Some rough footage of the water feature at the Women’s Center of Southern Oregon, which was completed in the fall of 2012. I put together a compilation of some clips from the feature in action, which takes the Rogue River as a analogy for the design, particularly the variation of textures and depths which articulates subtleties of light and sound.
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.
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.
The building is emerging for the Women’s Center of Southern Oregon, which is across the street from the existing Asante Three Rivers Community Hospital Campus in Grants Pass. The building design is from TVA Architects, and they have created a modern gem, which can be seen from the site through the canopy of the mature native oaks that were saved during construction.
The building features a prominent entry with floor to ceiling glazing, as seen from the walkway extending towards the entrance from the new parking zones.
Perimeter fencing and curbs are installed, along with irrigation, rounding out site infrastructure and making way for plants, stormwater features, accent walls, seating, and the central water features.
Stone walls in the site mimic the stone facing on the building, making the landscape and extension of the architecture. In this case, a viewing platform will extend into a large rain garden on the north end of the property to provide a respite area for relaxation.
A little dusty right now – but destined to be a very green (lush) and also sustainably green (the project is tracking as LEED Silver currently) addition to this great Southern Oregon community. Construction should be completed in early September.
A great article in today’s Daily Journal of Commerce discusses the ground-breaking for the Three Rivers Community Hospital (TRCH) Outpatient Center project for Asante. The project is designed by TVA Architects, and includes an all-star team of consultants. TERRA.fluxus is thrilled to be providing landscape architecture for the project, including respite areas, stormwater management, entry plaza, parking, and other site improvements. This continues a long line of projects including the Women’s Center of Southern Oregon, along with Creekside Clinic, Asante Court, and the Asante Genesis Campus.
The landscape for the site modulates between the urban and the natural, aiming to be an extension of the architecture. Key moments through the site provide a visible statement of Asante’s commitment to sustainable design including swales in parking areas, flow-through planters along the entry, and street frontage building swales. As mentioned by TVA Principal Monty Hill in the article, the building “…objective was to improve the patient experience through architectural design. He said the outpatient facility’s interior will feature lots of natural materials like stones and woods, which people inherently respond to positively. So it’s more like a nice hotel,” Hill said. “It’s a critical time in your life and so you need to be treated well and you need to have a comforting space.” Hill said the design also would use a lot of natural light and provide numerous smaller, intimate waiting areas to give loved ones more privacy in challenging situations.”
Another interesting feature of the design is slated for the entry way, where a Rogue River inspired water conveyance will express roof runoff and carry it to a series of linear stormwater planters. Positioned by the front entry, the feature will also allow for seating, engaging users with the landscape in a site specific way. Some early renderings of the feature show the overall configuration of the design.
Inspired by the braided channels of area streams, along with the variation of flow rates from minimal to torrential, the feature includes a tracery of pathways with low, medium, and high flow. The entire feature will be ringed with a trench drain to convey water as it spills over the edges.
A close up shows the channels, with a surface flow, and a textured high volume flow that will create sound as water rushes past. Materials will be local stone veneer from area quarries.
Starting off 2012 with a bang, TERRA.fluxus is proud to announce two new projects, working with some of our great existing clients. First, we’re continuing work with the great folks at Asante Health System, this time building on the work at the Women’s Center and the masterplan for the Three Rivers Community Hospital (TRCH) in Grant’s Pass, in addition to the Genesis Campus Master Plan in Central Point, and the Asante Court Park in Medford. After working on a small parking lot expansion at TRCH last year, we are beginning the next phase in the overall campus building, working on a new Outpatient Center (with TVA Architects leading the efforts, and continuing work on site issues with KPFF Civil Engineers) which will include in addition to the new building a parking expansion, stormwater facilities, and artwork. Some preliminary rendering of the building can be seen below:
Following up the successful endeavor at Move the House Apartments, we will be working with the great team at Urban Development Partners again, moving down the block at bit to another location along Southeast Division street at 33rd Avenue. The project has a different configuration and architecture, and we’re happy to be collaborating with the talented designers at THA Architecture to make this project a reality. A quick snapshot of the concept plan shows some of the interesting features, including stormwater planters, permeable paving, green screens, and vegetated green roof areas.
The project will certainly evolve, so more on both of these projects as they progress.