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April 23, 2014

Nine projects win ASLA awards for landscapes

The Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects picked nine projects to win its 2014 Professional Awards.

There were 27 submissions. Projects had to be completed by a landscape architect registered in Washington, but the work could be located anywhere.

The honor award is the highest, followed by merit and special mention.

Kellye Hilde, a parks project manager with Sammamish, received an award for her volunteer service to the chapter.

The international jury consisted of five academics and practitioners: Clare Cooper Marcus, Keith LeBlanc, Cynthia Girling, Marsha Lea and Terry Clements.

Merit award in general design

Project: University of Washington West Campus Residences in Seattle

Landscape architect: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

Client: UW Housing and Food Services

Architect: Mahlum

Jury comments: This is an excellent redesign of the approaches to student housing and the spaces between buildings — the very spaces where students are likely to gather, meet and socialize.

Merit award in general design

Project: Magnuson Park in Seattle

Landscape architect: Berger Partnership

Client: Seattle Parks and Recreation

Engineer: Dyanne Sheldon

Jury comments: The jury was impressed that the history and ecology of the site was well represented in the finished design, even though quite different uses have been installed over time.

Merit award in general design

Project: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus in Seattle

Landscape architect: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

Client: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Architect: NBBJ

Engineer: KPFF, Arup

Other consultant: CMS Collaborative

Jury comments: This handsomely executed campus design is a dramatic repair of a former parking lot to a predominantly green/blue refuge.

Merit award in residential design

Project: Stack House Apartments in Seattle

Landscape architect: Berger Partnership

Client: Vulcan Inc.

Architect: Runberg Architecture Group

Jury Comments: The jury praised the strong connectivity of the new apartment development to the neighborhood and maximizing the site by creating dual purpose spaces for services and recreation, with an emphasis on pedestrians.

Merit award in research, planning and analysis

Project: Melrose Promenade in Seattle

Landscape architect: Berger Partnership

Client: Mike Kent, Melrose Promenade Advisory

Architect: Schemata Workshop and Weinstein A+U

Jury comments: The ideas presented in this vision offer possibilities that seemed attainable and made real by the graphics.

Merit award in works in progress

Project: Assiniboine Zoo — Journey to Churchill in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Landscape architect: The Portico Group

Client: Assiniboine Park Conservancy

Architects: The Portico Group and Number TEN Architectural Group

Engineer: SMS Engineering, CKP Ltd, KGS, NWH Global

Jury comments: This work in progress shows promise to be both an immersive education and a genuinely altering landscape experience.

Special mention award in general design

People’s choice award

Client: East Bay Public Plaza in Olympia

Landscape architect: Robert W. Droll, Landscape Architect

Client: LOTT Clean Water Alliance

Architect: Swalling Walk

Engineer: Waterscape Solutions

Other consultants: Sea Reach, Brown and Caldwell, BCE Engineers, Shea Carr Jewell, Mike Cummins, Amanda Klemaske Conahan, Brandon Zebold, and Eric Holdener

Jury comments: This interactive learning landscape gets high marks for the stories it tells about water.

Special mention award in general design

Project: American Trail Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C.

Landscape architect: The Portico Group

Client: Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Architect: Quinn Evans Architects

Engineer: McMullan & Associates, James Posey & Associates, and Gordon

Other consultants: The Care of Trees, Protection Engineering

Jury comments: An artful translation of a West Coast habitat into an East Coast environment that’s worthy of recognition along with the close attention to details embedded in the exhibit hardscape.

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