7 Paths to Sustainability

Mitchell Park Library & Community Center,
Palo Alto


The new facility triples the space of its predecessors, while decreasing its overall footprint and adding highly sustainable site features.

  • New 36,000 s.f. library and community center
  • New café, multi-purpose room
  • Bioretention basin
  • Silva Cells & pervious concrete below parking stalls
  • Installation of 2-acres of landscaping utilizing reclaimed water
  • Sustainable design targeting LEED Gold certification


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Stanford University Energy System Innovation


Shinsei Gardens, Alameda


Kaiser Medical Office Building, San Mateo


Sequoia High School Gymnasium, Redwood City


Mills College Betty Irene Moore Natural Science Building, Oakland


Intuit, Mountain View


Mission Bay Parks, San Francisco


Sonoma Mountain Village


Walnut Creek Library


Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale

The new central energy facility is the hub of the Stanford University Energy System Innovations (SESI) project recieved the Best Global Green Project award by ENR in 2016. The $380-million project includes many energy saving and sustainable features including a new central energy facility with the largest heat-recovery chillers ever installed in the U.S.

  • Backfilled 20 miles of underground hot water distribution piping
  • Stormwater treatment
  • SESI will cut GHG emissions in half
  • 2015 Best Project in Energy/Industrial Award, Regional -ENR N. CA
  • 2015 Editors' Choice, Best of the Best -Engineering News-Record
  • 2016 Global Best Project, Green Project -Engineering News-Record

BKF provided design and survey services for this award winning, LEED Platinum certified apartment complex built on the former U.S. Navy Fleet Industrial Supply Center. It serves low-income households, with priority given to veterans. All units are universally designed for accessibility and sustainability.

  • 39-unit housing
  • 4 two-story buildings separate, 2-story buildings
  • Children’s playground
  • Multifamily GreenPoint Rated
  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) National Award of Excellence
  • LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Platinum Certification

BKF assisted with the design of a new Kaiser medical office building in San Mateo. This innovative design-assist project achieved 100% biological treatment of storm water.

  • 70,000 sq. ft. three-story medical office building
  • 4.2-acre site with surface parking lot
  • Design-assist
  • CEQA and planning entitlements
  • Caltrans Encroachment Permit
  • City bicycle/pedestrian path
  • 100% biological treatment of storm water

BKF provided civil design for the new LEED Platinum certified gymnasium. BKF was also involved with site improvements for a new Teen Wellness Center, a new parking area, and various ADA accessibility improvements throughout the school campus.

  • Bioretention planters for storm water treatment
  • Elevated building design to improve site drainage
  • First LEED Platinum public school building in the Bay Area

BKF provided civil engineering services for the Mills College renovation of the Natural Sciences Complex. Services included grading, drainage, storm, sewer, utility and fire water connection.

  • 26,000 sq. ft. building
  • 5 high-tech classrooms
  • 5 laboratories
  • Community space
  • LEED Platinum certified

BKF is assisting Intuit with its vision of high sustainability, designing many sustainable features on the campus. The design preserves existing trees, uses native drought tolerant plants, develops green storm water management strategies, creates alternative transportation options and uses the latest renewable energy technologies.

  • 36-acre campus
  • New 180,000 SF office building on 4.3 acre site
  • LEED Platinum goal

The parks of Mission Bay are part of a master planned greenway that serve the blossoming population on San Francisco’s waterfront. Home to the University of California San Francisco Mission Bay Campus, new corporate headquarters, UCSF Hospital, numerous residents, and other mixed uses, these parks play an integral role in Mission Bay’s urban landscape.

  • 5 parks
  • Utility infrastructure
  • Regional infrastructure improvements
  • Shoreline protection
  • Master planned regional storm water quality
  • LID storm water runoff and treatment

BKF is providing civil engineering and planning services for Sonoma Mountain Village (SOMO). SOMO intends to transform the former 175-Acre Lucent Technologies light industrial manufacturing campus into a vibrant mixed-use sustainable village.

  • 175 acre project
  • Comprehensive land use planning
  • 16 mile multimodal street network plan
  • New urban design principles
  • Selected as the first One Planet Living Communities project endorsed in North America
  • Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA)
  • LEED-ND Platinum certified

Awarded through a design competition, BKF provided civil engineering and surveying services for the new Walnut Creek Main Library. The library features an underground parking garage, plazas, gardens, and streetscape improvements.  Key features incorporated into the project by BKF include bioretention facilities to promote storm water quality, a permanent dewatering system, and modifications to the existing traffic signal at the intersection of Broadway and Lincoln Streets.

  • 42,000 sq. ft.
  • Bioretention facilities
  • Stormwater quality

BKF has been providing civil engineering and surveying services for this 80-acre commercial campus. Design included rezoning, general plan amendments, CEQA processing, master planning, and engineering. Survey included ALTA surveys, parcelization, entitlement processing, and full construction plans for the campus site layout, grading, and utility plans.

  • 2.4 million sq. ft.  campus on 80 acres
  • 8-story office buildings 5,000 linear ft. of roadway
  • 7,900-vehicle parking
  • 1 million sq. ft. landscaping
  • LEED Gold certified






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