The following post is authored by student and Sherwood blogging intern, Rachel Gross.
Every March, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hosts an event called Engineering Open House (EOH). This event attracts over 20,000 visitors to the U of I Engineering Campus to see the 250+ exhibits put on by various student groups about engineering. A student group that I am involved with, USGBC Students, decided to use EOH as a platform to educate students and the general public about LEED and green buildings. We wanted to create an exhibit that was interactive, applicable to an audience that ranged from kindergarten to adults, and that actually taught people about LEED. We came up with a concept called “LEGO LEED”, in which we gave participants a pre-built LEGO home and they could add on certain features, such as solar panels, a bike rack, low irrigation plants, an air filtration system, or a green roof to make the house more “green”. Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
The new Inn at the Presidio in San Francisco opens April 1, and is now taking reservations! For this project, the first Inn of its kind in the Presidio, Sherwood was selected by the Presidio Trust as part of an interdisciplinary team to complete design work for the rehabilitation and historic preservation of Pershing Hall. The former Officer’s Hall was adapted to become a LEED-certified bed and breakfast in the heart of the Presidio Park. Sherwood was responsible for site utilities and improvements, erosion control, grading and drainage; and working to meet LEED requirements for the site runoff. As part of the approach to stormwater management Sherwood integrated a bioretention cell within an adjacent area proposed for future remediation. This will allow the Trust to gracefully integrate a landscape-based stormwater management feature with minimal maintenance requirements into this historic landscape. Read the rest of this entry »