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Grand Prize: Seattle

seattlesites-vert2This one-of-a-kind trip for two to Seattle includes two days of exclusive designer-led tours of 5 Seattle and 2 Bainbridge Island sites.


Winner Receives:

- Roundtrip airfare (travel dates flexible)
- 4 nights lodging in a Seattle hotel
- 2 days of exclusive designer-led tours to acclaimed landscape architecture projects
- Complimentary meals and meal stipends for two
- $200 local transportation stipend
- Two tickets to “Explore Seattle” half-day tour
- Two tickets to “Woodinville Wine Trail” half-day tour


richhaagTour Leader Richard Haag, FASLA (Image: Joe Mabel)

Tour Details

One sweepstakes winner and a guest will spend one full day touring five acclaimed landscape architecture projects in Seattle and one day touring two sites on Bainbridge Island. Tour guides will include senior staff with insider knowledge of the design and construction of each space. Various aspects of sustainable design will be discussed at each location, including:

- stormwater management
- habitat creation
- material salvage and reuse
- social and recreational value

Seattle Full-Day Tour:

Gas Works Park
This iconic site on the north shore of Lake Union pioneered bio-phytoremediation and adaptive reuse by turning remnants of the last coal gasification plant in the U.S. into an industrial monument, picnic shelter, and children’s play barn. The park also features an artificial kite-flying hill with an elaborately sculptured sundial built into its summit.
Tour Leader: Richard Haag
Designer: Richard Haag Associates

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Headquarters
This LEED Gold-certified campus reinforces the dense Uptown neighborhood’s street grid with pathways and a central courtyard that “floats” on water gardens. Sustainable features include green roofs, rainwater harvesting, and native and edible plants.
Tour Leader: Jennifer Guthrie, Partner, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
Designer: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

Olympic Sculpture Park
This world-class, open-air art museum transformed 9 acres of contaminated, post-industrial waterfront land with six distinct ecotone “precincts” and gallery spaces, rehabilitated juvenile salmon habitat, and  the only direct access to Puget Sound in the urban downtown core
Tour Leader: Julie Parrett, Seattle Design Commissioner/ former Principal, Charles Anderson
Designer: Weiss/Manfredi, Charles Anderson | Atelier ps

Bell Street Park
Belltown is one of Seattle’s densest neighborhood, but has only one small park. The project converts a 4-block section of underutilized roadway into a hybrid of park activities and street functions with meandering paving, planting, and seating creating a vibrant, safe, and green public space.
Tour Leader: Nate Cormier, Principal Landscape Architect, SvR
Designer: SvR Design Company, Hewitt

Woodland Park Zoo
The zoo’s Humboldt Penguin Exhibit provides state-of-the-art habitat while collecting rainwater and using a constructed wetland to treat and recirculate exhibit water. As the first LEED Gold zoo building in the world, Zoomazium integrates a successful patch of the native Pacific Northwest temperate forest ecosystem on the roof.
Tour Leaders: Deb Guenther and Becca Hanson
Designer: Mithun (Zoomazium), Studio Hanson/Roberts (Humbold Penguin Exhibit and Bamboo Forest Preserve)


Bainbridge Island Full-Day Tour:

Bloedel Reserve
This internationally renowned public garden and forest preserve contains a unique blend of natural woodlands and landscaped gardens, including the Japanese Garden, Moss Garden, Reflection Pool, and the Bloedels’ former estate home.
Tour Leader: Thaisa Way, University of Washington
Designer: Prentice Bloedel, Richard Hagg, Thomas Church, others

This environmental learning center campus includes learning and art studios, a conference center, lodges, and 250 acres of forested ecosystems, rare wetlands, and a restored salmon stream. This tour stop includes a lunch of Northwest local and organic food prepared by some of the region’s leading chefs.
Tour Leader: Deb Guenther, Principal, Mithun
Designer: Mithun, Berger Partnership