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Fort Ward Community Hall

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The Fort Ward Community Hall project will see restoration of the 1910 bakery building at Fort Ward for use as an indoor public park facility. An interpretive component will note the fort’s place in the Puget Sound coast defense network in the early 20th century, and its significant role in top-secret Navy radio communications and codebreaking during World War II.

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Bloedel Reserve – Bird Marsh Master Plan

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The new master plan embraces and continues Prentice Bloedel’s commitment to conservation, sustainability and visitor experience. His adaptive management approach will be embraced with the objective of balancing visitor experience and ecological performance.

Proposed changes include:

  • Redesign of the arrival sequence and pathways to provide more diverse experiences and  Increase the length of undisturbed shoreline and the area of marginal vegetation
  • Develop longer and more gently sloping paths to provide more diverse experiences including pollinator meadow, marsh, water, pond margins and forest edge.
  • Modify the relationship of the trail to the shoreline and highlight other landscape features
  • Introduce secondary loops and spur pathways to provide for access to quieter and more contemplative places on the water’s edge

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US War Memorial, Wellington NZ

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The American Battle Monuments Commission commissioned four firms to develop design concepts for a new U.S. memorial at New Zealand’s historic War Memorial Park in the city of Wellington. FBP teamed with Generator Studio of Kansas City to develop a design concept. With a focus on World War II, our design celebrates the 100-year alliance between U.S. & N.Z.  The bridge symbolizes the Arc of History where significant conflicts & peacekeeping agreements between our nations are remembered. The bridge is also located on an axis connecting Washington DC and Wellington.  It lies at the intersection of two opposing gardens:  Garden of Peace and Garden of Sacrifice, and is a place to experience the dualities of Peace & War, Life & Death, Hope & Despair and the intersection of these dualities where Peacekeeping, Growth and Sacrifice are embraced and as a place to honor and remember those who have served.

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Old Orchard Lodge at Arrow Peak Ranch

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The architecture of the new Old Orchard Lodge at Arrow Peak Ranch references rustic park lodges of the National Park System built in the early 1900’s. The site and landscape design will incorporate these important references as well as references to nature and human activities in the western landscape. Experiences, design details and sightlines from the new lodge will connect guests with nature, native people, exploration, and the settling of the west.

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Cascade Peaks Visitor Center- Mount St. Helens

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FBP is working on a team for the National Forest Service to upgrade site facilities and provide a new visitor center building at Cascade Peaks, located within the 1980 eruption’s blast zone on the east side of Mount St. Helens. Improvements may include a new building, reconfigured parking and pedestrian circulation for accessibility requirements, an interpretive plaza, picnicking, new vault toilets, and sub-alpine habitat restoration. Team members include Cushing Terrell Architecture and Schwab Engineering and Management.

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Net Shed Vista Park

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Concept plans were developed for the City of Poulsbo as they consider improving this existing neighborhood park by adding shoreline access, managing vegetation to preserve views of the harbor, restoring the slope with native plants and providing other site amenities for picnicking and interpretation. Named after its historical use as a net storage area for the town’s fishing industry, it subsequently became a waste treatment plant, which was then decommissioned in the 1970’s. A set of stairs would allow visitors to access the beach from the upper park area. The stairs would connect to an existing large concrete tank at the base of the hill providing a landing and viewpoint. Existing concrete settling basins would become restored wetlands surrounded by boardwalks and picnic platforms.

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Fort Lewis Garrison Historic District, JBLM WA*

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The future expansion of the military base has the potential to affect existing cultural resources. Through a contract managed by USCOE a multidisciplinary team of consultants was retained to research, document, and provide tools to encourage appreciation of the base’s historic resources. The team produced documentation of historic resources, a walking tour guide and map, a documentary film, and a website that included interactive games. Illustration by Jim Collins. *AECOM project.

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Snoqualmie Falls Lower Park & Trail*

Significant improvements to the Lower Park and trail at Snoqualmie Falls are currently under construction with an anticipated completion date of April 2013. Major features will include a new parking lot with rain garden for stormwater management, a new interpretive plaza with large green-roof kiosk, a new restroom, a boater put-in for river rafters and kayakers, interpretive elements and signs, trails and walkways, a new boardwalk to the lower falls observation deck, habitat restoration, and wetland creation. Illustration by Stephanie Bower Architectural Illustration. *AECOM project now under FBP.

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Plant 1 at Snoqualmie Falls*

Significant improvements to Plant 1, the historic and operational area above the falls at PSE’s Snoqualmie Falls hydroelectric project, are currently under construction with an anticipated completion date of April 2013. In collaboration with BOLA Architecture + Planning and Lehrman Cameron Studio (I&E), two structures will be restored for interpretation and education: the historic train depot and carpenter shop. Situated adjacent to the railroad, a timber deck surrounds these structures connecting them to a third: a new shelter for a large historic generator display. *AECOM project now under FBP.

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Tollgate Farm Master Plan*

An APA award-winning project, the Master Plan developed for the 48-acre Tollgate Farm property was able to achieve consensus amongst the goals of varying interest groups. The plan balances the need for active and passive recreation in the valley, habitat restoration along Ribary Creek, historic preservation of the farmhouse, agricultural conservation of the large meadow, and preservation of views of Mt. Si. Tollgate Farm is an iconic rural landscape and community resource that will continue to define the character of the City while providing for its growing recreational needs. *AECOM project.