- Landscape Architecture
- Stormwater treatment & bioswales
- American Society of Landscape Architects, Oregon Chapter Merit Award, 2010
Mayer/Reed led the design of Willamette National Cemetery’s East Expansion as a restorative place in harmony with the original cemetery and its natural setting. The $10.5 million expansion elegantly incorporates approximately 10,000 columbarium niches, 7,000 pre-placed crypts and 2,600 direct burial sites on an environmentally sensitive, sloped 9-acre site next to the headwaters of Johnson Creek.
The east expansion provides a park-like open space with gracious places to walk and linger, inviting visitors to experience inspirational views and a connection to nature. A central stairway links an entry court and upper overlook to three columbaria courts and an existing ceremonial shelter on the lower slope. Universal access extends to all terraced landings, overlooks and series of columbarium walls that follow the contours of the site. The walls create soft, curvilinear forms, enframing distant views of Mt. St. Helens. Vegetated bioswales run the length of the walls to treat surface runoff and protect the watershed.
The East Expansion at Willamette National Cemetery is an example of how site design can reflect traditions of honoring sacrifices of war veterans and their families while incorporating today’s green design practices.