EHDD Delivers the Next-Generation Projects

April 26, 2012

The storied architecture, interiors, planning and urban design firm on the forefront of sustainable design has seven significant projects opening in California over the coming months:                  

  • Lands End Lookout Visitor Center (San Francisco)       
  • Golden Gate Bridge Round House (San Francisco)       
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters 
    (Los Altos)
  • Biomedical Sciences Facility, University of California, 
    Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz)
  • City College of San Francisco Chinatown/North Beach Campus (San Francisco)
  • Ocean Science Education Building, University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara)
  • The Exploratorium at Pier 15 (San Francisco)

"EHDD has a long history of attracting clients looking to better our world. We have always seen it as our responsibility to help them realize their visions through planning and architecture - for projects of all scales - that reflect their values and support their efforts to improve the human condition,” states EHDD president Duncan Ballash, AIA LEED AP.

With our jewel-box Golden Gate National Park buildings - Lands End and Round House - we worked very closely with all partners,” says Jennifer K. Devlin, AIA LEED AP. “These structures respect the past, while reflecting the present and providing opportunities for visitor enjoyment, education around conservation and future growth.”

Ms. Devlin is also principal in charge of a 14-story “vertical campus” for City College of San Francisco Chinatown / North Beach, serving over 4,000 students. The project - slated for LEED Gold certification - exemplifies the power of innovative, sustainable design. As she puts it, “Our ambitious green goals were the key to winning public support and creating a building which will serve as an anchor for the communityfor years to come.”

EHDD’s commitment to higher education is part of the firm’s DNA. “For nearly 60 years, we have worked with the University of California, delivering projects at all ten campuses,” notes founding partner Chuck Davis, FAIA. He adds, “Our latest UC projects - Ocean Science Education Building at UC Santa Barbara and Biomedical Sciences Facility at UC Santa Cruz - are extensions of our commitment to technically-advanced, sustainable, educational campuses.”

“Beyond buildings” is how Scott Shell, FAIA, LEED AP describes The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The nonprofit headquarters meets and exceeds the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) criteria and may lay claim to thelargest net-zero energy offi ce building in Northern California. “The project was a catalyst for broader organizationalsustainability initiatives, exceeding the original criteria to reduce overall footprint.”

Opening in spring 2013, the new home of The Exploratorium is situated along the historic San Francisco waterfront.According to the project’s design principal, Marc L’Italien, FAIA, LEED AP, “The museum will enable civic engagement along the Embarcadero and forever change visitors’ relationship to the waters of the bay. With a goal of net-zero energy consumption, our design will likely be the largest museum of its kind in the US, maybe the world.”

“We embrace an environmental ethic that goes well beyond buildings, and we believe that our work - from Sea Ranch and Monterey Bay Aquarium to The Exploratorium and campus planning - creates a greater future for our clients, the environment and society as a whole,” says Michel St. Pierre, AIA LEED AP, Principal.

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