The Bonneville Power Administration has many historic sites in the Pacific Northwest. The substation outside of Bellingham on the Mt. Baker Highway isn't a very glamorous building, but is historic and important in it's own way within the BPA history. Necessary repairs on the 1954 building also created a need for an updated landscape. The original landscape plan was stark and subsequent lava rock installation had made the front landscape look even more brutal. We needed to balance the original design intent with the period of the building, low-water use plants, natural site processes, and an overall pleasing aesthetic. It was a challenging set of design parameters, but the resulting design met all the needs of the process and set up the facility for several more decades of success.
This project was completed while working with The Philbin Group Landscape Architecture.