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The New Packard Foundation Headquarters
November 30th, 2012 by admin

Working on a team with lead architect EHDD, Tipping Mar and Integral Group Sherwood helped to design the new headquarters of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, which sits in downtown Los Altos, California. Sherwood worked with the team to design multiple sustainable systems, including rainwater harvesting, green streets, stormwater infiltration and treatment, and pedestrian-friendly circulation. Sherwood was also responsible for sustainable systems integration, grading and drainage design, site utility design, and deconstruction all the way through construction. As part of this project, a 550-foot length of public street was redesigned to include rain gardens adjacent to the street that will treat road runoff, and four surface parking lots were retrofitted with vegetated swales and infiltration basins to treat stormwater runoff. (more…)

Flushed with Pride
November 14th, 2012 by admin

In The Economist’s September issue, “Flushed with pride” highlights the work that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is doing to bring safe, affordable toilets to the 40% of the world’s population that lacks access to basic sanitation. “Each year, 1.5 million children die from diarrhea. Better toilets could reduce the death toll.” (Flushed). The Foundation’s mission aligns with more than one of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. MDG #4 seeks to reduce child mortality, and though the number of child deaths is falling, poor sanitation is still al leading contributor to child death rates today. MDG #7 aims to halve the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. (more…)

Sherwood @ Greenbuild 2012
November 13th, 2012 by admin

Please join us Wednesday, November 14th for our Greenbuild happy hour and art opening at Sherwood!

The night will feature specialty cocktails, entertainment, art, food, and craft beer on tap featuring a never-before-seen Gigante IPA, in honor of the San Francisco Giants’ World Series victory (colored appropriately). (more…)

Sherwood Institute’s Michel St. Pierre published in Stanford’s Social Innovation Review
November 8th, 2012 by Sherwood

On October 16th, Sherwood Institute board member Michel St. Pierre published an article titled “Sustainable Development in India” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in which he discusses the work the Sherwood Institute’s work in Bangalore, and how the city has been affected by India’s quickly rising population. (more…)

Balboa Skatepark featured on ESPN.com
November 7th, 2012 by admin

On September 29th, the new skate park in Balboa Park opened, grabbing the attention of ESPN. Sherwood’s civil design, in collaboration with landscape architect Cliff Lowe Associates and skate park designer Speerco, produced a modern and diverse skate park that provides a variety of skating features and caters to skaters of all skill-levels. Located right new the Balboa BART station, this new park provides a new, easily accessible place for kids to skate. (more…)


October 17th, 2012 by admin

Hillside Residence featured in Architizer!

October 17th, 2012 by sherwoodsf

Sherwood’s private residential project in Kentfield, California was recently featured in Architzer magazine for it’s innovative green roof design. The project, acclaimed for it’s excellence in architecture, landscape architecture, and civil design, has been featured on private homes tours over the past few years. (more…)

The Living Machine® at SFPUC
August 3rd, 2012 by Sherwood

This morning, a group of Sherwood engineers were given a tour of the Living Machine® wastewater treatment system at the new headquarters of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). The new headquarters building is a model of innovation and sustainable design, from its energy efficiency, to water reuse, to ecological and environmental benefits. Living Machine® Technology treats and reuses wastewater by incorporating plants and beneficial bacteria with innovative engineering. Based on the principles of wetland ecology, the tidal process cleans water, making the Living Machine® extremely energy-efficient and allowing the system to produce reclaimed water that meets high-quality reuse standards. (more…)

Bay Bridge Tour: Part 2
July 31st, 2012 by Sherwood

Last week, we posted about some of the information our engineers gathered during their tour of the new San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge. Here is part two of our post, with more stories about the construction process.

Great care has been taken to help protect the environment in the planning and construction of the bridge. When driving up to the Yerba Buena Transition structure, there was a section of water near the island that was blocked off by buoys. These buoys designated a zone with eelgrass, a protected marine plant that provides food and shelter to many fish and other local species. This shows just part of the great effort being made to conserve the environment around the bay bridge, even during construction. (more…)

Bay Bridge Tour: Part 1
July 27th, 2012 by Sherwood

On July 24, a few of our engineers attended an informational session and boat tour of the new east span of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, hosted by CalTrans. The east span of the new Bay Bridge includes the Oakland touchdown, the skyway, the self-anchored suspension span and the Yerba Buena transition structure, and it is currently slated to open Labor Day weekend, 2013. Here are some of the facts and stories that stood out. (more…)

Bayview Opera House Renovation
May 29th, 2012 by Sherwood

San Francisco’s Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre (aka South San Francisco Opera House) is currently undergoing structural and accessibility renovations. The project is run by SF Arts and funded by a collection SF agencies. Sherwood is working with Tom Eliot Fisch architects and Hood Design Studio landscape architects on a number of site improvements, including a collaboration with Walter Hood in site layout while specializing in stormwater systems. (more…)

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