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Humboldt Gardens


Humboldt Gardens was a Hope VI, affordable housing project for the Housing Authority of Portland, which included a mixed use building that achieved LEED Silver certification from the USGBC. As Landscape Architect we collaborated with the Civil Engineer to develop an award winning approach to a Green Street treatment for stormwater.  The plantings for the […]

Children’s Center of Clackamas County


Laurel Macdonald Bonnell has worked on the Willamette Falls Hospital Campus on numerous building expansion projects over the past ten years.  She was asked to get involved with the Children’s Center and chose to donate all the initial design services to submit for Design Review in Oregon City, OR. The two signature gardens were then […]

Designing Specialized Healing Gardens for “Behavioral Health” Centers

The characteristics and functions of a typical healing or therapeutic garden are becoming more widely documented, yet those for specialized healing environments within the hospital setting remain relatively unknown. We at MacDonald Environmental Planning are very excited to be working on three separate hospital projects with a “behavioral health” garden component, and adding to the […]

Living Green Screens Challenge Planter, Irrigation and Drainage Design

The Borealis Apartments, located in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, incorporates green walls to buffer the residents from the busy traffic and screen the views of expansive parking lots to the south. The vines and climbing plants in these green façades are also intended to help screen the direct sun, purify the air […]

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center – Healing Environments Master Plan


Macdonald Environmental Planning was asked to compile a comprehensive master plan for the 50 acre campus of Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, which involved developing guidelines by which all future development would use for their design work. Standards were developed for site lighting, wayfinding, healing garden guidelines, tree planting and general planting requirements, paving […]

Yakima Living Center


This Senior Community incorporates retirement apartments, assisted living and skilled nursing all within a 8 acre campus filled with unique garden nodes spaced periodically along the village trail and walks. The looping trail system allows residents to meet friends at a variety of gardens including a rose garden, perennial gardens, raised plant beds and even […]

Trenton Terrace


Trenton Terrace is a highly-livable home provides 66-units, low-income, independent senior living apartments in a building located on a .9 acre site within North Portland’s New Columbia neighborhood A thin, transparent bridge connection links the east and west wings, affording natural light and a view to the south terrace and the grand heritage tree which […]