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Ecotone is currently involved with multiple commercial and private residential projects throughout Oregon and Washington State.

Every year, we donate our consulting services to local non-profit organizations and donate a portion of our earnings to environmental restoration efforts.

Ecotone's work has been published in Affordable Housing News Magazine, the Pacific Northwest edition of Luxe magazine and were named to the 2014 Luxe Gold List.

Affordable Housing News Magazine

We've been featured in the spring issue of Affordable Housing News Magazine. Big thanks to Home Forward for partnering with us on the 85 Stories project!

Read the full article here: Affordable Housing News Magazine - Spring 2017 Issue

Francis Court Awarded DeMuro Award

Winner of the 2016 DeMuro Award for exemplifying excellence in preservation, adaptive reuse, and community revitalization. "The Francis Court is the first entirely new building to be constructed in downtown Dayton in five decades, sparking great community interest. Perhaps its greatest compliment came from owner of the historic house next door who declared it "a wonderful addition to the neighborhood". The Francis Court added density and vitality, and demonstrates the viability today of the mixed-use model that once defined small town main streets." - Restore Oregon

Read more on the Restore Oregon website: 2016 DeMuro Awards were Presented at the Restoration Celebration

The Barcelona Groundbreaking

We're honored to be a part of The Barcelona project in Beaverton! The 47-units of sustainable, affordable housing will be located on the south side of the block between SW 2nd Street and SW Lombard.

The groundbreaking occurred onsite and attendees had the opportunity to hear from elected officials, Mayor Denny Doyle, HUD Regional X Administrator Bill Block, and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. CPAH was selected to develop affordable housing on the southern half of the block. Roy Kim Development (RKm) was selected to develop the northern half of the block, which will feature a mixed-income, mixed-use building – City of Beaverton.

Read more on the City of Beaverton's website: The Groundbreaking Celebration of the Barcelona Marks Another Milestone for the City of Beaverton

Mead Building Eco-roof

We were on the Mead Building eco-roof with Alan Proffitt today. Great to see it performing so well four years after construction!

It's the lowest profile eco-roof in Portland with a 2.5″ soil profile, and approximately 12 lbs/sq ft of saturated weight. The plant palette consists of a very drought tolerant selection of Sedums and succulents.

Foster Floodplain Natural Area

The Foster Floodplain Natural area is a 63-acre site located just south of the Springwater Corridor Trail at SE Foster Road and SE 106th.

We were really excited to get a tour of the site because the project was just completed last year, in 2012. It's been a long time coming. You could say the project started 15 years ago when the City of Portland began purchasing properties that were within the 100 year floodplain and helped those families find homes outside the floodplain.

Thanks to the Bureau of Environmental Services staff, OTAK, Pacific Habitat Services and SER Northwest for making this tour possible and sharing your project experience with us!

To find out more about this project, visit the BES portion of the City of Portland website here.

La Casa Verde

We had a great time at the 2013 La Casa Verde event over the weekend! A special thanks to Cellar Ridge Construction and all the vendors and sponsors who made this event happen.

If you haven't heard of the event and are interested in finding out more, please check out the La Casa Verde website at Vive La Casa Verde

Digital Rendering – Creating a Shared Vision

Digital rendering is emerging as a sought-after skill for Landscape Architects and Designers, and for good reason: it allows you to take the communication between your team and the client to a new level, where you can be sure you have the same vision for a project.

With digital rendering techniques, you can produce an image of your finished project that is almost indistinguishable from a photograph. Especially for people who don't have a design background, it can be immensely helpful to actually see how your choice of materials will support the overall theme, or what difference it would make to go with an alternate option.

By fostering a shared understanding of the plans for the project, digital rendering can save your team and your client time spent explaining your vision, and prevent misunderstandings. It is also a great way to showcase projects in the making, and to invite the broader public to imagine the finished project in its future everyday context. I think the rendering of the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany, is a great example for that use.

At Ecotone, we typically work in SketchUp and Adobe Photoshop to create digital renderings. It's an engaging process that allows us as designers to become even more intimately familiar with the details and perspectives of a project. If you are interested in having digital renderings produced for your next venture, don't hesitate to contact us.

Planning a Garden and Outdoor Classroom

We've had the pleasure of working with Lent School over the last year in creating a Concept Master Plan for a school garden and outdoor classroom. The Concept was presented at the ribbon cutting ceremony in April 2012 – you can view some of the footage from the ceremony here.

Since April, a few elements on the concept plan have been built – including eight raised vegetable beds; a tool shed and gravel pathways. Now the school looks forward to the eventual completion of the school garden and outdoor classroom in order to offer hands-on learning where kids love to be, outdoors.

We're in the process of applying for grant funding to help Lent School with the next planning phase. In the next phase we hope to collaborate with Growing Gardens, ECO (Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors), PPS and Portland Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry Department in creating construction documents for the eventual construction of a truly special garden and outdoor classroom for Lent School and the Lents community.