BWP commissioned Los Angeles-based landscape architecture firm AHBE Landscape Architects to create an ambitious master plan that would transform the grounds from an aging industrial site into a regenerative green space. With the first phase completed, BWP and AHBE have successfully demonstrated that industry and environment co-exist, even thrive, together.
Three of California’s 50 LEED Platinum Buildings are located on the BWP campus, including the first LEED Platinum designed warehouse.
BWP’s EcoCampus is the only industrial project out of 150 national and international projects to be included in the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) pilot program. Sustainable features include:
Rooftop Gardens – The Administration Building boasts three rooftop gardens that reduce the heat island effect, help channel and filter storm water, and reduce the building’s air conditioning requirements.
Water Reclamation + Filtration – The campus features five different types of water filtration technologies. The project also features one of the longest Green Streets in Southern California.
Solar Power – An architectural solar array powers the LEED Platinum service center and warehouse building, as it channels rainwater to a filtration system.
Reclaimed Substation – The structure of an old electric substation was purposely left intact, repurposed as a super trellis. The skeletal remains of the substation will soon be covered in living vines, creating a poignant juxtaposition of industry and environment.
Green Space - All the landscape serves a dual purpose. Aesthetically; providing green space for employees and the public. Functionally; housing water filtration systems.
“Landscape has a key role to play in the regeneration of our cities,” said Calvin Abe, FASLA, President, of AHBE. “Beyond the aesthetics, it can proactively counteract many of the problems that we face in urban environments. BWP’s EcoCampus stands as a restorative example of what can be accomplished when there is a long-term vision.”
Source : Burbank Water and Power (BWP); AHBE Landscape Architects (AHBE)
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