(Map by Jeremy Sarrow NCFCWCD)
Throughout our 58 year tenure in the Bay Area, CSW|ST2 has always participated and encouraged employee involvement in community projects and functions. This involvement often extends beyond the bounds of individual company employees to the friends, family, and contacts of the worker. Our involvement in the Napa River / Napa Creek Flood Control Project is a typical example.
This historic, award winning, flood project has been under taken by the Napa Valley communities with the support of State and Federal agencies utilizing unique flood routing techniques and philosophies to not only control flooding along an approximately 7 mile stretch of the Napa River and Napa Creek, but also brings the Napa River back into its historic flood plain by eliminating levees and recreating over 900 acres of wetlands. The project also protects some 2700 homes, 350 business, and 50 public properties from 100-year flood damage.
Dennis Rinehart, a principal at CSW|ST2 with in excess of 35 years of engineering experience, has served on a volunteer basis as both a member and Chairman of the Technical Advisory Panel, providing design and technical advice to the Napa County Flood Board since the inception of the project in 1998. Dennis’ involvement has extended to his family and friends as Napa County has utilized the expertise of both Dennis’ wife Suzin and his friend Dave Mallet as wildlife photographers in creating images for an interpretive signing program for the project. Some of the images offered to the district by Suzin and Dave are shown below.
CSW|ST2 will be heading down to the 2012 SCUP Pacific Regional Conference in Palo Alto this weekend! We’re looking forward to seeing how, as Father Stephen Sundborg stated, leaders are seen as either “conductors of orchestras or captains of ships”. The focus of the 2012 conference is to address how campus administrators, planners, and consultants can move forward and lead institutional planning in the coming years. How do we lead and educate clients when technology and materials are improving and mutating in a sustainable society? What initiatives will we bring forward that aligns with the goals of higher education? How can we, as consultants, guide our clients towards sustainable campus design that remains flexible enough to implement future technologies? We look forward to the discussions!
Please join us as we co-host a Cocktail and Reception party at 5:30 on Tuesday, March 27th, at the Sheraton Hotel’s Oak Room. We are happy to be hosting with PAE Consulting Engineers Inc., XL Construction, and Brightworks. You can also meet one of our Principals here at CSW|ST2, Jim Grossi, at Wednesday’s lecture Intersections: The UC Davis Student Community Center in room 130, at the Li Ka Shing Center.
We will be heading down to the conference tomorrow so follow us on Twitter (#CSWST2) and on Facebook for updates!
MCSTOPP is offering a fall workshop on October 15th, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on creek side ownership and management in the San Geronimo Valley. Participants will learn about practical tools and management techniques to encourage stream health and maintenance. The workshop includes a field trip to see creek management in action! For information on workshop content, logistical questions, and forms see the Marin County Watershed Program website or this registration form.
Construction in Petaluma is making headway with the progress of KB Homes 272 home development, Stoneridge at Quarry Heights and Sterling Hills, at the south end of Petaluma. The site is a former reclaimed rock quarry that was transformed into a 43-acre project featuring 130 single-family homes at Sterling Hills and 142 townhomes at Stoneridge. It has seven parks with various amenities including a community building and over six acres of open space.
CSW|ST2’s involvement with the project started after the quarry’s closure in 2005 and included assistance with the quarry reclamation plan as well as project entitlements, annexation, subdivision mapping and in-tract improvement plans.
The project has transformed the southern entrance into downtown Petaluma into a gateway arrival as you are driving in from Petaluma Blvd. South. The new roundabout draws cars and trucks through the intersection at a reduced speed and without the delays that a typical signalized intersection would create. Drought tolerant landscaping lines the sides and the medians of the approach to the roundabout strengthening the gateway aspect and provides a park-like setting to the overall project.
KB Home, based out of Los Angeles, features its Energy Performance Guide (EPG) in each home to showcase the energy efficiency and GreenPoint rating by Build it Green. KB Homes is supporting our community by bringing green construction practices to Petaluma, and its efforts are welcomed by new sales the opening week.