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.
The Holman Building, redeveloped for commercial mixed – use as the RiverEast Center, includes office space for two corporate headquarters and retail uses. RiverEast is an important project in the redevelopment of Portland’s inner eastside, located adjacent to the Willamette River and Certified LEED Gold. Major site design components included converting the Clay Street ROW adjacent to the building into a pedestrian plaza that provides a connection for eastside neighborhoods to the Willamette River Greenway. Unique features include creating a green parking lot, retrofitting Water Avenue to a Green Street, conveying and treating rooftop runoff with artistic downspouts and stormwater basins, and re-using recycled materials from building demolition for site wall features. The project exceeds City of Portland standards for stormwater management by treating roof runoff from the building through stormwater flow-through planters. The development was coordinated with many local agencies including Portland Development Commission, Portland Bureau of Planning, Portland Bureau of Transportation, and Bureau of Environmental Services. The project relies heavily on native planting schemes to conserve water consumption and promote bio-diversity. GreenWorks services included schematic design, design development, and construction documentation services.
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 developed green street schematic design concepts for the City of Sandpoint, Idaho, which will serve as a green street pilot project for the City of Sandpoint. Concepts for these existing streets looked at different options for how to retrofit green infrastructure to work with different existing conditions and how the design would fit with the character of the neighborhoods. Some of many issues considered in the designs were preserving existing mature trees, ease of snow plowing operation, on-street parking, vegetated stormwater facility types and pedestrian circulation.
As part of the realignment of Warner-Milne Road at the Molalla Avenue intersection, the City of Oregon City hired a team with GreenWorks to design a rain garden in a vacated portion of the right-of-way that will treat stormwater runoff from the adjacent heavily-travelled roadways. A series of large serpentine Corten steel fins meander through the site, articulating the stormwater channel and creating a striking contrast to the lush rain garden plantings. The first of its kind in Oregon, this rain garden incorporates prominent sculptural elements that highlight the City’s committment to sustainability.