Category Archives: Sustainable SITES

Compost: the Secret Sauce

August 17, 2018

Compost is not just recycled clippings, it’ more. It has become the go to panacea for landscapes. It is an organic amendment you add to provide nutrients to plants. In fact, compost provides a wide range of unexpected solutions for designers. Have percolation issues? Add compost. Need to increase water holding capacity of soils? Add…

Adaptive Reuse is a Game Changer for Sustainable Development

August 11, 2018

If you are working towards a LEED certification for your project, have you thought about SITES? SITESv2 and LEEDv4 have more synergies in common than you might think. Much of the work that counts towards LEED can also help your project become SITES certified especially when it comes to designing for lifecycle aspects. There are…

Site Visit to Point Bonita YMCA

June 13, 2018

We recently had the pleasure of visiting the Point Bonita YMCA site to take some as-built measurements as they implement our vision plan.  With staggering views of the Pacific and Rodeo Beach below, the approach is to transform the site into one that continues to inspire through nature and facilitates outdoor learning for local youth and families.Concept…

The Designer as Change Agent

January 19, 2018

Join April at the TOM TOM FOUNDERS SUMMIT April will be on a panel to discuss “Innovations in Urban Agriculture” and creating local food economies. Tom Tom Founder’s Festival is a summit uniting entrepreneurs, innovators, executives and investors shaping the future of industry in small cities. Click here for to learn more about the TOM TOM…

3D PRINTING PROCESS FOR THE DOG HEAD BOLLARDS AT 38 DOLORES

April 3, 2014

  Our project at 38 Dolores (recently know as 2001 Market) is complete! The project site is becoming a busy hub on Market Street with residents and Whole Food’s customers enjoying all the amenities of the site. One unique aspect of the project is our dog bollards located on the busy intersection of Market and Dolores. The dog bollards add…

SITES: a brief introduction

December 2, 2012

The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices. Major funding for the Sustainable Sites Initiative is provided by the…