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Rana Creek Wins Contract to Design Green Roof on San Francisco Transbay Terminal Center

2007年09月28日 01:23 来源: PRNewswire 【字体:


  SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Rana Creek, the California-based company specializing in habitat restoration and regenerative design, announced their win as the Lead Ecologist for the 5.4 acre park to sit atop the new state-of-the-art Transbay Terminal Center in San Francisco. The team was awarded the contract to construct a "living roof" over two competing proposals submitted during the Transbay Terminal Center Competition.

    "Rana Creek''s design will promote extensive energy savings for the Transbay Terminal Center as well as provide thriving habitats for Bay Area native plant and wildlife populations threatened by urban development," says Paul Kephart, Executive Director of Rana Creek. "Not only will this green roof provide the people of San Francisco with a much needed public park, it will protect the endangered species, such as the Bay checkerspot butterfly, that have all but disappeared from this urban area."

    Designed to house more than six native plant communities, the Transbay Terminal Center''s green roof will feature bodies of water, statuesque trees and an urban park dedicated to sustainability. The project will treat all water from the neighboring 82-story Transbay Terminal Tower as well as filter and process the exhaust from the below railways. Kinetic fountains powered by the bus movement will aerate the water for the rooftop wetlands. In order to create the most ecologically functional green roof, Rana Creek will use native plant communities, such as grasslands, that survive in similar bioregional conditions. The green roof build-up system will consist of a root barrier and water drainage system.

    "Green roofs provide much needed green space for urban populations and allow companies to fight climate change while saving money," says Kephart. "Rana Creek has seen a tremendous growth over the past year as communities recognize the financial and environmental benefits of sustainable design. This is the time for a restorative economy."

    The winning Transbay Terminal Center and Tower design was lead by developer Hines, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture. The Transbay Terminal Center and Tower will stand 70- feet-tall and stretch from Beale Street to Second Street. The structure will house commuter buses from around the area and provide the region with 5.4 acres of green space.

    About Rana Creek

    Rana Creek is a California-based company specializing in site assessment, habitat restoration and regenerative design, such as green roofs in urban environments. Founded in 1997 by Paul Kephart, the Rana Creek staff is comprised of professional ecologists, biologists, landscape designers, civil engineers, researchers, contractors, horticulturalists and habitat restoration specialists. Rana Creek was recently celebrated for their collaborative design effort with Renzo Piano Building Workshop of the 2.5 acre California Academy of Sciences'' living roof in San Francisco''s Golden Gate Park.

    For more information go to http://www.ranacreek.com.

    Source: Rana Creek
  

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