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AIA Award: Branson Commons
February 15th, 2012 by Sherwood

We recently won an Energy Efficiency Integration Award for our work for The Branson Commons project! The Branson School is an independent high school occupying seventeen acres of hilly terrain in the residential community of Ross, California, north of San Francisco. The new 7,550 s.f. Student Commons building is located in a narrow glen in the center of the campus, along the pedestrian path between the upper and lower campuses. The central gable and large window wall front onto an inviting terrace and lawn while the flanking support wings, sheltered under green roofs, connect to the adjacent hillsides with board-form concrete walls. Sited to take advantage of the sunny southern exposure, the new building features large over head doors that open on to a generous plaza for dining, meeting and outdoor learning. By providing spaces for gathering and socializing throughout the day, the Student Commons serves as the heart of campus activity. The building is LEED Platinum certified and features many sustainable strategies, including a living roof, radiant heating, natural ventilation, photovoltaic panels, and pervious paving. (more…)

Sherwood’s New San Francisco Office Space
February 13th, 2012 by Sherwood

We are pleased to announce that Sherwood is moving to a beautiful new office at 58 Maiden Lane, San Francisco CA 94108 effective Monday, February 13. The new space is much larger and allows us to facilitate the interdisciplinary collaborations that are key to Sherwood’s practice, all in a LEED Gold space. (more…)

Project Update: Orange County Great Park
February 3rd, 2012 by Sherwood

The Orange County Great Park, with its 1,347-acre master plan, is the focal point of the redevelopment of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro. Phase 1 of development includes the 28-acre South Lawn, including extensions to the Ken Smith-envisioned timeline and a first of its kind large scale overland stormwater harvesting system for reuse as irrigation. Among many of the forward thinking sustainability goals of the project, Sherwood is working is to decrease the irrigation demands of the park and reuse as much water on site as possible. The Park will be harvesting and storing all available onsite and offsite runoff in a series of design-oriented storage basins. Stormwater from these basins will then be treated and reused for irrigation, with the aim of reducing the reclaimed water use significantly. One of the project’s goals is to be a new model for water resources planning within the LA basin. (more…)