7 Paths to Sustainability
Using permeable pavement can reduce the load on stormwater conveyance systems, treat stormwater, and help recharge groundwater aquifers. Initial costs, long term maintenance and replacement costs shape our benefit analyses for considering permeable pavement use on a project.
Capturing stormwater borne pollutants can preserve our rivers and bays. Through a variety of bioremediation tools that address trash capture, stormwater filtering and treatment we innovate solutions to specific site conditions.
Designing streets that encompass sustainable principles promotes healthy lifestyles, and minimizes environmental impacts. Elements include, pedestrian & bicycle safety features, recycled materials, trash capture, and stormwater treatment.
Using every drop of water wisely can both conserve and expand water supply systems. Whether through the capture and reuse of rainwater on individual sites or within municipal recycled water systems, we incorporate recycled water into projects.
Considering design options that compare initial investment costs with long term maintenance obligations, we can guide the project down a path toward sustainability.
Adaptively reusing prior polluted and/or compromised properties, we can promote sustainability within our community’s urban core. Upon contamination cleanup, a vibrant useful project is created that has both environmental and economic benefits.
Deconstructing buildings and sitework helps sustain our limited natural resources. We can process concrete, asphalt, wood timbers, and other materials into suitable recycled materials that can be reused onsite or diverted from landfills.
The new facility triples the space of its predecessors, while decreasing its overall footprint and adding highly sustainable site features.
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The new central energy facility is the hub of the Stanford University Energy System Innovations (SESI) project recieved the Best Global Green Project award by ENR in 2016. The $380-million project includes many energy saving and sustainable features including a new central energy facility with the largest heat-recovery chillers ever installed in the U.S.
"Design innovation starts with asking the right questions and ends with changing the world." - Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. Jacobs Hall is a new 20,000 SF building for the University of California Berkeley College of Engineering. BKF supplied supplemental topographic surveying services for the existing conditions, site grading, paving and drainage improvements plans, and utility services for the new building.
BKF provided design and survey services for this award winning, LEED Platinum certified apartment complex built on the former U.S. Navy Fleet Industrial Supply Center. It serves low-income households, with priority given to veterans. All units are universally designed for accessibility and sustainability.
BKF assisted with the design of a new Kaiser medical office building in San Mateo. This innovative design-assist project achieved 100% biological treatment of storm water.
BKF provided civil design for the new LEED Platinum certified gymnasium. BKF was also involved with site improvements for a new Teen Wellness Center, a new parking area, and various ADA accessibility improvements throughout the school campus.
BKF provided civil engineering services for the Mills College renovation of the Natural Sciences Complex. Services included grading, drainage, storm, sewer, utility and fire water connection.
BKF is assisting Intuit with its vision of high sustainability, designing many sustainable features on the campus. The design preserves existing trees, uses native drought tolerant plants, develops green storm water management strategies, creates alternative transportation options and uses the latest renewable energy technologies.
The parks of Mission Bay are part of a master planned greenway that serve the blossoming population on San Francisco’s waterfront. Home to the University of California San Francisco Mission Bay Campus, new corporate headquarters, UCSF Hospital, numerous residents, and other mixed uses, these parks play an integral role in Mission Bay’s urban landscape.
BKF is providing civil engineering and planning services for Sonoma Mountain Village (SOMO). SOMO intends to transform the former 175-Acre Lucent Technologies light industrial manufacturing campus into a vibrant mixed-use sustainable village.
Awarded through a design competition, BKF provided civil engineering and surveying services for the new Walnut Creek Main Library. The library features an underground parking garage, plazas, gardens, and streetscape improvements. Key features incorporated into the project by BKF include bioretention facilities to promote storm water quality, a permanent dewatering system, and modifications to the existing traffic signal at the intersection of Broadway and Lincoln Streets.
BKF has been providing civil engineering and surveying services for this 80-acre commercial campus. Design included rezoning, general plan amendments, CEQA processing, master planning, and engineering. Survey included ALTA surveys, parcelization, entitlement processing, and full construction plans for the campus site layout, grading, and utility plans.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, FLEXLAB Facility for Low Energy Experiments in Buildings. BKF provided civil engineering design, site surveying, and construction administration services for the design and construction of a new Net Zero and low-energy-building research facility, now called the FLEXLAB.
For 100+ years BKF has been delivering inspired infrastructure for our clients. With our large network of offices in California we have developed extensive local knowledge that provides us with an understanding of issues relating to feasibility, permitting, and entitlement approvals. We work hard to help you achieve your goals, and get your projects to the finish line. 650.482.6300
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