12 10 2010

Welcome to the website for GreenWorks, a Portland based design firm specializing in landscape architecture and environmental design.

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Birdseye View of Oregon City’s “Jughandle Project” at Highway 213

20 02 2013

This birdseye view of Oregon City’s Jughandle Project at Highway 213 shows the scale and context of this significant infrastructure project, which is currently under construction. GreenWorks prepared this graphic to illustrate our role in helping design a new landscape gateway into downtown Oregon City, a new roundabout with planting medians, green streets with stormwater facilities, street trees, bicycle lanes and a 6+ acre floodplain mitigation site.

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Hosford Middle School Stormwater Project

15 02 2013

Construction of a swale at Hosford Middle School began during the school’s winter break. It was designed by GreenWorks, PC and constructed by DeSantis Landscapes for the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership’s stormwater and schools efforts. The design includes a curved concrete wall and other features that reduce the maintenance efforts needed by Portland Public Schools. The swale infiltrates runoff from approximately 4,600 square feet of the school’s roof and reduces the amount of runoff to the combined sewer system. The rerouted downspout creates a runoff powered water feature by directing water through a series of basalt columns before spilling into the swale. The project provides schoolyard learning opportunities for students, beautifies the school grounds, and supports local and regional efforts to improve the health of our rivers through onsite stormwater management. Students and Estuary Partnership educators will plant several hundred native plants in the swale in the next few weeks. Project partners include Hosford Middle School, the Estuary Partnership and Portland Public Schools. We would like to thank the City of Portland, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, and New Seasons Market for their generous support.

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Mt. Scott Creek Restoration Nearing Completion

11 02 2013

Featured in the the Clackamas Review the Mt. Scott Creek Restoration Project at North Clackamas Park is scheduled to be completed in the upcoming weeks. To read the article, click here.

Below are pictures of the construction of the confluence overlook.

Stay tuned for photos of the finished project and information about the grand opening!

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Stainless steel railing installation

In progress construction of deck overlooking the confluence of Camas and Mt. Scott Creeks

In progress construction of deck overlooking the confluence of  Mt. Scott Creek and Camas Creek





Ace Mentoring Session at GreenWorks

4 02 2013

GreenWorks hosted ACE Mentoring, a national program with the mission to engage, excite, and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, landscape architecture, engineering and construction.

As one of the team leaders of ACE, Claire Maulhardt, landscape designer with GreenWorks, has been involved with this student group to promote the relationship between students and the Landscape Architecture profession.

On January 24th, GreenWorks hosted an ACE Mentoring session geared toward site analysis, site design and the urban landscape. The ACE project this year is focused on an existing high school site that needs a new Career/Technical Education Addition or Arts Addition. Over the course of five months, the mentors will walk the students through the design and construction process using the project as an example. In an effort to instill sustainability in the minds of the students, the design will endeavor to reduce energy, conserve/store water, reduce and/or reuse waste, utilize on-site renewable energy sources, and incorporate the use of recycled materials.

The photographs below show a site planning exercise conducted by the students to determine the best location for the new addition on the existing school site.

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The Human Access Project: Changing People’s Perception of Portland’s Largest Public Open Space

25 01 2013

With the completion of the Big Pipe in 2011, water quality in the Willamette has improved by leaps and bounds. In the wake of this achievement, Will Levenson, head of the non-profit Human Access Project, is leading an effort to change people’s perceptions of the river and encourage recreation in the water and along the waterfront.

Mr. Levenson started The Big Float, an annual inner tube float across the Willamette River in downtown Portland to bring awareness to the improved water quality. He has also organized several volunteer clean up days that have uncovered the beach at the base of Tom McCall Bowl and removed 75 yards of concrete from Hawthorne Cove on the east side of Hawthorne Bridge.

Greenworks became involved in the Human Access Project in November 2012, bringing our extensive experience designing places for people within sensitive natural environments, which focus on balancing access with habitat conservation.

This balance is certainly a key consideration as the Human Access Project gains momentum through additional community outreach and scaled interventions along the Willamette’s shores. Greenworks is honored to be contributing to this worthy cause and looks forward to witnessing the transformation of Portland’s largest public open space in the years to come.

 

The Big Float 2012

The Big Float 2012

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Unrocking the Tom McCall Bowl

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Tom McCall Bowl After Cleanup

 





Open to Construction: Designing for a New Landscape-Industry to Come

21 01 2013

A UO Design Studio Charrette

At the University of Oregon, Irene Curulli, visiting assistant professor from The Netherlands (TU/e-EIndhoven University of Technology), kicked off her winter studio with a design charrette in Portland at the White Stag on UO’s Portland Campus. The intensive three day workshop included a site visit, two lectures from local landscape architecture professionals Claire Maulhardt (GreenWorks) and Elaine Kearney (Lango Hansen), a modeling assignment, and an in-depth analysis of existing site conditions. At the conclusion of the workshop, four groups presented their findings and design goals to the two the reviewers, Claire and Elaine, and the rest of the class. The group used four different lenses through which to look at the site: Water, Patches and Preserves, Site Acoustics, and Edges/Borders. The lenses helped them define characteristics of the site like the “water spine,” “bowl-shaped configuration,” and “shopping the edge.”

This studio will push the students to think about how to design a landscape that lends to the evolution of an industrial site. How can the site be “constructed” to expand and contract as industries come and go? What green infrastructure strategies can be proposed to protect the land from the type of activities industry imposes?

Claire will participate as a reviewer throughout the extent of this studio and encourage students to see new potential in developing industrial areas from the perspective of a landscape architect.

The studio will continue down in Eugene at the main University of Oregon campus for the rest of the term.

Claire Maulhardt gave a short lecture on the aspects of sustainable site strategies currently being explored and implemented in landscape architecture.

Claire Maulhardt gave a short lecture on the aspects of sustainable site strategies currently being explored and implemented in landscape architecture.

Students modeled the four senses: sight, smell, taste, and hearing. The model above is modeling the site acoustics of all the modes transportation that cross the site.

Students modeled the four senses: sight, smell, taste, and hearing. The model above is modeling the site acoustics of all the modes transportation that cross the site.

Using the Lens of Edges/Borders the group development very powerful site diagrams that showed current and future site circulation patterns.

Using the Lens of Edges/Borders the group development very powerful site diagrams that showed current and future site circulation patterns.

Sunday Review! Claire Maulhardt and Elaine Kearney carefully look over the presentation material prepared for the review.

Sunday Review! Claire Maulhardt and Elaine Kearney carefully look over the presentation material prepared for the review.





Happy Holidays from GreenWorks!

19 12 2012

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The GreenWorks crew enjoyed our annual holiday party at the Jade Lounge in Southeast Portland.

In the spirit of the holiday season, GreenWorkers collected over 275 pounds of food to donate to the Oregon Food Bank!

Wishing you all the best this holiday season. We look forward to seeing you in 2013!








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