The Errol Heights neighborhood located in SE Portland, like many others, includes unpaved streets troubled with stormwater runoff. This caused significant rutting to the existing right-of-way, damage to adjacent private properties, and contributing undesirable sediment to nearby Johnson Creek. GreenWorks has been actively engaged with representatives from BES, PBOT and PP&R to provide innovative alternative approaches to these conditions, dissimilar from standard solutions for stormwater management. The Errol Heights project will not only provide innovative methods for resolving its current issues, but will also serve as a model for other Portland area neighborhoods to apply similar strategies.
GreenWorks provided planting and irrigation design services for this project known as the Jughandle Project in Oregon City, Oregon. GreenWorks worked closely with the City to develop planting designs for the following:
• A distinctive new landscape gateway feature complementing a rehabilitated Oregon City sign at Prairie Schooner Way, featuring a striking planting palette of native and low-water adaptive plants.
• Pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and green street stormwater facilities along Washington Street, including a roundabout intersection at Clackamas River Drive.
• Private property frontage improvements with strategic vegetative screening at key locations.
In addition, GW developed a long-term planting approach for the 6-acre floodplain mitigation site, including almost 4,300 native deciduous and coniferous trees and 2,400 native shrubs. One significant aspect is the sheer scale of Jughandle Project. In addition to the large number of trees and shrubs planted at the floodplain mitigation site, the City planted 82 new street trees, over 500 landscape trees, and more than 25,000 shrubs and groundcover plants. This creates a substantial positive visual impact on this gateway into Oregon City.
This project received the American Public Works Association (APWA) Project of the Year Award in 2013 ($25 to $75 Million Category).
GreenWorks, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, assisted TriMet in a regional effort to extend light rail service (the Orange Line) from downtown Portland to downtown Milwaukie and North Clackamas County. The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project (PMLR) is a vital transportation element in the region’s strategy to manage growth and build livable communities for future generations. GreenWorks provided landscape architectural services for the final design of the Portland Milwaukie Light Rail including urban design, planting design, sustainability initiatives and art coordination. GreenWorks assisted in coordination and collaboration efforts with Clackamas County, Multnomah County, the cities of Portland, Milwaukie and Oregon City, the Oregon Department of Transportation, TriMet and the Portland Development Commission. The PMLR project is above all about connecting people and bringing economic vibrancy to the Portland Milwaukie transit corridor. The Orange Line opened for service to passengers on September 12, 2015.
GreenWorks was part of the team working on the Cascade Avenue (US 20) Streetscape Plan in the City of Sisters. US 20 provides a connection across the Cascades Mountains between the growing communities of Central Oregon and the Willamette Valley’s major population centers. Thousands of trucks and passenger vehicles travel through the tourism-based town of Sisters each day making US 20 both a main street and a major regional freight route. As a result, alleviating conflicts between local and through traffic and pedestrians enjoying the vibrant business district along this corridor was a major goal of the project.
The Cascade Avenue Streetscape design makes improvements to US 20 that address pedestrian/motorist conflicts, improve the walk-ability of downtown, and express the identity of the City of Sisters. The project team presented five different streetscape design concepts with various alternatives for each set of streetscape features, including trees, furniture, and paving. These were reviewed by the community at a series of open house sessions. The design team subsequently synthesized the community’s input into the Preferred Streetscape Design Concept. The result is improved safety along the corridor, green street improvements, design features that express the community identity of Sisters, and economic development within the community. The project was completed in 2014.
The City of Salem and Salem’s Urban Renewal Agency are moving forward with plans to connect three major urban parks and more than 20 miles of trails along the Willamette River. The Minto Island Bicycle & Pedestrian Bridge is a tied-arch design spanning 600-feet over the Willamette Slough, connecting the existing path in Riverfront Park to the 900-acre Minto Brown Island Park.
GreenWorks developed a conceptual framework that integrates the bridge terminus in Riverfront Park with the existing circulation, the 30’ diameter “Eco Earth” art globe, as well as the existing park infrastructure. New terraced seatwalls provide additional park seating overlooking the Slough, and are complemented with accent plantings that help anchor the bridge terminus.
This project implemented a high-priority project identified in the Pendleton Court Avenue/River Parkway Master Plan prepared by Greenworks.
The goal of this project was to create a meaningful gateway at the Westgate entrance to downtown Pendleton. The previous conditions at the Westgate Intersection were a confusion of unsafe vehicle traffic circulation, a multitude of cluttered overhaul utilities and barren landscape slants. The City of Pendleton and ODOT reconfigured the intersection to provide safer traffic movements and reduced utility pole/lightpole clutter to create a simpler and safer intersection solution.
GreenWorks worked with the proposed intersection improvements to enhance the visual gateway aspect of the project. GreenWorks designed landscape and interpretive improvements and displayed decorative wall features to create a strong sense of arrival at this intersection. The decorative wall design was reputed at the Riverfront Park location to help tie together corridor improvements
The 33-acre Zidell Yards site offers the first holistic, comprehensive opportunity in Portland, Oregon to identify solutions for applying green infrastructure to manage stormwater on one of the largest brownfield remediation and redevelopment sites in Portland. The goal of this effort was to develop a range of comprehensive green infrastructure scenarios consistent with the constraints of a recently remediated brownfield that can be implemented within the framework of a 15- to 20-year development master plan.
This green street project is located in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego. With the slight narrowing of the curb to curb width of the street, the City transformed the street into a beautiful modern streetscape within the core of the downtown business district. Widened sidewalks, street lights, benches, driveways, street trees, and unique stormwater planters were all delicately knitted together by the design team to deliver a streetscape project that benefits the surrounding business community while protecting the urban watershed.
GreenWorks closely collaborated with an engineer and urban designer to develop a prototype street reconstruction plan that emphasized a pedestrian friendly environment. Design solutions included narrowing of lane width, replacing left turn lane with landscape median, addition of a rich variety of paving materials in pedestrian zones and placement of street furniture, ornamental street lights, street trees, and annual color accent planting. Our specific responsibilities included final design and specifying of cobblestone paving in crosswalks, pre-cast concrete pavers in parking zone, patterned concrete in pedestrian and furniture zones, as well as landscaping improvements.
The City of Dallas Streetscape Design Concepts and Toolkit provides an adaptable strategy for downtown Dallas to take advantage of existing opportunities and assets to improve and expand the quality of the central district and streetscape conditions. The aim is to re-establish the central area as a pedestrian-friendly, safe, and economically viable district that is reflective of the unique identity of the residents of Dallas. GreenWorks worked with a diverse group of stakeholder from the City of Dallas and the Urban Renewal Agency to develop consensus on a design concept, materials toolkit, and street tree selection criteria which will guide the downtown core as well as provide additional guidance for future projects. Specific activities included ODOT coordination, visualization, and development and refinement of multiple concepts. The City is currently going forward with an initial pilot project, and is developing funding sources for the initial three-block catalyst project to be constructed in 2011.
GreenWorks has contributed to the redevelopment of Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID) over the last decade through improvements to the Clay Street Right of Way / RiverEast pedestrian plaza and most recently with Clay Street Green Street. GreenWorks, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, designed the streetscape for a 12-block section of SE Clay Street to be a new green street. The green street design provides a pedestrian friendly corridor from the Ladd’s Addition neighborhood to the Eastbank Esplanade, strengthening connectivity and improving the pedestrian realm. Incorporation of public art was an important part of the design. The “Log Dog” art features provide visual links to the industrial district’s past.
GreenWorks worked with the Bureau of Environmental Services and stakeholder groups to obtain feedback and approval of green street alternatives. The resulting project provides sustainable environmental benefits, including vegetated stormwater management, pedestrian and bicycle passage, and strategies that maintain freight movement and business activities throughout the CEID. This project was completed in 2014.
GreenWorks analyzed the downtown area of Bingen, Washington which is a small community in the Eastern Columbia River Gorge. It is a community which attracts tourists, recreationists and windsurfers in the Gorge. GreenWorks helped develop recommendations to revitalize the downtown core with streetscape improvements, pedestrian amenities and design of civic spaces. We compiled the analysis and recommendations in a comprehensive report which was used to seek funds for implementation.
GreenWorks provided design coordination for the City of Independence Downtown Revitalization project. The challenge was to accommodate a high volume of traffic on Main Street, while enhancing the business and pedestrian corridor through downtown. By widening the sidewalks and providing curb extensions at intersections, the city was able to control vehicular traffic, and greatly improve a pedestrian friendly streetscape within the downtown core. Additional improvements included period street furniture, historic lighting with planted hanging baskets, and accent trees.
Assisting the City of Damascus, GreenWorks recommended strategies using a system approach to meet the needs for parks and open space services while maximizing the preservation of natural areas, enhancing ecosystem services, and creating a sense of place. GreenWorks developed a preferred level of service approach with the quantity and quality of facility capacity that would determine the basis for developing and justifying specific capital improvements projects, the recommended level of service standards, and financing plans for each type of capital facility. The eco system service approach to the Public Facilities plan is a first for a municipality in the State of Oregon to consider how public facilities planning can effectively consider its natural resources as an economic and natural resources for the city and its residents. GreenWorks’ parks system planning efforts identify strategies for incorporating eco system services and the public infrastructure for a sustainable parks planning foundation.
This sustainable housing and mixed-use, 32-acre project spearheaded the redevelopment of the 275-acre former Fairview Training Center site in southeast Salem. The project incorporates sustainable design concepts for both the building types and the public infrastructure. As part of an interdisciplinary team, GreenWorks implemented a wide range of project objectives related to sustainable site design. GreenWorks design responsibilities included: collaboration on design of green streets and rain gardens; public recreational spaces; the Village Green open space; pedestrian / pathway network; woonerfs; greenway enhancement; and overall landscape treatment. The project was awarded the Land Development of the Year Award in 2007 from the National Home Builder’s Association.
GreenWorks created a master plan for the interior Interstate 5 corridor through the City of Tualatin. The first phase of this involved a comprehensive opportunities and constraints analysis, that identified target areas and potential scope of improvements throughout the corridor. This led to the design of a master plan that provides the conceptual view of long-term and short-term landscape improvements, as well as potential costs. The master plan was approved by Tualatin, as well as regional ODOT staff for compliance to recommended plant species and overall maintenance regimes. The master plan provides guidance for future landscape improvements, opportunities for public-private partnerships, and overall consistency of subsequent projects.
The second phase involves the development of a more detailed design of landscape improvements for the Nyberg Road Interchange (phase one). This expansive interchange is currently underutilized and offers the opportunity to become the visible gateway to the City of Tualatin. Design challenges involved working with ODOT for maintenance access and planting apporpriateness made easy through pre-review of the master plan in the first project phase. Since the majority of users for the interchange are in fast traveling vehicles, we developed 3D modeling and photomontage design solutions to represent the user experience at speed. This greatly improved the overall communication of design intent. After developing and refining a number of possible solutions with the project team, including Tualatin and review by ODOT, a preferred alternative was created, and construction documents were prepared.
The Washington Way Bridge replacement project replaced an existing 66 foot wide, five-lane, timber-structure bridge that spans 160 feet, crossing over Lake Sacajawea in Longview’s historic Lake Sacajawea Park. GreenWorks worked with a team of engineers to provide architectural design input for a new concrete bridge that complements the historic character of the park and meets better safety needs with wider sidewalks and enhanced lighting. GreenWorks also provided architectural renderings of the proposed bridge design and additional graphic support for two public open houses to solicit public input. Architectural elements considered in the design of the bridge included railing design, layout of ornamental lighting, bridge materials and finishes, and bridge span and pier types. Planting design of the landscape adjacent to the new bridge included plant and tree species consistent within the context of Lake Sacajawea Park.
GreenWorks developed a Stormwater Retrofit Master Plan for the Oregon Zoo at the request of the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services in partnership with the Oregon Zoo. The Oregon Zoo is one of Oregon’s top tourist attractions and is ideally suited for public education related to environmentally-responsible and sustainable site design. Subsequently, GreenWorks was contracted by METRO to implement parking lot and Greenstreet improvements, at this major tourist attraction, to treat and detain surface runoff, provides public education and creates aesthetic improvements. GreenWorks was part of a design / build team to implement strategies that included stormwater filtration for street runoff and flow-through stormwater planters for parking lot runoff treatment. The project was funded by an EPA grant.
GreenWorks developed a Scenic Byway Master Plan for a 32 mile long National Scenic Byway consisting of three major components: Strategy, Interpretive Guide, and Implementation Guide. The key objective was to develop a marketable identity for the Scenic Byway. We developed interpretive themes, corridor improvements and site designs for 11 major waysides, overlooks, and interpretive sites. In the preliminary stages we used GIS in creating a base map of the corridor to serve as a reference through out the project. We then developed construction drawings and specifications for implementation at several sites.
GreenWorks assisted the City of Gresham with the design of the Springwater Spur Trail project, part of the Phase One of the Main City Park Master Plan. The trail completed a significant connection between the existing Springwater Trail and Downtown Gresham through the popular 21.6-acre Main City Park. GreenWorks helped to ensure the design met the provisions of the grants and funding requirements by OPRD, ODOT and Metro. The Spur was designed as an ADA accessible, multi-use trail for pedestrians, bicycles, service and emergency vehicles. The design of the Springwater Trail Spur supports the City’s goals for sustainability by incorporating stormwater quality facilities to treat trail run-off and existing parking lot facilities that were formerly untreated. Associated features of the project include gateway design elements, landscaping, model stormwater management facilities, irrigation, lighting and trail signage. Finally, the Springwater Trail Spur created a sense of place by incorporating a new trailhead and prominent gateway feature at the south end of the trail where it abuts the Springwater Trail.