Each fall we look forward to celebrating design with the Oregon landscape architecture community at the annual Oregon ASLA Awards Soiree. This year we are proud to share that two Mayer/Reed projects and one Mayer/Reed landscape architect took home honors.Representatives from Mayer/Reed and the City of Portland accepted an honor award in analysis & planning for the Green Loop, a concept and planning framework for a continuous pedestrian and bicycle trail encircling Portland’s inner city utilizing existing street rights-of-way as its network.
A second honor award, this one in the category of community service, went to our pro-bono Portland Winter Light Festival installation – Kinetic DeLight. Crafted of 700 human-powered LED skateboard wheels on a custom steel frame, the exhibit invited visitors to spin streaks of light, offering both touch and visual sensations. Kinetic DeLight will be making a re-appearance at the free 2020 Portland Winter Light Festival in February.In addition, Mayer/Reed landscape architect, Shannon Simms, received the President’s Chapter Service Award in recognition of her outstanding volunteer service on behalf of the chapter and the profession.
After years of design and construction, Portland State University’s former Neuberger Hall reopened this week with a new name, Fariborz Maseeh Hall. As students return to campus for the fall term, one of the first things they’ll notice about the remodeled academic and student services building is the new main entry plaza on the South Park Blocks with its unique site amenity we call the Social Jetty. The Mayer/Reed designed jetty is a 77 ft. long steel and wood structure that invites people to dock out of the flow for a period of time. It provides places to sit, dine, study, converse, create, relax, people-watch or simply be. We’ll be watching to see how it gets used in the days ahead.
Civic leaders, designers, alumni, students, neighbors and even miniature horses celebrated the re-opening of Grant High School on September 7. A major modernization transformed the historic campus and buildings to the delight of visitors who marveled at the 21st Century learning environments behind the restored 1924 facade.Thanks to removal of non-historic structures, the campus gained well-connected open spaces, a sports field expansion and seamless integration with the adjacent Grant Park. Grant is the third of Portland Public Schools‘ completed high school modernization projects, following Franklin and Roosevelt High Schools. Next up for construction are Madison, Lincoln and Benson High Schools.
Concrete, stone, steel and water come together as Portland’s newest civic plaza nears completion. The Oregon Convention Center Plaza celebrates Oregon’s cultural and natural beauty through materials, craftsmanship, performance and design.