Living Infrastructure + Landscapes: Exploring the Living Building Challenge Without the Building

Friday, May 29 | 10:30 - 11:20am
Location: Fuji Rooms 1-2

Speaker: Rachael Meyer, PLA, Berger Partnership 


McGilvra Place Park in Seattle is a small but complex pocket park which is the first in the world to achieve “Living Park” certification under a new typology for the Living Building Challenge. This presentation will explain the distinction of this Living Building Challenge Typology, as well as the unique challenges of achieving Living Certification within a publicly bid environment. Attendees will leave inspired to apply their new knowledge to create a “Living Park” or landscape within a Living Building Challenge project.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the implications to attempting the Living Building Challenge in a publicly bid environment.
  • Become familiar with McGilvra Place Park and the way this project achieved the public/private partnership that made it possible.
  • Learn about the design decisions and strategies used in the park design and the principles that the design team embraced to guide the park’s ecological function.
  • Understand the vision behind the Infrastructure and Landscape typology of the Living Building Challenge.
Speaker Bio: Rachael Mayer, PLA, Berger Partnership
Rachael Meyer is a landscape architect at Berger Partnership and was project manager for landscape design of McGilvra Place Park and the Bullitt Center. She is a valuable resource on sustainable technologies and the LEED process, and was one of the nation’s first Accredited Green Roof Professionals. Rachael also helped launch the office’s award-winning research internships evaluating green design.