Union Gap, WA

City of Union Gap


SCJ Studio, our landscape architecture group in Ballard, teamed with Seattle’s ARC Architects to design a civic center for the city of Union Gap, Washington.

Centered around a new city hall and police station, the design transforms what was once a city block of asphalt, devoid of green, into a vibrant civic space. The landscape serves as both an entry to the new facilities as well as a public gathering space with dynamic paving and lots of seating.

It is activated by a grove of trees providing a visual ceiling, swaths of low water plants, a simple and modern palette of hardscape materials, and custom steel and wood benches.

The thoughtful organization of all these elements will provide a dynamic and flexible space for all who visit.

Photo Credits: CJR Photo


“This looks great!”

Jason Cavanaugh
Union Gap Building Official



“We loved working with ARC Architects to give the residents of this small central Washington town a vibrant, new civic center. It was rewarding to transform a huge asphalt parking lot with zero plants into a vibrant park-like space that’s now full of life.”

Mark S. Garff, ASLA
Principal Landscape Architect