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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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Sensory Garden at Woodland Park Zoo

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FBP is leading a team and collaborating with Land Morphology on a new park for Seattle Parks Department adjacent to the Rose Garden at Woodland Park Zoo.

The Sensory Garden is intended to be primarily a full sensory experience with some restorative and therapeutic elements. It is intentionally designed to be an accessible, inclusive, safe, social place, The garden will be a welcoming community place, inviting and supporting people of all ages and abilities.

The garden is designed to support evidence-based research on the benefits of gardens, nature, socializing and restorative environments. The spatial layout, amenities and design details incorporate principles of Universal Design, Community Crime Prevention Guidelines (CCP) and current accessibility standards (ADA). Members of and representatives of special communities will be consulted throughout the design, construction and maintenance phases. The working group includes representative from communities of people who are deaf and blind and people with autism.

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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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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.