’s character is trying to decipher messages through holiday lights strung up on her wall.Read More
Depave has been replacing local parking lots with paradises by hosting community work parties for more than ten years. With mentions in Time Magazine, the BBC, and The Guardian, it’s become a bit of a phenomenon—so much so it’s now a verb.
We’ve been honored to participate and even help design some of the “depaved” spaces and we’re working on another one right now.Read More
Scarification can be done before new soil is brought in or done in-place, when things are added right on top of existing soil to improve it. Regardless of the method used to create a new planting soil profile, the important takeaway is that scarification makes the soil healthier because the subsoil is loosened a few inches below the new planting soil.Read More
We’re excited to announce that because of our commitment to reducing watershed impacts, healthy-streams advocate Salmon-Safe has recognized GreenWorks with Salmon-Safe accreditation—and we’re the first landscape architecture firm anywhere to do it!
The Portland-based nonprofit Salmon-Safe works with public and private landowners to promote onsite stormwater treatment, water conservation, habitat restoration, and protection of water quality. Firms like GreenWorks are Salmon-Safe accredited for extensive efforts to halt runoff from entering streams and impacting imperiled salmon through integrated stormwater management.Read More