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Columbia City Gateway

Seattle, Washington

SCOPE: Vision planning through construction documents

Completed 2016


Columbia City Business Association

Rain gardens, underground injection control (UIC) wells

Johnson+Southerland worked with the Columbia City Business Association and the Seattle School District to improve the gateway experience into the Columbia City business district from the light rail station. The project is located along South Edmunds Street which is the pedestrian connection from the light rail station to the neighborhood. The site occupies the northeast corner of the Columbia School property and the adjacent right of way.

The design emphasizes a signature streetscape that gives pedestrians a sense that they have arrived somewhere-the "There" there-with a 300' long wave-shaped concrete bench, lit at night by solar powered lighting and bold paving patterns that may be repeated all the way to the light rail station. The design includes a generous stair to an upper park area that will benefit the neighborhood community as well as students and staff at the Columbia School. Park details include seating and a grove of trees in planter boxes built by the school's shop program.