Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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132 Landscape Architect and Specifier News s t e w a rd s h i p Left: A hospital campus that sat unused in Santa Rosa, California, was donated by its owner to the nonprofit group Social Advocates for Youth who wanted to use it to house homeless and former foster youth. In order to prepare it for that purpose, several entities, including Firma Design Group, gave their time and energy in the redesign efforts. Firma's vice president of planning and landscape architecture Michael Cook estimates the entire team's contribution was worth over $100,000. Right: The landscape architect firm's support involved the design and renderings for the outdoor courtyard, assisting with the rest of the landscape plans, which included drought tolerant and low-water use plants, coordinating the installation of an art piece, and serving on the committee that supervised construction. Landscape Architect & Specifier News (ISSN 1060-9962) is published monthly by Landscape Communications, Inc., 14771 Plaza Drive Suite A, Tustin, California 92780 Phone: 714-979-LASN (5276); Fax: 714-434-3862. Online version (ISSN 2150-9123). Copyright 2018 by Landscape Communications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission. Periodicals postage paid at Tustin, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscription Inquiries: Send new or renewal notices or change of address (send both new and old addresses) to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Subscriptions: Licensed/Registered Landscape Architects free of charge. Others, Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii & Canada: 12 issues, $34.95, 24 issues, $55.00, Mexico: 12 issues, $65.00 per year. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting LASN at or 714-979-5276 ext. 144. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. SAY – Social Advocates for Youth – is a nonprofit that provides housing, counseling and career services to youth and families throughout Sonoma County in California. A few years back, the organization's CEO Matt Martin approached Sutter Health in the city of Santa Rosa to ask if they would be interested in donating the shuttered Warrack Hospital campus to be converted to a shelter for homeless and former foster youth. Sutter agreed, and with approval from the city council and the planning commission, the project was set in motion. The idea of re-purposing a hospital to house people was deemed as a resourceful idea since they are divided into small living spaces with lavatories, and common areas such as kitchens, laundry facilities, meeting rooms, and offices. This former hospital also included courtyards and gardens. One of the companies that got involved was Firma Design Group of nearby Petaluma. They were asked by the architect in charge of the project to participate with a promise that it would be "one for the books". The scope of their work included the design and the renderings for the outdoor courtyard, and assisting with the landscape design for the rest of the facility. Firma also worked with an artist to complete the installation of an art piece, and were part of the facilities committee, which oversaw construction in coordination with the City of Santa Rosa. According to the company's vice president of planning and landscape architecture Michael Cook, their donated time valued at over $30,000. "The most difficult challenge that we had to deal with is the ADA requirements that were imposed after the project and design were approved," he recalls. Cook described the pace as fast and furious to complete the needed housing as quickly as possible. The Dream Center includes shelter for youth 18-24 years old, employment and counseling services, and SAY's administrative offices. If you have a project where landscape architectural design services were provided pro bono, you can submit your Stewardship proposal to: Story Ideas? The SAY Dream Center

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