West Orenco is a 422-unit high-density housing project with excellent connection to public transport. Our design balances sustainability through wetland mitigation and storm water swales with community spaces such as a pool deck and patio and a 2-acre park.
A restored wetland and grove of existing trees form the natural outdoor education classroom for children in the Oleson Woods community.
North Main village is a nationally acclaimed mixed-use project with condominiums, apartments and retails, designed to encourage sustainable urban growth and quality of life. In this spirit, we emphasized stormwater treatment through an art and community plaza and a green stormwater runoff demonstration street.
A mix of sedums, fescues, wildflowers, perennials and ornamental grasses resemble an open meadow atop the Multnomah County Building. The green roof, winner of a People’s Choice Award, is highlighted by a public viewing area with interpretation boards describing the design, construction process and environmental benefits.
The Borealis Apartments includes an array of sustainable features as well as a “green screen” on the building facade. The landscaped wall provides shade, screens rain and minimizes the wind on the building. Moreover, it provides health benefits for residents by filtering air from nearby automobile traffic.
To top off the well-known Michael Graves building icon in downtown Portland, we designed a green roof that includes the main and penthouse rooftops. The green roof is a symbol of Portland’s commitment to sustainable development. Stormwater runoff will be monitored by The Bureau of Environmental Services for the City of Portland.
Portland’s historic downtown library is now a “green building”. We began by conducting a feasibility evaluation on tray and unit type green roof construction products. Our final design for the green roof included a 3-inch thick tray system with built-in irrigation. The plant palette included a variety of extremely drought tolerant sedums.