Communita designs master plan for Tehaleh mixed-use project in US
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Communita designs master plan for Tehaleh mixed-use project in US

13 Sep 2012

Architecture firm Communita Design has designed landscape framework and master plan for Tehaleh in Pierce County, Washington, US, for residential developer Newland Communities.

Architecture firm Communita Design has designed a landscape framework and master plan for Tehaleh in Pierce County, Washington, US, for residential developer Newland Communities.

The 4,200-acre mixed-use community formally known as Cascadia is situated near Mount Rainier in Seattle, Washington.

Tehaleh will feature about 5,900 homes, a 419-acre employment centre with 3.9 million ft² of commercial/retail space, schools and over 100 acres of parks and open space.

The first phase of the master plan will feature over 350 homes, residential neighbourhoods, parks, miles of trails, and common gathering spaces.

Phase one, which is scheduled for completion in early Q4, will also feature seven parks with a forested trail system that links parks and homes to open space.

All seven parks will be linked by paths and are designed to maximise views of Mount Rainier.

The designs for play areas use natural materials that include stepping stones, balance logs, meadow grass mazes, slides built into the hillsides and stone forts.

Cairn stone markers will serve as entry monuments and waypoints throughout the community.

Communita Design founder Lisa Folkins said, "This project exemplifies everything Communita strives to provide for communities around western Washington."

Newland Communities selected Lennar, Richmond American Homes, Quadrant Homes, Benjamin Ryan Communities and Shea Homes to build homes at Tehaleh.

The first homes will be available for pre-sale this summer and will be offered with floor plans ranging between 1,350 ft² to 3,300ft².