We want to work with you! We're hiring for 2 positions. by Mark Garff

SCJ Studio Landscape Architecture (and SCJ Alliance) strive to employ top-quality people who will support the company’s unique culture — a place where we not only serve our clients but also one another. Our fast paced, fun and flexible atmosphere will offer the opportunity to gain experience on a wide variety of project types. You may manage your own project one day and work on a team the next, creating a collaborative and dynamic environment.

Position 1

Title:   Landscape Designer                                                                                                                                 

Position Summary: Landscape Designer position at SCJ Studio Landscape Architecture, in our Ballard office, supporting a wide variety of projects, project managers and principals throughout SCJ Alliance. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  (The intent of this list is to provide information regarding the types of duties of the position, but it is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.)

  • Communicate with design team members
  • Perform site inventory and analysis including on-site investigations and mapping
  • Research code, regulations, or standards
  • Assist in the development of programs, schematics, and concepts
  • Draft and develop design drawings and construction documents (by hand and utilizing CAD, Adobe and LandFX software)
  • Assist in the development of construction specifications
  • Perform construction observation, review shop drawings, complete materials submittals
  • Deliver/retrieve project materials either on foot or by automobile
  • Design/develop communication materials (graphics, hand and computer)
  • Assist in the maintenance of project files (paper and digital)
  • Assist in the maintenance of digital file storage
  • Assist in the maintenance of digital libraries of graphic symbols, cad details, etc.
  • Meet all standards as outlined by Washington State Statutes (RCW) and Administrative Codes (WAC) specific to an individual profession regulated by state licensure

Education, Experience, Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in landscape architecture from a college or university accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB)
  • Two or more years of experience in the fields of site planning, site design, and landscape design
  • Experience utilizing AutoCad and LandFX, MS Office and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Ability to secure a landscape architecture license in primary state of planned practice after requisite experience of practice is achieved

Position 2

Title:   Landscape Architect – Project Manager

Position Summary: Landscape Architect – Project Manager position at SCJ Studio Landscape Architecture, in our Ballard office, performing professional level planning, site and graphic design tasks in a support capacity for the project managers and principals throughout SCJ Alliance.   

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  (The intent of this list is to provide information regarding the types of duties of the position, but it is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.)

  • Meet all standards as outlined by Washington State Statutes (RCW) and Administrative Codes (WAC) specific to an individual profession regulated by state licensure
  • Desire to play a key role within the firm
  • Strong design and graphic skills that can be expressed in a variety of formats
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills that allow effective interaction with clients, agencies, co-workers and the public
  • Communicate with design team members, manage tasks and scheduling of junior staff
  • Professional oversight of junior staff, collaboration on design, redlines, reviews, overseeing the technical execution of work products
  • Knowledge of local land use regulations and the ability to interpret land use codes
  • Assist in the development of programs, schematics, and concepts in collaboration with junior staff
  • Assist in the development of construction specifications
  • Perform construction observation, review shop drawings, complete materials submittals
  • Participation in client meetings, public consultations and presentations

Education, Experience, Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree of landscape architecture from a college or university accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). Master’s degree preferred.
  • Five or more years of experience in the fields of site planning, site design, and landscape design.
  • Experience utilizing AutoCad and LandFX, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketchup
  • State licensure, or the ability and desire to secure a landscape architecture license

Learn more at www.scjalliance.com/culture/careers.

Queen Anne Deck Remodel by Mark Garff

The existing landscape of this Queen Anne backyard contained a series of cramped, disconnected spaces on multiple levels with little space to spread out or entertain. We designed a new deck that allows a smooth flow from the adjacent kitchen to this generous and flexible outdoor space.

Built-in bench seating, centered around a gas firepit, maximizes space and incorporates storage while integrated planters define the space into distinct but connected outdoor rooms. A lower platform provides ample space for grilling and an integrated stair connects the deck to the adjacent garage. We chose two shades of gray composite for the deck surface, a neutral palette that allows the vibrant planting scheme to pop. 

Eagle Scout Park Grand Opening by Mark Garff

 The completed park on a quiet morning.

The completed park on a quiet morning.

Located in the City of Lake Forest Park, the new and improved Eagle Scout Park is now officially open to the public!

Originally a grassy area populated with defunct outdoor exercise equipment and aging birch trees, SCJ Studio redesigned the space as a vibrant community gathering point with play structures, new planting and seating. In order to provide needed amenities, SCJ designed the space to not only be a pleasant area for relaxation – but also a fun new play space for neighborhood children and kids from the nearby elementary school and church. At the park’s grand opening on Saturday June 10, 2017 kids and parents from the surrounding neighborhood were already enjoying the new play equipment and benches – marking the beginning of a new life for Eagle Scout Park!

 Kids and parents having fun on opening day.

Kids and parents having fun on opening day.

 Kids enjoying the new play structure.

Kids enjoying the new play structure.

A new year, a new name! Project Groundwork is now SCJ Studio by Kevin McCoy

Our focus is the same -- turning your vision into a reality. The only thing that's changed is our name; we have been a part of SCJ Alliance since 2014.

Our excellent service and creative design continue uninterrupted. Whether a complete master plan, streetscape, playground, or an inviting landscape connecting your home to your garden, we are poised to make your project a reality. Site planning, site design, planting plans, ecological restoration and permitting – we do it all.

Our services, team, address, and phone number are all the same. 

Yarrow Point Lake Terrace by Mark Garff

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On Lake Washington, an existing pool terrace was disconnected from the rest of the yard and and waterfront.  The site had a challenging slope, but it was no match for a thoughtful design and some earth moving equipment! 

A retaining wall at the edge of the existing pool was replaced with a wide, generous stair welcoming guests to a new, bocce-style terrace below, complete with gas fire pit and stunning views.  A gentle, winding path leads down to a waters-edge patio with intersecting stone and concrete patterns creating a visually dynamic experience.  A small sandy beach and generous lawn complete the experience.  A California style planting palette with beach groundcover, perennials and elegant, flowing grasses highlighted with LED low-voltage outdoor lighting complete the vacation-home-in-the-city feel.

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HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards Nomination by Mark Garff

We're thrilled to announce that one of our projects has been nominated for an HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Award!  This mid-century Seattle courtyard remodel can be found in the Love At First Sight Category and is one of our all-time favorite before and after transformations!  Show your support and vote once a day through April 5!  Click HERE to cast your vote.

SCJ Studio Team Member Honored With Student ASLA Award by Mark Garff

Congratulations to our own Alyse Wright, whose University of Washington student team just received an Honor Award from ASLA for their Kintsugi Garden design build project near downtown Seattle. Nice job Alyse and UW!

Alyse graduated from UW in 2014 and is now a full time Landscape Designer at SCJ Studio. When she began interning at PSCU Studio early last year, she was simultaneously working with her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture class to design and build the Kintsugi Garden.

Often after work, Alyse would head to UW to work in the shop. She learned to weld, and enjoyed crafting the metalwork which would become the frame for the site's gate and shelter.

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Check out all of the great details in person at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center and for more on the project from the ASLA, click here.

Hunts Point Pool Renovation by Mark Garff

An existing home built in 2004 on Hunts Point was in need of a landscape renovation. Project Groundwork transformed the existing, uneven and small pool terrace from “afterthought” to a focal point.  

Hunts Point Pool Renovation Project Groundwork Seattle
Hunts Point Pool Renovation Project Groundwork Seattle
Hunts Point Pool Renovation Project Groundwork Seattle
Hunts Point Pool Renovation Project Groundwork Seattle
Hunts Point Pool Renovation Project Groundwork Seattle
Hunts Point Pool Renovation Project Groundwork Seattle

The rough concrete terrace was cold and dark, feeling cramped and unloved around a small pool.  By reconfiguring two walls and changing them from concrete to cor-ten steel, the patio was transformed and expanded.  Now larger and all on one level, the owners have an outdoor amenity oasis with a built in gas firepit, ipe deck, a new privacy fence, planters and dramatic lighting. 
 
A new side garden with play lawn and spring-free trampoline for the kids included raised cedar planting beds, crushed granite steel edged walkways, lighting and thoughtful planting.  
 
Finished in 2015, the home went up for sale and, thanks in part to the amazing landscape, sold after only one day.