The Casino Road neighborhood, located in South Everett (and not having anything to do with a casino), is one of the most densely and diversely populated areas of Snohomish County. For years, the local community has been asking for a safe, shared community space where people can gather, build community, and access essential services and resources to support strong families. Connect Casino Road, a collaborative of local stakeholders, is seeking to meet this need by transforming an existing building complex into a Community Hub.
Convene’s role, initially begun while Convene founder Eric Higbee was Executive Director of Pomegranate Center, has been to help facilitate a community visioning process and then translate the community’s vision into vibrant community space. With collaborators Environmental Works spearheading the interior renovation, Convene has designed and detailed a courtyard renovation focused around playful spaces and community gatherings. Highlights include an artistic wave trellis, turf mounds, and a covered barbeque area.
Construction finished in 2020, but the courtyard and building has not fully opened due to Covid.
In the meantime, check out this great video of the project: https://youtu.be/Tq5a1snNw0E
Environmental Works (Architect), 5DOT Architecture (Design)