- Landscape Architecture
- Master Planning
- Urban Design
- Green roofs and eco-roofs
- Native plants & wildlife habitat
- Stormwater treatment & bioswales
- Transit connections/alternative transportation
- Historic preservation
Four nationally recognized teams were invited to participate in a competition to develop design concepts for the Vancouver Community Connector, a 14-acre landscape bridge over the Interstate 5 freeway just north of the Columbia River. The Community Connector project is intended to mend the urban fabric between the historic Fort Vancouver National Site and the thriving downtown district. Mayer/Reed led a team composed of landscape architects, architects, urban planners, engineers and artists.
The team’s concept, “The Cloud Cap” draws some of its inspiration from the ethereal cloud formations of the Cascade Mountains of the region. The concept demonstrates a number of ways that a freeway cap can make new community links. The connector also sets the stage for an distinctive gateway to the city and the intersection of transportation modes, historic preservation and urban innovation. Celebrating the history, culture, creativity and spectacular landscape of the Pacific Northwest, it’s envisioned to be a new civic space peopled with residents and visitors alike. The native oak savanna of the Ft. Vancouver National Site grounds extends over the bridge to intersect with the urban character of downtown.