Landscape architects at Mayer/Reed volunteered “hands on” time last week, applying elbow grease into pruning shrubs and trees of the two courtyards at Bud Clark Commons, a non-profit center providing services to the homeless. The Day Center and Men’s Shelter courtyards get intensive use everyday. While we don’t normally maintain the landscapes that we’ve designed, returning to sites after installation is time well spent to see if the spaces are being used in all the ways we anticipated.
The Bud Clark Commons courtyard gate is featured in the current edition of eg, the award-winning magazine focusing on visual communications in the built environment. The magazine is published quarterly by the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD).
“Mayer/Reed was responsible for landscape architecture and environmental graphics for the center, including a distinctive courtyard gate that at once communicates the center’s ethos of safety and inclusiveness.
Waterjet-cut from weathering steel, the 16-foot-wide gate contains quotations that establish connections to the community and to the shared human condition.”
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Oregon presented Mayer/Reed with a Merit Award in Transportation for our work on the Darlene Hooley Pedestrian Bridge at the annual Design Award Soiree held November 1st.
The jury appreciated Mayer/Reed’s collaboration with the bridge engineers and architects in achieving a project that is elegant in form and compelling for pedestrians. We are honored to be acknowledged for our contributions to the bridge’s interface with two distinct neighborhoods, as well as our input on the design of the bridge itself. Now, it’s great to see the bridge in active use, with people using it every day, even making the choice to take the stairs!
The ASLA awards program recognizes the best in the landscape architecture of public places, residential designs, campuses, parks and urban planning projects in Oregon.
Mayer/Reed Scope: Signage
Location: Salem, OR
Opened: July 1, 2013
Photographer: Ken Gutmaker