Corporate, Commercial & Resort

J. Craig Venter Institute – La Jolla, California

J. Craig Venter InstituteWith ZGF Architects and Andropogon Associates

This world class, state of the art facility is California’s first truly sustainable laboratory facility, the first carbon neutral addition to the UCSD campus, and of course, is rated LEED Platinum. The new Venter Institute building is the site of the latest in genomic focused research.

As Landscape Architects of record (with Andropogon Associates of Philadelphia), an all native landscape was planned, with intensive and extensive roof gardens covering 12% of the building area. Magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and public access to the Skeleton Canyon Ecological Reserve were preserved. All supplemental irrigation is from collected rainfall, stored in cisterns below the building and site. Several major, existing Torrey Pine trees were successfully transplanted.

Our firm provided extensive design support for all planting, all irrigation design and some assistance with hardscape development, and complete Construction Administration.

After construction, we completed the revegetation of the adjacent 4-acre site with native plants and temporary irrigation.

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1906 Coronado Lodge – Coronado, California

1906 Coronado Lodge

2010   Save Our Heritage Organisation, People in Preservation Adaptive Reuse Award.

2009   Orchids & Onions Awards, Orchid for Historic Preservation.

Originally built in 1906, the Coronado Lodge was a boarding house for some of America’s earliest aviators from the Glenn Curtiss flight school nearby. After decades of slow decline, the property fell into disuse and was ultimately abandoned.  In 2005, the new owners rescued the blighted building, purchased adjacent property and developed a bold plan for an historic reconstruction of the original building, with addition of a surrounding building into a 17 room boutique hotel, the loveliest small hotel on all of Coronado Island.

Landscape renovation of this historic Lodge included new brick driveways, flatwork, reflection pool, fountains, treillage, fencing, site furnishings, lighting and lush landscaping, done in the Arts and Crafts style. Most of the landscape is essentially an extensive green roof. Plantings are generally subtropical; intended to highlight the kind of vegetation people have come to expect when they visit Coronado. King & pygmy palms, Jacaranda trees, Bougainvillea, birds of paradise, Camellia, Canna and Daylilies are but a few. Night blooming jasmine, Gardenia and roses add fragrance.

The 1906 Coronado Lodge is the proud recipient of two prestigious awards; the 2009 Orchids & Onions, Orchid Award for Historic Preservation and the 2010 Save Our Heritage Organisation, People in Preservation Adaptive Reuse Award. The 1906 Lodge is open and accepting reservations. Please visit them at:

Orchids And Onions

Save Our Heritage Organisation

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Hot Springs Resort

Hot Springs Resort

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Otay Sales Center – Otay Ranch, Chula Vista, California

Otay Sales CenterA new location and look for the Homes Sales Center at Otay Ranch, this garden pavilion caused quite a stir during its first Spring season in the Community with copious drifts of flowers alive with color.

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines – La Jolla, California

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

2002   Orchids & Onions Awards, Grand Orchid for Outstanding Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, and Lighting Design.

Landscape Architectural work for this Grand Orchid winning, 5-star Craftsman Style resort hotel & spa, features the Arroyo Terrace, with native plants, pines and bluffs, and the Grand Terrace, an Edwardian/Craftsman Terrace surrounded by gardens and the picturesque Torrey Pines Golf Course.

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Union Bank Building – 3900 5th Ave., San Diego, California

Union BankStreetscape improvements and interior courtyard over parking garage for the new landmark of the Hillcrest Neighborhood. This was the first enhanced streetscape paving in the heart of Hillcrest.

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Waxie Corporation Headquarters – San Diego, California

Waxie Corporation HeadquartersRecently completed landscape and site development of a large corporate headquarters expansion, including entries, courtyard with fountain, walls, walks and paving, signage, lighting and landscaping.

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Booth Business Park – San Diego, California

Booth Business ParkSite and landscape planning of a 52 acre business park and construction documents and administration for its first building.

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Foodmaker Inc. – San Diego, California

Foodmaker Inc. - San Diego, CaliforniaRevitalized corporate entrance garden for the world headquarters of this Fortune 500 company.

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Tony Roma’s Restaurant (Currently the Olive Garden) – La Mesa, California

Mitchell Ranch - Santee, CaliforniaBeer garden, cool oasis planting, irrigation and dramatic entry hardscape in the Grossmont Center Mall.

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The Antrium – City of Orange, California

The AntriumCommercial office space, atrium gardens, and corporate entry for a 10 acre development.

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Nexus – I-805, San Diego, California

Nexus - I-805, San Diego, CaliforniaComplete site and landscape development for a 12 acre phased corporate development. Work included an employee garden, enhanced paving at all entries, landscape lighting and landscape development. This project was later remodeled for Telios Pharmaceuticals.

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