Design: Commercial and Institutional
Smith Cardiovascular Research Building
San Francisco, CA
Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architect/Principal-in-Charge: Andrea Cochran
Landscape Architects: Elaine Shaw and Eric Sirois
Client: University of California, San Francisco
The landscape design for this laboratory research facility at the University of California, San Francisco includes a bold new campus entrance and an intimate, one-acre courtyard. The project provides a significant amenity to both the University and the larger community, fostering interaction among researchers and forging strong connections between the rest of campus and the city beyond. The courtyard design draws on the qualities of the former salt marsh that once occupied the site in both character and function. Native grasses filter and absorb stormwater runoff, while buffering winds from the nearby bay. The bands of linear planting break down the plaza’s scale and define areas for group meetings, informal recreation, lounging and more intimate seating. A planted green roof adds habitat for native wildlife and helps filter stormwater. A below-grade retention area, permeable paving, native plantings and an efficient irrigation system helped earn the project LEED Gold certification.