2018 Awards

Research, Planning, Analysis and Communication

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

Adaptive reuse plays a major role in the 3 acre urban core park known as the “Block 10.” This maker oriented retail marketplace focuses on food, artisans, and play to provide a community space for the neighborhood that celebrates past and future.
The landscape architect spearheaded the green infrastructure network throughout the site. Stormwater management through bioretention and permeability was integrated into the cultural landscape design inviting the public to enjoy nature in the city and wildlife to the site.
Many programs and exhibits were prepared for various agency presentations and planning reports. The diagram communicates the main bike trail circulation connections through the waterfront park and shared plaza.
The multi-modal circulation map of Site A extends to the proposed Ferry Terminal located in Site B. Connectivity and the robust TDM plan were crucial components for the new developments approval process and multi agency jurisdictions.
Avenues for public engagement created to garner stakeholder support and re-introduce the public to the long shuttered site included walking and kayaking tours as well as temporary events to activate the site.
Sea level rise strategies for Site A were also dramatized via video animations, perspectives and fly throughs. A 3D model of the development site was built and shaped by the team members as a community engagement tool.
The effects of sea level rise and proposed defense strategies are most clearly explained via sections through the waterfront park within the 100’ BCDC shoreline boundary.
Site A was designed to meet the future sea level rise or SLR of 66” by the year 2100. Much residential and technical engineering was required by the design team.
The terraced native landscape is designed for tidal inundation and the future sea level rise projections for 2100.
The promenade of the waterfront park, the main focus of the public realm, engages the historic seaplane lagoon. The park combines recreation, scenic views, native plants and salvaged materials and artifacts into a vibrant public commons at waters edge.
The project is a brownfield and superfund cleanup site. The historic runways and taxiways offer unfettered views of San Francisco and the Bay. It is also the protected nesting site of the endangered Least Tern.
Alameda Point Site A is the first redevelopment project of the deomissioned naval air station. This new neighborhood is the gateway for the entire 1560 acres of Alameda point.
Located on the north western end of Alameda Island on San Francisco Bay, the former Alameda Naval Air Station (N.A.S.) and wetlands was built on bayfill to its current footprint in 1940 during World War II as a naval base.
The Taxiway Trail at sunset dramatizes a rich public commons where history, wind, coastline, views, and people occupy this new dynamic and resilient public realm.
The Site A Master Plan creates a 68 acre transit-oriented, walkable, sustainable, and vibrant new coastal community that fosters new housing and jobs, artisan and maker retail, and office space with 15 acres of open space.

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.