Client : Legacy Partners
Architect : HKS Inc.
The America Center campus borders wetlands and the southernmost extents of the San Francisco Bay. This LEED silver project is a former land-fill and a portion of the site is the nesting habitat for the California Burrowing Owl. CLA worked closely with HKS and Legacy Partners to develop a site plan that would meet the needs of the client, capture the sweeping views of wetlands and foothills, and work within the constraints inherrent to a brownfield site.
Inspired by the adjacent landscape, the hillsides along the property edge and the stately palm -lined entry drive are masses of color and texture achieved by using a mix of California native and adapted plant species. The central courtyard is a date-palm grove with an under-story of red and silver leaved plants. Dramatic from street level the bold colors and textures are even more striking seen from the offices above. CLA and the landscape contractor identified specimen quality trees throughout the project. Recently completed, the result is a unique campus that complements the existing landscape, respects and enhances the adjacent habitat, and provides a sophisticated and unique facade for America Center.