Trailblazing the SCJ way

The outdoors has become a refuge for many as the pandemic wears on. From reducing cabin fever to treating Zoom fatigue, spacious parks and beaches provide options for socially distanced picnics, and campgrounds at reduced capacity are giving families space…

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Horsey the Chestnut Tree: Connecting people to place

A horse-chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) has taken center stage in the design of an assisted living and memory care center project in Covington, Washington. Lovingly referred to as Horsey by the project design team, the nearly 50-year-old tree stands at…

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New Craft District aims for excellence in Tumwater

Always surround yourself with people you can learn from. This was a guiding principle of Leopold Schmidt, founder of the Olympia Brewing Company in Tumwater, Wash. Leopold Schmidt, founder of the Olympia Brewing Company. Photo courtesy of Olympia Tumwater Foundation.…

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A River Runs Through It

OK, so it was only a creek, but any body of water running through the middle of a parking lot adds a dimension not usually considered in parking lot design. This year, SCJ Alliance’s landscape architecture team is involved in…

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Designing a Pathway from Pre-K to 8th

The morning bell rings at 8:10 for elementary students in Chehalis, Wash. The journey to get there may have been smooth, rainy, bumpy, sunny or all of the above. Maybe the school bus picked them up right on schedule and…

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Transforming Sites into Retail Attractions

Creativity may not be the first attribute that comes to mind when describing an engineer, but it takes a great deal when designing a retail site. SCJ’s approach of – Anticipate ~ Envision ~ Create – helps developers get the…

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