Since Project Groundwork's founding in 2007, the design studio staff has blended the professions of Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering. This emphasis has been applied in our management structure, as well as in the execution of site design and corridor projects. We attribute a large part of our firm's success to this holistic approach.
Earlier this year Project Groundwork announced the departure of Principal Engineer Heather Ostenson. "I realized early during our transition that we needed to find a civil engineering group to join forces with in order to continue our well regarded style of site and corridor design," shared David Stipe, Project Groundwork's Principal Landscape Architect. "Changing our approach to project execution was not really an option in my mind," said David, who recognizes the value of the blended business model when providing site/community sensitive, creative, client driven services.
"I am pleased to be forging a relationship with SCJ Alliance, an engineering and planning company, which will allow us to continue blending both engineering and landscape architecture at the outset of projects. The merger of the two firms creates the horsepower and depth of services I dreamed of developing when we started
Project Groundwork in 2007," David said.
The Project Groundwork Site Design and Landscape Architecture studio will be headquartered in Seattle, WA at the current Project Groundwork office, with continued management by Mark S. Garff, ASLA, LLA. The Wenatchee group of landscape architects and designers will continue at the current Wenatchee, WA office. SCJ Alliance's well regarded Wenatchee planning and engineering team will join Project Groundwork in their Wenatchee office. SCJ Alliance also has offices in Lacey and Vancouver, WA; Boise, ID; and Westminster, CO.
"We are delighted to be joining forces with Project Groundwork. It's a tremendous opportunity for both firms," said SCJ's Eric Johnston, Principal Engineer. "Incorporating a design component at an earlier stage in a project is a huge benefit to our clients. The merger creates a full range of complementary, professional services under one roof. Project Groundwork's site design and landscape architecture services, and SCJ's transportation planning and design, civil engineering, and land use/environmental planning services."
Project Groundwork is known for developing sound, innovative, design solutions both for public sector clients in the fields of shoreline and upland recreation, as well as for private clients incorporating recreation focused amenities in new communities.
For more information about available professional services visit either firm's website at www.projectgroundwork.com or scjalliance.com.