See the Latest Progress at Reed's Crossing

GreenWorks was hired by Newland Communities to design the 23-acre greenway as part of a master planned community, Reed’s Crossing. The project has been under construction since February of this year and it’s been exciting to see how this impressive project is coming together.

In this progress video, taken September 14 by Mackay Spositio (project engineer firm), the stormwater facilities plantings are thriving while other project design elements are taking beginning to take shape including trails, nature play, and plazas.  The project is planned to be complete by the end of 2018.

To learn more check out the Reed’s Crossing project page.

Salem Riverfront Park Open House

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Last night the GreenWorks team, led by Mike Faha (Principal) and Jim Figurski (Senior Associate), presented the Draft Master Plan Concept for Salem Riverfront Park to an audience of 53 interested citizens. A brief presentation was followed by an open house where the public could view plans and perspective drawings of significant features, as well as ask questions about the Master Plan. 

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The presentation and Draft Master Plan Concept were well received by those in attendance. Public comments included appreciation for maintaining a positive balance between open space and paved or built structures; seamlessly incorporating popular park features like the existing playground and splash pad; and increasing access to the Willamette River.

The Draft Master Plan Concept was the culmination of a year long process of stakeholder and public meetings identifying key issues that might affect the design, developing programmatic elements, creating design alternatives and gathering public input at each stage along the way. Public input was sought both in live meetings and through online questionnaires on the City of Salem’s website. The surveys gathered more than 1600 responses!

Helping with the presentation and open house were Kimi Sloop with Barney & Worth; Patricia Farrell, City of Salem Parks Planning and Resources Manager; Rob Romanek, Parks Planner; and Toni Whittler with Planning and Natural Resources. Rick Williams our Transportation Planner was not present, but a valuable contributor to the design team on traffic and parking issues.

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The Draft Master Plan Concept will now go to the Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Salem City Council for approval!


Take A Virtual Walk Through Port of Vancouver's Waterfront Marketplace!

The GreenWorks team, along with Graham Baba Architects and project stakeholders, has been hard at work developing Port of Vancouver Terminal 1’s preferred alternative for marketplace and landscape design.

GreenWorks has spent the last nine months working with the Port of Vancouver on the conceptual design of Terminal 1—an industrial waterfront space in Vancouver, WA that is being revitalized for economic and social development. Presenting three design alternatives to the Port Commission in late May, GreenWorks has been collaborating with consultants and stakeholders throughout the summer on a preferred alternative.

We are thrilled to say that the hard work paid off. Check out this awesome animated virtual walk-through to get a sense of what this incredible space will one-day become!

As visualization and design technology continues to evolve and advance, communities and stakeholders have the opportunity to experience design concepts in a digitally-rich environment. Software like Lumion (a program that integrates with SketchUp to provide real-time renderings) offers our designers both challenges and exciting opportunities to continue expanding and refining their skill sets to provide our clients with the best possible results.

Chambers Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant Awarded 2018 Project of the Year by APWA


The American Public Works national awards program was established to recognize outstanding individuals, groups, and chapters representing the best in the public works profession. This year, Chambers Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (CCWTP) was the recipient of the Project of the Year Award in the Environment category in projects more than $75 million. Working with MWA Architects and Brown and Caldwell, GreenWorks developed the landscape buffer concept to visually and physically screen the treatment plant.

GreenWorks Welcomes (Back) Jason King!


We are excited to announce the return of Jason King to Greenworks as a Associate Principal. Jason is a Landscape Architect with over 20 years of experience, focusing on ecological design, green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), and vegetated roofs with numerous built works.  His work spans multiple sectors including urban development, healthcare design, campus, multi-family and mixed-use housing, streets and infrastructure, master planning, and community-centered design. He pushes the boundaries on sustainable strategies, through implementation and development of sustainable sites with LEED and SITES, as well as his involvement as a contributor and assessment team member for Salmon Safe.

Welcome back Jason!

Independence Landing Waterfront Park Under Construction


Greenworks is honored to be working with the City of Independence to implement the vision set forth in the Open Space Master Plan completed in 2015. The current work on Independence Landing improves a key piece of public waterfront located immediately south of Riverview Park, the flagship of the Independence park system. Designed in tandem with the large waterfront re-development on the old Valley Concrete Site, Independence Landing is one piece in a larger orchestrated effort to revitalize downtown Independence and support commercial growth.


Conceived of as an extension of Riverview Park, Independence landing will offer users a number of passive recreation opportunities. Included in the plan are a waterfront multi-use trail with a river overlook, a shaded patio and lawn space able to accommodate flexible programming, a sizable restoration planting area braided by soft surface trails and a grove of shade trees in which the user can find informal, private seating areas. This implementation of the Open Space Master Plan sets the stage for the continued expansion of improved public waterfront southward along the Willamette River and strengthens the downtown, pedestrian connections to the waterfront.


The success of this project has been a measure of how well the project team has worked together. Shawn Irvine and David Clyne with the City of Independence and Steve Ward with Westech Engineering have been instrumental in guiding the design process, representing the diverse community of Independence and streamlining the construction of this exciting new park space.

GreenWorks welcomes Margot Halpin

We are excited to announce that Margot Halpin has joined GreenWorks as a Landscape Designer! Margot comes to Greenworks with an educational background in Natural Resource Planning coupled with a Masters in Ecological Landscape Design and Planning. She is drawn to projects that result in community building and educational spaces as well as an ecologically rich habitat for native plants, insects, and animals. Welcome Margot!

GreenWorks welcomes Andrew Holder


We are pleased to announce that Andrew Holder has joined Greenworks as a Landscape Designer. Andrew brings over 17 years of design experience to the firm. He has worked on a diverse range of projects throughout the Portland region including parks, recreation planning, multi-family residential development, public schools, and higher education. Andrew brings a practical design approach, creative solutions, and an emphasis on realizing the client's vision to every project he works on. Welcome Andrew!

Gateway Green Featured on Bermstyle Blog

Thanks to Portland Parks and Recreation, Friends of Gateway Green (FoGG) and the hard work of community partner groups like Northwest Trail Alliance, exciting developments continue to unfold at Gateway Green. The park, which opened last June, offers singletrack trails, a bike skills area, gravity area, and a cyclocross course, and has been celebrated by Portland’s mountain biking community as Portland’s first mountain bike park. It’s even been featured on bike blogs, such as Bermstyle (check out the latest here).As GreenWorks continues to work with Gateway Green stakeholders to see the project through its next phase of development, it’s great to see how the park is already being embraced, enjoyed, and invested in by the community. Visit our Works page to learn more about GreenWorks’ involvement with Gateway Green.