Working in collaboration with the University and Project Architect, Quadriga developed comprehensive landscape and circulation master plan for California State University, Sacramento.
In response to campus wide drainage issues, resulting in campus flooding and inefficient and dated storm water infrastructure, the master plan builds upon the campus-wide “Greenway” storm water infrastructure system. Moreover, through site investigations of the CSUS sub watershed, the campus currently collects and moves all storm water directly into the American River untreated. The Greenway aims to treat and mitigate storm water runoff through hyper-accumulators plantings and innovative irrigation techniques to reduce pollutants directed to the American River.
A new landscape management program delineates the care of existing mature trees and the goals of future tree plantings. Additions made to the existing tree canopy enhance species diversity and reflect a density similar to the campus arboretum. Expansions made to the arboretum will incorporate spaces designed for community outreach.
Existing circulation patterns are modified to increase pedestrian permeability by allowing movement through existing large expanses of lawn and shrubbery. In doing so, campus users are able to easily navigate to destination points.
The landscape and circulation master plans guide campus development in the management of existing and future landscapes, streamline circulation systems, and create campus identity.
Rohnert Park, CA
Situated in the northeast quadrant of the Sonoma State University campus, adjacent to Copeland Creek, this facility occupies nearly 50 acres. The Green Music Center includes two primary performance venues: a 1,400-seat concert hall and a 300-seat recital hall. The facility will be home to performances by the Santa Rosa Symphony and host performances by the San Francisco Symphony, the Bach Choir, and SSU’s varied musical programs.
Enjoyment of concert hall events will extend to an outdoor viewing lawn, a place for patrons to gather and relax. A rolling landscape provides a rural backdrop to the facility and helps create a protected acoustical environment.
The project incorporates storm water detention ponds, vegetated swales, and additional wetland features, the area is visually connected to the adjacent riparian zone of Copeland Creek. The design welcomes pedestrians as they transition from the parking lot to the music venue.
Napa Valley, CA
The McCarthy Library represents a significant development of the campus redevelopment and expansion initiative. Expanding upon the campus pedestrian mall, the project situates a large urban plaza at the south end of campus in an effort to strengthen the pedestrian core and set the stage for a new campus design typology that accommodates new site uses. While taking cues from the existing campus landscape, tree groves, native and adapted planting beds, and open paving, the plaza supports pedestrian navigation through the site. A series of low site walls and integrated benches frame a mix of passive and active uses for the community, encouraging both students and members of the general public to congregate for cultural, social, and political events, as well as commencement and ceremonial gatherings.
Quadriga in collaboration with Far Western Anthropological Group worked with the University and the project committee to create an interpretive plan, marking eleven sites throughout the campus to inform and remind visitors of its rich past, long before Davis ever existed. Through many meetings with the committee and consultations with Patwin tribal members, the schematic plan was finalized. Ten installations include vertically mounted basalt columns with text engraved, in various compositions with paving and planting. The primary installation is located near Putah Creek in the arboretum and has been referred to as the “Reflective Area”. This memorial includes basalt columns, as described above, and a path leading to a “coiled” seat wall which terminates in the center with an engraved basalt column listing 51 Patwin People who were removed to missions in the early 1800’s. Quadriga prepared construction documents for the Reflective Area.
Sonoma County, CA
Quadriga, in partnership with HGA architects and Brelje and Race Engineers, designed a new 25 acre healthcare campus that includes a medical center, physician’s hospital and medical office building. Sutter Health is committed to providing buildings that meet or exceed LEED certification. Toward that goal, on-site storm water is filtered through bioswales and plant materials are selected specifically for their low maintenance requirements and low fertilizer and water usage.
Crucial to the success of the project is the health and wellbeing of the users. The new state-of-the-art Medical Center replaces an existing building that is not seismically sound. Vehicular and pedestrian movement was studied intently with the goal of providing a stress-free visit for hospital visitors and those attending events at the Wells Fargo Center. Signage and plantings were designed to provide both literal and subliminal way finding clues. Tree and vegetation patterns were designed to help guide the visitor through the site.
Outdoor spaces are designed to meet the needs of the hospital staff as well as patients and visitors. The viewing garden, enclosed by gabion walls, contains seat walls and water features that create a space in which visitors can reflect and relax. The garden, entered on the ground floor, can also be viewed from inside through an adjacent 2-story glass wall. Other outdoor seating areas have space for small to large groups as well as single occupants. All outdoor spaces share common furnishings and materiality.
The design for the grounds reflects Quadriga’s sustainability effort through low water use design, tree preservation, permeable paving, and the first green roof on the UC Davis campus. Additionally the design provides students, faculty and visitors the opportunity to reflect in the healing garden and exercise on the circular exercise path.
The new 77,000 square foot Center is a comprehensive facility focused on programs for the student, providing primary care services, specialty clinics, counseling, women’s health, and health education. In addition, the project is designed to meet the UC Davis Green Building Guidelines and is seeking LEED Gold certification.