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UCSD Douglas Bridge Courtyard

The Facts

Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Size: 1,000 Sq Ft
Partners: Kevin deFreitas Arch., Emily Desai
Client: UC San Diego
Budget: N/A
Completed: 2015

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UCSD North Point Entry

The Facts

Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Size: ?
Partners: N/A
Client: UC San Diego
Budget: N/A
Completed: 2013

About the Project

landLAB conducted a series of studies for entry signage options to be located at the University of California San Diego north point entry, at the intersection of north torrey pines road and north point entry drive. The solution is comprised of three 6 foot rammed earth walls that mimic the sloping terrain. Signage lettering will be made of corten steel. The walls are positioned to achieve maximum visibility from all sides of the intersection. The planting concept establishes swaths of low-water use and native California plants, succulents, and groundcovers with a backdrop of mature torrey pine trees to provide a naturalized – yet still somewhat formal – landscape character.



USD Barcelona Hall

The Facts

Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Size: 1 Acre
Partners: OBR Architecture
Client: University of San Diego
Budget: N/A
Completed: In Progress

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UCSD Ridgewalk Market & Cafe

The Facts

Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Size: ? Acres
Partners: Alfredo Azaria Architects
Client: UC San Diego
Budget: N/A
Completed: 2010

About the Project

landLAB collaborated with Alfredo Azaria Architects, and UCSD Housing and Dining on in the Thurgood Marshall neighborhood at the University of California, San Diego. The facility is located along “Ridgewalk,” the major north south pedestrian spine in the North campus of UCSD, and is surrounded by both student housing and academic buildings. The project features outdoor dining terraces that have been integrated into the sloping site allowing access to an existing open lawn area, providing areas for social interaction, dining and relaxation in the beautiful San Diego climate. The project incorporates sustainable design features including; on site storm water management, low water use native plantings and use of recycled materials.



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Westerly K-8 Elementary School

The Facts

Location: Long Beach CA, USA
Size: 1.25 Acres
Partners: KFA Architects
Client: Long Beach Unified School District
Budget: N/A
Completed: 2008

About the Project

landLAB collaborated with architects Killefer Flammang on the expansion of the Westerly school a private K-8 elementary school in Long Beach, California. landLAB was involved in the original site planning for the expansion of the school that features sustainable design principals including: on site storm water management featuring bioswales, infiltration areas, and a proposed interpretive wetland utilizing low water use native and adaptive planting. The school expansion will be implemented in two phases, with the first phase including a new art and music building, and the second phase, that adds a new multipurpose gymnasium/auditorium and surface parking lot and drop-off. The design features numerous outdoor spaces for art installation, play experience, school gatherings, outdoor classrooms, in a setting of low water.



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UCSD Parking Lot 405

The Facts

Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Size: 1 Acre
Partners: UC San Diego
Client: UC San Diego
Budget: N/A
Completed: 2009

About the Project

landLAB was hired by UCSD to design the landscape associated with the reconfigured parking lot 405 adjacent to the new Music Building and existing Student services building in the heart of the UCSD campus. With the closure of Myers loop (Town Square pedestrian plaza), much needed handicapped parking needed to be relocated close by the center of campus. landLAB worked collaborated with Snipes-Dye Civil Engineering to grade the sloping parking lot to both accommodate the amount of required ADA parking, while also capturing and cleansing the parking storm water runoff through planted bioswales. Careful attention during the site planning for the parking lot allowed a mature Black Acacia tree to remain in place providing valuable shading to the parking lot, with another mature tree being transplanted to the student services main courtyard directly adjacent to the site.



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UCSD Social Sciences Courtyard

The Facts

Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Size: 1 Acre
Partners: UC San Diego
Client: UC San Diego
Budget: N/A
Completed: 2012

About the Project

landLAB was hired by the University of California, San Diego to re-design the main pedestrian entry to the facility off of Ridgewalk, and two courtyards at the existing Social Sciences facility located in the north part of the UCSD campus. Design charrettes with the Urban Studies students and Social Sciences faculty facilitated design direction and programming for the outdoor spaces. The design also focused on planting groupings of native Torrey Pines at key locations to mitigate strong prevailing winds from entering the courtyards through passages in the building. Existing lawn areas that were not actively used were replaced with low water use native plant material along with additional seating for students and faculty to enjoy the beautiful San Diego climate.



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UCSD International Center

The Facts

Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Size: 1.8 Acres
Partners: Blue Motif Architects
Client: UC San Diego
Budget: N/A
Completed: 2012

About the Project

landLAB collaborated with Bluemotif architects on the new International Center, which is located prominently on the central campus pedestrian spine “Library walk” at UCSD. The design of the International Center is focused on sustainable site planning and design principals, enhancing pedestrian access to the facility and through the site, while keeping the original character of the facility. The new buildings were carefully sited amongst the existing eucalyptus grove, creating new outdoor spaces that enhance interaction of visitors, students and faculty from the surrounding colleges. A series of interconnected indoor/outdoor spaces, each with its own character and identity, are nestled amongst the eucalyptus providing areas for both large and intimate gatherings in a play of light and shade. The design features green roofs, rain gardens, recycled materials and is planned to be a minimum LEED gold facility.



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Historic Eucalyptus Grove Preservation

Crosswalk Charter School

The Facts

Location: Hesperia, CA, USA
Size: 8.5 Acres
Partners: HMC Architects
Client: Hesperia Unified School District
Budget: N/A
Completed: In Progress

About the Project

landLAB collaborated with HMC Architects on the new Crosswalk Charter School facility in Hesperia, California. The project is to be constructed in two phases. The site design clusters sport courts and ADA-accessible play areas into age-appropriate zones to promote safety and encourage interaction amongst students. The design includes outdoor classrooms and ‘labs’ for ecological experiential studies such butterfly, vegetable, native planting and rain gardens. The existing site was home to several specimen Joshua Trees which will relocated and incorporated into the final landscape design. Sustainable design features on this project include low water-use plantings, planted bioretention areas, the use of recycled materials, and porous concrete.



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Imperial Valley Center for Exceptional Children

The Facts

Location: El Centro, CA, USA
Size: 9.5 Acres
Partners: HMC Architects
Client: El Centro Unif. School District
Budget: N/A
Completed: In Progress

About the Project

landLAB collaborated with HMC Architects, and the Imperial County Office of Education on the new Imperial Valley Center for Exceptional Children, in El Centro California. The new facility (designed for severely handicapped children) is the first building to be constructed as part of the master plan for the new educational campus. The building’s main entry doors are centered on-axis with Mount Signal; distant views to this recognizable landmark will provide guidance in orienting users of the building. Outdoor play spaces have been designed with focus on the specific program requirements for children with varying degrees of Autism and Muscular dystrophy: specific play spaces work to develop both gross and fine motor skills and include variety of healing/ sensory gardens. The landscape design and site planning are informed by sustainable design principals such as; reducing the heat Island Effect, courtyards have been made accessible for all users, by providing additional seating, and outdoor spaces for school performances and gatherings.



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