ASLA awards San Jose’s EIC


Environmental Innovation Center recognized for SWA’s landscape architecture

The Northern California Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects this week awarded the San Jose Environmental Innovation Center project with a Merit Award for Design.

As part of the adaptive reuse of a former wax paper manufacturing plant into a materials recycling and green technology research incubator, SWA Group worked with Group 4 to introduce innovative, LEED-Platinum-worthy site improvements across the project’s five acres.

The ALSA-NCC award describes the site design as a “prototype for responsible site development showcasing a myriad of sustainable design features and technologies including an interpretive art piece referencing the agricultural heritage of the area.” Other sustainable site design elements include stormwater-cleansing bioswales, native/drought-tolerant plantings, reclaimed and pervious paving, demonstration below-grade Silva cells giving street tree roots more real estate, and a native sycamore bosque!

The City of San Jose has also installed signage identifying the project’s sustainable design features.