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ECOCENTER (SEA SCOUT BUILDING)

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PROJECT INFORMATION

CLIENT: The Environmental Volunteers, www.evols.org
LOCATION: Palo Alto Baylands, California
SIZE: 2,600 Square Feet
COST: $3,800,000

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Time and tide had eroded the venerable Sea Scout building, perched at the edge of the Baylands. Owned by the City of Palo Alto and designed by renowned Palo Alto architect Birge Clark in the mid-1930s in the "streamline moderne" style, the Sea Scout building had been suffering from daily tidal actions for years because it had sunk three feet into the soft bay ground. Once a deep-water port, Palo Alto halted dredging in the 1970s and allowed the tidal area to return to its natural marsh state. Our client, the Environmental Volunteers, approached the city on behalf of the ailing building. Palo Alto agreed to give the non-profit a long-term lease in return for renovation of the badly dilapidated building.

CAW demonstrates that historic preservation and sustainable design are compatible and complimentary in this very unique and whimsical building.

HOW CAW DID THIS

  • CAW formulated a renovation plan, which won unanimous endorsements by the City of Palo Alto's Historic Resources Board and City Council.
  • The architects relocated the building temporarily to make way for new foundation placement.
  • Historic features are currently being restored.
  • CAW is employing multiple sustainable building practices, including the installation of photovoltaics and the recycling of original building materials such as windows and existing wood siding—which will be removed and stripped of lead paint before reinstallation

KEY PARTICIPANTS

PROJECT MANAGER: Maryanne Welton
STRUCTURAL: Rinne & Peterson Structural Engineers, www.rpse.com
LANDSCAPE: Cottong & Tanaguchi, www.ctland.com
CONTRACTOR: Cody/Brock Commercial Builders, www.codybrock.com

HISTORIC

ECOCENTER (SEA SCOUT BUILDING)

INFO

PROJECT INFORMATION

CLIENT: The Environmental Volunteers, www.evols.org
LOCATION: Palo Alto Baylands, California
SIZE: 2,600 Square Feet
COST: $3,800,000

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Time and tide had eroded the venerable Sea Scout building, perched at the edge of the Baylands. Owned by the City of Palo Alto and designed by renowned Palo Alto architect Birge Clark in the mid-1930s in the "streamline moderne" style, the Sea Scout building had been suffering from daily tidal actions for years because it had sunk three feet into the soft bay ground. Once a deep-water port, Palo Alto halted dredging in the 1970s and allowed the tidal area to return to its natural marsh state. Our client, the Environmental Volunteers, approached the city on behalf of the ailing building. Palo Alto agreed to give the non-profit a long-term lease in return for renovation of the badly dilapidated building.

CAW demonstrates that historic preservation and sustainable design are compatible and complimentary in this very unique and whimsical building.

HOW CAW DID THIS

  • CAW formulated a renovation plan, which won unanimous endorsements by the City of Palo Alto's Historic Resources Board and City Council.
  • The architects relocated the building temporarily to make way for new foundation placement.
  • Historic features are currently being restored.
  • CAW is employing multiple sustainable building practices, including the installation of photovoltaics and the recycling of original building materials such as windows and existing wood siding—which will be removed and stripped of lead paint before reinstallation

KEY PARTICIPANTS

PROJECT MANAGER: Maryanne Welton
STRUCTURAL: Rinne & Peterson Structural Engineers, www.rpse.com
LANDSCAPE: Cottong & Tanaguchi, www.ctland.com
CONTRACTOR: Cody/Brock Commercial Builders, www.codybrock.com

HISTORIC > ECOCENTER (SEA SCOUT BUILDING)



  • PROJECT INFORMATION

    CLIENT: The Environmental Volunteers, www.evols.org
    LOCATION: Palo Alto Baylands, California
    SIZE: 2,600 Square Feet
    COST: $3,800,000

    PROJECT DESCRIPTION

    Time and tide had eroded the venerable Sea Scout building, perched at the edge of the Baylands. Owned by the City of Palo Alto and designed by renowned Palo Alto architect Birge Clark in the mid-1930s in the "streamline moderne" style, the Sea Scout building had been suffering from daily tidal actions for years because it had sunk three feet into the soft bay ground. Once a deep-water port, Palo Alto halted dredging in the 1970s and allowed the tidal area to return to its natural marsh state. Our client, the Environmental Volunteers, approached the city on behalf of the ailing building. Palo Alto agreed to give the non-profit a long-term lease in return for renovation of the badly dilapidated building.

    CAW demonstrates that historic preservation and sustainable design are compatible and complimentary in this very unique and whimsical building.

    HOW CAW DID THIS

    • CAW formulated a renovation plan, which won unanimous endorsements by the City of Palo Alto's Historic Resources Board and City Council.
    • The architects relocated the building temporarily to make way for new foundation placement.
    • Historic features are currently being restored.
    • CAW is employing multiple sustainable building practices, including the installation of photovoltaics and the recycling of original building materials such as windows and existing wood siding—which will be removed and stripped of lead paint before reinstallation

    KEY PARTICIPANTS

    PROJECT MANAGER: Maryanne Welton
    STRUCTURAL: Rinne & Peterson Structural Engineers, www.rpse.com
    LANDSCAPE: Cottong & Tanaguchi, www.ctland.com
    CONTRACTOR: Cody/Brock Commercial Builders, www.codybrock.com