February 2019 News: Earth Day Open House, 15th Ave. E. Workshop Update, Share Your EW Stories!

Join Us for EW’s Earth Day Open House April 12 at Fire Station 7

Please join us on Friday, April 12, from 5 to 7 pm at Fire Station 7 for an Earth Day Open House to kick off our 50th anniversary celebration. We’ll be showing off our newly renovated offices, enjoying refreshments, and collecting your EW memories at our story-gathering booth. Visit our Facebook event page for updates. Hope to see you then!


15th Ave. E. Workshop Part 2 Summary Now Available

In April of 2018, EW and fellow 15th Ave. architects at Board & Vellum facilitated a community workshop to gather the public’s ideas for the future of 15th Avenue East. The 85 participants’ input during the collaborative discussion phase of the workshop has been compiled into the Part 2 Summary, available here.

ICYMI: Barker Landscape Architects Joins EW

Effective January 1, 2019, the capable Barker Landscape Architects team has joined forces with Environmental Works. We look forward to introducing you to our new colleagues at the April 12 Open House or another time soon.

Share Your Stories for EW’s 50th Anniversary

As we prepare for our 50th anniversary celebration in 2020, we are gathering memories from past and present employees, board members, clients, community partners, and everyone else who’s been part of the Environmental Works story. Please visit our story-gathering page to send us your memories and photos. Or visit our story-gathering booth at our April 12 open house at Fire Station 7. We’ll be sharing your EW stories throughout 2019 and 2020 on social media using #eworksseattle50.

To kick things off, please enjoy Larry Goetz's story of EW's grand opening on Earth Day 1970:

"Five or six of us architecture students at the University of Washington had just spent our spring break preparing our studio on the ground floor of the Annex at NE 40th and University Way, an old corner storefront at the base of a 1920s brick apartment house.  We were trying to bring architecture directly to the community.  What better way to do that than to have a storefront that would attract people in off the sidewalk?

All we needed to do now was come up with something that would make the space look and feel like we were having a grand opening.  We were all college students and had no money, but we were pretty good at scrounging things up.  We read in the PI that Tacoma was holding its annual Daffodil Festival/Parade on the weekend before our Earth Day opening, and began to wonder, “What do they do with all the daffodils after the parade is over?”  We hopped into my ’62 Volvo 544 and found the warehouses.  The people working on the floats thought our idea was wonderful.  We made our last trip just as the sun was coming up."