Creating an inviting 'village' feel in parkland's commercial district

Garfield Commons, Parkland, Washington

Lorig & Pacific Lutheran University


32,000 gross sf
15,000 sf commercial
Completed in 2008


Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning

Leadership Team:

Beth Dwyer


Campus Environments, Commercial & Retail

“Pacific Lutheran has worked with GGLO for about eight years on two big projects. Both were on tight time schedules.. and GGLO has been meticulous in developing and meeting the schedule we needed.. They are highly creative, and understand wanting to have a project with ‘pop.’”

Sheri J Tonn, PhD, Former VP of Finance and Operations at PLU

The Garfield Street business district, the primary gateway from Pacific Highway to the Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) campus, is an established commercial area. Garfield Commons reinvigorates the district with increased pedestrian traffic between campus and the retail stores, including the PLU bookstore, providing an inviting entrance experience to the campus environment. The buildings vary in height and shape, and feature a variety of building colors and textures, creating an inviting “village” feel to the property.

In addition to typical college bookstore items, the new Garfield Book Company at PLU features a children’s learning area and the Fireside Lounge and Community Room. The lounge hosts authors, local musicians, cooking demonstrations, and children’s reading time. The Community Room hosts classes, conferences and other larger events.

Garfield Commons is a co-development of Pacific Lutheran University and Seattle developer Lorig Associates. In a creative arrangement, PLU purchased the land and anchors the complex with the university’s bookstore.