Posted by: Neighborhood Updates | December 31, 2008

Karen Kiest, Landscape Architects to lead the Schematic Design Process

The Architect Selection committee, made up of four neighbors in the Admiral area, met with the three finalists on Wednesday, December 17th. The interviews almost didn’t happen given the scare from the weatherman the night before. Even though Seattle Public Schools were closed, we chose to proceed with the meetings. Fortunately for us, the snow had not yet started to fall in West Seattle or downtown.

Each firm had a 50 minute interview – 30 minutes to present themselves, 15 minutes for questions from the panel and then 5 minutes to wrap up. The panel used a scorecard with key criteria from the RFQ to help guide the evaluation. All candidates were very experienced and each brought different qualities and strengths that would have benefited the project and the neighborhood.

After much deliberation and reference checking we agreed that Karen Kiest would be the best fit for our needs. In addition to being a highly skilled Landscape Architect, she has extensive, proven experience bringing communities together on projects where there are diverse and sometimes opposing opinions on the best way to proceed.

FANNA is working with Karen Kiest to finalize the contract. We are working hard to plan for and set the date for the next public meeting which we expect will happen in January. As soon as that date is set, we’ll post that information here, at the park site and distribute it as widely as possible.

We’re very excited to be at this point and can’t wait to begin the design process with the community. Thanks to everyone for your support and have a Happy New Year!

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