Community Outreach and Facilitation

Third Place Design Co-op brings extensive experience with community-based design workshops and planning for diverse communities, interactive design workshops, charrettes, surveys and engagement tools.  For each project, we design specific processes which meet the particular needs and schedules of our clients.  We are committed to this collaborative approach and feel that it results in a stronger project and a community that believes in, has trust in, and is committed to the outcomes.  

A few notable examples of our community outreach and multi-stakeholder visioning, design and sustainability facilitation experience include:

PTOI Salish Cancer Care Center Healing Garden

Visioning, Programming and Cultural Identity workshops with representatives from Puyallup Tribe, Patients, Administrators, and Master Gardeners. This project places emphasis on sustainable landscape design including low-maintenance and irrigation, sitewater reclamation, and community spaces for both social gathering and quiet reflection.

Hopelink Redmond Integrated Service Center

Visioning & Programming workshops with representatives from the Hopelink regional food distribution center, food bank, and service center were conducted throughout the design phase. An extensive evaluation of the agencies approach toward services and office privacy was facilitated by TPDC. The resulting site plan includes features such as an urban garden and orchard that supplies the Hopelink Redmond Food Bank with fresh produce throughout the year, an open office layout incorporating a variation of meeting spaces, diverse work areas and a gallery space.

Ronald United Methodist Church

The visioning process for the Methodist church was an intensive, value finding mission. Poppi guided the congregation and building committee throughout this process and provided valuable leadership to bring differing opinions to consensus. The culmination of this multi-year process is a tri-party stakeholder group, consisting of Ronald United Methodist Church, Hopelink, and Compass Housing Alliance, that is creating Ronald Commons, a campus plan incorporating 60 units of affordable housing, a food bank and emergency service center and a renovated community church. 

Ronald Commons

Master Plan Visioning, Programming, & Sustainability workshops with representatives from Hopelink, Compass Housing Alliance and Ronald United Methodist Church. The community envisioned features such as a central play area and social gathering space for the residents and community.

YWCA Family Village at Issaquah

Multiple community meetings, sustainability and goal setting meetings, City of Issaquah early site planning charrette with zHome site (30+ people in attendance), King County site planning charrette specifically targeting connections between zHome and FVI.  Similar to Homestead CLT, the needs of the resident families with children were important to the design process.  Ultimately, the site included a central community building, three large social gathering spaces and two play areas for the childcare center and the community.

Plaza Roberto Maestas

Master Plan Visioning, Programming, & Sustainability workshops open to the community including participants from the surrounding Beacon Hill neighborhood, the El Centro de la Raza community, and the future building residents.  From these workshops, the community supported the design of a large public plaza located between two mixed-use residential buildings that will host a neighborhood farmers market, music and social events.