Consultant selected for the 14th Ave NW Park Blvd

15 09 2011

6.14.10 Peter Sharing our Park Boulevard Vision at the Parks Levy Opportunity Fund Open House at Magnuson Park
We’ve been sitting on pins and needles these past few weeks while awaiting an announcement from the Parks Dept on their approval for a Landscape Architect firm that will work with our community to design the 14th Ave NW Park Boulevard. At last, we got the word from Parks this week, and I’m happy to announce that Mithun has been selected and they have accepted! We’re very excited about the team that Mithun has put together for our project and we can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and get to work!

This Spring/Summer, the park boulevard steering committee worked closely with Parks to assemble a list of 5 very highly qualified and talented consultants to interview. These groups were Kenneth Philp, KPG, MithunOtak, and Swift.  Sadly, Swift declined to go for the job, but they did offer to provide us with some pro bono work which we greatly appreciate.

Our committee painstakingly pored over presentation materials from the 4 remaining consultants and took our job very seriously in scoring their work. Peter was selected as our representative on the interview panel that was shared with members from the Parks Dept and Seattle Dept of Transportation. The day was spent listening to presentations from these talented firms and then going over notes/scores,  and developing a consensus on who to recommend. We really appreciate the thoughtfulness of the interview committee, because this was not an easy decision.

On behalf of our steering committee, I want to express our most sincere thanks to those at Kenneth Philp, KPG and Otak who showed such incredible enthusiasm for our park and who took the time and effort to get to know us and our project a little better. I hope that our paths will cross again one day.

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