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March 31, 2010

14 projects win landscaping awards

The Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects recently announced the winners of its biennial awards program.

The awards honor general design, residential design, planning and analysis, research and communication, and works in progress.

The competition is open to landscape architects registered in Washington. Projects may be in or out of state.

Forty-three projects designed by Washington landscape architectural firms were submitted and 14 received awards.

Honor awards for general design

Madrona Woods restoration, Seattle

Landscape architect: Gaynor

Client: Friends of Madrona Woods

Engineers: Pace Engineers, Kleinfelder, Seattle Urban Nature

Description: Transformation of 10-plus acres of a neglected natural area in Madrona Park into a healthy native forest with trails, waterfalls and natural creek channels flowing to Lake Washington.

Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, Bellevue

Landscape architect: Jones & Jones Architects and Landscape Architects

Client: Bellevue Parks & Recreation Center, Pacific Science Center

Architect: Jones & Jones Architects and Landscape Architects

Engineers: PACE Consulting Engineers, Lund & Everton Structural Engineers, Stantec

Consultants: Sparling, Davis Langdon, Shannon & Wilson, Vicki Morris Consulting, Bartlett Design Co.

Description: An education facility for the study of wetland ecosystems. The LEED gold center immerses students in a thriving wetland, while exhibiting ways to help keep it intact.

Thornton Creek water quality channel, Seattle

Landscape architect and civil engineer: SvR Design Co.

Client: Seattle Public Utilities

Other engineers: Associated Earth Sciences and HDR

Consultants: Gaynor; Benson Shaw; SPU; Whiting Design; Herrera Environmental Consultants; Rich Horner, University of Washington; Kern Ewing, UW; The Hendrikus Group/Soil Dynamics, HWA GeoSciences; Olympic Associates; Triangle Associates

Description: Carved out of an abandoned parking lot, the channel is a stormwater treatment facility and public open space in an urban center. It treats pollutants from runoff, enhances the community, and offers a respite with plantings and flowing water.

Merit awards for general design

Bailey Park, Seattle

Landscape architect: Site Workshop

Client: Seattle Parks and Recreation

Description: Ella Bailey Park was a derelict, 2.4-acre asphalt playfield with one defining asset: a stunning panoramic view of the Cascade Mountains, downtown Seattle, Mount Rainier and Elliott Bay. The park now has a view promenade, an acre of open space, a playground, community gardens and improved access to the neighborhood.

Taylor 28, Seattle

Landscape architect: Mithun

Client: BRE Properties

Architects: Mithun

Engineer: Bush, Roed & Hitchings, YT Engineering, Design 2426

Description: The project transformed an austere freeway-like street in downtown Seattle into a multi-use corridor with open space. A linear plaza captures stormwater in rain gardens, provides space for pedestrians and bicyclists, and helps create a sense of space.

Merit award for works in progress

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial — phase II, Bainbridge Island

Landscape architect: Jones & Jones Architects and Landscape Architects

Client: Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial Committee

Architects: Johnpaul Jones and Colleen Thorpe

Engineers: City of Bainbridge Island, Sturdy Engineering

Consultants: Cascade-Crest Designs, Drury Construction

Description: Inspired by the emotions captured in photographs of the first internees destined for concentration camps, the memorial is designed to evoke feelings Japanese-Americans endured that day. It includes a 276-foot-long "Story Wall," with one foot for each of the 276 Japanese Americans who were living on Bainbridge Island at the start of the war.

Merit award for planning and analysis

East Redmond Corridor, Redmond

Landscape architect: The Berger Partnership

Client: Redmond Parks and Recreation Department

Architects: BOLA Architecture & Planning

Engineer: Otak

Description: In the 1970s, Redmond acquired properties along the Bear and Evans Creek valleys, straddling Redmond and unincorporated King County. The East Redmond Corridor master plan envisions those seven properties as a system of parks and trails.

Merit award for research and communication

Functional Landscapes - Assessing Elements of Seattle's Green Factor, Seattle

Landscape architect: The Berger Partnership

Client: The Berger Partnership

Description: It shows the benefits of the Green Factor, the nation's first program that requires green strategies for a planning permit. The program was introduced through the Seattle Department of Planning and Development in 2007. It is modeled after the Berlin Biotope Area Factor in Berlin, Germany, and green programs in Malmo, Sweden.

Special mention award, general design:

Cesar Chavez Park, Seattle

Landscape architect: Jones & Jones Architects and Landscape Architects

North End Parks, Boston

Landscape architects: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol; Crosby | Schlessinger | Smallridge

Pierce County central maintenance facility, Frederickson

Landscape architect: The Berger Partnership

Special mention award, planning and analysis:

Integrating Habitats Competition: Growing Together, Portland

Landscape architect: AECOM

Seattle pedestrian master plan, Seattle

Landscape architect: SvR Design Co.

West Capitol Campus historic landscape preservation master plan, Olympia

Landscape architect: Mithun

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