Project Description

Merit Award

Alameda Point Site A Masterplan: Bridging the Past with the Future

Alameda, California

April Philips Design Works, Inc.

Lead Landscape Architect: April Philips, FASLA of April Philips Design Works

Client: Alameda Point Partners: Trammel Crow Residential, srmErnst & Madison Marquette

The Alameda Point Site A Masterplan transforms a 68 acre brownfield post-industrial site on the decommissioned Naval Base into a vibrant new coastal community. Through an adaptive reuse approach, the plan addresses and responds to key regional issues of the San Francisco Bay Area. These include resilience, designing for sea level rise, creation of housing and jobs, and transit. The landscape architect led the design and visioning process for the multi-disciplinary team in setting the sustainability and community development goals. Particular focus was placed on the interconnecting systems of the local environment, protection strategies for rising tides, green infrastructure and discovery of the cultural landscape. The research and design were communicated with visuals developed by the landscape architect as part of the intensive public review process to engage community, local and regional agencies. Avenues for public engagement created to garner stakeholder endorsements and reintroduce the public to the long shuttered superfund site included: videos and animations, holding community workshops, walking and kayaking tours and temporary events to activate the site.