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Gretchen Renz

Landscape Architect or Landscape Intern

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We are looking for a Landscape Architect or an Landscape Intern. Is this you? 

  • Five years of experience producing landscape designs, presentation graphics, construction documents, and technical specifications.
  • Specialize in design for commercial environments, athletic fields, recreation, and urban plazas and streetscapes.
  • Licensed in Washington or see that as the next step in your professional development.
  • Have a strong desire to continually grow your skills, experience, and network.
  • Work collaboratively with clients and team members.
  • Give critique (and receive it) in an effective way, maintain relationships, and work in harmony with others.

If so, please apply online at

Manasa Vishwanath Joins BWA

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Manasa Vishwanath, IIDA, has joined BWA as interiors department manager.  She leads the interiors practice firm-wide, supporting interior design efforts at the project and departmental levels.  Manasa is initially working on a medical office building and corporate office space in Spokane and an orthodontic office in Seattle.

BWA Welcomes New Staff

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Sheila Gates-Ping, AIA, LEED AP, CSBA, architect, and Emily Moline Meyer, office manager, have joined BWA.  Initial projects on which Shelia is working include the Northern Apartments at Coeur d’Alene Place in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  Emily provides general administrative support to the entire office, managing all front-office activities and playing a key support role in other areas of the firm’s operation, including financial, marketing, architectural project, and staffing.

“Bivy Day” at Liberty Lake Regional Park is a success!

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The information gathering event held on July 22nd at Liberty Lake Regional Park went well. The weather was hot, the water was great, and the park was very busy with beach goers, campers and hikers.  BWA and Studio Cascade were stationed in the park to listen and learn, equipped with conceptual approaches for the park for visitors to react to. “We recognize that folks have differing priorities for the park,” said BWA landscape architect, Bill LaRue. “So, we’ve prepared several diagrams that show how the park might evolve if things like being family friendly or being a regional draw were the focus.”

A set of workshops will also take place late this summer and early fall. The County expects to review final drafts of the plan by the end of 2017.

More information including documents, meeting times and process images are available at:

BWA Adds New Staff

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Licia LeGrant, AIA, NCARB, architect; Philip S. Ward, ASLA, CLARB, landscape architect; and Saul Rip Hansen, BIM/CAD technician, have joined the firm. Commissions on which Licia is currently working include the Catalyst Project in Spokane’s southern University District, Katerra Inc.’s CLT manufacturing facility in the City of Spokane Valley, and Refrigeration Supplies Distributor’s branch store in Vancouver, Wash. Philip is presently working on the landscape and irrigation modification for Mission Park in Spokane as well as two projects in Idaho: Phase II of the Gilmore RV Campground at Farragut State Park and planning the next phases of residential development at The Club at Rock Creek south of Coeur d’Alene. He previously worked for BWA from 2010 to 2013. Saul is providing drafting, design and construction support for three projects in Idaho: the North Idaho Dermatology medical office building and a tenant improvement for Kootenai Health’s medical office building – both in Coeur d’Alene, and Eagle River Luxury Living, a senior living community in Eagle.

BWA Promotes Staff

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BWA has promoted the following staff, who also have become shareholders in the firm:

To Principal:

Dell Hatch, ASLA. Dell’s recent experience includes the redevelopment of McEuen Park in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; City of Spokane Valley Appleway Trail; and pedestrian-friendly improvements to Wall Street in downtown Spokane.

To Associate Principal:

David Hipp, AIA. David is currently working on the BCT Complex, Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington and the Washington State Department of Transportation North Central Region Administration Facility in Wenatchee.

Charles Horgan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. Chuck’s commissions include additional classrooms for Summit School for Central Valley School District in the City of Spokane Valley, the NEWTECH Skill Center addition and modernization for Spokane Public Schools, and the Priest Rapids Dam Turbine & Generator Support Building for Public Utility District No. 2 of Grant County (Washington).

Mike Stanicar, AIA. Mike’s portfolio includes the Children’s Choice Dental Building and Regal Plaza at Palouse in Spokane, and Bedrock Plaza in Lewiston, Idaho.

Ryan Zane, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. Ryan’s projects include the remodel of Newport Hospital & Health Services in Newport, Wash.; North Idaho Dermatology Medical Office Building in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; and multiple projects for Cancer Care Northwest.

BWA Welcomes New Staff

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Matt Mercer, BIM/CAD technician; Tonya Wollschleger, project accounting coordinator; and Tara Anderson, materials resource librarian, have joined the firm.  Matt is currently providing drafting, design and construction support for the BCT Complex, Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington and a multi-tenant retail center on Appleway Avenue in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  Serving as the financial liaison between project managers and the office manager, Tonya sets up projects in the accounting/project management system; ensures that processes and procedures for contracts are followed; and prepares invoices, budget updates and project management reports.  Tara’s responsibilities include organizing the interior design department’s materials resource library, assisting with assembly of color boards and project submittals, and helping maintain and populate portions of the firm’s marketing database.

Firm Lands Design-Build Projects

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BWA – with general contractor Garco Construction – secured two significant design-build projects: the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) North Central Region Administration Facility in Wenatchee and the BCT Complex, Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) near Tacoma.  BWA also will provide interior design services for both projects, for which LEED Silver certification will be sought.  Occupancy of the $8.9 million, 30,000-square-foot WSDOT Administration Facility is slated for January 2018.  Construction of the $42.5 million, 120,000-square-foot JBLM apartment-style housing complex is scheduled to be completed in June 2018.

BWA Welcomes New Staff

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Lauren Welsh, Associate IIDA, and Dillon M. Reese, AIAS, have joined BWA as an interior designer and a BIM/CAD technician, respectively.  Initial commissions for which Lauren is providing interior design services include several new bank branches in eastern Washington and interior upgrades for corporate offices in Spokane.  Dillon is currently supplying drafting, design and construction support for the North Spokane Library remodel and several commercial projects in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Spokane.

Julia Culp Joins BWA’s Landscape Architecture Workgroup

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Julia Culp, ASLA, has brought her expertise to BWA’s landscape architecture team.  Her first assignments include the City of Spokane’s combined sewer overflow tank and plaza; Edwidge Woldson Park Master Plan and Pedestrian Connectivity Study in Spokane; Idaho Central Credit Union Data Center plaza in Chubbuck, Idaho; and improvements to White Pine High School in Ely, Nev.