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New Design Approaches was recently covered by BisNow.

Certain Bay Area projects have the potential to reshape their communities, bringing in needed spaces and services. The Moscone Center in San Francisco completed its $551M expansion in January. There was more 500k SF added, made up of exhibition space, new meeting rooms and expanded lobbies. The project, which targeted LEED Platinum certification, makes Moscone Center one of the most sustainable major convention centers in North America. The new project incorpoates solar panels, energy-efficient lights and on-site wastewater treatment for greywater and storm runoff.

The new proposed Oakland A’s Ballpark, originally a jewelbox design, would be built at the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal at the waterfront. The site seeks to include cafes, shops, coworking, gyms and homes. Though the design has changed slightly, to a more circular stadium, it still makes use of a tree-lined promenade that forms a public park around the upper level of the stadium. Part of the plans for the staium include a new visoin for the Oakland Coliseum site in East Oakland that includes a central park, an amphiteater and turning Oracle Arena into an events center.

California Pacific Medical Center is building a new campus on Van Ness in San Francisco. The new 11-story hospital from Sutter Health, schedules to open in March, brings not only a new structure to the San Francisco skyline, but also seismic technology that is new to North America. The project uses 119 viscous wall dampers to absorb strong movement and reduce overall stress onn the building during an earthquake. The 274-bed hospital is designed to not only ride out a large earthquake with minimal damage, but to stay open and provide critical services in an emergency situation.

Agrihood in Santa Clara was a recently approved affordable housing project, that will combine urban livng with farm life. The mixed income property on 5.8 acres will have 361 apartments, with 181 below market rate and on a 1.7 acre farm. The onsite farm will provide local food and outdoor recreational and educational resources to residents and the surrounding community.

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