PORTAL is a temporary installation designed to bring life to dormant spaces within Sacramento’s urban fabric and engage the local community through programming that celebrates the region. Open to the community for a one-month period, PORTAL anchored over twenty events, supported by over twenty-five local businesses and organizations. Events included community focused lectures, author talks, performance showcases, pop-up shops, yoga classes, a drought tolerant planting exhibit, a movie night, and a silent disco. The installation concluded at TBD Fest, Sacramento’s 3-day music and arts festival. In addition to community activation through programing, PORTAL also promotes social media engagement through the use of the custom hashtag, #portalsac. PORTAL photos, stories, and ideas were posted by the community via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, with each post triggering the installation to change the color of its LED lighting.
Thee 16th Street Light Rail Station rests at the nexus of Sacramento’s Midtown district and future cultural epicenters. Steps away, the R Street Corridor is a burgeoning corridor with bustling nightlife and cultural offerings. The 16th Street Light Rail Station has the highest traffic of any stop in the system, yet the station is perceived as unsafe, uncomfortable for both riders and passerbys, and poorly maintained. After several site visits it is clear that there is inadequate amount of maintenance, seating and lighting and unlawful activities occurring regularly, including public urination and unlicensed vending.
For the purposes of this conceptual re-design, it is important to focus on improvements that improve the aesthetic/physical environment of the station in order to communicate a sense of community and cultural richness in a contemporary way. In addition to that, the improvements must also address the underlying conditions in a way that is both functional and resourceful. Proposal includes unified paving systems, vertical seating, shipping container kiosks, murals and custom light fixtures.
West Sacramento, CA
River Edge is a mixed use housing project located along the Sacramento River. Walking distance from Sacramento’s cultural epicenters, including: Raley Field, Tower Bridge, Capitol Mall, and Crocker Art Museum, to name a few, the River Edge project holds the unique opportunity to draw and re-connect residents and the regional community to the river. Currently, properties along the river front do little to engage the river. The master plan for River Edge reconceives the edge of the river as a lively and articulated edge that supports a range of programming and recreational amenities. First of its kind in the region, Quadriga have proposed an urban beach along the River Walk Trail to re-engage the community with the river. The urban beach is a place to play in the sand, lounge under sun umbrellas, soak up river views, work out, and engage with the community in a new way that is embedded into the city fabric. The master plan also speaks to the historical inland sand dunes that once existed in our Delta and sand bar island that once emerged during low tide at the mouth of the American River. In addition to the beach, the edge includes outdoor gym and educational gardens. Quadriga crafted the master plan, including private interior courts, streetscapes, and recreational amenities with the public right of way.
Situated within the historic State Capitol Park and located directly across the street from the State Capitol entrance, this existing memorial is slated for embellishment. The original monument, a lone soldier known as “El Soldado”, was dedicated to honor the devotion, dedication, and sacrifice of California’s Latino Veterans to state and country. Quadriga was retained by the California Mexican American Veteran’s Beautification and Enhancement Committee to develop a design which will compliment and elevate the presence of “El Soldado.” The memorial experience is a self-guided sequence beginning with recognition of the Society of War Mothers who commissioned the creation of the memorial in the 1950s. A large circular plaza surrounds the monument, allowing for access to the monument and provides gathering and contemplative spaces for visitors.
Quadriga initiated the vision and master plan for the first dog park within Sacramento’ urban fabric. A vacant parcel of land in the heart of the Midtown district, Quadriga worked with local community members to develop an urban dog park that serves as a community asset and hub. Quadriga rallied key stakeholders, City officials and the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to amend the future use of the parcel (slated as a stand along plaza) to be reconceived as a dog park. Fulfilling the needs of the local community, majority of rental properties with little access to secured open space, the master plan proposes two designated dog park areas for small and large dogs, shade structures, robust urban canopy, custom furnishings and signage, plaza and art. Quadriga held a community outreach meeting to refine design and program goals through surveys, question and answer and interactive exhibits. The master plan was revised and was unanimously approved by City Council the fall of 2015.
Working closely with the Audubon Society, the Audubon Area serves as a habitat for birds and bats, while providing users a peaceful and contemplative space within the greater context of Whitney Ranch’s Community Park. Winding paths framed by interpretive signage lead visitors through the Audubon, inviting visitors to pause and learn about California native plant species and encourage the use of water sensitive landscapes. Stacked bluestone walls support perimeter seating spaces for visitors to relax and enjoy the views of the garden and larger park.
East Bay, CA
Designed as mitigation for the Bay Bridge Project, the San Pablo Avenue Green Stormwater Spine consists of eight sites that collectively treat more than six acres of urban runoff. Quadriga, as part of the project team, collaborated with multiple jurisdictions and CALTRANS to introduce a green infrastructure system which will function within an existing infrastructure framework. The system includes stormwater planters and rain gardens which will be verified by the EPA in their effectiveness to remove pollutants from stormwater. Quadriga has been involved throughout the conceptual design and construction administration processes. The project is on track to be Bay Friendly certified and is expected to be complete by Fall 2015.
Fair Oaks, CA
In 2003, the Fair Oaks Horticultural Center added a new half-acre water efficient landscape demonstration garden to their community garden complex. The garden introduces home gardeners to water efficiency concepts and native plant and landscape materials. An arbor-circled open space serves as a classroom for the many instructional events held at the center, and meandering pathways lead visitors to a California-based native plants garden, a Mediterranean-style garden, perennial flowerbeds, and herb garden. The pathways and other hardscape in the garden display a mix of poured-in-place permeable paving, permeable unit pavers, and colored concrete. Curvilinear low walls allow visitors to interact with both surface-level and raised planting areas, and also serve as seat walls. Quadriga researched, wrote, and designed the graphics for the demonstration garden’s original comprehensive signage.
In honor of Margrit Mondavi’s love and passion for art, the Margrit Mondavi Art Garden seeks to inspire people to consider life’s beauty. A former parking area, the space has been transformed into a mosaic of diverse and colorful flower beds mimicking floral paintings drawn by Margrit Mondavi herself. The flowers serve as the backdrop for works of art such as William Tucker’s Leda, John Connell’s Earth-Touching Buddha, and Dan Snyder’s The Restoration of Hope II. Curvilinear, low garden walls frame the garden and invite visitors to pause, enjoy and contemplate. Quadriga worked collaboratively with campus landscape architecture staff to develop the design and construction documents. Adjacent to the newly constructed Manetti Shrem Art, the materials and design of the garden compliment the museum and showcase’s the university Fine Arts collection.