Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

PPMC Buildings 507 and 545 – Portland, Oregon

PPMC Buildings

This was a Providence Tenant Improvement (TI) project that triggered code compliance up to $55k for the landscape and screening. The project included the evaluation of all existing landscaping and its comparison the City of Portland code requirements. It was determined the South and West property lines failed to meet screening and street tree requirements. […]

The Meadows – Vancouver, Washington

The Meadows

The Meadows offers 30 apartments of affordable housing on 2.7 acres for VHA and Second Step in Vancouver, Washington. It features a Community Room with a BBQ picnic area and a playground designed for children of all ages and abilities right outside. Other amenities include a community garden and mini park with a meandering path. […]

Meriwether Place – Vancouver Washington

Meriwether Place - Vancouver, WA

Meriwether Place is a 30-unit affordable housing project on 1.16 acres for people transitioning from homelessness. The project was developed with VHA and Columbis Nonprofit Housing. The project features rainwater harvesting, native plantings and a weather-based sustainable irrigation system. The project was developed to the evergreen development standards. 

Gladstone Square – Portland Oregon


Gladstone Square Apartments is a 48-unit affordable housing renovation project for Home Forward on 1.8 acres in SE Portland. The primary occupants of this apartment complex are large families with many of the units being 3-4 bedrooms. Gladstone apartments feature a new courtyard that has a playground to accommodate all ages and a picnic area […]

Olympia Crest II


This affordable housing project for the Thurston County Housing Authority included a special storm water spillway that moved through the walkway and between the parking and the buildings and finally terminating at a Rainwater Celebration Plaza. This feature created a unique opportunity to incorporate native plantings for a naturalized landscape.  The Client was committed to […]

Vista Court Senior Living Facility


Vista Court a Senior Housing project for the Vancouver Housing Authority was completed in the winter of 2011. The entire project encircles a very old London Plane tree while allowing the residents to walk to the surrounding neighborhood and take pause at the many benches placed for viewing the new landscaped grounds. Van Vista an […]

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 […]

Nuevo Amanecer


As a part of this Rehabilitation Project for the Community Partners for Affordable Housing in Woodburn, OR, Macdonald Environmental Planning prepared Landscape Renovation and Irrigation Plans for the 94-unit, 11 acre site. Specific features which were previously unaddressed included Stormwater Swales, a Neighborhood Park, and Bus Stops.

The Mews


For this 24-unit affordable-housing project, we designed an exterior courtyard and gardens that are typical for high-end developments. Decorative walls and a central water feature are in the spotlight of the residents’ views, and the layout invites for a leisurely walk through the site.