Built on the site of a former industrial paper mill, the 7.3-acre Vancouver Waterfront Park is the centerpiece of the City of Vancouver’s $1 billion waterfront revitalization program, a 20-year community vision crafted to reconnect the city to the banks of the Columbia River.
The $24 million park project features plazas, an extension of the Columbia River Renaissance Trail, viewpoints, water feature, a playground, performance area and an urban beach along nearly 2,500 feet of riverfront. The focal point of the park is Grant Street Pier, a concrete, cable-stayed structure projecting almost 100 feet over the Columbia River.
“The new waterfront park anchors a master plan for multifamily and commercial growth in the Vancouver downtown area,” said David Sacamano, senior project manager for WSP USA. “The site is full of new social and recreational opportunities not previously available.”
WSP served the City of Vancouver as prime consultant, project manager, landscape architect of record, and structural engineer of record for Vancouver Waterfront Park and Grant Street Pier. Services included park design, public outreach, natural resource assessment, landscape architecture, structural design of the pier substructure and site structures, and environmental and land use permitting.
PWL Partnership provided primary design for the park, artist Larry Kirkland and Martin/Martin provided the design and engineering for the pier’s superstructure, PBS provided civil design, Mott MacDonald provided shoreline design, GRI provided geotechnical engineering, and Fisher Marantz Stone designed the architectural lighting systems.
The project was completed in September 2018, and was recently recognized as a recipient of a national American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Honor Award for structural systems. It was also named 2019 Project of the Year by ACEC-Oregon, and won the Washington state chapter’s best-in-the-state Gold Award in the social, economic and sustainable design category.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the professional engineering community and to receive a 2019 ACEC Honor Award,” Sacamano said. “The panel of judges acknowledged the complexity of the design success achieved by the team.”