Brumbaugh & Associatess
Specialty: Urban mixed-use, retail, residential, hospitality, healthcare
Landscape design is getting harder here, with urban “hardscapes” becoming more in demand than soft, suburban campuses.
That’s a change from past landscape work the 18-year-old Seattle company Brumbaugh & Associates has done, such as campus design for Microsoft and Safeco.
Brumbaugh principal and founder Mark Brumbaugh said, “All the easy properties are already pretty much developed.”
Intimate public spaces like piazzas and plazas are lacking in Seattle, he said, which otherwise has great large public spaces.
Creating high-quality hardscapes will mean creating texture through a variety of surfaces, paying attention to detail, and making spaces inviting by adding outdoor furniture and artwork.
Healthcare projects have become one of the company’s strongest growth areas in the last five years. Brumbaugh said he expects it to continue for another five years.
He’s been involved with the U.S. Green Building Council and said the private sector is investing more in LEED projects.
Green roofs similar to those the principal saw on sustainability tour in Denmark could make their way atop 2200 Westlake. A green roof is also planned for Alexan Cascade, a seven-story mixed-use housing project.