This past week the City of Bainbridge Island was presented an Award of Excellence for the Winslow Way street reconstruction project. The project was selected 2013 Best City Project by the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Washington division of the Federal Highways Administration. The award was presented by Kathleen Davis, WSDOT’s Director of the Highways and Local Programs office, who said the project stood out for its innovation and sustainable design. SvR’s design for the street incorporated green stormwater infrastructure systems including stormwater planters, bioretention swales, and Silva Cells and emphasized community values by providing wider sidewalks, gathering areas, bike facilities and site amenities to support overall accessibility. The reconstructed street has once again made Winslow Way a valued community destination at the center of Bainbridge Island.
SvR, in partnership with Friends of the Hill, Cascade Land Conservancy, and the City of Tukwila has been selected to receive the John D. Spellman Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation for its “exemplary work to preserve and interpret the Duwamish Hill Preserve.” Nate Cormier, ASLA, LEED AP, and Tom von Schrader, PE, LEED AP, will attend a ceremony on Friday, June 17th, 2011 to receive the award from County Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Landmarks Commission.
Duwamish Preserve Hill is a 9-acre nature park on an unusual outcropping of bedrock rising beside the Duwamish River. The property is culturally significant to the Muckleshoot and Duwamish tribes for its association with Southern Puget Sound Salish oral tradition and mythology. Working with the tribes, the Cascade Land Conservancy, and the City of Tukwila, SvR developed a phased master plan and detailed designs for the first phase, including trails, interpretives, viewpoints, and an outdoor classroom. Phase 1 was constructed in 2009-2010. Design of Phase 2 is underway.
On Wednesday, March 25, the Municipal League of King County honored SvR Design Company’s Brice Maryman with the Doug Mason Memorial Award for his volunteer work on Open Space Seattle 2100 and the Seattle Parks for All Levy. The Doug Mason Memorial is given to a person, age 35 or under, who has made a special contribution to the people of King County in the following areas: environmental protection and preservation, agricultural preservation, transportation, human services, housing, good government, ethics in politics, or effective government administration. Maryman, who is a landscape architect at SvR, co-directed Open Space Seattle 2100, creating a collaborative planning process that directly engaged hundreds of multidisciplinary professionals and citizens to create long-term plans for Seattle's interconnected "green infrastructure," and helped catalyze and led the coalition that advocated for 2008’s successful parks and green spaces levy renewal.
Eight individuals and three organizations were honored in the Municipal League’s 50th annual Civic Awards for outstanding contribution to the community. Open Space Seattle 2100, which Brice co-directed with the University of Washington’s Nancy Rottle, was also the winner of the 2007 ASLA Planning + Analysis Honor Award.