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 […]
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 […]
As a LEED® Accredited Professional, I have read the USGBC LEED Reference Manual multiple times and spent months trying to memorize Indoor Environmental Quality credits. But let’s face it, all the clean air we pump into our buildings is from the outdoors. And as far as I know, buildings can’t generate clean air, plants do […]
As our cities grow so does their respective carbon footprint. More people translate into a higher volume of new cars, the need for new buildings, which in turn, increases the need for energy. The picture that is painted here is not very encouraging from an environmental perspective. The good news is that Ecoroofs can absorb […]
Learn about Portland’s incredible strides in the area of Green Engineering. Macdonald Environmental Planning, P.C., the landscape architect responsible for designing the Multnomah County Central City Library Ecoroof, will be appearing live on the KPTV morning show to discuss it’s commitment to Sustainability and Green Engineering.
Whether applied to a hospital’s interior design elements, its mechanical/electrical/plumbing infrastructure or its technology backbone, master planning is the health care facility professional’s tool of choice for mapping out a long-term direction within the built environment. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that Samaritan Health Services, Corvallis, Ore., decided to use a mast planning process […]