- Landscape Architecture
- Green roofs and eco-roofs
- Native plants & wildlife habitat
- Stormwater treatment & bioswales
- Design Excellence Award, Portland Design Commission, 2019
The Elks Children’s Eye Clinic is designed as a “site for the senses” on Oregon Health & Science University’s Marquam Hill campus. Tucked into the hillside, the 65,000 sf five story clinic is connected by a skybridge to the Casey Eye Institute. The site design works within a tight footprint on a challenging, sloped site to be user-friendly for people with visual impairment and inviting for children and families.
The entry plaza and sensory garden welcome visitors with an array of native plants selected for their scents, rustling sounds and color throughout the seasons. Punctuating the garden, a textured feature wall with multi-colored glass appeals to both people with low vision and full sight. A future path will wind up the hill through the garden, providing an ADA accessible connection to the future hospital expansion. A courtyard between the new building and an existing parking garage provides a shady outdoor respite especially for people sensitive to light.