Last week marked the grand opening of the Hacienda Futsal Court in Northeast Portland’s Cully Neighborhood. Jason King of Terra Fluxus worked with Hacienda and the design team to provide site plan, stormwater management, and green roof design for this covered, open-air structure. Check out a pick of project partner Verde‘s Alan Hipolito saying a few words at the event.
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.
Terra Fluxus is happy to have helped innovative local developer, Kevin Cavenaugh (who was also our awesome landlord for the past two plus years at Tenpod!) on his new project, The Ocean – a collection of micro-restaurants in an old Tire shop at NE 24th and Glisan in Portland. Cavenaugh and his architect on the project, Brett Schulz employed Terra Fluxus envisioned a low-maintenance landscape design with street trees, climbing vines, and other plantings to provide a cozy environment for restaurant customers. There’s more behind in the private space for Cavenaugh and his family – who are moving in right next door.
The project has not been fully implemented yet, but check out some photos from the Oregonian (above) along with a few reviews of the restaurants, some more on the project, and some additional coverage from Brian Libby at Portland Architecture. Or better yet, go check it out and grab a bite.
Major progress in the past few weeks on the Women’s Health Center of Southern Oregon, which is housed along with Asante Women’s Imaging in Grant’s Pass, Oregon. The building, designed by TVA Architects and a stellar design team, is now open for business and had an open house this week, and is tracking for LEED certification for a range of sustainable strategies. The final touches are being made on the landscape and site work – which should be wrapped up in a month. Some photos of the progress – starting with the parking and main entrance, which is mostly completed.
Some additional work is yet to do on the stormwater swale and rain garden, including custom stonework, and lush wetland plantings.
The larger rain garden and overlook plantings are next to be installed, now that the final stone wall install is finishing up. The arcs will act as weirs for different zones of vegetated stormwater treatment areas, as well as providing a seasonally varied palette of plants.
I was happy to open my inbox and see a note from Dave Donaldson, project manager for Oregon Health + Science University (OHSU) Facilities – was nice enough to send some photos of the School of Nursing Pop-Up Plaza in full school mode. A great place to relax, study, and enjoy sun or shade, depending on the time of day and your desires. The moveable furnishings are being utilized for user customized space, and larger groups can congregate at tables.
Great to see – and will follow up with more in the future.
The ability to respond quickly to a design challenge is one of the strengths of TERRA.fluxus. This was proven recently with a fast-track project to complete a courtyard remodel at the School of Nursing at Oregon Health + Science University (OHSU) campus. The courtyard was completed in the early 1990s, and sits partially on structure and partially at grade – nestled into a shade corner of the Southwest Portland, Oregon campus. The space acts as a fishbowl with 3 and 4 story spaces overlooking the open plan, minimal furnishings, and lack of scale. There are areas of sun and shade that make the space either too dark and cold or too sunny and hot, so the challenge is finding ways to incorporate microclimatic conditions along with division of space to provide private ‘rooms’.
The additional challenge was that design and installation needed to be done within the current fiscal year – meaning a deadline of June 30th for the project to be complete. We met with facilities folks to get a run-down on the situation and check out the site, then quickly prepared two concepts that utilized screening of space, similar to the planter-based strategy employed at the recent Washington Medical Center project. The creation of outdoor rooms with vegetated structures provided necessary scale and enclosure, coupled with reuse of planters and plantings. The addition of sculptural planters, overhead tensile structures, lighting, and bamboo rounded out the space, along with plans for furnishings and other amenities.
The overall plan was meant to provide a simple spatial arrangement and placement of elements – which we fine-tuned to meet schedule and budget – eliminating expensive or long-lead time items. This was reviewed and approved by School of Nursing administrators, and the race to install was on!
The quick timeline meant finding available planters, furnishings, plant materials, and adaptively re-using the spaces. Contractor Teufel Landscape went out of their way to find available materials in short timeline, and to ensure that building residents were happy – meaning no disruption of classes or other activities while transporting materials through the building.
The transformation is evident in these before and after shots of the planter at grade:
The space from the balconies above, showing the site during planter placement early in the week and the final result. The simplicity of the offset geometry becomes evident in the replication of a simple form overlapped to create a variety of spaces for privacy as well as socialization. This pattern also was meant to activate the visual interest from above office and classroom windows – rather than staring down on a concrete and brick desert.
And some additional images showing the final spaces – an extreme two-week makeover with spaces to be enjoyed on the ground and from above.
We do a lot of large projects, whether that be housing, medical facilities, green roofs, or landscape remediation. It’s fun sometimes to focus on the small-scale, such as this residential example of rooftop greening on a home garage at SE Stephens Street in Portland. The owners Staci and Carol were excited about the idea of transforming their garage rooftop into a lush amenity, seeing as this was the view from their dining and kitchen area – a black epdm roof and white flashing.
TERRA.fluxus sketched a quick plan for the 260 square foot roof, incorporating a number of features, including trailing plants on the edges, mounds built up with boulders, birdbath. The clients wanted a semblance of order, but also to provide habitat for birds, particularly hummingbirds, and the more rare over-wintering, non-migratory Anna’s Hummingbird – which likes a range of flowering species and local insect populations. A range of perennials were provided on the berms, complemented by some grasses and sedum cuttings on the lower areas. The project scope also included submission of the Ecoroof Incentive from the City of Portland, a $5/square foot incentive to promote green roofs of varying types, sizes, and conditions throughout Portland.
We enlisted Ecoroofs Everywhere to install the project, and Dan Manning and crew provided full-service, including a new roof membrane, augmented flashing, and the full installation of soil, boulders, plants, and other amenities. In addition, they provided structural upgrades for the garage, adding more bracing and plywood on the interior to accommodate the additional green roof weight. A few photos of the installation of soil, layout and berming, and initial planting, show their progress.
The newly planted roof looks great – seen here from the dining area – you see the birdbath – with access pavers, mounds, and featherstone boulders, as well as some simple solar lighting.
The back around newly planted as well… Happy clients, and the roof will just look better with age.
A recent pro-bono project has started to be implemented. Working with Groundwork Portland and the Muslim Community Center of Portland, TERRA.fluxus helped to expand the community garden – the Seeds of Understanding Garden – which is located at N. Killingsworth and N. Vancouver in Portland. A site plan of the garden shows the range of elements including food production, native planting, and stormwater management.
A couple of work-parties in April and early May expanded the garden and included construction of raised beds, new community garden areas, access ramp, and native plantings. A visible element started during the May work party was the ecoroof kiosk, which was placed near the street for a future informational signage and kiosk. TERRA.fluxus went to the Green Roof Information Think-tank to get some volunteers to complete the kiosk over Memorial day weekend – and found the eager assistance of Portland State University Environmental Science students Bonnie and Wes. Thanks to Dave at Pro-Gro Mixes for donation of growing media, Holly Huntley from Environs PDX for the preliminary construction, and Ecoroofs Everywhere for putting a roof membrane on the structure. Much appreciated!
Photos of this weekend installation are below:
The completed structure – the newest 16 square feet of green roof in Portland.
A recent blurb in the Daily Journal of Commerce – DJC Oregon entitled ‘Oregon landscape architects capitalize on their green edge‘, which discussed the competitive advantage “Many Oregon landscape architecture firms, however, say they’ve been able to buck the national trend because they have expertise in sustainable design, specifically in regard to stormwater management and green roofs.” These are definitely a couple of niche markets that TERRA.fluxus thrives on – so I appreciate the nice quote in the story from Reed Jackson on some of our recent work, including the recently installed green wall screen for the Washington Medical Center in Oakland – seen below.
As quoted in the article:
“On a smaller scale, TERRA.fluxus, a two-person firm owned by Jason King, has a partnership with a roofing company in California. The firm, which recently designed a green wall for a medical center in Oakland, Calif., and has another project set to start soon in Los Angeles, is able to maintain this partnership because of its innovative work, King said. “When you’re looking at an economic downtown in Portland or Oregon, it isn’t going to affect (landscape architects) as much because they go other places to do that work,” he said. “Being able to go down to California and to offer a lot of the lessons we’ve learned in Oregon is definitely a market niche that helps to get, keep and expand business.”
A project from August 2010 aimed to create visualizations from patient rooms at Washington Medical Center in Oakland, California. The renderings were aimed at showing how to screen views, many of which were filled with rooftop equipment which detracted from patient health and distracted viewers from beautiful distant views. By providing an intermediate vegetated bands, the project focused on distant views while screening a range or rooftop equipment, as seen in one of the early renderings below:
A follow-up to the project created a modular installation (pilot project) that could be applied to areas of the roof – and scaled as large or small as was needed. A range of different plantings allowed for variety of foliage color, texture, and provided seasonal change. The planters are ballasted with pavers, and allow for small plantings along with a range of vines, including Passion Vine, Star Jasmine, Cape Honeysuckle, Pink Bower Vine, and the wonderful bay area Bougainvillaea.
A close up of the plans and elevations show the simplicity of construction of the modular units.
Project partner Tremco Roofing recently had a preliminary array of planters installed at the Washington Medical Center, in the Joint Replacement Facility, and also the Maternity Ward windows – screening stress-inducing views and noise of rooftop mechanical equipment. Although newly planted, the potential for screening is obvious. (Photos courtesy of Liz Hart from Tremco)
A more extensive second phase is planned for more rooftop areas in the next few months.