THE MAKING OF ANY mixed-use community involves the usual hurdles of nervous neighbors, density requirements, and roadway access. At the 110-acre Progress Ridge, a massive quarry and a fragile creek habitat were added complications. MGH Associates turned these obstacles into assets by transforming the quarry into an 11-acre lake, creating a 20-acre park, and moving a major road to make the town center more visible. Extra-wide parkways and pedestrian-scale buildings help to create a sense of place that is compatible with adjacent neighborhoods.

Category: Site plan; Entrant/Land planner: MGH Associates, Vancouver, Wash.; Architect: Milbrandt Architects, Bellevue, Wash.; Builder/Developer: Polygon Northwest Co., Vancouver; Landscape architect: Percival Shapiro, Portland, Ore.

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