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San Francisco Office Receives Five Honors

The San Francisco office of WSP recently received five honors, including four design awards and official recognition as a San Francisco Green Business.


The design awards are from the National Park Service, the California Preservation Foundation and the California Council of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), for the following projects:

The Walt Disney Family Museum, a 77,000-square-foot former barracks at the Presidio in San Francisco, received the Preservation Design Award from the California Preservation Foundation. With architects Page + Turnbull and Plant Construction, WSP helped to rehabilitate three historic buildings and convert a former storage facility into a central plant.  Among the firm’s key contributions were the design and implementation of air-conditioning, humidification, and dehumidification systems.

The University of California Berkeley’s C.V. Starr East Asian Library, a 68,000-square-foot building, received an Honor Award for Architecture from the California Council of the AIA. Working with architectural firms Tom Eliot Fisch and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, WSP provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection, and telecommunications systems design services on the project.

Apple’s flagship store, located in Boston, also received an Honor Award for Architecture from the California Council of AIA. The San Francisco office of WSP worked on the 21,357-square-foot, three-story retail location in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay District with architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. The store features all new mechanical and electrical systems, and the project encompassed substantial energy analysis and design, along with the creation of a green roof equipped with a rainwater recollection system. 

Cavallo Point Lodge at Fort Baker, near Sausalito, CA, received one of the National Park Service’s inaugural “Designing the Parks” awards. The 226,000-square-foot project, which resulted in a LEED® Gold rating from the USGBC in 2008, encompassed the rehabilitation of 23 government buildings for lodging and meeting rooms and the construction of an additional 13 smaller lodging structures, all according to sustainable “green building” principles. WSP also provided services for the Healing Arts Center, which is Cavallo Point’s spa. Project partners included Architectural Resource Group, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, and landscape architectural firm Office of Cheryl Barton.

“We were thrilled to take part in every one of these projects,” says Susie See, PE, LEED® AP, executive vice president and managing director of WSP's San Francisco office. “And for them to be recognized by such renowned institutions is an incredible bonus.

“Each one of these efforts was a collaboration in every sense of the word, and we’re delighted to share the honor with everyone involved.”

The San Francisco office also received official recognition as a San Francisco Green business in 2011, as a result of a program run by SF Environment, the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Utilities Commission.  To qualify, the office had to demonstrate adherence to stringent environmental standards to reduce waste, prevent pollution and preserve resources. The recognition remains in effect until 2013.