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Children’s Environmental Science Day
August 21st, 2014 by Jessica Stanley

Optimization of Water Systems
August 7th, 2014 by Wendy

Next Generation Infrastructure
July 15th, 2014 by Rachel Gross

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Children’s Environmental Science Day
August 21st, 2014 by Jessica Stanley

This blog is authored by Sherwood employee, Jessica Stanley.

This past weekend Sherwood Design Engineers volunteered at the Children’s Environmental Science Day hosted by the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC), with a huge amount of support from local agencies, non-profits, local businesses, and volunteers.

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The day was an educational opportunity for children ranging from ages 3-13, and their parents – the parents might have learned more than their kids! Hosted both indoors and outdoors at the TERC center in Incline Village, there were over 30 stations set up with volunteers teaching a huge range of topics-  native plant, fish, and wildlife species; forest fire defense; historical mining operations; the effects of climate change on the basin; watershed protection; and sustainable land practices were just a few. Read the rest of this entry »

Optimization of Water Systems
August 7th, 2014 by Wendy

This post is authored by Sherwood blogging intern, and UC Davis Graduate student, Heather Sprague.

Hello Sherwood blog followers!  Today’s post is brought to you by the letter O – for Optimization.  That’s what engineering is all about, wouldn’t you say?  Finding the best possible solution to the problem at hand.  Unfortunately, as we all know, finding the best solution, or even just defining what we want from a solution, is not an easy task.

Dr. JayDr. Jay Lund at University of California, Davis (UCD) has been tackling water use optimization problems for years.  It is a tough job to balance both ecological and societal needs when it comes to our water supply.  We need water, but so do the fish, the trees, the birds, the deer…  How is it possible to optimize a system for all parties?

“The biggest challenge,” Dr. Lund claims, “is to make sure we’re getting the most environmental-bang for our water-use-buck.  It’s reasonable to require urban and agricultural users to efficiently manage their water supply; it’s much harder to identify how natural environments can do the same.” 

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Next Generation Infrastructure
July 15th, 2014 by Rachel Gross

The following is authored by Sherwood San Francisco Intern, Rachel Gross.

SPUR Event June 11th, 2014 – Next Generation Infrastructure, Presented by Hillary Brown

SPUR recently hosted an event about Next Generation Infrastructure, where speaker Hillary Brown outlined some concepts from her book of the same name.  Brown, architect and founder of New Civic Works, stressed the need for a new generation of infrastructure (water, waste, power, IT, and transportation systems) that creates beneficial relationships between industry, the environment, and local people. This new type of infrastructure system, known as “infrastructural ecologies”, calls for “integration rather than segregation of functions” to capitalize on the efficiencies that emerge from exchanging resources.

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The SF Office Goes Back to College
June 24th, 2014 by Stacy Naglestad

Currently, the University of California, Berkeley is revitalizing a large and busy part of campus called Lower Sproul. This project costs around $223 million and is funded by current and future students through extra fees in tuition (source: lowersproul.berkeley.edu). At a time when tuition hikes are a sensitive topic, the student body made the progressive decision to raise their own tuition fees in order to provide an innovative and valuable resource to future students. As a result, this project has an outstanding amount of support and buy-in from the students on exactly what they want. From stakeholder meetings with the students it was very clear that sustainability and responsible water management was a primary concern. Read the rest of this entry »

Alta Laguna Site Visit in SF!
June 19th, 2014 by sherwoodsf

The following is authored by Sherwood New York Intern, Anna Kramer.

While visiting the office in San Francisco, I was given the opportunity to tour a project site with Miwa Ng, a design engineer at Sherwood. The project site is located at 100 and 218 Buchanan St. on the edge of the Lower Haight District and extends a full square block. When the building is complete, it will be a multi-family residence and green space.  I saw the site in the midst of construction that  began last summer and is expected to last through 2015.

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Annual Regional SHPE Conference
May 20th, 2014 by sherwoodsf

This past April, Sherwood was represented by project manager, Jimmy Galvez, as he led member of the local San Francisco Bay Area chapter (SFBA) of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) at the Region 1 – Regional Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) held at California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo.

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OCGP South Lawn and Visitors Center is Complete!
December 5th, 2013 by Jessica Stanley

The South Lawn and Visitors Center Pavilion phases of Orange County Great Park are complete! This project hits home for me as it is the first built project that I have designed and lead the construction administration process for at Sherwood! Woohoo!

The park opened the sport and fitness complex on September 21stby hosting the “Great Summer Games” for the community and we just gave the official certificate of completion letters to the City. Sherwood Design Engineers was the Engineer of Record for both phases and worked alongside WRNS Studio and Bellinger Foster Steinmetz (BFS) Landscape Architects on the 30 acre expansion of the public open space. Read the rest of this entry »

SF’s Central Corridor Eco-District
September 16th, 2013 by Jessica Stanley

SPUR, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research association, recently hosted a conversation on the Central Corridor Eco-District. The panel featured Kate Mcgee (San Francisco Planning Department
), John Elberling (TODCO Group
), Cole Roberts (ARUP
) and Bob Gamble (SPUR). As a hot-topic in sustainable design, the room was filled with Sherwood folks and several of our esteemed colleagues.

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Water Narrative of a SDE Project
August 30th, 2013 by admin

The following post is authored by Sherwood summer intern, Froste Wistrom.

During the last month I have been part of a team working on a project on a private property in the Sonoma Mountains. The construction is already in progress and the contractor is ready to start working as soon as we have finalized our construction drawings. I have been lucky as this has been a perfectly timed project for me as a summer intern- we just started working on it in the beginning of the summer and are wrapping up construction documents now. Read the rest of this entry »

MERGE Event in Sacramento!
August 26th, 2013 by admin

This post is authored by Sherwood employee Scott Hartstein who recently participated in the MERGE event in Sacramento.

On Saturday August 17, 2013, IIDA Northern California – Sacramento City Center held their 3rd annual MERGE Event benefiting their Student Award Program.  Teams are given 3 hours to create a fashion using only  the donated architectural materials provided to them, and show them at the evenings fashion show.
Team “The Materialistas” (sponsored by Rainforth Grau Architects) created their fashion from Interface Carpet, 2 types of fabric from Maharam  and PVC Edge Banding from Herman Miller. Read the rest of this entry »

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