We going to build a visitors center!

We’re excited to be on the team that won the contract to design and build a new visitors center at our State Capitol in Sacramento. Our fabulous team is led by Plant Construction with Mark Cavagnero Associates and CSHQA, and includes Arup, and Rutherford and Chekene. We are also excited to be partnering with Kimberly Garza of Atlas Lab, our boots on the ground and dynamic local landscape architect.

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What? Palak's leaving?!!

Last Friday we had a send off dinner for our summer intern, Palak Agarwall, who is headed back to Philadelphia to continue in the landscape architecture masters program at U Penn. We enjoyed a dinner and views at the Coastal Kitchen at Dillon Beach. We will miss her quick wit, acute observational skills, remarkable digital graphic and 3D modelling skills, and the stories of her weekend adventures as she explored North California with curiosity, vigor, and courage. (Skydiving in Monterey! I’m just sayin’.) Good luck in your studies, Palak!

Amy, Palak, Larry, and I at Dillon Beach

Amy, Palak, Larry, and I at Dillon Beach


Congratulations to Sonoma Clean Power on providing clean energy to 87% of eligible customers. And congrats on the article in the Press Democrat today, “Curbing the carbon”, highlighting your achievements and future goals. CEO Geof Syphers and his team have been extraordinary to work with as we designing their new headquarters. As part of a consultant team led by EHDD we are designing a renovation of an existing building and parking lot (how green!) in downtown Santa Rosa. Sonoma Clean Power has been both pragmatic and decisive. Our public agency is in good hands!

Sonoma Clean Power CEO Geof Syphers

Stevenson Hall Renovation Awarded to Trubeck Team!

Reed Gilliland is pleased to be on the design build team led by Trubeck Construction and EHDD selected for the upcoming renovation of Stevenson Hall on the Sonoma State Campus in Rohnert Park, CA. This is the main building on campus, and houses both classrooms and offices. The team will explore updating both the interiors and the exterior spaces. The latter include a large courtyard, envisioned as an enclosed atrium space and the plaza area to the south of the building. The hope is to create more usable and functional spaces that better serve this evolving and dynamic campus community.

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An award for TRACEN!

Reed Gilliland wants to congratulate Marcy Wong Donn Logan for their winning entry to the 2018 Acterra Business Environmental Awards in the category of Environmental Project. The USCG Training Center (TRACEN Petaluma) is designed to be the most environmentally sustainable Coast Guard base in the US.  The project itself, a wastewater treatment facility, is a paragon of environmental acheivement.  The buildings, surrounding landscape, and site restoration are designed to enhance the visual environment for the campus community.  Reed Gilliland's own Larry Reed was the principal in charge on this project while at SWA Group.  

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Re-envisioning Cesar Chavez PlazaIt

Reed Gilliland in partnership with a team from SWA SF have been working with the City of San Jose to re-envision the historic park/plaza at the heart of downtown San Jose.  The plaza has been in place since 1797.  It was renovated by Hargeaves Associates during the 1990's, but with a design that probably facilitated the reinvigorating of the downtown, but which didn't envision, and wasn't designed for, the heavy year round use that the park is getting, especially for special events.  We are also looking at modifying the way that vehicular circulation which affects pedestrian-unfriendly look and feel of the entire downtown, and cuts the park off from its surroundings.  

Sketch Option 1

Sketch Option 1

National Urban Ecosystem Forum

National Urban Ecosystem Forum

The National Ecosystem Forum, sponsored by the American Architectural Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Foundation in Oklahoma City, was inspiring. The American Architectural Foundation, in partnership with the Kirkpatrick Foundation, brought over 20 thought leaders from 12 different cities across the country to Oklahoma City to share their expertise and discuss holistic and multi-disciplinary strategies to maintain healthy urban ecosystems for all species. Read more at :http://www.archfoundation.org/2017/10/urban-eco-forum-recap/



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Liza Court joins Reed Gilliland for a summer internship

Reed Gilliland is happy to welcome Liza Court to our staff.  Liza is a third year landscape architecture master student at University of Virginia.  She holds a prior degree in Art from Davidson College.  Liza draws design inspiration from experiences in outdoor leadership and farming.  She started in May, but we can tell already that we will miss her when she goes back to school in August!



Plant Wires in Shenzhen

When I was in China last month I had a chance to look in on my office and hotel project completed in 2015.  The buildings were designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill.  The 30 foot tall "plant wires", designed by my team at SWA in conjunction with, and created by, the amazing team at Mingzhu Nerval (www.mingzhunerval.com), looked amazing, and did everything I hoped they would for the atrium space they occupy. 

Recent Projects

The Art of Grading

Just one iteration in an ongoing series studying the right fit and look for an accessible nature trail for a project in the Santa Cruz Mts.

Paradise Beach Park

Diagrams like these remind me how fun it was to design the Paradise Beach Park Master Plan, and how much we are looking forward to seeing it built.