To stimulate economic activity downtown and enhance the public spaces in the Hermiston Urban Renewal District, the City of Hermiston identified development of a downtown festival street as a crucial factor in encouraging a more vibrant downtown. The festival street, planned for the existing right-of-way along NE 2nd Street will allow flexibility for programmed events throughout the year and will open to traffic when not in use. Additionally, the need to create a gateway into the downtown has also been identified as an opportunity to create a safer intersection. These improvements will serve economic development goals and provide a sense of arrival and place in Downtown Hermiston.
On the Deschutes River, the Colorado Avenue Dam creates an impoundment that was once used to support lumber mill operations. The dam currently maintains water surface elevations upstream in the Mill District area, and is located in an area of the river that is heavily used during the summer months by people on inner-tubes and other inflatable craft that requires little skill to operate. The current dam and footbridge configuration blocks downstream passage and requires all river users to exit the river and portage around the impediment. This requirement to portage around the dam exposes a high number of low-skilled users to the potential of being swept into the dam which creates a sieve-like, pinning hazard. Teamed with OTAK, Pacific Habitat Resources, and RiverRestoration.org, GreenWorks provided a safe passage over the existing Colorado Dam for many types of river users including inflatable craft, and whitewater play features for hard shell boats including kayaks and canoes. In addition to the in-water recreational components, the design proposes increased habitat diversity along the reach by incorporating fish passage and on-bank habitat restoration, design improvements to McKay Park, and removal of the existing pedestrian bridge and replacement with a new, higher, pedestrian bridge.
TriMet’s MAX Light Rail system connects Portland, Gresham, Beaverton, Hillsboro and the Portland Airport. As a part of TriMet’s commitment to build and maintain a safe transit system, GreenWorks is assisting the agency in reviewing its existing lighting and access control design standards for the MAX stations. The overall goal is to create a safe and secure system of transportation for its patrons. Initially, this process will review, analyze, design, and implement prototype improvements to the existing lighting systems and access control at two eastside LRT platforms, both located on the TriMet Blue Line the stations of 82nd Avenue and Gresham Central. Design illumination and access control improvements will complement the existing architectural character of these two platforms. The improvements will be completed in coordination with internal and external stakeholders, and TriMet’s leadership review board. GreenWorks provided documentation of the site review of the two stations and a report including mapping of existing site conditions, an inventory of site elements, mapping of site opportunities and site constraints, an illumination assessment and light readings from the two stations. Building on this field research, our work included schematic design and construction documents. After implementation, our services will include a post occupancy analysis to inform the design analysis and may contribute to the modification of the TriMet Design Criteria.
GreenWorks provided landscape architectural services for the City of Wilsonville South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART) Operations Fleet Facility. The project includes a 12,600 square foot Fleet and Administration Building located on an approximately 4.5 acre site. Site improvements include employee and bus parking, fleet maintenance, and administrative services, and is located on SW Boberg Road adjacent to the Wilsonville Westside Express Service (WES) Station.
Design services provided by GreenWorks, include Conceptual Site Design and Grading Coordination, type ‘C’ Tree Preservation and Removal Plans, and Final Construction Documentation. The design team developed a budget sensitive sustainable plan that embraces the natural characteristics of the site, and architectural design features. Habitat and buffering improvements integrated adjacent to the Significant Resource Overlay Zone (SROZ), provide a transition and embraced the landscape strategy of incorporating native and drought tolerant plants, in combination with a temporary irrigation system. Stormwater is managed through on site conveyance in channels and basins, and is celebrated through roof rainwater capture and outfall at architectural scuppers along the building entrance.
GreenWorks provided conceptual planning and design for the redevelopment of TriMet’s Light Rail station at East 188th Street in the Rockwood neighborhood of Gresham, Oregon. A neighborhood in transition, Rockwood is part of Gresham’s first Urban Renewal Area. The 188th station in particular has the highest number of riders in the city. Station redesign focused on attracting redevelopment in the area through improvements to the 188th and East Burnside intersection, expanded access and capacity of the stations, pedestrian-oriented facilities, user safety, visibility and CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) design. The station design exceeded the local stormwater requirements and incorporated infiltration planters adjacent to the platforms as a terminus for the platforms. The approved design incorporated significant redevelopment of the transit platforms, shelters, trackways, signage, landscape plantings and other features. Final presentation drawings and perspective sketches were prepared and presented to the Urban Renewal Commission.
GreenWorks, as part of a team, assisted the City of Sandy in the design of its new operations and maintenance facility which houses public works services and transit operations. The facility embraces sustainable design strategies by using a native plant palette and minimizing stormwater run off with a series of vegetated swales. Individual downspout features artistically accentuate the sheet flow activated by roof run-off. Our involvement included preliminary and final design for site improvements, overall grading and sustainable stormwater design solutions, low-maintenance landscape improvements, native planting design schemes and site screening for buffering requirements and hardscape design for public access locations.
GreenWorks provided Schematic Design, Design Development, and Construction Drawings for this nine block commercial and residential district in Oregon City. The primary focus of this project was improving the pedestrian environment including street furniture, street trees, paving and public art. Neighborhood participation was a critical component. GreenWorks provided public involvement services and property owner coordination.
GreenWorks developed concept plans and working drawings for pedestrian improvements related to a street renovation project in downtown Gresham. The project required citizen involvement meetings and coordination with utility companies and state officials. Pedestrian improvements were applied to five “core” downtown blocks including; bomanite crosswalks, new sidewalks of patterned concrete, street trees, benches, litter receptacles, and ornamental street lights. Considerable design time was spent evaluating various alternatives for streetscape layout. Reference: City of Gresham.
GreenWorks worked alongside HNTB Corporation and the City of Lake Oswego to develop an innovative streetscape and green infrastructure strategy as part of the Phase 2 Boones Ferry Road Improvement Project. Using the scope at hand, the design team identified multiple green street strategies and concepts from successful similar projects, ultimately concluding a center median based treatment concept would best manage stormwater runoff from the roadway and sidewalks. The overall character of the streetscape has been designed to support the vision set forth in the Lake Grove Village Center Plan to reflect the natural beauty of the surrounding evergreen forest.