EW Welcomes Barker Landscape Architects To The Team!

Environmental Works is excited to announce that the talented Barker Landscape Architects (BLA) team joined EW on January 1, 2019.  BLA has partnered with EW on dozens of projects over the past 20 years, and shares EW’s commitment to community engagement and responsive, inclusive design.  Some of our current collaborations include the Edmonds Waterfront Center and Waterfront Redevelopment, East Whatcom Regional Resource Center Building #2, Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm Retail Building and Heritage Trail Extension, Everett Safe Streets Supportive Housing, and a new affordable family housing development in Omak.

Founder John Barker launched BLA in 1990, after several years as a park planner with the City of Bellevue.  His career in the public sector strengthened his commitment to open space projects, expansive accessibility, and the meaningful involvement of end users in the design process.  These principles have guided BLA in the design and creation of dozens of beautiful outdoor spaces, from community gardens, to waterfront parks, to playgrounds, to environmental education areas, to trail systems.  A sampling of their projects includes the Carkeek Park Playground in Seattle (featuring an iconic salmon slide), Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, Kirkland’s Heritage Park, Sail River Heights in Neah Bay, multiple parks along the Edmonds Waterfront, Seattle’s Bradner Gardens, and Bellevue’s Mercer Slough Nature Park.

As John reflected on the next chapter for his practice, he realized that longtime partner Environmental Works would be an ideal home for his colleagues and projects.  Recognizing the value that enhanced in-house services would provide our clients and the collaborative community spirit that BLA brings to the design process, EW enthusiastically agreed.  BLA’s Nic Morin, Peter Cromwell, and Rebecca Christy have now joined us at Fire Station 7, and John will continue to be engaged as an emeritus member of the team.  We look forward to closely collaborating with this creative, responsive, and thoughtful crew in fully integrating gardens, outdoor gathering spaces, and all the site features that contribute to the beauty, functionality, and sustainability of our nonprofit clients’ projects. 

November 2018 News: EW Annual Report, UW CBE Studio on 15th Ave. E.

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EW 2017 Annual Report Out!

Please enjoy our summary of all the great work your support helped make possible in 2017. 

15th Ave. East Workshop Ideas Inspire UW College of Built Environments Studio Participants

In April of 2018, Environmental Works and fellow architecture firm Board & Vellum facilitated a community design workshop to gather neighbors’ ideas for the future of Capitol Hill’s evolving 15th Avenue East.  Approximately 85 attendees participated in collaborative visioning and interactive design exercises.  EW and Board & Vellum compiled their input into summary documents that can be shared with developers, design review boards, and government officials.

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The 15th Ave. East Workshop is now bearing still more collaborative fruit, in the form of a fall quarter advanced design studio at the UW College of Built Environments led by Professor Nancy Rottle.  This interdisciplinary studio for graduate students studying architecture and landscape architecture is relying on 15th Ave. E. workshop participants’ ideas as a starting point for students’ visions for the neighborhood’s future growth and development.  EW and Board & Vellum staff hosted a walk along 15th for students, to show them hot spots and possible solutions identified by workshop participants such as creating new park space, adding affordable housing, and activating large blank walls and sidewalks. EW and B&V also participated in critiques of students’ mid-review designs, which were shared with the public at the Continuity and Change open house on November 16.

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Some of the many thoughtful ideas presented:

  • Redeveloping the Safeway block and Williams Place Park to include activated public space and a mix of uses

  • Designs to enliven the streetscape and make the sidewalks more pedestrian-friendly

  • Redeveloping the QFC block to include a mix of community, residential, and small business uses

  • Integrating affordable housing and community spaces into new development.

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After the studio, students’ imaginative ideas for future positive change and growth along 15th will be compiled into a book.  EW and Board & Vellum will share this book on the 15th Ave. E. Workshop website and via email updates to subscribers in early 2019.  We are honored to provide these tools to empower our neighbors to participate in local design processes.

October 2018 News: Redlining Presentation, Housing WA, New Website

Please join us on October 29, 6-7:30 pm, for a presentation by Habtamu Abdi and EW's Robert Drucker on redlining in Seattle: its history, impact, and a community response. Mr. Abdi is the SPD’s East African Community Liaison and a collaborator with the Ethiopian Community in Seattle, which is working to prevent displacement in South Seattle. More information on our  Facebook event page .

Please join us on October 29, 6-7:30 pm, for a presentation by Habtamu Abdi and EW's Robert Drucker on redlining in Seattle: its history, impact, and a community response. Mr. Abdi is the SPD’s East African Community Liaison and a collaborator with the Ethiopian Community in Seattle, which is working to prevent displacement in South Seattle. More information on our Facebook event page.

EW was honored to join dozens of great Washington affordable housing partners at this year's Housing Washington conference in Tacoma, October 2-4. Photo credit www.AlecMillerArts.com.

We launched a  beautiful new website  this month. Look it over, and let us know what you think!

We launched a beautiful new website this month. Look it over, and let us know what you think!