Builder Embraces Native Artwork and L.I.D.

Bear, created by Jason Reed Brown

By, Adrian Willanger

Native Americans once populated the coastlines of the Pacific Northwest. Their tribal folklore and art pay special reverence to the once abundant natural resources of this unique region.   The Salmon was their major food source and was celebrated with rituals and art.

Martha Rose, president of Martha Rose Construction, pays special homage to the once Salmon rich waterways of the Pacific Northwest with the naming of her latest Green development Fish Singer Place.   She chooses to build a Low-Impact-Development (LID) that focuses on keeping stormwater on site, to keep particles from brake pads, gas, oil, transmission fluids, and pesticides from polluting Puget Sound waterways.

Northwest Native American art installed on each house is a reminder of the rich ecological and natural resources that the region is well known for. The Bear, Salmon, Raven and Orca steel sculptures made by local blacksmith-artisan, Jason Reed Brown, serve as a proud reminder of how fragile our ecological system is.

Storm water management practices include: green-roofs, two 1000 gallon rain barrels per house, rain gardens, and pervious pavement over a bed of rail-road ballast rock. These systems filter rainwater runoff and allow it to slowly percolate back into the natural aquifers.

The site has been a learning center for many local building departments, students, building and design professionals, as well as many environmentalists.

Rose mentions “I want to offer something that the masses aren’t producing.  A notch up in quality means a lot to me.”

For more information contact Adrian Willanger 206 909-7536 [email protected]