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Sherwood Institute Brings Water Infrastructure Recommendations to the United Nations
March 5th, 2015 by Sherwood

This post is authored by Prentiss Darden, from SDE’s Innovation Lab, who participated in the SI Forum and is currently collaborating on the upcoming Sherwood Institute publication, “Innovations in Urban Water Infrastructure.”

This past September, Sherwood Institute hosted a two day workshop in New York City to generate ideas about innovations in urban water infrastructure and how to implement them.  We were joined by a group of 60 engineers, landscape architects, architects, planners, ecologists, policy makers, and development workers, including representatives from the UN, Columbia University’s Urban Design Lab and Earth Institute, Grimshaw, Gensler, Mia Lehrer and Associates, Sasaki Associates, and dland studio.  Participants came from the east, west, and gulf coasts, bringing a variety of experience and perspectives to apply in developing innovations and implementation strategies to a variety of sites chosen for their varying conditions relative to climate, population density, and infrastructure condition.  The workshop was conducted as a design charrette, with groups working on solutions for sites located in Manhattan,   Silicon Valley, New Orleans, San Juan (Puerto Rico), Qinhuangdao (China), and Bangalore (India), addressing innovations and implementations as they applied from bio-regional to district scales.

Forum participants discussing innovations in water infrastructure for the city of New Orleans. Pictured: Jason Hellendrung, James Lima, David Burke, Jeff Carney, and Elisa Petkova. Photo Credit: Angela Eaton / Sherwood Institute

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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.

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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.


2014 Community Outreach at Sherwood!
December 31st, 2014 by Jessica Stanley

2014 was an exciting year for Sherwood’s Community Outreach Team. As our offices continue to grow, our employees are more passionate then ever to get into the community and use our skills and labor to improve the places we live and work. In 2014 we had 4 large volunteering events, as well as helped with several smaller events. Here are some pictures to re-cap the year.

Here’s to doing even more as we go into 2015!

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ASCE YMF SF Wins Music Video Contest!
December 19th, 2014 by Sherwood

With the help of Sherwood Design Engineer employees, Alyson Goulden and Chris Boswell, our local San Francisco chapter of ASCE YMF created the winning Music Video Entry!  From ASCE “I can build with steel. I’ve got my P.E. seal — this is no big deal.” Watch the GRAND PRIZE WINNER and recipient of $5,000 in the Younger Member Category of ASCE’s Music Video Contest: San Francisco YMF!

Check it out (Click the image to be directed to YouTube for viewing)

ASCE YMF SF Music Video

ASCE YMF SF Music Video

Boeddeker Park Opening Ceremony
December 16th, 2014 by Sherwood

Sherwood Project Manager Jimmy Galvez attended the opening ceremony for Boeddeker Park  in San Francisco. To turn this project into a reality, the Trust for Public Land worked with community members and generous donors to realize a needed public space within the surrounding dense urban environment.

The park boasts a community garden, outdoor work-out equipment, a basketball court, and a children’s play area. It also provides an ADA accessible route despite 16 feet of grade change in a relatively small site.

In order to manage stormwater, Sherwood Design Engineers developed a strategy that diverts over 270,000 gallons of rain water away from the city’s combined sewer system annually. The system utilizes newly installed pervious pavement, vegetated swales and a Triton chamber management system to capture and infiltrate water from the 2 year – 24 hour storm event (storms under roughly 2.4 inches).

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Lake Tahoe Water Quality Management
November 6th, 2014 by Sherwood

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

Lake TahoeDespite what the beautiful picture to the left may imply, this is not a blog about my summer vacation. I have the pleasure of conducting research on Lake Tahoe for my Master’s thesis at UC Davis. My group is under the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC), which you may remember from Jessica’s post about volunteering at our Children’s Environmental Science Day! Though my project focuses more on physical processes within the lake, I am also interested in the water quality management practices in the basin. The watershed that drains into Lake Tahoe is quite small compared to the size of the lake. In fact, the watershed only encompasses about 500 square miles – an area less than three times larger than the surface area of the lake itself. Tahoe’s famous clarity is a result of this unique hydrologic system and the fact that over 78% of the watershed area is publicly managed forest land. It is the developed region around the lake that has contributed to the decline of water clarity in the last fifty years (see graph below). It is thus our duty to better manage runoff in this area in order to protect the pristine nature of the lake. Doing so, however, has proven to be a difficult task, especially in the midst of the current drought.

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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 »