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How to design sustainable public infrastructure in 2020 and beyond

“To begin, I believe we must start with and fully embrace the fact that the design process is not linear. It is circular. Good design must allow for questioning previous decisions and acknowledge that perhaps other ideas and methods can and should be incorporated. A circular design process enables exponential change and advancement. We must not start with just “thinking” about green building materials. The challenge really is: How do we question everything so that the design truly manifests into a sustainable project?” explains author Luis Vidal, President & Founding Partner of luis vidal + architects.

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The Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn, an off-the-grid agricultural building for the 21st century

Located in the Templeton Gap area of West Paso Robles, California, the Clayton & Little-designed Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn rests at the toe of the 50-acre James Berry Vineyard and the adjacent winery sitting just over 800 feet away. This simple agricultural storage structure is completely self-sufficient and operates independently from the energy grid, maximizing the structure’s survivability and resilience.

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Half Moon Bay Library in California

The award-winning Half Moon Bay Library in Calif., designed by Noll & Tam, LEED Platinum certified and designed to achieve net-zero energy. Sustainable features include a photovoltaic array, bioswales, recycled materials, ample daylight, a highly efficient building envelope, high performance HVAC systems, and low water use fixtures and drought tolerant planting—weaving sustainable elements through all parts of the site, building, and design.

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Elkridge Library/DIY Center parking area selects Belgard’s Aqualine® permeable pavers as project attains LEED® Gold certification

Howard County’s Elkridge Library and DIY Education Center, a 35,000-square-foot endeavor, exemplifies an evolving and more expansive approach to library design. The parking and access ways, although functional in nature, required an innovative approach to blending the old with the new as well. The former property, which was built in the early 1990s, utilized a traditional storm drain and stormwater management system ill-equipped to handle to the region’s shifting weather patterns. Before resurfacing, the pavement areas’ excessive runoff and flooding issues had to be addressed.

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Biggs Cardosa Associates’ Plaza Bridge at Marine Way wins ACEC’s 2020 Golden State Award

The American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC California) announced yesterday that Biggs Cardosa Associates has been honored with their prestigious 2020 Golden State Award for its work on the Plaza Bridge at Marine Way in Irvine, Calif. The Plaza Bridge is a cast-in-place concrete slab supporting a landscaped park. Because of the bridge’s size, the structural design had to meet strict California Fire Code and NFPA requirements for tunnels and be able to resist a 13,000-gallon gasoline tanker fire event, combined with a heavy goods vehicle loaded with ordinary combustibles.

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Trapolin-Peer Architects-designed Sazerac House, a historic renovation in New Orleans

Breathing new life into downtown New Orleans, Trapolin-Peer Architects-designed Sazerac House revitalizes previously forgotten buildings, and serves as a pioneering model for future investment and construction in the city. Located at the corner of Canal and Magazine Streets, the project merges two late 19th-century buildings into a unified complex that breathes new life into long-abandoned structures. Abandoned for over three decades, the buildings were renovated from top to bottom, which included stabilizing and reworking their structural systems, removing deleterious additions, and returning the buildings to a period-appropriate visual appearance while adding critical infrastructure upgrades to reduce stormwater load on city systems.

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Modera Pearl in Portland, Oregon

Modera Pearl, designed by SERA, is targeting LEED Silver certification through a combination of energy savings and integrated sustainable design elements. A 28,000-square-foot green roof tops the building. For the small percentage of roof area dedicated to mechanical and amenity space, the stormwater will be captured and channeled to the central courtyard’s stormwater garden, showcased through exposed splash blocks and touch pools.

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Sustainable Design Excellence: ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, D.C.

The 12,600-square-foot headquarters, located in the historic Chinatown district of Washington, DC, was built in 1995 and completely renovated in 2016 to achieve LEED Platinum and WELL Gold certification. ASLA worked with architecture firm Gensler and landscape architecture firm Oehme van Sweden to build a new Center that embodies the mission, vision and values of the Society. The project integrates new construction into the existing space and footprint; captures and reuses stormwater runoff; maximizes daylight within the space; increases occupant comfort and wellness; provides flexible, collaborative work spaces; and models environmental values.

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Landscape architects heading to Capitol Hill this week

This week, a group of landscape architects are heading to Washington, D.C. to take part in ASLA Advocacy Day 2019. This year’s Advocacy Day will focus on infrastructure issues before Congress including restoring parks, water quality protection, and transportation.

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