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A Children's Village Campo, CA Community Planning, Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

Housing for foster care children, including an on-site school and chapel, sports fields, and administrative and medical facilities on 117 acres. Native and site specific vegetation will be used throughout the site, focusing on fire management practices and preservation of groundwater resources.

 
Client: St. Vincent de Paul
Status: In Progress
Completion Year:
Key Personnel: Michael Singleton
A/E Europe Naples, Italy Federal Planning
Project Description:

KTU+A prepared basic facilities requirements for NAVFAC in Naples Italy.

 
Client: NAVFAC Atlantic, GSIPT
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2008
Ardath Road Realignment La Jolla, CA Public Facilities Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

"The Ardath Road project included the reconfiguration of this heavily traveled intersection at North Torrey Pines Road to improve traffic safety and to create a gateway into La Jolla. Project alternatives were presented to the community at a public workshop. The selected project alternative included the relocation of the existing mature Torrey Pine trees that were boxed and stored for protection during the  two year construction period. These trees were replanted in a similar massing formation as they were originally located.

Entering into La Jolla, the stately Canary Island Palm trees aligning both sides of Ardath Road create a strong entry statement along with the  broadheaded canopy and accent trees. The understory plant material is low growing with a variety of colors and textures for visual interest."

 
Client: City of San Diego
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2001
Key Personnel: Cheri Blatner-Pifer
Ballpark Infrastructure Improvements and Tailgate Park San Diego, CA Public Facilities
Project Description:

"The Ballpark Infrastructure Project was constructed in the heart of the developing ‘East Village’ in downtown San Diego. The project included selective improvements on existing and proposed streets surrounding Petco Park. KTU+A’s scope included design development of multiple streets and park areas based on the conceptual master plan; and construction documents and construction administration for the streetscapes from Harbor Drive to Library Circle at the crossing of 12th Avenue, Tailgate Park, temporary parking areas D1 and D2, and the connection to the Linear Park and the nearby trolley station. KTU+A’s main challenge was to maintain the design intent of the approved San Diego’s Ballpark Neighborhood Streetscape Master Plan (November 1999) and the changes agreed to by the multiple stakeholders. The coordination with multiple stakeholders was of the utmost importance in this process. Ensuring that the City of San Diego, the Padres’ organization, Centre City Development Corporation, Environmental Health Coalition, East Village, private developers, and other stakeholders concerns and standards were incorporated in the construction documents was a driving force on the project.

KTU+A provided a full scope of landscape architectural services for Tailgate Park, an important pedestrian connection to Petco Park.  The urban design aspects respond to the major growth the area is experiencing now, and will see in the future. The site is encompassed by a trellis system, including a major trellis portal through which Park users access routes to the stadium. A series of formal gardens enhance use of the parking lot where users enjoy the “tailgate” experience of causal BBQ’s and get-togethers.

"

 
Client: City of San Diego
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2004
Cal State San Marcos ADA Accessibility Plan San Marcos, CA Education, Mobility Planning
Project Description:

KTU+A reviewed the existing accessibility of the external circulation system, along with the existing wayfinding and signage program. Major phases included:

Review of the campus master plan guidelines for architectural elements, universal access and sustainability policies.

Documented and evaluated existing and proposed future campus accessibility paths-of-travel.

Code compliance review (Title 24, 2007 CBC, ADA, etc.) using the following references and checklists:

• Assessment Tools for Accessibility by Peter A. Stratton, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. Last updated: 02-12-2007.

•Existing Facilities version 2.1© revised August 1995, Adaptive Environments Center, Inc. for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

• Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) Checklist for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG Checklist).

Prepared a campus path-of-travel plan for DSA review at the state level.

Completed a campus wayfinding program including the identification of areas of clear legibility, areas of confusion, perceptual or cognitive layout of the campus, inventory of signage, and areas requiring signage.

Prepared recommendations for ADA conformance, transition strategies, hierarchical signage program, campus map program, and building and signage adjustments to improve clarity and communication.

 
Client: California State University San Marcos
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2012
Key Personnel: Michael Singleton
City of Carlsbad ADA Transition Plan Carlsbad, CA Mobility Planning
Project Description:

The Carlsbad ADA Transition Plan focused on facilities found within the public rights-of-way. The project included GIS computer modeling, database development, fieldwork, and recommendations for the removal of barriers for universal access within the city limits of Carlsbad. The computer modeling utilized dozens of demographic, land use and transportation related GIS layers to determine high priority access requirements. Public facilities such as libraries, schools, community centers, post offices, and transit facilities are given priorities over other private destinations. The plan inventoried 45% of the entire City of Carlsbad. Fieldwork noted major and minor compliance issues with Title II, ADA and Title 24 California Implementation of ADA. Ramps, roadway crossings, crossing technologies, obstructions and pathway geometries were analyzed and prioritized. Countermeasures and compliance standards were identified for areas out of compliance. A phased implementation plan was also included as part of the project.

 
Client: City of Carlsbad
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2013
Key Personnel: Michael Singleton
City of Carlsbad Bikeway Master Plan Carlsbad, CA Mobility
Project Description:

"KTU+A prepared a city-wide bike facilities and multi-use trail master plan. The plan analyzed recreational and commuter facility requirements, and identified potential connections between transit modes and park facilities. The plan was integrated with the circulation element. The plan also included the development of concepts for bikeway facilities within the coastal rail corridor (Oceanside to San Diego) for the segment within the City of Carlsbad.

The project process included the evaluation of the existing roadways and bicycle facilities using conventional field techniques, computerized geographic information systems, survey questionnaires and a bicycling suitability formula. The plan recommended revisions to existing facilities, construction of new facilities and an implementation program. The plan also included general design and engineering guidelines for the development of these facilities.

Some of the primary project goals included:
• Integration of the master plan into all transportation plans, including the transfer between various modes of travel.
• Bicycle travel safety and efficiency utilizing existing infrastructure and the construction of special facilities for cyclists.
• Monitoring, assessment and maintenance of all bicycle facilities.
• Integration of land use and transportation planning to accommodate future land use and population projections and decrease automobile dependency."

 
Client: City of Carlsbad
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 1998
City of Chula Vista Bikeway Master Plan Chula Vista, CA Mobility
Project Description:

KTU+A was the prime consultant for the preparation of an updated Bike Facility Master Plan for the City of Chula Vista. GIS mapping and analysis was completed for existing land use, population centers, employment centers, regional activity centers, transit facilities, schools, parks, community centers, street classifications, proposed land use, proposed general plan and specific plan areas and new development. Existing aerials were used and the GIS data was registered with these orthophotos. A complete parcel database and roads centerline were also part of the mapping data set. Major natural features, sensitive habitats and topography were also utilized in the data set. For the purposes of bikeway facilities, the GIS data identified transfer points at transit centers, destination points (such as employment centers, schools, parks, regional activity centers), existing bike facilities, problematic high volume roadways, and origin points (based on population density). Digitizing of new projects (large development projects processed as major use permits or specific plans) was also included.

 
Client: City of Chula Vista Engineering Department
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2005
City of Dana Point Connectivity Enhancement Study Dana Point, CA Mobility Planning
Project Description:

KTU+A is preparing a connectivity plan for three distinct areas of Dana Point: Doheny Village, Doheny State Beach and Dana Point Harbor, all of which are physically separated by substantial non-motorized mobility impediments such as freeway ramps, multi-lane arterials, rail lines and a river. The project includes development of potential roadway alignment alternatives, intersection and connectivity improvements for cyclists, pedestrian and drivers. This plan must address conditions that have been in existence for decades and the solutions need to be supported by multiple entities, including Caltrans and California State Parks. This is a Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Compass Blueprint project, a competitive grant program designed to encourage cities to address significant mobility issues.

Project responsibilities include meeting facilitation, alternatives development, analysis and ranking, multi-jurisdictional coordination and oversight of bicycle and pedestrian count collection and analysis.

 

 
Client: City of Dana Point
Status: In Progress
Completion Year: 2013
Key Personnel: John Holloway, Joe Punsalan, Michael Singleton
City of Encinitas Bikeway Master Plan Encinitas, CA Mobility
Project Description:

"The 2004 Bikeway Master Plan (BMP) update is a comprehensive revision to the 1991 BMP, and is based upon the need to better address the city’s population growth and physical expansion, local bicycle needs, and regional long-distance travel needs. Moreover, the BMP scope included consideration of connections between the bicycle system and mass transit, and endeavored to provide an accessible and convenient means for individuals who did not travel often by automobile.

The BMP specifies a mix of bicycle paths, lanes, and routes. The 1991 BMP proposed a cumulative total of 49 miles of these facilities, while the 2004 update proposes an additional 45 miles of bike facilities.
"

 
Client: City of Encinitas
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2005
City of Imperial Beach Bicycle Transportation Plan Imperial Beach, CA Mobility
Project Description:

This study is a comprehensive update of the 1994 City of Imperial Beach General Plan and Coastal Plan’s Circulation Element. The city’s growth necessitated an update to better address not only local bicycle travel needs, but also to better serve regional long-distance travel and promote eco-tourism. This resulting document reflects General Plan changes that will affect circulation patterns.

Plan objectives included establishing facility types to be implemented and identifying points where the city’s bikeway system could integrate with the existing San Diego metropolitan regional bikeway system. The project’s scope included documenting and evaluating Imperial Beach’s existing bikeway facility system and its relationship with other systems such as mass transit, and recommending improvements wherever appropriate.

This plan sought to maximize the efficiencies offered by multi-modal connections between mass transit and bikeways and to promote a viable alternative to the automobile travel in a climate particularly conducive to bicycle transportation. It also sought to provide a more convenient bikeway system for cyclists who do not have ready access to motor vehicles.

 

 
Client: City of Imperial Beach
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2007
Key Personnel: John Holloway, Joe Punsalan
City of San Diego Pedestrian Master Plan, Phase 1 San Diego, CA Mobility
Project Description:

"KTU+A assisted the City of San Diego in the development of phase one of a Pedestrian Master Plan to guide the way the City plans and implements pedestrian improvement projects to enhance neighborhood quality and mobility options. The Plan identified and prioritized pedestrian improvement projects based on technical analysis and community input, improving the City’s ability to receive grant funding to implement pedestrian projects.

Under the guidance of a Project Working Group (PWG), the consultant team produced a comprehensive Plan framework to prioritize the community planning areas for developing the Plan citywide and establishing the process for identifying, prioritizing, and implementing pedestrian projects within each community. The Plan’s framework also discussed existing pedestrian conditions, pedestrian-related City policies, and potential project funding sources."

 
Client: City of San Diego
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2006
City of San Marcos Bikeway Master Plan San Marcos, CA Mobility
Project Description:

"The City of San Marcos Bikeway Master Plan is an update to the city’s original master plan adopted in 2001. KTU+A worked with city staff to perform an analysis of existing and proposed bikeway facilities utilizing field observations and GIS mapping.

Goals of the master plan were to obtain State Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) grant funds and improve bicycle facilities throughout the city for safer routes to school, connections to adjacent cities and incorporate an environmental inventory analysis. The City of San Marcos boasts a unique trail system and one of the goals of the master plan was to connect these trails to bicycle facilities to complete a safe and enjoyable trail and bikeway system."

 
Client: City of San Marcos
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2005
City of Temecula Multi-Use Trail and Bicycle Master Plan Temecula, CA Mobility
Project Description:

KTU+A worked with the City of Temecula on the development of their city-wide Trail and Bikeway Plan. Components of the master plan included site analysis and environmental impacts; needs analysis; trail development; design standards; and preparation of maps, plans, exhibits and conceptual designs. The study covered multiple uses on road-separated trails that include facilities for equestrian users, cyclists, hikers, skaters, runners and individuals out to observe nature. Another major component of the study included the analysis and recommendations of bike routes (Class 2 and 3) on city streets. Community workshops were also held to gather user input and determine user preferences and community priorities.  An extensive mail-out questionnaire was used to help determine user profiles, preferences and priorities. Implementation strategies and funding sources were also identified.

 
Client: City of Temecula
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2001
Desert Diamond Casino Tucson, AZ Hospitality
Project Description:

"KTU+A is providing landscape architectural services for the renovation and expansion of the Desert Diamond Casino on lands of the Tohona O’odham Nation. The complex includes a casino, and 200-room hotel with banquet and conference facilities, a childcare center and a gymnasium. The overall landscape design intent is to create a visual extension of the Sonoran desert with earth tones of crushed rock mulch, Catalina boulders and native Sonoran plant materials. Icons and images of the Tohono O’odham culture will be incorporated into the landscape elements, including the water features, paving and site furnishings.

A three-part water feature representing the natural water sources found in the three desert environments will flank the entrance to the casino: the mountains; the foothills; and the desert floor. Wildlife sculptures will be incorporated into the water features to add a sense of scale and emphasize the surrounding desert environment.

The hotel entrance will highlight a unique water feature resembling a Tohono O’odham “Man in the Maze” basket with water flowing into the center. The area surrounding the basket fountain will be encircled by eleven evenly spaced Saguaros alternating with eleven thematic bollards and decorative bands representing the eleven districts of the Tohono O’odham culture."

 
Client: JCJ Blackman
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2007
EIS for Introduction of the MV-22 to 3rd and 4th Marine Aircraft Wing CA Federal Planning
Project Description:

KTU+A prepared concept development plans for operational and facility requirements in support of MV-22 squadrons at five installations in California and Arizona. Programming requirements, site plans, operation layout, and airspace issues were analyzed and reviewed. A summary of the advantages and disadvantages of each alternative basing scenario was also prepared.

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2008
Key Personnel: Michael Singleton
El Corazon de Oceanside Specific Plan Oceanside, CA Community Planning
Project Description:

Located in the heart of Oceanside, KTU+A provided planning support services onn the development of a conceptual specific plan for this 450-acre site. Previously utilized for mining, the site represents an important opportunity to provide community-based facilities for the city.


 
Client: City of Oceanside
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 1997
Key Personnel: Michael Singleton
Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School San Diego, CA Education Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

"This new elementary school serves 700 students in grades K-5 on a 6.3-acre site. The school is named for the Olympic track star who advocated for urban youth. The campus features 32 classrooms, a joint-use playfield, multi-purpose building, library media center, lunch shelter, covered walkways, and energy efficient design features. The architectural design represents the spirit of Florence Griffith Joyner in her dynamic swiftness and strength.

KTU+A participated in public workshops, and worked closely with the design team on the development of the site plan. Landscape construction documents were also prepared for the school, joint-use field and off-site street improvements."

 
Client: San Diego City Schools, JCJ Architects
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2007
Gaslamp Quarter Street Improvements San Diego, CA Public Facilities Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

"The Gaslamp Quarter represents the historic site of the first commercial area of San Diego. The community actively pursued the City to save this important segment of its heritage. The City Planning Department established a sixteen-block area as the historic district and sought to re-establish the image of the old Quarter.

KTU+A reviewed the historical photographs of the original streetscapes and buildings as the starting point for the design of two demonstration blocks and an additional 14 block redevelopment area. A program was established which made the pedestrian the most important and valuable element of the streetscape. The street furnishings, lighting, seating areas, sidewalk eating areas, facades, street trees, planting and graphics were all designed for the pedestrian’s eye, scale and pace. The streets were narrowed and the sidewalks widened to reduce the impact of the automobile traffic."

 
Client: City of San Diego
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 1980
Girl Scouts Balboa Park Improvements San Diego, CA Community Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

Based on a master plan prepared by KTU+A, the firm also coordinated consultant services for a variety of capital improvement projects at the Balboa Park complex, including a new multi-purpose building and plaza, and an 175 seat amphitheater. Plans are on-going for a tree house climbing structure.

 
Client: Girl Scouts San Diego/Imperial Council
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2008
Key Personnel: Michael Singleton
Glen at Scripps Ranch San Diego, CA Health Care
Project Description:

KTU+A provided landscape architectural services for a new 65-acre senior living community in Scripps Ranch. The scope of work included working directly with the client, consultant team and City of San Diego Development Services Department to prepare a preliminary design submittal for a Conditional Use Permit package.

The project includes three residential neighborhoods, a health center, and a commons building interconnected through the landscape, walkways and streetscapes. Once used as a ranch, the existing stone walls, boulders and tree groves are incorporated into the new site plan, which includes resident courtyards, a swimming pool, spa, bocce ball courts, putting and chipping green, and community gardens.

Sustainable design features of the project include low-water use native vegetation, minimal use of turf, organic amendments to retain moisture, permeable surfaces to infiltrate water, reuse of native cobblestones, bio-filters to clean and hold water on-site, and high-efficiency, low-maintenance irrigation. The overall landscape is also designed to capture site water run-off and is part of a larger sustainable landscape system that will also provide educational benefits to the residents.

 
Client:
Status: Ongoing
Completion Year: 2011
Key Personnel: Kurt Carlson, Matt Wilkins
Grossmont College Child Development La Mesa, CA Education Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

KTU+A developed concepts for the renovation of the Grossmont Child Development Center playground. The playground renovation is a departure from a standard plastic and bright colored playground by utilizing the five senses to engage the kids. Elements of the playground will help the children explore their creative sides. The playground will be updated with upper body strength play equipment (fully accessible); native and sensory plants, such as sage and lavender; boulders; a community play area with buildings such as a market and gas station; a river rock dry stream bed; a sound garden with chimes; wood stepping stones; planter boxes; play water table; a small stage with benches; and misters at the building overhang. The existing bike path, a larger shade structure and playground equipment will remain in place. Screening upgrades to the chainlink fence have also been recommended.

 
Client: Grossmont Community College District
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2009
Grossmont Medical Office Building and Parking Structure La Mesa, CA Health Care Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

The Grossmont Medical Office Building includes a 5-story, 66,000 square foot building and a 7-level, 760+ space, parking structure within the northern portion of the 34-acre Grossmont Hospital District Campus in La Mesa.

The landscape concept is intended to enhance and complement the proposed medical office building while blending into the overall Grossmont Medical Campus and surrounding natural stands of eucalyptus, chaparral and grasses. The street tree species matches the established street tree pattern of the Grossmont Medical Campus.

On the east side of the medical office building, bamboo, various grasses and colorful groundcover are proposed with Corral Trees highlighting the corner entry to the site.  On the west side, at the north and south entry areas, the paving accents the pedestrian approach with use of a custom sawcut and two color concrete design. A low poured-in-place seat wall with sawcuts reflecting the pattern of the paving design is proposed for the entry/drop-off area on the northwest and southwest sides of the building.

 
Client: HDR
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2008
Key Personnel: Bernard Everling
Grossmont Medical Office Building and Parking Structure La Mesa, CA Health Care
Project Description:

"The Grossmont Medical Office Building includes a 5-story, 66,000 square foot building and a 7-level, 760+ space, parking structure within the northern portion of the 34-acre Grossmont Hospital District Campus in La Mesa.

The landscape concept is intended to enhance and complement the proposed medical office building while blending into the overall Grossmont Medical Campus and surrounding natural stands of eucalyptus, chaparral and grasses. The street tree species matches the established street tree pattern of the Grossmont Medical Campus.

On the east side of the medical office building, bamboo, various grasses and colorful groundcover are proposed with Corral Trees highlighting the corner entry to the site.  On the west side, at the north and south entry areas, the paving accents the pedestrian approach with use of a custom sawcut and two color concrete design. A low poured-in-place seat wall with sawcuts reflecting the pattern of the paving design is proposed for the entry/drop-off area on the northwest and southwest sides of the building.  "

 
Client: HDR Architecture
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2008
Key Personnel: Bernard Everling
Hawaiian Garden Casino Hawaiian Gardens, CA Hospitality
Project Description:

KTU+A provided landscape architectural services for the redevelopment of the existing Hawaiian Gardens Casino. The redevelopment includes a new 149,000 SF building on a 17.5-acre site. The existing landscape, streetscape, parking lot and entry driveway will be completely reconfigured. Enhancement of the existing Hawaiian landscape theme, utilizing selected existing features to their best advantage will be stressed, as will ease of maintenance and selection of sub-tropical plants suited for this climate.

 
Client: JCJ Architecture
Status: Ongoing
Completion Year:
Key Personnel: Kurt Carlson
Horizon Prep School Rancho Santa Fe, CA Education Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

"Horizon Prep School is a K-12 school in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. The 17.74-acre site consisted of portable structures and dirt play fields. New structures include an administration building, kindergarten, lower school, middle school, high school, gymnasium, and pool.
 
The goal of this project was to provide the school campus with usable spaces enhanced with a variety of water conserving plants, much needed seating, parking, educational facilities, and athletic areas. This project was designed for efficient use and conservation of water resources, including the use of a private well to supplement the potable water provided by the local water agency. The majority of the water used for irrigating is well water."

 
Client: CTA Architects
Status: In Progress
Completion Year:
Key Personnel: Bernard Everling
Inland Valley Medical Center Addition Wildomar, CA Health Care
Project Description:

"The Inland Valley Medical Center is expanding to support the medical needs of the community it serves. KTU+A has been instrumental in the expansion of this facility by connecting existing facilities to new through the continuity of the landscape. KTU+A's scope of work included providing unifying landscape design theme for a new parking lot, expansion of the ER, ICU and Radiology departments and a 185 bed addition over an existing parking lot.
 
As water quality regulations have become more stringent in California, KTU+A worked with the project engineer to creatively uphold these regulations at the Inland Valley Medical Center. Through the use of bio-swales planted with native vegetation, and engineered drainage structures, the new parking lot will serve as the main collector and filtration of water run-off for the entire facility. "

 
Client: HKS, Inc.
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2006
Interstate 15 Bus Rapid Transit Centers San Diego, CA Mobility
Project Description:

"KTU+A prepared construction documents for three new transit stations along the Interstate 15 corridor at Del Lago, Sabre Springs and Rancho Bernardo. Each of the stations incorporates the following design concepts:
•  The overall station layout ensures safe pedestrian circulation with decorative crosswalks, alerting drivers to pedestrian activity;
•  The design conforms to accessibility requirements;
•  The whimsical shelter designs add visual interest and protect users from sun and rain;
•  The landscape design allows for clear views for ample police surveillance; and
•  The proposed plantings buffer, define and enhance these new community nodes.

The Sabre Spring station also includes the following design features:
•  A riparian theme at the platform represents the flow of water inspired by nearby Chicarita Creek;
•  The circular walls represent eddies where riders can gather and relax while waiting for the bus; and
•  The platform landscaping includes bunch grasses and attractive shrubs with occasional boulders to enhance the riparian theme with minimal maintenance; and
•  A dense planting of trees screen the station platform from the neighboring community."

 
Client: SANDAG
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2006
ISKCON of Escondido Escondido, CA Public Facilities Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

The 'Iskcon of Escondido' project is a Hare Krishna Temple located on a 23 acres parcel surrounded by rolling hills and orchards in rural Northern San Diego County. The project features two ornately carved stone temples, four residences and a dormitory for Monks all located on 13 acres of lush public gardens. The gardens include plazas, courtyards, fountains, pathways and a playground with a theme of fragrant, edible and religiously significant plantings throughout. The gardens are heavily influenced by the classic Moghul style and include a walled garden divided into four sections by water courses.  On the perimeter of the project, the plantings transition to drought tolerant and native plants to blend in with the surrounding landscape.

 
Client: Platt/Whitelaw Architects
Status: In Progress
Completion Year:
Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization Center of Excellence (JIEDDO COE) and MCON Doc CA Federal Planning
Project Description:

The JIEDDO Study included an evaluation of assets and the development of requirements for JIEDDO Army (Fort Irwin), Navy (Indian Head NSWC), Marine Corps (MCAGCC 29 Palms), and Air Force (Lackland AFB) COEs. KTU+A conducted analysis and developed concepts that addressed current and projected mission requirements. KTU+A coordinated with each Installation to ensure the proposed actions fit within the existing master plans. The project also included the development of six DD1391 MCON documents.

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Ongoing
Completion Year: 2009
Joint Strike Fighter Siting Study CA Federal Planning
Project Description:

KTU+A developed general planning documentation and a feasibility analysis for the siting of the Joint Strike Fighter at various west coast airfields. KTU+A performed activity interviews, developed basic facility requirements, prepared site layouts, analyzed facility utilization, and estimated costs.

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2008
Key Personnel: Michael Singleton
Kaiser Medical Center, Otay Mesa San Diego, CA Health Care
Project Description:

The 30-acre Kaiser Hospital facility in Otay Mesa provides healthcare services to thousands of patients each week. The landscape design has won awards for its simple beauty. The site design offers plant material common to the San Diego environs. Flowering bougainvillea vines, stately oak trees and date palms create a wonderful garden surrounding the facility. Two courtyards flank the major pedestrian path inside the building. Each courtyard is designed to allow visitors and employees to relax outside under the shade of Myrtle trees. Mosaic tile accent bands, a water feature and a small amphitheater highlight the courtyards.

 
Client: Kaiser Hospital
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 1999
La Jolla Country Day School La Jolla, CA Education Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

Located adjacent to University of California, San Diego, the La Jolla Country Day School was founded in 1926 and moved to its present location in 1961. Comprised of 24 acres, the land-starved school is in the process of adding student learning and sports facilitates, as well as staff, student, and visitor parking. Projects completed by KTU+A include a 2004 master plan update, as well as the planning and design of several landscape architectural projects, including the new Visual Arts and Science Building, Genesee Avenue parking lot reconfiguration, and middle and lower school courtyard reconfigurations.

 
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La Jolla Village Drive/Interstate 805 Interchange La Jolla, CA Public Facilities
Project Description:

"KTU+A prepared plans, specifications and estimates for improvements to the La Jolla Village Drive/Interstate 805 interchange. The interchange is a gateway to San Diego for travelers heading south. It also serves as an entry to the La Jolla / University City and Miramar areas. The prime identifier as a unique gateway will be Torrey Pines. A number of design concepts were incorporated into the plans:

“Landing the Bridge”: Large-scale flowering trees such as Coral Trees are used to “anchor” the bridge mass to the hills on either side of the freeway.

""Transition from Urban to Native Plantings"": Existing urban planting themes have been continued along the bridge and La Jolla Village Drive, transitioning to native plant materials within the interchange. A tropical indigenous theme utilizing popular local plants includes: Coral trees, Prostrate Rosemary, Sea Lavender and Coprosma.

“Native sustainable landscape”: The interchange landscape is designed to thrive with no long-term irrigation and minimal maintenance. Native trees and shrubs were selected from indigenous plants in the local Torrey Pines Reserve and for their sustainability including : Torrey Pine, Toyon, Lemonade Berry, Laurel Sumac;  Native shrubs and ground cover plants from hydroseed: California Sagebrush, Evening Primrose, Encelia, California Buckwheat, White Sage, California Poppy, Black Sage, Peak Rush-rose, Lupine, Monkey Flower and Deer Weed.

Bio Swale Concept: Bio swales are planted with sustainable native perennial grass from hydroseed including: San Diego Bent Grass, Red Fescue Molate, Tufted Hairgrass and June Grass.

"

 
Client: Boyle Engineering
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2006
La Mesa Bicycle Facilities and Complete Streets Master Plan La Mesa, CA Mobility Planning
Project Description:

The La Mesa Bicycle Facilities and Complete Streets Master Plan is an update to the General Plan Circulation Element incorporating goals, policies and programs related to bicycle facilities and other Complete Street transportation infrastructure. This study recommends a number of actions including closing facility gaps; and creating bicycle boulevards, colored bike lanes and enhanced bike routes.

Bike and pedestrian counts were conducted in each quadrant of the City. In addition, pedestrian improvements such as median refuges, cantilevered bridges, mid-block crossings, RRFBs, curb extensions and ADA compliance were also recommended. Helping the city to effectively prioritize the closing of sidewalk gaps is a unique element of the Circulation Element update process.

A chapter of the study is dedicated to the development of a Complete Streets framework for the City’s future planning efforts. This chapter includes guidance for improving major arterials and intersections with amenities such as cycle tracks, bike corrals, speed tables, parking alignments, bus shelters, pavement treatments and road diets to provide traffic calming.

The Safe Routes to Transit and Safe Routes to Parks studies looked specifically at the typical walking distances, conditions and barriers to accessing transit and park facilities. GIS-based network analysis determined specific walk and cycling zones around the LRT, bus stops and parks for connectivity. KTU+A conducted a workshop to educate and train the volunteers before the data collection process. Detailed site inventory was conducted by volunteers in these 10-15 minute walk zones and recommendations made to improve access and safety within the transit and walking environment. The data was then converted into a GIS database for analysis, cost estimating and mapping, which provides the City with comprehensive data to support project implementation.

 
Client: City of La Mesa
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2012
Key Personnel: Cheri Blatner-Pifer, Joe Punsalan, Michael Singleton, Brooke Whalen
Lake Hodges Bikeway Access Conceptual Plan San Diego, CA Mobility
Project Description:

"The Lake Hodges Bikeway Access Conceptual Plan was part of the overall master plan to create a “coast to crest” bikeway, hiking and equestrian system within the San Dieguito River Valley Regional Park. The focus of the access study was on the location and design of a north and south shore crossing of Interstate 15 and a bridge connecting the north and south shores of Lake Hodges.  The north and south shore crossings would provide access for cyclists, pedestrians, and horses under the I-15 bridge, with connections to existing roads and trails. A free-standing bridge across Lake Hodges and parallel to I-15 would provide access for bicyclists and pedestrians.  All plans, specifications, and estimates conform to Caltrans and FHWA standards and requirements, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act.

KTU+A’s scope of work included input on the bridge placement and trail alignment; local trail connections and trail geometrics; bridge, trail and retaining wall design and material selection; and the preparation of mitigation and restoration plans."

 
Client: San Dieguito River Valley Regional Park JPA
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2001
Laura Rodriguez Elementary School San Diego, CA Education Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

Laura G. Rodriguez (1909-1994) was a Logan Heights activist who founded Chicano Park and the Logan Heights Family Health Center. The school, named in her honor, was one of 12 new schools built with Proposition MM funds. The 6.5-acre site includes seven new building for classrooms, a multi-purpose room, library/media center, cafeteria, and administrative spaces, as well as sports fields and playgrounds.

 
Client: San Diego City Schools, Platt/Whitelaw Architects
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2007
Key Personnel: Bernard Everling
Lincoln High School San Diego, CA Education Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

Lincoln High School features four comprehensive high schools for 2,700 students on a 24.4-acre campus. The school includes 77 classrooms, an arts complex, library, science and technology labs, and an auditorium. Athletic facilities include two gymnasiums, baseball fields, track, football field and a concession stand. The four schools are oriented along an east-west promenade, while the recreational playfields are oriented along the north-south axis. The focus of the campus is the "town square", a 0.25 acre plaza defined by the performing arts building, adminstration-library building and the sports deck and gymnasium.

 
Client: San Diego City Schools
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2007
Key Personnel: Bernard Everling
Maderas Clubhouse Poway, CA Hospitality
Project Description:

KTU+A provided landscape architectural services for the clubhouse and Del Lago Ballroom and gardens at Maderas Golf Course. The services included master plan design services, and construction documents and administration for the parking lot, front entry and drop-off, outdoor patios, pre-function lawn and courtyards around both venues. Site amenities include enriched paving, benches, seatwalls, boulders, lighting, landscape and irrigation. Specimen trees are located at key entries, while flowering shrubs and groundcovers accentuated the groundplane that overlooks the fairways, canyons, lakes and waterfalls.

 
Client: Sunroad Enterprises
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2002
Key Personnel: Kurt Carlson, Bernard Everling
Main Street Bridge at Murrieta Creek Temecula, CA Public Facilities
Project Description:

KTU+A is providing urban design and landscape architectural services for the replacement of the Main Street Bridge over Murrieta Creek in Temecula. The firm’s primary responsibility during the preliminary design phase is to develop alternatives for the aesthetic design of the bridge to be architecturally consistent with the Old Town Temecula environment. Research at the Temecula Valley Museum and a photo-reconnaissance of Old Town Temecula was completed. The new bridge will accommodate two traffic lanes, bike lanes, and sidewalks. Alternatives are also being evaluated to provide a pedestrian connection with an adjacent park and the creek trail system. The design requires extensive coordination with the City of Temecula, US Army Corps of Engineers, Riverside County Flood Control District and the Water Conservation District.

 
Client: City of Temecula
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2006
Marine Corps Base Barstow CA Federal Planning, Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

Basic Facility Requirements; Family Housing Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan and RFP

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 1997
Key Personnel: Michael Singleton
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, CA Federal Planning, Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

Asset Evaluations; 1391 MILCON Documentation; Historic District Landscape Master Plan; Lindbergh Field Taxiway Expansion Study; Base Exterior Architecture Plan; Grounds Development Study

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Ongoing
Completion Year: 2009
Key Personnel: Kurt Carlson, Bernard Everling, John Holloway, Michael Singleton
MCAS Miramar San Diego, CA Federal Planning, Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

Base Realignment and Functional Engineering Evaluation; East Miramar Family Housing Site Alternative Study and EIS; AICUZ Update and Noise Study; Base Exterior Architecture Plan; Signage Plan; Engineering Evaluation; Facility Planning Document; Master Plan Update; Basic Facility Requirements; Provost Marshalls Office; MILCON Documentation

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Ongoing
Completion Year: 2009
Key Personnel: John Holloway, Michael Singleton
MCAS Yuma Yuma, AZ Federal Planning, Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

Community Plan; Master Plan; Family Housing Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan; Base Exterior Architecture Plan; Traffic and Parking Study

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Ongoing
Completion Year: 2009
Key Personnel: John Holloway
MCB/MCAS Camp Pendleton Camp Pendleton, CA Federal Planning, Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

Planning: Capital Improvement Plan; Base Exterior Architecture Plan Update; Space Utilization Study; Naval Hospital Bachelor Housing Study;Talega (Area 64) Contonment Master Plan

Design: Bachelor Enlisted Quarters; Del Mar Transient Quarters; Mess Hall; Commissary; Urban Trailing Facility; Joint Reception Facility; Fire Station; Armory;

Resource Management: Multiple Species Management Plan

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Ongoing
Completion Year: 2009
Key Personnel: Kurt Carlson, Mark Carpenter, Bernard Everling, John Holloway, Michael Singleton
McKinley Elementary School San Diego, CA Education Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

KTU+A prepared a landscape master plan for this elementary school campus, as well as construction documents for the phase 1 improvements. Phase I improvements include the addition of two classroom buildings with a central courtyard and pedestrian connections to the existing bungalows. Improvements were also designed for the lunch area, included shelters, paving and planting. Funding for the project is provided through San Diego City Schools Prop MM.

 
Client: San Diego City Schools
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2003
MCMWTC Bridgeport Bridgeport, CA Federal
Project Description:

A visual resource analysis for proposed MCMWTC Communications Towers was conducted in support of a NEPA document. The study had to be closely coordinated with the US Forest Service. Extensive field work was conducted, a viewshed was documented, and several visual simulations were produced in order to determine the extent of visual change and impacts.

 

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: In Progress
Completion Year: 2009
Key Personnel: Michael Singleton
Metro Region San Diego, Warehouse and Storage Shore Infrastructure Plan San Diego, CA Federal Planning
Project Description:

KTU+A developed an overall Vision for regional warehouse assets found in the San Diego Metro Region (NAVBASE San Diego, Pt. Loma and Coronado). The team documented uses and materials stored, developed BFRs and identified surplus or deficient space.  Series of workshops were conducted with major stakeholders and potential for footprint reduction was recommended.

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Ongoing
Completion Year: 2009
Key Personnel: Michael Singleton
Mission Valley Branch Library San Diego, CA Public Facilities Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

KTU+A provided landscape architectural services for the new Mission Valley Branch Library, a 16,500 SF facility on a two-acre site. The landscape design of the library reflects the image of the nearby San Diego River by integrating the river context with the building to create an inviting indoor-outdoor relationship. "Riparian" (referring to a river bank) trees, shrubs, flowering bulbs and perennials with river cobbles allude to the river scene. Outdoor gathering areas serve as quiet and secure reading areas, with the flexibility to utilize the outdoor areas for presentations, meetings or group activities.

 
Client: City of San Diego/JCJ Architecture
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2002
Morale, Welfare & Recreation Regional Shore Infrastructure Plan Southeast Region Federal Planning
Project Description:

KTU+A conducted field investigations, workshop facilitation and analysis of the community support/MWR infrastructure at 13 locations in the southeastern United States and the Caribbean to recommend an implementation plan that meets all regional and activity program objectives.

 
Client: NAVFAC Southeast
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2004
NAB Coronado Coronado, CA Federal Planning
Project Description:

The SEALs and BUDs utilize an extensiveon-base Obstacle Course. This study recommended changes and repairs to meet physical training and safety requirements. Additional studies included site plans for MILCON projects at the SPECWAR complex; Master Plan; Base Exterior Architecture Plan; and a Grounds Development Study.

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2007
Key Personnel: Michael Singleton
NAS China Lake Ridgecrest, CA Federal Planning
Project Description:

Theater

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Ongoing
Completion Year: 2009
NAS Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX Federal Planning
Project Description:

Administration Functional Plan

 
Client: NAVFAC Southeast
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2004
Key Personnel: John Holloway
NAS North Island Coronado, CA Federal Planning
Project Description:

Footprint Reduction Plan; P-749, P-778 MILCON Documentation; Navy Lodge Request for Proposal; Quality of Life BQ Siting Study

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2008
Key Personnel: Michael Singleton
NAS Pensacola Pensacola, FL Federal Planning, Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

A Bachelor Housing Functional Plan was completed for all BQ housing assets. KTU+A also prepared a  Base Exterior Architecture Plan for the Air Station, several special areas and the Main Naval Station compounds. After damage from several hurricanes, KTU+A also supported the base with a Recovery Plan, Signage Master Plan and waterfront development plans.

 
Client: NAVFAC Southeast
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2007
Key Personnel: John Holloway, Michael Singleton
Naval Base Coronado Coronado, CA Federal Planning
Project Description:

This facility was acquired by way of excess land from the State of California to be used by SEAL teams for warfare training. These SEAL teams are located at NAVBASE Coronado (NAB) but utilize this facility for Mountain Warfare training. All facilities were inspected and deficiencies were noted. Recommendations for code attainment, hazard removal and space upgrades were part of this study.

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: In Progress
Completion Year: 2009
Naval Base Point Loma San Diego, CA Federal Planning
Project Description:

A Bachelor Housing Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan was developed to support upgrades of all on base housing. A separate project included the relocation of Mine Sweepers from Texas in support of a BRAC action. Construction documents were produced to support the Request for Proposal process.

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2008
Key Personnel: John Holloway, Michael Singleton
Naval Medical Center San Diego San Diego, CA Federal Planning, Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

KTU+A and its subconsultants conducted a Parking and Traffic Study and developed parking requirements and MILCON documentation for a new parking structure. A separate project developed a GIS database for all existing tree resources on the installation. Other projects included studies and plans for the Emergency Room, Galley Floor, Neonatal Care Unit, and the Mental Health Unit.

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2008
Key Personnel: Kurt Carlson, Bernard Everling, Michael Singleton
Naval Station Great Lakes Great Lakes, IL Federal Planning
Project Description:

Administration Functional Plan; Base Exterior Architecture Plan; Regional Shore Infrastructure Plan; Traffic and Parking Study

 
Client: NAVFAC Southeast
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2005
Key Personnel: John Holloway, Michael Singleton
Naval Station San Diego San Diego, CA Federal Planning, Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

Building 56 MILCON 1391 documentation; Bachelor Enlisted Quarters; Chollas Heights Family Housing Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan; Dining Facility; Base Exterior Architecture Plan; Navy Exchange Site Plan Alternatives; Waterfront Operations SIP

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2008
Key Personnel: John Holloway, Michael Singleton
Navy Region Southwest Space Management Plan San Diego, CA Federal Planning
Project Description:

KTU+A prepared an inventory and GIS based database for space utilization of NAVFAC southwest administrative facilities at the Broadway Complex and 1120 Pacific Highway. The plan provides recommendations for unit / department relocations and space renovations in order to support a 25-30% increase in staff.

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Ongoing
Completion Year: 2009
Key Personnel: Michael Singleton
NBC/SBC Plaza Renovations San Diego, CA Office/Retail
Project Description:

Acting as the site design architect of record, KTU+A provided design and documentation, overseeing a large, multi-disciplinary team as part of The Irvine Company's reinvestment and renovation of two recently purchased Class A Office Building in the heart of downtown San Diego. Recognizing the key synergies each property has with the surrounding context, KTU+A has worked closely with the owner, CCDC, and tenants in understanding and responding to the site needs, as well as integrating the site with the larger downtown vision.

 
Client: The Irvine Company
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2006
NCTD Land Use Studies San Diego, CA Community Planning
Project Description:

"KTU+A provided professional consulting advice for a variety of transit and real estate issues and opportunities affecting NCTD. Individual task orders have included:
•  Negotiations with a private developer for the use of the Solana Beach coaster station property. This mixed use project provides a revenue source to allow NCTD to bond for an underground parking garage, making the surface lots available for development.
• Evaluation of the potential for non-railroad use of lands along the railroad right-of-way in Del Mar that are considered to be surplus for transit purposes. This effort includes real estate appraisal, local market conditions, development potential, buyer interest and site constraints that all may affect the ability of NCTD to sell or lease these properties.
• Evaluation of the redevelopment potential for three major NCTD transit facilities in Oceanside, Carlsbad and Escondido. These Coaster and/or Sprinter stations include substantial surface parking lots. All three locations have site issues related to the current layout of transit facilities that will require a major reconfiguration of the transit circulation and passenger convenience areas. Development feasibility, market values, site development costs, revenue sources, land use consistency and redevelopment opportunities are some of the major issues affecting this study."

 
Client: North County Transit District
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2004
Key Personnel: Michael Singleton
Nellis Air Force Base Las Vegas, NV Federal Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

Skate Park; Water Conservation Plan

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2006
Key Personnel: Kurt Carlson
Neurocrine Biosciences San Diego, CA Office/Retail
Project Description:

This is the first phase of three planned buildings for Neurocrine's corporate headquarters. The architectural theme is a craftsman style that gives the facility a  resort-like setting. The site includes on-grade and subterranean parking, pedestrian plazas, connections to adjacent community trails, a large central water feature, pedestrian bridge and amphitheater for team rally meetings. KTU+A provided complete design services from conceptual plans through construction administration.

 
Client: Neurocrine Biosciences
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2004
Normal Heights Elementary School San Diego, CA Education Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

KTU+A worked with the project architect to facilitate community-based design charrettes and workshops for this new K-5 school on 5.9 acres. Site features were designed to create a positive impact on the surrounding residential neighborhood. They include a “peaceful playground”, as well as basketball courts, a promenade, lighting, multi use facility, soccer/football/baseball fields, a trail system, and outdoor teaching rooms. Many of the facilities were designed for joint use with the City of San Diego. Existing trees were incorporated into the site design, and a tree maintenance program was developed for the long-term preservation of the trees.

 
Client: San Diego City Schools, Zagrodnik + Thomas Architects
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2006
Key Personnel: Kurt Carlson
Ocean View Hills Street Improvements San Diego, CA Public Facilities
Project Description:

Concepts and construction documents for public right-of-way and medians (5 miles), planting, irrigation, brush management, signage

 
Client: Pardee Construction Company
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2006
Oceanfront Walk Safety Study San Diego, CA Mobility
Project Description:

"The Ocean Front Walk Safety Study included the evaluation of the Ocean Front Walk from Thomas Street in Pacific Beach to the South Mission Beach Lifeguard Tower. The major tasks of this phase included: 1) determine if safety or congestion problems exist on this high volume mixed use trail system, and, if so, where and when they occur;  2) determine how to minimize safety problems;  and 3)  study the impact of all options that would reduce congestion and improve safety.

KTU+A staff members spent numerous hours walking, riding, skating, and observing the Ocean Front walk, making note of traffic volumes, types of users, and peak hours. Additional methodologies utilized to evaluate the safety issues included public workshops, community meetings, a survey of users on the Ocean Front Walk, and a study of the accident reports maintained by the Police Department and Lifeguards. KTU+A also contacted other agencies throughout the United States and Canada to learn more about the issues they face on similar bicycle/pedestrian facilities. Site visits were then made to those sites within the southern California region. Extensive research was completed on trail systems, design criteria, and mixed use trail planning.

Thirty alternatives were developed during Phase 1, ranging from restrictions on the types of allowable uses to the development of separate trail facilities for cyclists, skaters, and pedestrians. KTU+A evaluated the alternatives selected by the City Council and implemented by City Staff.

Key elements in the development of the alternatives were:
• Protection of the existing historic seawall from wave action and human use
• Coordination with the California Coastal Commission to ensure unobstructed beach access"

 
Client: City of San Diego Parks & Rec Department
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 1995
OCTA Corridor Studies Orange County, CA Mobility Planning
Project Description:

KTU+A is assisting in the detailed conceptual design of two of the top corridors in the Fourth District Strategic Bikeway Plan. The Santa Ana River to Coyote Creek Corridor travels through three cities while the Brea to Santa Ana River Corridor traverses four. Coordination between the cities on the appropriate facilities corridors is imperative to coordinate design elements. These design elements include all bike lanes, enhanced bike routes and multi-use pathways. A bicycle boulevard design is also being developed for Wilshire Ave with traffic circles.  KTU+A is overseeing the designs from a bicycle and pedestrian safety perspective and producing a comprehensive bicycle collision analysis. KTU+A is also developing the cost estimates and 3D Sketch-Up models for various sections of each corridor.

 
Client: Orange County Transportation Authority
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2012
Key Personnel: Joe Punsalan
One America Plaza Renovation San Diego, CA Office/Retail
Project Description:

Working Skidmore Owings Merrill/San Francisco, KTU+A headed up the design and renovation of San Diego's premier, Class A business address. KTU+A is currently exploring reinvestment design options for the interior lobby and exterior upgrades. 

 
Client: The Irvine Company
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2006
Otay 450-1 Reservoir and 680-1 Pump Station Chula Vista, CA Public Facilities Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

Planting and irrigation plans were prepared for a large graded area associated with a 12-million gallon recycled water reservoir and pump station. The irrigation systems utilized the recycled water stored on-site, incorporating best management practices to reduce ponding, run-off and overspray.

 
Client: Otay Water District and MWH
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2006
Key Personnel: Bernard Everling
Otay 850-4 Resevoir Chula Vista, CA Public Facilities Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

Visual simulations and planting and irrigation construction documents were prepared for a new 33-foot high x 133-foot diameter reservoir sited next to an existing reservoir. Substantial landscape treatments were incorporated to mitigate the visual impacts to the surrounding neighborhood.

 
Client: Otay Water District
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2007
Key Personnel: Bernard Everling
Pacific Center San Diego, CA Office/Retail
Project Description:

"The six to ten story buildings of the Pacific Center development will provide a unique office park in Sorrento Mesa set against a backdrop of adjacent low to mid-rise office complexes. The client asked KTU+A to create a landscape design that would provide a special and memorable setting for his future tenants.

A second goal of the client was a design that encouraged pedestrian access through the site to support the restaurants planned for the project. The site has primary entry points for pedestrians approximately 1000' apart. The connection between the two pedestrian entry points becomes a crescent shaped path that provides a backbone for the landscape design. Metaphorically, the crescent is perceived as a river that begins at one end of the site and ends at the other. The design of the entire site responds to the crescent-river concept. The journey along the crescent becomes a sequence of events for the pedestrian. The experience begins with a reference to the river's mountainous origins, and winds its way through the foothills and prairie which are formed as parks, to its ultimate end--the delta plaza. "

 
Client: Diversified Properties
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2006
Pala Mesa Master Plan Fallbrook, CA Hospitality
Project Description:

The existing Pala Mesa Resort consists of a restaurant, 18-hole championship golf course and driving range, tennis courts, pro shop, and hotel. Located in northern San Diego County along I-15, the site is approximately 23 acres of rolling terrain. KTU+A participated in the conceptual planning / preliminary redevelopment plans of the resort. Proposed redevelopment includes 87 new two-story town homes partially along two sections of old Highway 395; 61 three-story townhomes in place of the existing hotel rooms; a new cliff terrace and wedding pavilion; ballroom addition to the restaurant; new pro shop/hotel with practice putting green surrounded by a decorative pond; health spa with 23 suites; and the resulting realignment of holes, ponds, and driving range. Recent wildfires occurred during the plan development. Fire management plans have played a large role in conceptual plan development. Existing mature trees and landscape remaining after the recent fires have been incorporated into the plans.

 
Client: Pala Mesa Resort
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2008
Key Personnel: Kurt Carlson
Palm Avenue Traffic Calming Plan Imperial Beach, CA Mobility
Project Description:

"The purpose of this study was to determine feasible options to create a bike route and implement traffic calming measures with the rights-of-way of two roadway segments between the Bayshore Bikeway and the beachfront area, including Seventh Street between the Bayshore Bikeway and Palm Avenue, and Palm Avenue between Seventh and Third streets.

These two roadway segments were identified in the “Ecoroute Bikeway” proposed in the 1994 City of Imperial Beach General Plan Circulation Element. The remainder of the roadways included in the proposed Ecoroute Bikeway were also evaluated to ensure continuity over the course of the route’s development, particularly the continuation of Palm Avenue between Third Street and Seacoast Drive. Methods to divert cyclists onto the proposed Ecoroute Bikeway who would otherwise be passing by Imperial Beach were also evaluated.

The study provided several recommendations:
• Designate Seventh Street (Segment 1) as a Class 3 bike route
• Restripe Palm Avenue (Segment 2) to provide a single travel lane in each direction and a parallel parking lane, separated by a Class 2 route.
• Restripe Palm Avenue (Segment 3), retain existing parallel parking and designate as a Class 2 route"

 
Client: City of Imperial Beach
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2005
Palmdale Medical Center Palmdale, CA Health Care
Project Description:

The 250,000 square foot Palmdale Regional Medical Center is located on a 37-acre site. The facility includes general medical care, pediatric care and emergency services. The medical campus also includes two 60,000 square foot medical office towers.  Future campus plans include low income housing for seniors. KTU+A's scope of work included conceptual plans and construction documents for the medical center and office towers. Due to the campus location in California's high desert, plant materials were selected to withstand extreme hot and cold temperature variations, with a focus on low water use materials. Gravel mulch in the planted areas minimizes evapotranspiration.

 
Client: HKS, Inc.
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2009
Palomar Arboretum San Marcos, CA Education Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

The  eight-acre arboretum was officially established on the Palomar College campus in 1973. The current collection contains over 350 plants, including donations from Huntington Botanical Gardens, Los Angeles County Arboretum, San Diego Zoo and San Diego Wild Animal Park. The collection includes plants from Australia, China, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, South Africa and South America. There is also a large stand of existing Coastal Sage Scrub. The master plan prepared by KTU+A addresses a number of components, including education (outdoor classrooms and amphitheater, interpretive signage, demonstration gardens, Native American plant garden, and plant collection themes); accessibility (ADA accessible pathways, visual access, walkability, experiential, and connections to existing trails); security (fencing, defensible spaces, lighting, and signage); sustainability (water conservation, drought tolerant plant materials, recycling, and habitat preservation); maintenance (low maintenance, mulching, low cost replacement and upkeep, maintenance of trail system); aesthetics (art in the garden, site furnishings, paving materials, enhancement of plant collections, and a water feature/wildlife watering hole); and community connections to support campus and community events, garden clubs, and community and volunteer docent programs. Phase one planned improvements include the development of an accessible pathway system; an automatic buried low flow and overhead spray irrigation system; new and enhanced outdoor use areas; and enhancement of the existing plant collection divided into nine gardens. Ultimate development of the arboretum will be phased over fifteen years.

 
Client: Palomor Community College
Status: In Progress
Completion Year:
Palomar College Theater San Marcos, CA Education Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

No Description.

 
Client: Palomar Community College District, Architects Mosher Drew Watson Ferguson
Status: In Progress
Completion Year:
Park Boulevard and Adams Avenue San Diego, CA Public Facilities Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

KTU+A worked with the City of San Diego's Economic Development Department to continue streetscape improvements in the Park Blvd. commercial district of the University Heights community. The goal was to provide a strong and cohesive identity for one of San Diego's earliest neighborhoods. The design development phase defined the streetscape program and included street trees, tree grates, irrigation systems and lighting standards. KTU+A also worked with the community group to determine the areas for immediate implementation and future phasing.

 
Client: City of San Diego
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 1995
Park Row San Diego, CA Housing
Project Description:

"Park Row was the pilot project in Centre City Development Corporation’s plan to re-establish housing in the downtown San Diego area, and particularly the Marina Redevelopment Area. This condominium complex is constructed on a below-grade parking structure and includes 220-units center around courtyards named in honor of contributors to San Diego’s history. The courtyards feature tiled fountains and accent plantings, providing outdoor gathering areas for residents. A swimming pool and recreation center is located in the entry courtyard.

Residents in Park Row have direct access to Pantoja Park. Pantoja Park was established in the 1850s as a central plaza for “New San Diego.” KTU+A prepared rehabilitation plans for this park as a part of the Park Row development."

 
Client: Pardee Construction Company
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 1982
Point Loma Library Expansion San Diego, CA Public Facilities Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

"Located on a 1.7 acre site, the Point Loma Branch Library doubled the footprint of the existing library, expanding the library to approximately 14,000 square feet. The building is two stories, with multi-level entrances to accommodate the gradient of the site.

Concentric ripples of enriched paving pattern emanate from an interior globe paving design with Point Loma as its center. Reverse arcs from the building walls, walkways and tot lot curb reinforce the modern marine design motif. Eight large existing Canary Island Pines were protected during construction."

 
Client: City of San Diego
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2003
Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant San Diego, CA Public Facilities Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

KTU+A coordinated a variety of site improvement projects at the existing wastewater treatment facility, including a new facility entrance, group recreation area, sea bluff view platforms, parking lots, site landscaping, lighting and paving. Contemporary art was incorporated into the landscape to enhance the public education program.

 
Client: City of San Diego Metropolitan Wastewater Department
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2002
Porterville Street Improvements & Redevelopment Porterville, CA Public Facilities
Project Description:

"In 1990, with the support of the Chamber of Commerce and the Main Street Program, the Porterville City Council adopted a redevelopment project area encompassing 471-acres. The area was divided into three separate districts that have distinguishing characteristics with respect to existing uses, geographic location and access, land availability, and marketing niche. KTU+A was selected in 1993 by the Porterville Redevelopment Agency to design public improvements for the Main Street-Central Business District Area, Porterville's specialty retail, cultural and government center. The goals of the plan were to increase employment opportunities and Redevelopment Area vitality; improve community design and image; and support the Redevelopment Area's central role within the community.

Work completed by KTU+A included the preparation of a conceptual design plan and construction documents for streetscape improvements (enhanced paving, street trees, site furnishings, lighting, etc.) in the Main Street-Central Business District Area. KTU+A also provided construction administration services. Four community presentations and workshops were held during the conceptual design phase to identify issues, generate ideas and resolve conflicts.  A series of newsletters were also  prepared by KTU+A to provide project information to the area business owners and interested members of the community.

Additional phases included the preparation of lighting guidelines and conceptual plans for the project area streets, alleys, and parking lots, the review of a previously prepared drainage master plan and the development of design solutions to address drainage problems within the downtown core.  The last phase  addressed traffic issues and the development of sign standards and City entry signage."

 
Client: Porterville Redevelopment Agency
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 1997
Public Safety Regional Shore Infrastructure Plan Federal Planning
Project Description:

KTU+A's scope included field investigations, workshop facilitation, analysis and recommendations for 15 locations. The study provides a comprehensive analysis of the public safety infrastructure including ATFP, public safety and physical security (fire, police, port and landside security). It included a review of the existing vulnerability assessments, installation-wide assessments of asset criticality and prioritization of vulnerabilities, alternative solutions, and implementation strategies, macro-level recommendations for ATFP countermeasures, and prioritization of recommendations.

 
Client: NAVFAC Southeast
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2005
Rancho San Vicente Campo, CA Community Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

A new youth camp facility for 250 children is proposed for 440 acres. Located within environmentally sensitive oak woodland, KTU+A incorporated natural vegetation, water retention /recharge swales, and fire management practices. The camp includes a working ranch with stables, camp center and amphitheater, cabins, hiking trails, playfields, and interpretive exhibits.

 
Client: St. Vincent de Paul and Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2008
Rancho Springs Medical Center Murrieta, CA Health Care
Project Description:

An existing facility in Murrieta CA, Rancho Springs Medical Center has expanded its facility to include a separate Medical Support Services Building, state of the art Women’s Facility and Birthing Center, and increased the existing ER and ICU. With water conservation and micro-climatic conditions in mind, KTU+A was responsible for the design of the landscape and irrigation for each new building, expanded parking areas, and emergency access road site improvements. Similar plant material used at each project site provides continuity throughout the medical center, helping to blend the new with the existing. A landscaped courtyard between buildings provides pleasing views of various color and texture for ICU patients. 

 
Client: HKS, Inc.
Status: Ongoing
Completion Year:
Key Personnel: Bernard Everling
Rose Creek Watershed Opportunities Assessment San Diego, CA Resource Mgmt Planning
Project Description:

KTU+A led the development of the Rose Creek Watershed Opportunities Assessment that comprehensively analyzed the 36-square mile watershed and developed a broad array of recommended projects and programs. 

Recommendations included programmatic plans for the removal and management of invasive exotic species; habitat and species conservation and protection; wetland creation and enhancement; stream channel restoration; remediation of storm drain related gully erosion; monitoring and reduction of urban runoff; local and regional recreational trails; and public safety and education. Particular emphasis was placed on the development of actions or approaches that could be implemented incrementally and adapted over time as watershed conditions change. 

The watershed assessment has helped San Diego Earthworks secure an additional $150,000 in Coastal Conservancy funding for watershed hydrology/hydraulics, with another $300,000 of Wildlife Conservation Board funds for invasive exotic plant removal.

The project was recognized by the San Diego American Planning Association with the Outstanding Planning Project Award for Excellence in Focused Issue Planning in 2006. The watershed assessment has been presented to the local CAC groups (Rose Canyon Recreation Council and Marion Bear Natural Park Committee) for approval and recommendation for adoption by the City of San Diego.

 
Client: San Diego Earthworks
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2006
Key Personnel: Mark Carpenter
Salinas River Corridor Anza Trail Master Plan San Luis Obispo, CA Mobility Planning
Project Description:

KTU+A is providing consultant services to the San Luis Obispo County Organization of Governments (SLOCOG) for trail planning, landscape architectural and environmental expertise in preparing a trails master plan through northern San Luis Obispo County along the Salinas River. The communities along the river approached SLOCOG about initiating and obtaining funding for the plan, which will provide connections over approximately 35 miles, much of it within the nationally designated historic Anza Trail corridor.

This master plan will define both feasible short-term and desirable long-term alignments. Plan tasks include assessing existing conditions, analyzing opportunities and constraints, developing design criteria, trail alignment alternatives, an implementation plan and extensive public input, including coordination with a steering committee with representatives from communities along the Salinas River, County of San Luis Obispo Parks, Caltrans and the National Parks Service. Outreach includes public workshops, a project web site and social media accounts, as well as a web-based survey to engage stakeholders and the interested public in the identification and refinement of future trail options. Workshops will focus on the identification of objectives, issues and concerns, ideas for future trail routing, a review of opportunities and constraints, alternatives analysis and selection and presenting a draft master plan.

The plan will serve as a funding resource and as an implementation guide so that the communities along the river can construct individual segments over time and ensure that these pieces will ultimately be part of a coherent trail system that supports regional economic vitality as both a recreation and transportation enhancement.

 

 
Client: San Luis Obispo Council of Governments
Status: In Progress
Completion Year: 2013
Key Personnel: John Holloway, Michael Singleton
San Diego Airport Lindbergh Field IAP San Diego, CA Public Facilities
Project Description:

"KTU+A provided landscape architectural services to the project team retained by the Port of San Diego to design an expansion of the West Terminal and related roadway improvements identified in the Immediate Action Program of the Airport Development Study.  KTU+A prepared a phased landscape master plan for the landside improvements which included the replacement of the Harbor Drive/Harbor Island Interchange; redevelopment of most on-airport roadways to improve traffic flow and access to the terminals and parking; development of pedestrian bridges to separate passenger and vehicular traffic; and improvements to Laurel Street between Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway.

Individual projects included in the Immediate Action Program and prepared by KTU+A include:
• Airport Master Plan Graphics
• Terminal Site Preparation
• Temporary Commuter Terminal
• Harbor Drive Improvements
• Central Plant
• Rental Car Lots
• Temporary Employee Parking Lot
• Harbor Drive Detour
• Airport Roadway System
• Concourse F, Terminal 2
• Laurel Street Widening
• Utility Duct Bank Project"

 
Client: Port of San Diego
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 1998
San Diego City Schools Prop MM New Schools, Modernizations and Additions San Diego, CA Education Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

"KTU+A has provided landscape architectural and planning services for a number of the new schools, and renovation and repair projects for San Diego City Schools with Prop MM funding. The firm also has an “on-call contract with San Diego City Schools for the renovation of irrigation systems at various campuses. Prop MM projects have been completed at the following campuses:
• Alcott Elementary School Additions - irrigation upgrades
• Bayview Elementary School Additions - library addition, irrigation upgrades
• Bell Junior High School Additions
• Bird Rock Elementary School Additions -library addition, irrigation upgrades
• Birney Elementary School Additions - irrigation upgrades
• Brooklyn Elementary School Additions - lunch shelters
• Carson Elementary School Additions - library addition
• Carver Elementary School Additions - library addition
• Clairemont High School Additions - library addition, grading, drainage, planting and irrigation upgrades
• Crown Point Elementary School Additions - library addition
• Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School - new school
• Normal Heights Elementary School - new school
• Freese Elementary School Additions - irrigation upgrades
• Gompers Middle School Addition - irrigation upgrades
• Hearst Elementary School Additions - library addition
• Ibarra Elementary School Bridging Documents - new school
• King Elementary School Additions - library addition
• Laura Rodriguez Elementary School - new school
• Lincoln High School - rebuilt school
• Lewis Middle School Additions - irrigation upgrades
• Madison High School Additions - library addition
• McKinley Elementary School Additions - landscape master plan, classroom addition, lunch shelters
• Miramar Ranch Elementary School Additions - irrigation upgrades
• Mission Bay High School Additions - library addition, irrigation upgrades
• Muirlands Middle School Additions - library addition
• Scripps Ranch Middle School Bridging Documents - new school"

 
Client: San Diego City Schools
Status: Ongoing
Completion Year:
San Diego Medical Examiners Forensics Center Health Care
Project Description:

The San Diego Medical Examiners project will include a 84,000 s.f. facility at 2 stories tall, with 3,000 s.f. , storage building, parking for approximately 150 cars, one main entrance to lobby, one secondary entrance, outdoor courtyard and associated landscape concepts for accent and continuity. KTU+A designed the overall master landscape plan and construction drawing package. The landscape was to provide a sustainable design of shade trees, permeable materials, decomposed granite, drought tolerant plant materials and a low precipitation type irrigation system of bubblers, drip and spray heads. A courtyard feature was provided for employees with seatwalls and enhanced paving.

 
Client: Harley Ellis Devereaux
Status:
Completion Year:
San Diego State University Bike and Skateboard Access Study San Diego, CA Education, Mobility Planning
Project Description:

This study analyzed the feasibility of expanded on-campus bicycle and skateboard access for students, faculty, staff and visitors. The primary goals were to reduce on-campus vehicle parking congestion and associated greenhouse gas emissions by improving conditions for alternative transportation, especially cycling. As the first-ever such study for SDSU, this document initiated the formal integration of non-motorized travel modes into campus policies.

Cycling was permitted on campus roadways only and cyclists were otherwise required to dismount. Cycling between the campus and the surrounding residential and commercial neighborhoods can be a challenge, especially to and from the north where Interstate 8 and Mission Valley together form a significant physical barrier.

The plan created a long-term vision supported by a variety of implementation measures. While addressing existing conditions and issues on the campus itself, the plan also considers connections to the larger urban context with an improved campus bikeway system connected with city and regional systems. This balanced travel network, coupled with cyclist education, enforcement and promotional programs, will create a more bicycle-friendly campus and adjacent community. The anticipated result is an increase in commuters choosing to bike to and from campus, reducing motor vehicle impacts and improving overall health.

Installation of a dedicated bikeway along the primary circulation corridor occurred soon after study completion. Users indicated they were getting to class in less time due to the unencumbered pathway crossing campus and user conflicts have been negligible.

 
Client: San Diego State University Associated Students
Status:
Completion Year:
Key Personnel: John Holloway, Michael Singleton
San Diego State University Campus Improvements San Diego, CA Education Planning, Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

"KTU+A has been responsible for a broad range of design commissions at SDSU for more than twenty-five years. Representative projects include:
• Softball & Tennis Complex
• Aquaplex
• Gateway Building Addition
• Cuicacalli Residential Suites & Dining Complex
• East Campus Student Housing
• Love Library Expansion
• Student Activity Center
• Chemical Sciences Building
• Engineering Building
• Open Air Theater
• Science Laboratory Facility
• Aztec Green
• Student Services and Classroom Building
• Receiving Storage Facility
• West Residence Hall
• Soccer Field Relocation
• Science Laboratory
• Central Parking Structure
• Central Green
• Parking Lot A & F
• South Mall
• East Plaza Drive
• Parking Structure - Lindo Paseo
• East Classroom Building
• Tenocha Hall
• Faculty Facility"

 
Client: San Diego State University
Status: Ongoing
Completion Year:
San Diego State University Campus Master Plan, Phase 1 San Diego, CA Education Planning
Project Description:

"KTU+A provided planning, design and technical support to the team responsible for the development of Phase 1 of the SDSU Master Plan. The Phase 1 report documented all existing conditions, site constraints, architectural assets, spatial environmental form, and landscape architectural resources. The plan also identified the historical development pattern of the campus, as well as the current form and function of spaces throughout SDSU. All physical design elements included discussions on assets, liabilities, opportunities and constraints. In addition, sample projects and treatments were indicated to be further addressed in Phase 2. A full set of design guidelines for future physical development of the campus was included. Development potential for facility expansions was an important product of this effort. A signage program and kiosk design system was proposed and implemented.



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Client: San Diego State University Facilities Planning & Management
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 1998
Key Personnel: Michael Singleton
San Diego State University East Campus Housing San Diego, CA Education Planning, Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

"KTU+A was asked to develop a new Landscape Master Plan for the East Campus housing facilities. KTU+A conducted workshops with student groups and SDSU staff to establish user needs and design direction for the project. The resulting Master Plan was well received by the users and SDSU staff, and now provides direction for implementation of phased landscape improvements at the facility.

The first phase of improvements provides an aesthetically pleasing environment for the 2,000 residents of the facility. Along with improving pedestrian circulation, irrigation systems and planting layout, KTU+A also developed several other landscape solutions for the facility. Improved security for the facility was achieved by a specially designed sculptural fence which encloses a portion of the site, defining resident plazas and passive recreation areas within the facilities boundaries. Existing resident halls were connected by utilizing brick pilaster and wood timber arbors in keeping with the theme of the facility’s thirty year old architectural character. A new primary entry was designed with facility signage and enriched paving to provide a sense of arrival to the residents and their guests. Two new structures were designed as part of the first phase improvements. One structure was built to enclose and screen the six resident hall dumpsters. The second structure was designed to house 100 bicycles, under roof, for the residents."

 
Client: San Diego State University Facilities Planning & Management
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 1998
San Diego State University Tennis & Softball Complex San Diego, CA Education Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

"KTU+A was retained by San Diego State University to provide full landscape architectural planning, design and engineering services for this project. San Diego State University desired a high quality tennis and softball complex to meet NCAA standards for their men’s and women’s intercollegiate tennis teams and their women’s intercollegiate softball team. 

The 10-acre site is located west and adjacent to Tony Gwynn stadium. The two facilities share a central pedestrian concourse highlighted with decorative paving and landscape. The softball field features a lighted natural grass field, dugouts, bullpens, home and visitor warm-up areas and a concrete and masonry softball stadium with seating for 1500 spectators, locker rooms, press box, and other amenities.

The tennis complex includes twelve full-sized lighted tennis courts with concrete seating, fencing, hardscape, landscaping, and various amenities, including drinking fountains, umpire chairs, shaded benches and scoreboards. A permanent 4,800 square foot tennis center is planned with restrooms, lobby, ticket booth, team rooms and broadcast facilities.

Extensive sitework included demolition plans for existing student dormitories, grading and excavation, underground utility/mechanical services, lighting, decorative fencing, landscaping, monument signage, access roads and parking for 80 vehicles."

 
Client: San Diego State University
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2004
Key Personnel: Cheri Blatner-Pifer, Kurt Carlson
San Diego Trolley Mission Valley East Extension San Diego, CA Public Facilities
Project Description:

"The Mission Valley East segment extended the San Diego Trolley’s Blue Line from Mission San Diego Station to a connection with the Orange Line near Baltimore Drive in La Mesa. The 5.8-mile line travels primarily adjacent to Interstate 8, with a diversion from the freeway to serve San Diego State University. The segment includes elevated and ground level sections, and a tunnel under the SDSU campus. KTU+A provided landscape architectural services for three of the four new stations along the line: Grantville, Alvarado Medical Center, and 70th Street Station (street level station on Alvarado Road east of 70th Street and Lake Murray Boulevard). Working with award-winning public artists, KTU+A and the design team developed a unique urban design and landscape theme for each station. KTU+A also provided landscape architecture and irrigation design services for the trolley line right-of-way.

As part of these services, KTU+A also prepared a Patron Access Study for the three stations. The Patron Access Study identified issues necessary for design compliance with the MTDB LRT Design Criteria checklist for station pedestrian access. It also provides a comprehensive database and tool for MTDB to collaborate with the community to create these connections.The goal of the Patron Access Study was to increase transit ridership by providing safe and visually-inviting pedestrian connections between the proposed stations and the surrounding neighborhood. The study includes maps showing the existing circulation patterns and major land uses within a 0.8 kilometer (one-half mile) radius of each station, in addition to the identification of existing pedestrian site issues and opportunities for pedestrian-based improvements. All land use information was generated by KTU+A's GIS database. Products of the Pedestrian Access Study included: existing circulation maps, land use maps, existing conditions and Issues maps, opportunity maps, and an appendix with extensive further evaluation including field notes keyed to site photographs and locations maps."

 
Client: MTDB
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2004
San Diego Trolley Mission Valley West Extension San Diego, CA Public Facilities
Project Description:

KTU+A provided landscape architectural concept plans and construction documents for the development of urban design elements for all at-grade stations and aesthetic guidelines for all bridges, columns and structures.  Additionally, planting and irrigation construction documents were prepared for all stations and right-of-way areas of the 6.1 mile San Diego Trolley Mission Valley West LRT Extension from Old Town to Qualcomm Stadium. 

 
Client: MTDB
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 1997
San Diego Trolley Old Town Extension and Transit Center San Diego, CA Public Facilities
Project Description:

"KTU+A provided planning and design services for three elements of the extension of the San Diego Trolley Light Rail Transit system to Old Town. During the planning phase to determine the alignment of the trolley from Centre City San Diego to Old Town, KTU+A prepared visual simulations of the proposed alternatives, both above-grade and at-grade, to demonstrate the visual impacts of the Trolley on the Harborview Community. In response to community concerns, traffic congestion and aesthetics, the final alignment includes segments that are above, below and at-grade.

The second portion of the project involved the preparation of schematic plans, construction documents, specifications and estimates for the planting and irrigation improvements within the 3.5 mile right-of-way from downtown San Diego to Old Town.

KTU+A also provided urban design services for the third portion of the trolley extension, the Old Town Transit Center, consisting of an LRT station, commuter rail station, and bus transfer center. The scope of work included the design of all structures, paving, site furnishings, site lighting, signage and landscape planting. The design of the transit center utilizes a late 1800s theme to meet the goals of the Old Town San Diego Planned District Ordinance to replicate, retain and enhance the distinctive character of Old Town as it existed prior to 1871. KTU+A was also responsible for the selection of the artist and the coordination of the public art component of the project. ""Archaic Passage"", a timeline that represents the history of Old Town, is located in the pedestrian underpass.

The Old Town project required extensive public meetings and workshops to develop a design that was compatible with the existing and proposed development in Old Town. Stamped concrete and formliners were specified that met design objectives yet fit within the budge and schedule. The Old Town Transit center has won numerous local and regional awards."

 
Client: MTDB
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 1996
San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Banning, CA Health Care
Project Description:

San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital is a 25-acre campus located in Banning, California. In order to meet future growth and current codes, plans include an expansion of the existing 86,502 s.f. facility to 274, 843 s.f. by the year 2014. KTU+A developed the Master Landscape Plan with the design intent to tie together a variety of spaces surrounding and within the hospital grounds into a campus-like setting. This includes a central plaza with a water feature, healing gardens in four courtyards, a variety of enriched paving finishes, decorative walls, decomposed granite, sustainable plant materials that are indigenous to the area, along with a low precipitation type irrigation system. KTU+A prepared construction documents for Phase 1 (inclusive of the existing parking lot, streetscape and cooling tower) and Phase 2 (inclusive of the entry drive south of the facility and a new parking lot). KTU+A was asked to complete a previously started phase which included planting and irrigation along the new access road and helicopter pad, processing plans through the City of Banning, and overseeing the construction implementation of this phase of work.

 
Client: HDR
Status: Ongoing
Completion Year:
Key Personnel: Cheri Blatner-Pifer, Kurt Carlson
San Jose Christian College Education
Project Description:

San Jose Christian College, renamed William Jessup University, is the first evangelical Christian college situated between Fresno and Redding, California. The 128 acre modern campus was originally a part of the Herman Miller furniture manufacturing plant designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. Later, Russ Taylor of the Taylor, Teter Group in Fresno, California developed the award-winning campus redesign. KTU+A was hired to design the preliminary landscape architectural drawings for its retrofit and expansion which included on-campus housing, a student dining center, and additional athletic and music facilities.

 
Client: Taylor Teeter Group
Status:
Completion Year:
Key Personnel: Kurt Carlson
San Ysidro Health Care Expansion San Diego, CA Health Care
Project Description:

The San Ysidro Health Center is the sole medical facility within the community of San Ysidro, providing medical care to hundreds of patients daily.  The much needed two-story expansion will house pediatric and maternal health care services. KTU+A's goal in creating the landscape for this project is to reflect the pride and culture of this flourishing community through the use of plant material.  The expansion of the Health Center will help rejuvenate the surrounding community and provide an example for other businesses to follow.

 
Client: Rodriguez Park
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2006
San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Center San Ysidro, CA Public Facilities
Project Description:

"The San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Center serves the public at one of San Diego County’s busiest transportation hubs. Being located at the United States-Mexico International border crossing, the Transportation Center provides a variety of transportation options to thousands of people every day. Pedestrians arrive and depart via San Diego’s light rail system, bus, jitney, shuttle, taxi and personal automobile.

The Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB) commissioned a team of professionals to evaluate the facility from a design and operational standpoint. KTU+A provided urban design and landscape architectural services for the renovation of the Transportation Center after providing value engineering services for the alternatives. The design challenge for this project was to provide an attractive pedestrian space that also safely accommodates various modes of transportation."

 
Client: MTDB
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2004
SANDAG Parking & Trip Generation San Diego, CA Community Planning
Project Description:

KTU+A provided input on the identification of 50 smart growth sites in the region and assisted in the development of a screening process that narrowed these sites down to 10 sites for further analysis. A smart growth rating system was developed based on 24 criteria to determine the intelligence of existing or proposed smart growth. Criteria was developed to compare the results of these surveyed sites, and recommendations were made for the utilization of multi-use trip generation rates and parking requirements for Transit Oriented Developments (TOD), Transit Adjacent Developments (TAD), Walkable Pedestrian Oriented Developments (POD), and Smart Growth Opportunity Areas (SGOA).

 
Client: SANDAG
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2009
Key Personnel: Michael Singleton
SANDAG Smart Growth Guidelines San Diego, CA Community Planning
Project Description:

KTU+A is providing input on smart growth design guidelines for the entire San Diego region. The design guidelines build on SANDAG’s Regional Comprehensive Plan, which emphasizes the importance of high-quality design in achieving the principles of smart growth, and provide direction to developers, designers, local governments and citizens. They serve as a tool that SANDAG can use to evaluate projects for potential funding through its Smart Growth Incentive Program. Additionally, local jurisdictions are encouraged to use the guidelines as a starting point for their own planning efforts, and as a reference to understand the key principles of creating great places.

 
Client: SANDAG
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2009
Key Personnel: Michael Singleton
Sea World Bike / Path Construction Admin Mobility
Project Description:

Bike and Pedestrian Promenade, Sesame Play Area

 
Client:
Status:
Completion Year:
Small Arms Shore Infrastructure Plan San Diego, CA Federal Planning
Project Description:

The Small Arms Range SIP is based on an analysis of the projected requirements, existing assets, CNRSW real estate holdings, and off base facilities at naval installations in Navy Region Southwest.

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Ongoing
Completion Year: 2009
Southern California Veterans Home - Chula Vista Chula Vista, CA Health Care
Project Description:

"KTU+A prepared a conceptual landscape master plan and construction documents for the Southern California Veterans Home in Chula Vista. The buildings were oriented to preserve a central view corridor to the west. Each unit has outdoor patios for the residents, and interconnecting walkways provide uninterrupted access in and around a series of garden areas. The themed gardens include an Asian garden, vegetable and flower garden, meditation/sculpture court, and prairie/xeriscape gardens with a bird watching area. The site furnishings were developed to create a ""Mission-like"" theme to complement the architectural style. Site furnishings and enhancements include game tables, benches, amphitheater, putting green, croquet and horseshoe courts.

The veterans home is located on a 30-acre site adjacent to Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center off Telegraph Canyon Road. The 205,000 square foot facility includes six single-story buildings housing 180 beds of skilled nursing care, 56 beds of skilled nursing care, 112 beds of residential care, and 49 beds available for care of veterans with Alzheimer's."

 
Client: State of California - OPDM
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2000
St. Josephs Parking Structure Coordination Santa Ana, CA Health Care
Project Description:

The St. Joseph's Medical Office Building Parking Structure and Courtyard project is located in Santa Ana, CA. The courtyard offers an oasis of rich plantings and a respite from the surrounding dense urban neighborhood. A Northwest style of plantings with strong foliage colors and vivid greens creates a striking contrast with the brick seat-walls and the paving embedded with seashells and recycled glass. Massive moss covered boulders give the site a sense of permanence and provide a place for children to play.

 
Client: INTPARK
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2008
State of California Joint Land Use Studies CA Federal Planning
Project Description:

A variety of studies were sponsored by the State of California and conducted at Beale AFB and China Lake, with the intent to coordinate land use and development of on-base, off-base and near-base activities. A two-way conflict analysis documented problems being created for development near the installation and, conversely, how development was encroaching on military operations.

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2008
Key Personnel: Michael Singleton
Stone Creek Master Plan Design Guidelines San Diego, CA Housing
Project Description:

"The Stone Creek Master Plan creates a pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented, mixed-use project in the Mira Mesa community of San Diego, connecting residential, office, retail, light industrial and business park uses through a well-developed circulation system. The vision for Stone Creek implements the mixed-use development described in the Carroll Canyon Master Plan Element of the Mira Mesa Community Plan. Stone Creek is a 293-acre site currently being used for sand and gravel mining. Reclamation of the quarry and reshaping of the topography will encourage pedestrian connectivity and create visual interest.

An integral part of Stone Creek will be an enhanced riparian creek corridor, which will stretch along the southern portion of the site and include a community trail system. The Stone Creek Central Park, a neighborhood park site that incorporates the riparian creek corridor, will expand the recreational aspect of this urban open space feature.

Centrally located within the project site, a mixed-use core will provide retail opportunities, high-density residences, and office uses, in addition to a transit stop for a bus rapid transit system. Residential neighborhoods will be located west and south of the mixed-use core; light industrial and business park uses will be located to the east. All of the planned uses will be tied together with an internal network of streets and pedestrian connections, which are scaled appropriately to enhance the community."

 
Client: Vulcan
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2006
Sweetwater Union High School District Projects Chula Vista, CA Education Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

"KTU+A has provided landscape architectural services to the Sweetwater Union High School District since 1998. Current and completed projects include:
• Otay Ranch High School
• San Ysidro High School
• High School #13
• Rancho del Rey Middle School
• Eastlake Middle School

Each campus has been designed to provide the feeling of a well-established school that will enhance the surrounding neighborhood, as well as stand out as a focal point and source of community pride. The design program for each school includes outdoor spaces centered around student-based activities. The high schools include sports stadiums for track and field, and football and soccer. All campuses include tennis, basketball and handball courts, as well as multi-use fields for baseball, softball and soccer.

KTU+A’s scope of work for each campus includes the preparation of schematic site plans, construction documents for planting and irrigation plans for the classrooms, administration areas, courtyards, entries and recreation areas. "

 
Client: Sweetwater Union High School District
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2006
Key Personnel: Bernard Everling
Table Mountain Casino & Hotel Resort Fresno County, CA Hospitality
Project Description:

KTU+A participated in the redesign of the existing approximately 6.7 acre parking lot and landscaping for Table Mountain Casino located in Fresno County. The landscape design vision was to create a street yard reminiscent of the “Strip” in Las Vegas through the  importation of mature date palms and olive trees, large monument entry walls with local stone cladding, casino logo, and signage.

 
Client: Summit Architecture
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2008
Key Personnel: Kurt Carlson
Temecula Regional Medical Center Temecula, CA Health Care
Project Description:

The proposed Temecula Regional Medical Center will be a comprehensive medical complex with a 340-bed main facility, ICU, ER, OB Department, Cancer Treatment Center, and two medical office buildings. Located along State Route 79, the complex will be sited between a thriving commercial district and an existing residential area. A large landscape buffer along the north edge of the site, which includes the continuation of a city-wide horse trail, provides screening and noise reduction between the complex and the neighboring residential areas. Small landscaped courtyards throughout the site serve as respite for staff, patients and visitors. Phasing of the project provided opportunity for a creatively evolving landscape, seamlessly blending landscape elements with each new building. The main entrance is highlighted by a boulder sculpture water feature, reflecting the character of Temecula’s native rocky hillsides and landscape.   

 
Client: HKS, Inc.
Status: Ongoing
Completion Year:
Key Personnel: Bernard Everling
The Grand Del Mar San Diego, CA Hospitality Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

"KTU+A was also responsible for implementing the newly completed Grand Del Mar Golf Course Clubhouse. The 50,000 square foot Clubhouse also includes dining and terraces for Addison, The Grand Del Mar’s award-winning restaurant.

As a part of the hotel, and clubhouse development, a series of 4,500-5,000 square foot villas are currently under construction. Each villa landscape has been custom designed, and includes a spa, full-service barbecue, outdoor dining and seating areas, and fireplaces."

 
Client: Manchester Resorts
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2007
Key Personnel: Kurt Carlson
Torrey Pines GC Clubhouse San Diego, CA Hospitality Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

The improvements to the existing public parking lot and clubhouse at the approximately 200-acre Torrey Pines Golf Course included the removal of existing landscaping, the relocation of (11) large, existing Torrey Pine trees, reconfiguration and repaving of the parking lot and surrounding walkways. The site design provided new landscaping, wrought iron fencing with gates, monumentation signage, seating and a large patio area for golf tournaments.

 
Client: City of San Diego
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2007
Key Personnel: Kurt Carlson, Bernard Everling
Transit First BRT Showcase Project, San Diego State University to Downtown San Diego, CA Mobility
Project Description:

KTU+A assisted the project engineer in the development of route selection, station location, station design and area amenities for a bus rapid transit route from San Diego State University to downtown San Diego. The route selection and station location included the GIS analysis of existing and proposed population densities, employment densities, senior populations, densities and street right-of-way geometries. Efforts also included station area constraints, pedestrian access issues, parking impacts, and median impacts. A variety of station designs, signage systems, site amenities and route markings were developed. Three types of transit routes were identified and defined by the project including transitways (dedicated transit only lanes), transit lanes (semi-exclusive transit lanes defined by painted lane markings) and transit routes (shared transit lanes with signage warning of frequent stops). Pedestrian improvements and site amenities were also developed. A special segment of the route through Balboa Park included special issues and treatments to reflect the historic character of the park. KTU+A assisted in organizing and conducting the workshops and providing graphic and mapping support.

 
Client: SANDAG
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2004
Transit First Showcase Projects San Diego, CA Mobility
Project Description:

KTU+A provided planning and GIS services in support of various engineering consultants in the preparation of a feasibility study for the Transit First Bus Rapid Transit Showcase projects. The candidate study areas include San Diego State University to Downtown San Diego, Fashion Valley to Downtown and the South Bay. Input included mapping, fieldwork, station location analysis, route analysis, station design and recommendations.

 
Client: Metropolitan Transit Development Board
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2002
UAS Site Suitability Study CA Federal Planning
Project Description:

KTU+A developed a plan and performed a detailed analysis to ensure the optimum supportability of UAS in NRSW and  the necessary operational resources (i.e., infrastructure – facilities, training, air space, ranges, etc.) required prior to Initial Operational Capability of each system through the next decade and beyond. Identification of UAS facility requirements, future UAS requirements, and development of a proposed UAS infrastructure strategy and actions needed to meet the needs are defined in this study.

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Ongoing
Completion Year: 2009
UCSD Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan La Jolla, CA Education, Mobility Planning
Project Description:

The university’s primary study goal was to reduce single-occupancy drive-alone trips, on-campus parking congestion and associated greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging more students, faculty, staff and visitors to consider active transportation through improved campus walking and cycling facilities, programs, policies and regulations. Cycling and walking between the university and its surrounding neighborhoods can be a challenge due to hilly terrain and high volume roadways. In addition, current campus regulations restrict bicycle use to roads and some pathways.

A related emphasis on shuttles and bicycle use has motivated the university to reassess its bicycle policies and to identify on- and off-campus improvements, including coordinating with the City of San Diego’s planning efforts to improve pedestrian and near-campus and regional bicycle access. The university has also embarked on a major student housing initiative, but the distances between some of this housing and major classroom buildings and services are greater than reasonable walk times allow.

This long-term vision employs a variety of implementation measures to address existing conditions and issues on the campus itself, but also considers connections with the surrounding neighborhoods with an improved campus bikeway system connected with city and regional systems. This balanced travel network, coupled with education, enforcement and promotional programs, will create a more bicycle-friendly campus and better cycling and walking connections with adjacent communities. The anticipated result is an increase in commuters choosing to walk and bike to and from campus, as well as more of the university community getting around the campus under their own power, reducing motor vehicle impacts and improving campus conditions for all.

 

 
Client: University of California San Diego
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2012
Key Personnel: John Holloway, Joe Punsalan, Michael Singleton
UCSD Health Sciences Graduate Student Housing La Jolla, CA Education Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

The KTU+A landscape concept plan for the 400-bed graduate student housing project emphasizes the functionality of sustainable landscape combined with aesthetic expression designed to provide a healthy and pleasing environment for graduate students while meeting the University’s LEED Silver goal. The $43,000,000 project minimizes site disturbance, provides for recycling of existing on-site materials, makes use of low water-use planting and rapidly renewable plant materials, and features pervious pavements, maximized open space, and strong pedestrian and bicycle connections to the University. With KTU+A’s assistance, the two-acre site has been carefully graded and balanced to avoid off-site export, minimize site walls, and limit disturbance of existing landscape and habitat. Working with the design-build team, KTU+A’s LEED-AP provided early analysis of applicable points to achieve the Silver LEED rating, particularly in the areas of Sustainable Sites and Water Efficiency.

 
Client: University of California San Diego, Valerio Dewalt Train
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2009
University Avenue North Park Traffic Calming Study San Diego, CA Mobility
Project Description:

KTU+A prepared the first phase of the University Avenue North Park Traffic Calming project to evaluate the function and form of University Avenue between Interstate 805 and Park Boulevard. The project goals were to produce a plan that would accommodate vehicular flow, pedestrian movement, bike traffic, and transit components within a very limited right-of-way. The street currently handles approximately 20,000 vehicle per day, and the width ranges from 49 feet to 102' between curbs. Several workshops and steering committee meetings were held to determine the important characteristics of the site and goals of the community. Four alternatives were developed that focus on various priorities such as pedestrian, vehicular and transit circulation. A major component of the study was the identification and resolution of pedestrian crossing safety and methods for calming existing traffic. The latest City of San Diego Draft Street Design Manual was utilized, as well as recently completed Pedestrian Design Guidelines prepared by SANDAG.

 
Client: North Park Main Street
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2003
University of California, Merced Garden Suites and Lakeview Dining Merced, CA Education Landscape Architecture
Project Description:

Utilizing a design-build process, KTU+A completed 100% construction documents on the Garden Suites and Lakeview Dining portion of the University of California, Merced campus. The University's master plan is intended to reflect new technologies, to set standards for the sustainable use of energy and other scarce resources, and to be a model of development in the San Joaquin Valley. The Garden Suites and Lakeview Dining portion of the campus meets these sustainability goals, and  consists of nine residential, multi-story buildings, along with a student commons building, and dining hall. KTU+A's scope of work included planting, irrigation, paving for plazas and terraces, bicycle and pedestrian paths, accessible ramp details, and site furnishing selections for benches, recycling locations, and bicycle parking.

 
Client: The Taylor Group
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2005
Key Personnel: Bernard Everling
University Towne Center Transit Station Feasibility Study San Diego, CA Mobility
Project Description:

KTU+A worked with the project engineer to develop alternative concepts for a combination light rail transit and bus transfer platform as part of the University Town Center redevelopment and mall expansion. The proposed location of the transit center was not in the ideal location for a transit center and did not meet some of the project goals and priorities for SANDAG. KTU+A developed eight alternative site plans in three basic areas of the mall site. The alternatives all included improved urban design and pedestrian amenities. A routing analysis was conducted and the station platform area was reviewed for the most efficient bus circulation and platform locations. Site plans and cross sections were developed to help explain the complexities of the three dimensional environment of the mall expansion.

 
Client: SANDAG
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2005
Uptown Traffic Calming Study San Diego, CA Mobility
Project Description:

This north-south corridor connecting downtown San Diego with Uptown (Hillcrest & Banker’s Hill) is a very important transportation corridor that passes the regionally significant Balboa Park, as well as historic structures, traditional neighborhoods and major urban infill development. These three streets are also often used as a community bypass by many leaving downtown and heading north on SR 163. Because of the historic and scenic nature of SR163, major changes to this freeway to alleviate congestion is not possible. As a result, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth avenues are used to bypass this congestion, thereby making these streets congested at times and high speed local streets at other times. The solutions to the existing speeding problems and pedestrian safety issues included a variety of traffic calming measures, traffic signals, crosswalks, median refuges, pedestrian bulb-outs and angled parking conversions. In addition, Sixth Avenue has been recommended for return to a “front-door step” for Balboa Park by limiting the road to one lane each direction with a left turn lane. This allows for increased angle parking, pedestrian bulb-outs, crosswalks and median refuges. Fourth and Fifth Avenues have been proposed to handle the bulk of traffic, along with an expanded Bus Rapid Transit system under the Transit First program. These streets will contain a transit only lane, as well as a combination bike lane that will provide priority to transit without negatively affecting existing uses.

 
Client: Uptown Partnership
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2004
US Coast Guard San Diego, CA Federal Planning
Project Description:

Feasibility Study; Naval Station Berthing Study

 
Client: NAVFAC Southwest
Status: Complete
Completion Year: 2005
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