Builder picked for Japanese garden at Clark College

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Colf Construction has been chosen to develop a Japanese garden on a half-acre site at Clark College, funded by a $1 million donation from Chihiro Kanagawa, chairman of both SEH America Inc. in Vancouver and its Japanese parent company, Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd.

Vancouver City Council approved the contract based on Colf’s $354,520 low bid. The total project cost of $675,000 includes additional material purchases, and $150,000 is being set aside for maintenance.

The garden is intended to be a meditative space for students and a regional attraction to the city.

Murase and Associates of Portland designed the garden. Construction is expected to start in mid-September and end this year, with dedication planned for April 19 during Clark College’s Sakura Festival.