Bridge Meadows

Portland, Oregon

Bridge Meadows is an intergenerational community designed to support families adopting foster children. The project brings together mentors with foster families to solve faults in the foster care system by providing a loving, stable, long-term environment for foster children.  Seniors housing costs are subsidized for their mentoring efforts, while also allowing them to age-in-place.  Simultaneously, families are encouraged to adopt successful parenting and life skills from this diverse on-site community.  The community consists of a 2-story Intergenerational Center, three “triplex” group mentor/senior homes, four 2-story duplex family homes and one 2-story family home.

The project is scaled to fit into the surrounding neighborhood.  The landscape design developed by Lando and Associates was individualized to match a true neighborhood aesthetic, while the interior of the site was designed to create a community “backyard” and various stormwater facilities.   Native plantings and edible landscapes serve as the backbone of the design, along with a central boardwalk bridging a stormwater garden and swale.  Gathering nodes, vegetable gardens, edible landscapes and stormwater facilities are designed for active recreation, education and community engagement.