A New Era for Errol Heights Park

Errol Heights Park buzzed with excitement on June 1 as the community gathered to celebrate the reimagined park and surrounding street improvements. The much-anticipated updates (completed in January of this year by Portland Parks & Recreation) have quickly transformed the park into a neighborhood gem.  

The play areas were alive with activity, folks explored the elevated, accessible pathway that zigzags through the urban wetland and, overall, a sense of joy and gratitude filled the air. Community members shared personal stories about the journey to make this dream a reality; a ceremonial ribbon-cutting marked the beginning of a new era for the park and neighborhood. 

As landscape architect for the park, Mayer/Reed’s design relied heavily on public input. The resulting programming reflects the neighborhood’s passion for accessibility, inclusivity, community gathering and environmental protection. Revamped and ready for exploration – Errol Heights Park has something for everyone. 

Posted June 13, 2024
Written by: Mayer/Reed

A New Innovation Hub at University of Portland

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 4 celebrated the recent opening of the Shiley-Marcos Center for Design & Innovation at the University of Portland. Designed by Opsis Architecture, with wayfinding and donor recognition by Mayer/Reed, the building embodies the innovative spirit of Donald P. Shiley (UP alum and engineer) who attributed his professional success to collaboration and hands-on experimentation. An installation featuring the building’s namesake couple, Donald Shiley and Darlene Marcos Shiley, asks, “What if I followed my imagination? What if I wasn’t afraid to fail?” – encouraging future engineers to use the building’s makerspaces, labs and tools to tinker, dream and innovate.

Posted May 07, 2024
Written by: Mayer/Reed

OSU PRAx Opens Its Doors

Oregon State University’s Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts, or PRAx, bustled with activity during a grand opening in early April. Visitors enjoyed art installations, live music and theatrical performances throughout the day-long celebration.

Designed by Holst Architecture with signage by Mayer/Reed, the new campus centerpiece is home to a concert hall, black box theater and art gallery, as well as classrooms, studios and labs. Sophisticated yet understated, the signage system plays with depth, translucence, reflection, sheen and contrast to amplify the drama taking place within the venue.

Posted April 11, 2024
Written by: Mayer/Reed

Register for ASLA Oregon’s Design Symposium

The Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is gearing up for their largest education event of the year: the 2024 ASLA Oregon Design Symposium. This year’s theme, Symbiosis: Better Together, explores the power of collaboration – between fellow designers, the environment and our communities.

ASLA Oregon Design Symposium -  Symbiosis: Better Together 2024

Managing the event is Mayer/Reed’s Taylor Bowden, landscape designer and vice president of ASLA Oregon chapter services. Taylor has been working with a team of volunteers (including Mayer/Reed’s Laura Hartzell, ASLA president-elect; Michael O’Brien, ASLA; and Reece Vissia, ASLA) to program a day full of motivating, educational and inspiring content for the local design community.

Symbiosis: Better Together takes place online and at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, April 13th. Early-bird registration is open now through March 15th. We hope to see you there!