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Presidio Coastal Trail Battery Bridge Under Construction!
January 30th, 2015 by Sherwood

This exciting project connects the Golden Gate Bridge to the already constructed portion of the Pacific Coast Trail. This stage will connect the Golden Gate Overlook to the Golden Gate Bridge with a 10′ wide uninterrupted multi-use trail, and eventually all the way to Baker Beach. Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is our client managing the project. Sherwood Principal Drew Norton’s team is doing full trail design, focusing on natural resources management, passive stormwater systems, and accessibility compliance. We are working closely with Marta Fry Landscape, and FTF Structural Engineering.




















Bry Sarte weighs in on the tricky business of on-site water treatment and reuse!
January 26th, 2015 by Sherwood

The Tricky Business of On-Site Water Treatment and Reuse
It’s time to rethink old assumptions about what can and can’t be done

By Vicki Elmer and Paula Kehoe


As published in the December 2014 Issue of the Planning Magazine

The 3Rs for solid waste — reduce, reuse, recycle — have been around since the 1970s, but the next big R is for water. Reuse of the wet stuff is on the rise.

On-site water treatment and reuse is turning up in commercial and residential buildings from Seattle to San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, and Portland.

Large water and wastewater utilities pioneered wastewater recycling — using it for irrigation in dry states. Today, local developers in both wet and dry states are getting in on the game with the goal of “net zero” or “net positive” water for individual building projects. Some of these projects also recover energy from wastewater and solid waste with integrated water-energy-waste systems.

Click here to read the full article!

Bishop O’Dowd High School Awarded ENR CA’s “K-12 Education Award of Merit”
January 23rd, 2015 by Sherwood

This blog is authored by Sherwood Designer, Pavel Guevarra.

Drew Norton and Pavel Guevarra of Sherwood Design Engineers worked together with Siegel & Strain Architects to complete Bishop O’Dowd High School’s Center for Environmental Studies.  The new laboratory building is located within the Living Lab, which is a 4.5 acre certified wildlife habitat and outdoor classroom at the perimeter of the campus dedicated to cultivate the next generation of environmental stewards and sustainability leaders.  The Center for Environmental Studies has been recently awarded “K-12 Education Award of Merit” by Engineering News Record (ENR).

The Center for Environmental Studies is a 5,500 square feet LEED Platinum certified academic building that features roof-mounted photovoltaic panels for renewable power and locally sourced renewable materials.  Sherwood took a comprehensive approach to managing storm water runoff from the site that prevents post-development peak discharge rate and quantity from exceeding predevelopment conditions.  A rainwater cistern, bioswale, raingarden and pervious paving, were utilized onsite to reduce post-development runoff, despite an approximate 24% increase in impervious area.


OCGP Awarded ENR CA’s “Best Green Project” Award:
January 21st, 2015 by Jessica Stanley

Orange County Great Park (OCGP) has been named Engineering News Report’s (ENR) California’s “Best Green Project of 2014.” Some of the most visible green infrastructure elements include the stormwater management strategy and water reuse system designed by Sherwood Design Engineers. The project also boasts low-flow indoor plumbing fixtures, recycled and salvages materials, and renewable energy generated on-site. Check out the write-up on ENR’s website and the previous Sherwood blog post– originally written at the completion of construction. In addition to ENR’s award the project has already been recognized by several other organizations- click here for a complete list.