RFP – City of Eugene Placemaking Consultant



RFP #2016200081

Notice to Proposers

Pursuant to ORS 279B.060 and City of Eugene Administrative Order 44-14-08F, Public Contracting Rule (City Rule) 137-047-0260, sealed proposals for a Placemaking Consultant for the City of Eugene will be accepted by the Purchasing Office, 100 West 10th Avenue, Suite 400, Eugene, Oregon 97401 until 2:30pm PDT, May 20, 2016.  Proposals will be opened immediately thereafter and a record of proposals received will be made.  Proposals will not be accepted after the Request for Proposals (RFP) closing time and date.  Proposals shall be valid for 120 days after opening unless otherwise specified in the specifications.  This Request for Proposals does not commit the City to pay any costs incurred by any proposer in the submission of a proposal.


Project Description

In general, the City of Eugene (City) is requesting proposals from Placemaking Consultants to engage the community and prepare a Placemaking Plan for the City’s downtown public spaces. In order to facilitate a consistent execution of the vision and concept completed in this scope of work, it is preferred that the consultant continue to be available for additional coordination and review of future phases of work.


Solicitation Documents

Solicitation documents may be examined at the City of Eugene Purchasing Office, 100 West 10th Avenue, Suite 400, Eugene, Oregon 97401 or electronically by logging in to the City’s eBid system at www.eugene-or.gov/purchasing.

A paper copy of the Solicitation may be obtained at the City’s Purchasing Office at 100 West 10th Avenue, Suite 400, Eugene, Oregon 97401.


Proposers must submit an original proposal directly to the City’s Purchasing Office at 100 West 10th Avenue, Suite 400, Eugene, Oregon 97401 before the due date and time specified in the RFP. Proposers shall make the proposal available to the City for download via email, FTP site, or other means. Proposers shall provide electronic copy or link via email to Becky Wheeler at the address indicated below.

Please contact me with questions about this opportunity.

Becky L. Wheeler, CPPB
Purchasing Analyst
City of Eugene|Finance


UO Shadow Mentor Day Recap

Thank you so much for your support of this year’s Shadow Mentor Day! It was a huge success. We had a total of 62 student participants placed between 33 offices in Portland, Eugene, Bend, and Seattle. Thanks to the groundwork laid by Roni and last year’s student ASLA team, this year’s SMD is the largest that any involved can recall!



One-day Fee Proposal Workshop for Design Professionals

On the 19th February, two internationally renowned fee proposal experts will be delivering the One-day Fee Proposal Workshop in Oregon.

Attendees will learn how to write proposals that; increase fee levels, raise conversion rates and avoid scope creep.

  • 85% of attendees say it’s the most useful ConEd course they’ve attended
  • 99% of attendees say they would recommend the Workshop to other design professionals
  • Maximum of 16 attendees per venue

ASLA members our eligible for a 10% discount. Please use promotional code: ASLA

F8 AIA Learning Units, 0.8 IDCEC ConEd Units

Learn more: http://blueturtlemc.com/USA-workshops

Please contact Emily with any questions you may have: Emily@blueturtlemc.com or 855-661-4270


LOOP PDX: A Juried Competition

Make an impact on the future of the city by bringing to life Portland’s proposed Green Loop, a six-mile pedestrian/bike urban promenade linking the city’s east and west sides.
Finalists will present during Design Week Portland in April and the winning proposal will receive up to $20,000 for further development.
Proposals are due February 29, but you must register by January 22.

Shifting Sands: Sedimentary Cycles for Jamaica Bay

01.11.16 @5:30pm | Fuller Lecture: Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, ASLA, AIA

Shifting Sands is a framework for enhancing coastal resiliency at Jamaica Bay, New York, a location highly impacted by the 2012 landfall of Hurricane Sandy. The proposal includes novel design strategies for marsh island restoration and enhanced sediment delivery, merging ecosystem restoration with coastal storm risk management strategies for the Rockaway Peninsula and the back-bay communities. Assessing social, environmental, and infrastructural vulnerabilities, the plan embraces the vast scale and fetch dimension of Jamaica Bay and explores the role of natural and nature-based features within the urban context of this estuarine embayment. 

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, ASLA, AIA     

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Catherine Seavitt Nordenson is an Associate Professor at the City College of New York and principal of Catherine Seavitt Studio. Her research focuses on design adaptation to sea level rise in urban coastal environments and explores novel landscape restoration practices given the dynamics of climate change. Seavitt co-authored the book On the Water: Palisade Bay, a climate adaptation proposal for New York’s Upper Harbor; this study was the foundation of the 2010 exhibition “Rising Currents” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Seavitt is currently leading research at Jamaica Bay as part of Structures of Coastal Resilience (SCR), a project supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Lecture has been reviewed and approved by the Oregon Chapter of ASLA for 1.0 Health, Safety and Welfare PDH for Oregon Registered Landscape Architects.


Street Tree Stories: On the Politics of Nature in the City

01.20.16  |  21st Annual Mary Kim McKeown Memorial Lecture: Sonja Dümpelmann, Dr.-Ing (1.0 PDH)

University of Oregon, Lawrence Hall
Room 177 @6:00pm

While trees may appear to many as quaint living objects in the urban streetscape, some of the biggest urban conflicts have revolved around them. They have stood at the very core of events that have shaped and characterized the evolution of the modern city. Focusing on New York City, the lecture will reveal street trees’ literal and figurative entanglement not only in the built urban structure, but also in urban social, cultural, and political life as a whole.

Sonja Dümpelmann is a landscape historian and Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her publications includeFlights of Imagination: Aviation, Landscape, Design (University of Virginia Press, 2014), A Cultural History of Gardens in the Age of Empire (Bloomsbury Publishers, 2013), Greening the City: Urban Landscapes in the Twentieth Century (with Dorothee Brantz; University of Virginia Press, 2011), and a book on the Italian landscape architect Maria Teresa Parpagliolo and landscape architecture in twentieth-century Italy (VDG Weimar, 2004). She is currently writing a book on the history of street tree planting and urban forestry.

Lecture has been reviewed and approved by the Oregon Chapter of ASLA for 1.0 Health, Safety and Welfare PDH for Oregon Registered Landscape Architects.

December Newswire

Membership Matters!

Author: Rachel Edmonds, Vice President of Member Services

New and renewing members of ASLA have access to numerous benefits, discounts and professional development opportunities with payment of their annual dues. Given that memberships tend to not be utilized to their fullest extent, it is imperative to annually reacquaint prospective and renewing members of Oregon ASLA about some of the benefits of membership and the opportunities that await them:

Free with membership:

  • ASLA membership designation on business cards, resume, work profile, etc.
  • Landscape Architecture Magazine subscription (digital or print)
  • Professional Practice Networks (a choice of 1 from 18 networks)
  • Firm Finder listing for your firm
  • LAND, the biweekly national ASLA e-newsletter
  • Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series (LATIS)
  • JobLink résumé posting
  • Access to ExCom monthly meetings held in downtown Portland

Discounts on the following with membership:

  • National ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO registration fees
  • National ASLA Professional Awards entry fee
  • Oregon ASLA Design Symposium registration fees
  • Oregon ASLA Design Awards registration fees
  • JobLink job postings
  • LARE preparation courses
  • Online learning continuing education

For more information on other membership benefits and discounts, visit: https://www.asla.org/Membership.aspx

Awareness and Advocacy

Two notable (and likely unknown) benefits of membership are Oregon ASLA’s efforts to raise awareness of the profession and legislative advocacy on issues that matter most to the profession. In March 2015, Oregon ASLA’s President Laurie Matthews and other Oregon LA’s met with staff members from the offices of Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) to discuss key issues and federal funding bills on the horizon. The group also apprised the lawmakers of design and planning projects of importance to the State and region, such as the Willamette Falls Legacy Project.

Substantial and Diverse Networking and Professional Development Opportunities

Oregon ASLA strives to provide a wide range of opportunities for networking , professional development and continuing education. Oregon ASLA members should consider participating with the following committees, groups, and events in 2016:

Emerging Professionals Committee: The EP Committee seeks to engage with new professionals in the first five years of their career. Events include plant nursery tours, design charrettes for local non-profits, and interdisciplinary trivia nights.

Education Committee: This committee exists to determine criteria and review professional development activities for licensed professionals in Oregon, as well as help connect members interested in creating LARE study groups.

Design Symposium + Design Awards Planning Committee: The two biggest events each year require the helping hands of our dedicated members to carry it off! Members who volunteer often can receive discounted event rates. Attendance at the Design Symposium can count towards Professional Development Hours (PDH).

Fellows + Honors Nomination Committee: The Committee is always looking for current Fellows interested in helping to identify, evaluate and nominate exceptional landscape architects from our community to the national circle of ASLA Fellows.

Executive Committee: There are 16 voting positions and two non-voting positions on the ASLA Executive Committee with appointments ranging from 2 to 3 years. The sitting Executive Committee puts out a call for nominations in the summer. Those interested in serving should contact the Executive Committee for consideration.

Shadow Mentor Day: Each year, students enrolled in University of Oregon’s Landscape Architecture programs take advantage of an opportunity to visit landscape architecture offices across the region. The event is coordinated with the student chapter of ASLA and can include a social hour event.

Urban Design Panel: Portland’s Oregon ASLA members are invited to be part of a team of local professionals to assist the City in maintaining high standards of urban design, and to review projects and policies related to our built environment. The Urban Design Panel is open to members of three professional organizations (AIA, ASLA and APA) and provides a combined, focused voice for the goals and needs that are relevant to our community and our members.

For more information and a calendar of opportunities for 2016, visit: http://aslaoregon.org/events

Lastly, all new and renewing Oregon ASLA members are encouraged to update their contact information to ensure they receive chapter communication. Send your updated information to: info@aslaoregon.org

See you around in 2016!

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2015 | Design Awards Soiree Recap
1.11|ASLA | AIA Fuller | Lecture: Catherine Seavitt Nordensonv (1.0 PDH)
1.16 | Sketchpdx: Drink + Draw kick-off event
1.20 | 21st Annual Mary Kim McKeown Memorial Lecture: Sonja Dümpelmann, Dr.-Ing (1.0 PDH)
1.29 | UO Shadow Mentor Day

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2.11-13 | New Partners for Smart Growth Conference


Landscape Designer/Landscape Architect/Planner – Cameron McCarthy

Landscape Designer – ESA VA


LANDbytes is a quarterly article showcasing stories, briefs, reviews, spotlights and more relevant to our design community. Check out our latest story:

Advocacy 101 – by Rebecca Wahlstrom

Meet the New Executive Committee

Please help us keep our mailing list current. Send updates or corrections of your contact information to info@aslaoregon.org.

Executive Committee and other contact information on our About page. For mailing and other administrative inquiries about the chapter, contact:
ASLA Oregon Chapter
147 SE 102nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97216
phone: 503.227.6156
fax: 503.253.9172
Check out our online Calendar of Events for the most up-to-date listing of opportunities!

ASLA Oregon Website Launch

Welcome to the new ASLA Oregon website! After many months of behind-the-scenes work, we are pleased to launch our upgraded site to help strengthen our design community. Our web developer at LucentPDX did an outstanding job and we are so excited to share some key features with you.


Our new Events page is full of options to help you stay connected to the landscape architecture community. View all events, peruse the Design Awards Archive or see who spoke at previous Symposium events. We will work on adding to these archives as volunteer time allows.

Select a specific category to see events that meet that criteria – such as events offering PDH credits, events by region and more. Then use the bottom right drop down menu to subscribe to that event category. Future events in that category will now appear on your personal calendar.


At our News page you will find a collection of stories our members may be interested in, recaps from recent ASLA events, job postings and opportunities for community involvement. We hope this area of our site evolves over time to provide design inspiration and community news of interest to our members.


Studying for the LARE? Have Continuing Education questions? Or just wondering what is Landscape Architecture? Find what you need in the Resources section.


And finally, meet the Excom members, find out more ways to get involved with your local chapter and discover the benefits of membership.


Do you have feedback to share or want to let us know about a bug that needs fixing? Please send those comments to Communications@AslaOregon.org. We will be doing small fixes over the next month. Larger site modifications will likely get incorporated over the next year or two.

We hope you enjoy our new look!

Renee Wilkinson
Departing Communications Chair + Website Project Lead

2015 Soiree Recap

The 2015 ASLA Oregon Design Awards Soiree brought design community members together from all over the state on Friday, October 23rd, 2015, at the beautiful Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC) in downtown Portland, Oregon. Columbia Cascade/Timberform was the General Event Sponsor this year once again and we were so pleased to have them with us for another festive evening. We had record attendance this year!

The MAC did an exceptional job hosting the event with their hearty appetizers, delicious drinks, and superior service. Attendees spent the first hour reconnecting with design peers and viewing the project design boards. Although the food this year was a big hit, we couldn’t help but notice our members turn their noses up at the platter of gourmet hot dogs. Point taken, designers!


Outgoing President Mauricio Villarreal kicked off the evening by welcoming everyone to the event and recapping the work of ASLA Oregon over the past year. He then turned the MC duties over to our incoming President Laurie Matthews. She introduced the distinguished jury members and began the evening program.

VP of Member Services Robin Wilcox introduced our two newest ASLA Fellows: Mike Faha of Greenworks, PC, and Dr. Rob Ribe of the University of Oregon. The applause practically shook the ballroom as members showed their appreciation for the important work these two ASLA members have done over the course of their impressive careers.


Dr. Robert Melnick introduced this year’s Honorary ASLA Member Lorraine David from the University of Oregon. Melnick noted the many projects Davis has participated in to further the field of landscape architecture. Click here to read more about this year’s honors.

Communications Chair Renee Wilkinson was then invited on stage to introduce a very big project for ASLA Oregon: a new website. She reviewed key site features that will help our design community stay connected with relevant events, news, and members resources. Renee has dedicated uncountable hours on this project, for which the ASLA community is extremely thankful.


The main event then took state: the announcement of Design Awards. The jury went through each award by category and discussed their interpretations of each project winner. Firm representatives took to the podium to extend their thanks and discuss the project in more detail.

Only a handful of awards were recognized this year by the jury and the projects were truly exceptional. You can view all submissions and which projects were awarded at the 2015 Design Awards page. In addition to these project awards, Renee Wilkinson was recognized with the Community Service Award for her dedication to her role on ASLA Oregon’s Executive Board.


Be sure to check out more pictures from this event on the ASLA Oregon Facebook page! Do you want to be more involved in this event next year? We are always looking for volunteers to help make this important event a success. Email the VP of Chapter Services for more details on how to get involved.