Design for Healthy Communities.

  • Trustee Plaza and Campus Green

    Tacoma Community College has ample green spaces, but many areas lack distinctive character. With the construction of a new Health Careers building the college saw an opportunity to create a central gathering space and a new heart of campus life. Nakano Associates, in collaboration with Schacht Aslani Architects, designed the Trustee Plaza and Campus Green to meet this need
  • Madison Valley Stormwater Storage Project

    This long-term solution for stormwater storage in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle includes a 1.3-million-gallon stormwater storage tank in Washington Park. Nakano Associates designed an overlook on top of the storage tank to double its function as public infrastructure, and transformed the site into a reforested park.
  • Wetmore Theatre Plaza

    Working closely with the Everett Parks & Recreation Department and award-winning artist Linda Beaumont, Nakano Associates designed this new pedestrian plaza in downtown Everett. Wetmore Theatre Plaza is a multifunctional space permeated with artwork integrated with the landscape design. It is a one-of-a-kind public place unique to the City of Everett.
  • Seola Gardens

    Seola Gardens is a low-impact, sustainable redevelopment of what used to be World War II era public housing. A central neighborhood park is at the heart of the community with play equipment, a hard surface plaza and planted areas. Pocket parks along the site’s edges will provide additional open space for residents and trail connections to the surrounding community.
  • Rainier Beach Community Center

    The Rainier Beach Community Center and Aquatic Center serve as a community anchor and gathering space for neighborhood residents, a wide variety of community groups, and students in nearby schools. The LEED® Gold renovation is designed to be more welcoming and integrates sustainable site features such as parking lot biofiltration swales.
  • Sound Transit East Link

    Nakano Associates is working with  Sound Transit and the design team on an eastern extension of the Link light rail system. The East Link will  connect to the rail system’s Central Link in downtown Seattle and extend the system east to Mercer Island, Bellevue, Overlake, and Redmond with 8 stations.
  • Imani Village – First Place Housing

    First Place School, an organization that supports and educates children and families struggling with the effects of poverty and crisis, has partnered with Catholic Housing Services to build sixteen low-rise housing units for families of its students in need. This service-enriched, low-income housing complex has ample usable open space for its residents.
  • Puyallup Elders Center

    Located on a historically significant site above the Puyallup River in Tacoma, a $10 million tribally-funded center for elders was recently completed, fulfilling a long-time dream for many tribal members. With views of Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains, the center offers spaces to learn, interact, and relax in indoor and outdoor activity spaces.