Napa County purchased a 25-acre laboratory campus and is incrementally converting former research and development space to functioning public health services, office, and support space. A unique part of the conversion is the new space for the Therapeutic Child Care Center (TCCC). The Center provides enhanced infant-parent mental health and child development services for ages ranging from newborn to five years.
Unique and intentional siting was required, for privacy and security concerns, to best serve such a vulnerable clientele. The former loading dock and warehouse space was selected as the best space for the TCC Center and required exceptional engineering and fill operations to transform the dock into useable outdoor play yards.
The new exterior play yards are soothing in color and lightly programmed, by design. The yards are surfaced in resilient rubberized play surfacing and artificial turf grass, shaded by overhead sails and are enclosed by custom privacy fencing. Each play yard is separated based on age group and has visibility to the adjacent play yards for socializing. Storage for the faculty comes in the form of converted shipping containers, something that was crucial for day to day operations and honors the locale’s former life as a warehouse space.
Quadriga is providing design and construction document services for the renovation of Sutter’s Emergency Department Expansion new landscape and plazas in Roseville, California. The focus of the design studies will be to provide healing and contemplation gardens and plazas that incorporate existing drainage features and water use concerns while providing a unique landscape identity for the site that responds to the natural oak woodland surroundings. The concept includes a linear plaza zone, terminal plaza zone, multi-level interior courtyards, elements of a healing garden and contemplation garden, extensive bio-swale features, low water use and native plantings, and a high efficiency irrigation system.
Quadriga, along with team members, DPR Construction, HGA Architects and BKF Engineers, designed a 2.4-acre science center for the Solano
Community College. Its central location on campus demanded careful circulation planning. The circulation system is designed to function as a campus thoroughfare yet maintain primary association with the science center. An entry plaza, equipped with an outdoor stage and classroom area, creates a sense of arrival.
Central to the building are three courtyards that provide outdoor, yet enclosed, gathering areas for students to study and socialize. The smaller
two courtyards provide flexible and comfortable spaces for small groups and single occupants. The largest courtyard includes curved seat walls and a paving pattern inspired in form by a DNA double helix. The inclusion of science-related geometric forms, like hexagons and helices, reinforce the building site with a sense of place.
The surrounding college campus landscape is predominated by lawns and foundation hedges. Working in conjunction with campus horticulturalists, Quadriga established a landscape character that complements its context yet encourages sustainable lawn alternatives. Selected shrub and grass plantings, a palette of both native and adapted species, evoke the aesthetic of the nearby California foothills. Trees are placed to help frame preferred views, screen undesirable views and abate strong delta winds.
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.