21st STREET | PASO ROBLES, CA
21st Street is a green, complete street in the heart of Paso Robles. A former drainageway, SvR’s landscape architects and civil engineers prepared a concept plan to improve five contiguous blocks of 21st Street and mentored local design firm, Cannon, through development of construction documents. Estimates show that with recent local rains, "approximately 250,000 gallons of water have recharged into the groundwater basin, equal to a family of four using potable water for an entire year."
BEACON MOUNTAIN | SEATTLE, WA
From Beacon Mountain’s covered overlook, users of this innovative natural play environment are able to take in panoramic views of Jefferson Park and Puget Sound. The real fun begins when they splash in the sprayground, swoosh down the curving slides or glide along the ziplines. Like the relationship between Beacon Hill and the Duwamish River Valley, Beacon Mountain rises above the surrounding landscape of Jefferson Park. At the foot of the hill, a sequence of water elements—a cistern, a rain garden, porous pavements and a sprayground—combines the best of natural and industrial processes to demonstrate a more sustainable strategy for urban hydrology.
WINSLOW WAY | BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA
Working closely with the City of Bainbridge Island, SvR helped realize the City’s vision of creating a vibrant pedestrian downtown environment that enhances multimodal and multiuse activity. The design program for this half-mile of roadway addressed the reconstruction of failing utility infrastructure (including water, sewer, and drainage), relocation of overhead utilities, intersection improvements and the introduction of green stormwater infrastructure systems. The design emphasized community values in providing wider sidewalks, gathering areas, bike facilities and site amenities while addressing overall accessibility.
"Winslow Way is one of the best remade streets I’ve seen anywhere in America.”
-Dan Burden, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute
THORNTON CREEK WATER QUALITY CHANNEL
Carved out of an abandoned parking lot, the Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel is a water treatment facility and public open space that catalyzed mixed-use redevelopment of surrounding parcels while treating runoff from 680 acres of North Seattle.
winner of 2010 ASLA Washington Chapter Honor Award; Seattle Design Commission 2009 Design Excellence Award; and 2008 ASCE Local Outstanding Civil Engineering Award
BELL STREET PARK | SEATTLE, WA
Bell Street Park is a 4-block hybrid of park activities and street functions. It gives an outdoor living room to residents of Seattle’s densest neighborhood while allowing automobile, bus, bicycle, and emergency vehicle access.
"The chaos of mixing different lifestyles, cultures, needs, uses, and modes in one place paradoxically gives way to unbridled efficiency. Welcome to Bell Street Park."
-Josh Feit, Seattle Metropolitan
BARTON BASIN GSI for CSO CONTROL PROJECT | SEATTLE, WA
SvR has been providing planning, civil engineering and landscape architecture services to King County's Wastewater Treatment Division for the use of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) to control Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) in Seattle’s 110-acre Barton Basin. These improvements are an alternative to controlling CSOs with conventional concrete storage tanks.
CHIEF SEALTH TRAIL | SEATTLE, WA
This Vision 20/20 award-winning 3.5-mile-long addition to the Regional Trails System within the Seattle City Light transmission corridor was designed for cyclists and pedestrians, while accommodating utility access. The trail features 22 street crossings, bioswales, wetlands and used 250,000 cubic yards of recycled fill from Sound Transit’s light rail construction. SvR provided grading, drainage, alignment, and landscape restoration design services.
HIGH POINT REDEVELOPMENT | SEATTLE, WA
In addition to serving as a model of progressive urban neighborhood development, the Seattle Housing Authority's High Point community includes a cohesive natural drainage system that improves water quality in the nearby Longfellow Creek by making the 120-acre site, 10% of the creek basin, perform like pasture conditions.
winner of 2007 Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence; and 2006 ASCE Region 8 Outstanding Project for Site Development