GreenWorks engaged with the design team and Estacada residents to develop a new two acre library site that serves as a community hub. The new library took advantage of its location on a former mill pond that was becoming a new community public open space. Our team designed the site to: take advantage of views along the pond edge; connect to a public trail system and parkland; create outdoor courtyard space for library users; and treat and infiltrate stormwater using ecological principles. Stormwater collection and conveyance features were designed to be visible to the public and help to create identity. The site design incorporated native plant communities in the overall planting design.
GreenWorks, in collaboration with SRG Architecture, was hired by the City of Tigard to site the city’s new library and community center on one of the most pristine and pastoral pieces of property remaining in the tri-county area. The property is wedged between an existing state highway, which will be widened in coordination with this project, and a virtually untouched segment of Fanno Creek. As part of the overall site design, we were responsible for siting the building, parking, adjacent plazas, and stormwater facilities in such a manner as to protect the existing landscape forms and several significant trees. We were challenged with integrating the significant site characteristics and the proposed buildings and support facilities together into a cohesive, sustainable, and attractive development.
Sustainability issues included: preservation of existing landforms/ enhancement of views, preservation of existing vegetation, creation of Fanno Creek riparian buffers, provision of stormwater infiltration/ treatment facilities, reduction of effective impervious surfacing, and design of ecological landscaping.
GreenWorks designed a planting plan for this facility to provide an attractive, low maintenance setting, and to create a pocket park for neighborhood enjoyment in a redeveloping area of Milwaukie. The plan also included hardscape layout / entry courtyard and overall landscape treatment. GreenWorks prepared concept plans for public review and construction drawings for planting and irrigation improvements.
This facility is at the western edge of the civic / commercial core of downtown Tualatin. West of the project site is Hedges Creek Marsh and Sweek Pond, some of Tualatin’s most valuable and visible urban natural resources. GreenWorks’ landscape design embraces both the civic nature of the project and the project’s sensitive location adjacent to the marsh. GreenWorks’ design focuses on creating pedestrian-friendly entrances and courtyards, clear definable automobile entrances, innovative stormwater runoff management technique for the parking lots, and landscape management strategies incorporating ornamental to natural landscape types.
The former ODOT Headquarters located on the Capitol Mall in Salem was an aged building suffering from inefficient systems. As part of an architect-led design team, GreenWorks addressed these deficiencies in an extensive renovation. The primary goal of the renovation was to transform the existing building into a sustainable high performance building that would provide the best long-term value for the State within the project constraints. GreenWorks provided schematic design landscape architectural services addressing site sustainable strategies, green stormwater solutions, circulation, maintenance, plaza replacement, safety, and ADA accessibility. The project is certified LEED Platinum.