Sherwood Project featured in SF Chronicle
One of our new projects at 110 Embarcadero has been featured in the Chronicle by urban design writer John King. We worked with the same firm that’s building the TransBay Terminal, and though this is a much smaller building, the architects are very excited about it:
“This is one of the most adventurous projects we’re looking at right now,” said Fred Clarke of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the Connecticut firm working for Hines. “At one level, it’s a small building. At another, it tests all sorts of assumptions about green design.”
One of the cutting-edge features is the addition of a “living wall”:
“Planters contained by a trellis-like mesh would be attached between each floor, and each planter would hold a mix of vines so something is in bloom each month of the year. The vines would be trained to snake around cables that would form a sort of taut net around the glass box, with vertical cables spaced every 5 feet and horizontal ones stretched waist-high across each floor. Not only would the vines provide a sort of environmental ornamentation, they’d help cool the exterior and reduce energy needs.”
Sherwood Engineer Eric Zickler says, “Since the building is going for LEED Platinum, we have been designing some pretty interesting stormwater concepts for the sidewalk and street. We have increased the width of the sidewalk, removing street pavement to make room for planters/stormwater treatment facilities. We also have worked with the Architect and the Ecologist on the Living Wall design and water reuse facilities within the building; this includes a potential greywater system and some unique vertical drainage concepts.”
Some readers of the article commented that the vines would grow all over the building, be difficult to maintain, and attract birds and rats.
Zickler responds that “The living wall will be maintained by the window washing crew…which in SF all buildings already have included in their plan. This will hopefully keep the vines trimmed and the rats out.”
What’s your experience with living walls? Are they as green as they seem? Send us your comments!
Heads Up This Week:
Rebuilding with Straw Bale in Earthquake Affected Pakistan – Talk and Slide Show
Wednesday, Feb 13. 6:00 pm. Pacific Energy Center
851 Howard Street, SF (betw 4th and 5th Sts) Powell Street BART.
Berkeley architect Martin Hammer recently returned from Pakistan where he is working to bring straw bale and other sustainable building practices to the mountainous region devastated by the 2005 earthquake that caused over 80,000 deaths, and left millions without permanent shelter. Straw bale construction is earthquake resistant, energy and resource efficient, and an affordable solution to northern Pakistan’s enormous reconstruction needs.
Martin has been involved with the design, engineering, and construction of straw bale buildings since 1995, and is lead author of the proposed straw bale building code for the State of California. He will be joined by Surkhab Khan, director of the organization Pakistan Straw Bale and Appropriate Building – PAKSBAB (www.paksbab.org) who is making his first visit to the U.S. to assist in seismic testing of the straw bale system being used in Pakistan.
Networking Event with the Presidio School of Management
Wednesday, Feb 13. 6-9 pm Fort Mason Center, SF. Golden Gate Room
200 MBA students and graduates and 35 companies to take part in the event. The Presidio Net Impact Firm Night is a great way to meet exceptional current and future business leaders whose education in sustainable management supports the ability to direct the course of companies, non-profits, entrepreneurial ventures and government organizations in ways that restore and enhance all forms of capital – human, natural and financial. $10 for non-Presidio students and alum.
Green Business Drinks: SF Sustainable Business Happy Hour
2nd Thursdays at Elixir Bar: 16th St. @ Guerrero in the Mission
Happy Valentine’s Day!