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E- Private Residence. Sausalito, California. Layout, pedestrian paving, features, furnishings, planting. Spa, bocce court, San Francisco Bay view terrace, open space with old growth Bay Laurels. Conceptual Design. Suzman & Cole Design Associates, San Francisco. December 2007 – February 2008.
Resort Project. San Francisco Bay area, California. Cultural (historic) Landscape Preservation Plan. Stream Restoration Plan. Field analysis and hardcopy and digital mapping. Project administration for design team (architects, civils, consultants) including coordinating design deliverables, ongoing design studies, design issue management, FTP site structure and management, management of production of reports to Client board. Subproject breakdown and reporting for billing to client. Golf course, estate residential units, resort campus. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. February 2006 – October 2007.
Agilent Technologies Inc. Corporate Headquarters. Santa Clara, California. Main entrance exterior planting, irrigation, and landscape features and furnishings. Interior Atrium conceptual design, planting design. Construction Documents and Construction Administration. Roof podium landscape master planning and programming strategy. Design, Project Management. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. August 2005 – November 2006.
Marina Boulevard Residence. San Francisco, California. Planting design. Construction Documents and Construction Administration. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. June 2005 – September 2006.
Penryn Park. Penryn, California. Mixed use development. Planting, irrigation, and landscape features and furnishings: design for production homes (80 units), associated small retail plaza, recreational open space, tot lot, detention basin, streets, Highway frontage. Conceptual design through Construction Documents and Construction Administration. Project Management. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. March - August 2005.
Hyde Park Homes. Vallejo, California. Planting and irrigation design for production homes (90 units). Conceptual design through Construction Documents and Construction Administration. Project Management. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. January - July 2005.
Northgate Marketplace. Vallejo, California. Planting and irrigation design for local shopping area. Conceptual design through Construction Documents and Construction Administration. Project Management. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. November 2004 – August 2005.
Shinnyo-En Buddhist Temple. Redwood City, California. Renovation of an abandoned Catholic Monastery. Planting and irrigation design. Assist with conceptual design. Presentation to neighboring Condominium Association. Design Development through Construction Documents and Construction Administration. Project Management. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. August 2004 – October 2007. Click here for drawings and images.
Transit Center Area Arterial Roads Medians. Dublin, California. Planting, irrigation, and landscape paving design. Design Development through Construction Documents and Construction Administration. Project Management. Extensive coordination with City officials and Civil engineer and multiple revisions. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. March 2003 – October 2007.
College of San Mateo Accessibility Study. San Mateo, California. Survey of campus for accessibility constraints and opportunities; proposed accessibility master plan. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. June 2003 – June 2004.
Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, California. Project manager: Landscape design including planting, fountains, paving, furnishings, lighting for new area of community college campus ($3-million construction cost) including three new buildings, a large main plaza with trees, seating, and a fountain, an open “Quad”, a main pedestrian traffic axis through the campus, two large parking areas, transit improvements, complete reinstallation of infrastructure. Project proposal, internal scheduling and coordination, coordination with architects, engineers, client representatives and staff, establishment of project scope and limits of work and fees negotiation, cost estimates, document preparation and Entitlement / Department of State Architect submittals through 100% CDs. Bid/Negotiation, Construction Administration. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. May 2003 – October 2007. Click here for drawings and images.
Plaza San Jose. San Jose, California. Shopping Center renovation; redesign to appeal to Latino population; Schematic design to CDs. Planting, irrigation. Construction Administration. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. April 2003 – July 2006.
Serramonte Center, Daly City, California. Shopping mall renovation to reattract population lost to newer malls and shopping areas. Redesign to appeal to the new Asian (Philippino, Japanese, Chinese) population in the area. Project manager; mall entrances planting and irrigation redesign, Schematic design to CDs; street entrance signage, Schematic to CDs; interior plant landscape redesign, plant and pot selection and specification, irrigation solution, bidding and negotiation, project administration, preparation of 100% CDs, photography, feature plant bamboo selection, coordination with client’s project manger and architects. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. July 2003 – January 2004.
College of San Mateo – Science Building. San Mateo, California. Project Manager: preparation of specifications, narrative, and drawings for Design-Build entity. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. July – November 2003.
“A Vision For the San Francisco Design District”. This is a 50-page publication with text, images, maps, and diagrams providing an integrated set of proposals for business development, housing, retail and amenities, open space and pedestrian linkages, and transportation in the Design District. Sets out existing and historical conditions and trends in housing, retail, production, open space, and community development in the city. Implementation recommendations. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. February-May 2003
Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Crime Lab. San Jose, California. Project manager: proposal, Schematic Design, coordination with project and design architects, mechanical, civil, structural engineers; submittals and presentation to City planning and County staff. Planting and Irrigation. Site planning . Construction Administration. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. December 2002 – October 2007. Click here for drawings and images.
Grant Line Road Commercial Center. Tracy, California. Planting and irrigation for arterial street frontage; coordination with Civil Engineers, PG&E (Electricity Utility), and client. Entitlement submittals to City Planning Department. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. December 2002 -May 2003
Danville Senior’s Residence, Danville, California. Construction administration. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. December 2002 – January 2003.
1 Henry Adams Street and 801 Brannan Street, San Francisco, California. Retail – housing complexes proposed for underused industrial sites in the San Francisco Design District: urban design solutions for context and approaches. Landscape design for inner and exterior open space grounded in local industrial and commercial history, existing conditions, existing and pre-existing natural features and character. Project Description for permitting and publication. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. November 2002 – February 2005
Windemere Apartments, Contra Costa County, California. 13- and 9-acre walk-up apartment projects near San Ramon, California. Schematic design and design development of overall sites layout and planting. Design of apartment courtyards, pocket park, community / recreation center, pedestrian walk network. Project management. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. June – July 2002.
Cotati Cottages, Cotati, California. Art-and-Crafts style subdivision in the new town center. Design development (layout, planting), construction drawings, and details. Project management. Extensive coordination with Architect, Client, Civil Engineer, Irrigation Designer, and other consultants. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. May - September 2002.
Stanford University Auxiliary Library, Livermore, California. Design development (layout, planting), construction drawings, and details. Project management. Extensive coordination with Architect, Civil Engineer, Irrigation Designer, and other consultants. Smith & Smith Landscape Architects, San Francisco. May - August 2002. Click here for drawings and images.
River Park Marsh Restoration, City of Vallejo, California. Preparation of digital terrain model of proposal. Preparation of photomontage showing typical views. MPA Design, San Francisco. March 2002.
EC Wise Tool Suite product design and development. Design of application structure and user navigation , templates for data collection and for specifying user scenarios. Tool Suite provides web-based service to automate the design of web products and services as well as to automate usability test design, management, and analysis of results. Scenarios, Use Cases, Screens. March 2000 – November 2001.
Vulcan Northwest application specifications. Prepared Use Cases as specifications for Vulcan's principle web-application tool to configure complex audio-visual installations. October – November 2001.
Pattern Language Design. Development of typology of Web user interface idioms, formalization of interrelations as pattern language for automated / rapid Web application design. EC Wise, Inc. March 2000 - June 2001.
Business Objects WebIntelligence User Interface Navigation / Structural and content design -- Web Application Functional Prototype. Programming Specifications. Usability Test content. Business Objects was named one of the 12 Most Influential Companies in IT by Intelligent Enterprise Magazine for the past two years. Business intelligence software is exceedingly complex and must be usable by business analysts in a broad variety of industries to develop reports that yield insights into the dynamics of their financial, marketing, logistical, and administrative initiatives. EC Wise, Inc. March 2000 - May 2001.
EC Wise, Inc. Corporate website navigational / structural and content design. Visual Character design. EC Wise, Inc. October 2000 - January 2001. August 2001.
iSaySo.com User Interface Usability Evaluation. Usability Test Design including identification of critical issues, resources. Heuristic Evaluation. Content design. Results analysis and reporting. Project Management. EC Wise, Inc. December 2000 - February 2001.
Homeport Infomediary. Web Application Navigation / Structural and content design. Developed scenarios to specify how customers would take advantage of a web-based service with powerful information aggregation capabilities. Designed series of service features and complete user interfaces for those features. EC Wise, Inc. September-December 2000.
Farmland Wildlife Enhancement Projects. Design of native habitat hedgerows for both wildlife and farm requirements; preparation of Contract Documents; construction review. Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust, Delta, British Columbia. April 1999 - February 2000. Click here for drawings and images.
Dakin Residence, Upper Dakin Residence, Intergulf Cascadia Group - Gloucester Industrial Development (two sites), EMCO Distribution Centre, River Road Warehouse, Nikolai Manufacturing Ltd. Planting design, irrigation design, preparation of digital drawings for Development Permit and Design Panel. Landspace Design Inc. September 1999 - February 2000.
Hassal Residence Private Garden. Design, construction drawings. North Vancouver, B.C. November 1999.
Nairn Falls Provincial Park Group Campsite. Design of new group campsite to accommodate extended family groups, community organizations, and RV enthusiasts; including, campsites, picnic area, fire ring, parking, roads, infrastructure, paths, native vegetation retention areas. March 1999. Click here for drawings and images.
Berry Residence Private Garden. Design. Vancouver, B.C. Stonefield Development Consultants. February 1999.
"Garden Walk" Residential Development Model Gardens. Two model gardens for the development's show unit; six alternative planting plans for homebuyers. Abbotsford, British Columbia. Stonefield Development Consultants. February 1999.
Alice Lake Provincial Park Campsite Expansion. Analysis of park use and existing facilities for expansion of day-use and campsite areas. British Columbia Parks. January 1999.
Urban Naturalization Policy Document. Guidelines and Case Studies for naturalizing "manicured" sites in Canadian municipalities. Publication expected mid- 2000. Evergreen Foundation. January 1999.
Gan Or Shalom. A garden for Or Shalom Spiritual Community Association (synagogue), Vancouver, British Columbia. Conceptual and detail design. Construction management. Completed October 1998. Click here for drawings and images.
Francis Lake Forest Recreation Site. Rehabilitation design, Chilliwack Forest District, British Columbia Ministry of Forests. February 1998
Upper Lillooet Forest Recreation Site. FRS Master Plan and Design. Squamish Forest District, British Columbia Ministry of Forests. December 1997- January 1998. Click here for drawings and images.
Seven Forest Recreation Sites. Rehabilitation design, Chilliwack Forest District, British Columbia Ministry of Forests. August-October 1997. Click here for drawings and images.
Landscape Inventory Pilot Study. Ministry of Forests, Chilliwack Forest District, British Columbia Ministry of Forests. March 1997.
Selwyn Inlet Passage Forest Visual Landscape Design Terms of Reference (South Moresby Island). For Western Forest Products Ltd., Duncan, British Columbia. Digital Cartographic modeling. The passage is part of the route travelled by local and international visitors to Gwaii Hanaas National Park. fall 1996.
Installation, VanDusen Flower and Garden Show. Design and construction. May-June 1996. Preparation of measured drawing of the garden and house. December 1995. For the Arthur Erickson House and Garden Foundation, Vancouver, BC.
Expert Witness Before the Ontario Municipal Board For the Carson Woods and District Association, Ottawa, Ontario. Appeared as Expert Witness on behalf of the Association before the Ontario Municipal Board (The OMB is the provincial administrative tribunal empowered to adjudicate matters of law that concern planning issues and conflicts). The matter concerns the right and responsibility of municipal governments to designate ecologically-sensitive areas on privately-owned land: no municipal authority anywhere in North America has been challenged until now on this matter. August 1994.
Partial Cutting to Meet Visual Quality Objectives (VQOs) For the B.C. Ministry of Forests. A research study (involving research, fieldwork, analysis, planning, public consultation) to investigate public preferences for the visual character of different systems of forest cutting. August 1993 - March 1994. Study published November 1997.
Sava Dam Visual and Ecological Impact Assessment and Worlds Fair Visual and Ecological Impact Assessment. Conducted visual and ecological assessment of impacts of major land development, identification of landscape planning procedures based on Digital Terrain Capture and Modelling. Managed professional participation in GIS applications. Hannover, Germany, and Ljubljana, Slovenia. June 1991.
Official Plan Environmental Planning Strategy, City of Ottawa. Wrote the mission statement of the Official Plan of the City of Ottawa (Ontario); wrote the strategic approaches and policies for the O.P.'s environmental management chapter. This required: research policy options for issues important to City Council; highlight professional and public environmental concerns; determine significance and future implications of environmental issues for the city; identify City responsibilities and possible initiatives; reorient draft approach to environmental management. 1990. Click here for drawings and images.
An Ecological Assessment of the Open Lands to the East of Aviation Parkway in the City of Ottawa. For the Community Planning Branch of the City of Ottawa. The study described a 40ha parcel in east-central Ottawa in eleven natural and cultural factors; the study determined the site's significance in a city context. 1988.
Sawmill Creek Restoration Plan. For the Quarry Housing Cooperative, Gloucester, Ontario. 1988.
Planning for Ecological Reserves in Nova Scotia For the Nova Scotia Museum. Prepared a development manual and planning strategy for ecological reserves in Nova Scotia. The development manual consists of a method for selecting sites for, and planning, ecological reserves. Priority for protection and scientific evaluation of the ecological feature are addressed. The planning strategy addresses the social and political context of conservation planning and sets out public participation in the establishment of reserves. 1985-86. Click here for drawings and images.
Stellarton Downtown Revitalization Program. Pictou County District Planning Commission, New Glasgow (Nova Scotia). May - September 1984. Prepared a revitalization plan for the Town of Stellarton, Nova Scotia (pop. 6,000). The plan included (1) multi-use town square and enclosed mall adjacent to the Town Hall; (2) public gardens -- forest grotto, stream and pond, and performance area; (3) tree-lined walk-way connecting gardens and downtown; (4) new parking lot and parking regulations.