The Women’s Center, a project in Grant’s Pass, Oregon that houses both the Women’s Health Center of Southern Oregon and Asante Women’s Imaging project is close to complete, as winter weather falls (see recent updates here and here). In the past month, finishing touches on stormwater facilities, stonework and entry water feature were completed. A gray day makes for not the best light, but occasionally a rainbow or two, but here are a few photos of the completed project.
A swale to convey stormwater runoff from parking areas is placed along the front facade of the building, with crossings for pedestrians to connect to the larger hospital campus seen in the distance to the north. There are a series of stone weirs that hold stormwater and connect the site to the building.
The swale connects to a large, sculptural raingarden to manage all of the site runoff. Bisected with natural stone walls, this stepped series of vegetated pools cleans and detains runoff, also aiding in acheiving the LEED certification. A patio overlooks the garden, along with an overlook from the curved access path.
The entry plaza provides seating (using large glu-lam beams), and a place to sit and soak up some Southern Oregon sun – in close proximity, but separated from the main entry walkway (under the canopy) from the landscaped parking area. In the distance you see some of the amazing native Oaks that were saved on-site during construction.
The water feature at the entrance evokes the power and sound of the Rogue River, which flows through Grant’s Pass, with a sequence of spring, meander, riffle, falls, and pools that provide a range of acoustic interest and textures as water passes through. The ‘Micro-Rogue’ runs the length of the plaza, flowing underneath the sidewalk to the other side of the pathway.
It should look pretty amazing in spring and summer, so will post some updated photos then. Also, stay tuned for a video of the water feature – to see the Micro-Rogue in action.