We are thrilled to announce the Direct Relief Headquarters has been awarded a U.S. Green Building Council 2020 Green Award by the Central Coast Green Building Council. Thank you to DMHA , our incredible client and the entire project team.
The Central Coast Green Building Council Green Awards recognizes outstanding sustainable building achievements and community members within the tri-county region.
The Green Awards highlight innovative design, construction, products, businesses, schools, governments and educational programs.
Check out this video of our project by DMHA highlighting the project team’s collaborative successes in designing a sustainable, efficient, beautiful and thoughtful site for the Direct Relief headquarters, offices and distribution center.
We are excited to see two of our downtown infill residential projects under construction across the street from one another!
The first is our East De La Guerra Mixed Use project with KIBO Group and Cearnal Collective (check out these renderings). This project will bring 26 new rental units to the downtown core while restoring the historic home of the Ygnacio family; descendants of the notable Santa Barbarian and Chumash womxn Maria Ygnacia.
The second is our 800 Santa Barbara Street Mixed Use project with HBA Architects and JDC Construction and Development Group This three story development will bring 23 new housing units to the downtown core while preserving the original East-West brick paseo.
view of 800 Santa Barbara Street to 214-226 East De La Guerra
214-226 East De La Guerra
Left: Scaffolding at the new elevator tower | Right: Historic home of Maria Ygnacia to be restored
landscape fabric installed at built-in planters | plants coming soon!
800 Santa Barbara Street
JDC Group begins construction at 800 Santa Barbara Street
existing olive trees to be relocated on site
KEEPING SANTA BARBARA BEAUTIFUL DURING COVID-19
SB BEAUTIFUL “GOLDEN LEAF AWARDS”
CELEBRATING 55 YEARS OF BEAUTIFICATION
WHO: Santa Barbara Beautiful continues a 55 Year tradition of beautification with “Golden Leaf Awards”.
WHAT: SBB honors local businesses & organizations who showed leadership during this challenging time of Covid-19 Pandemic to enhance public space & support the arts.
HARD NUMBERS: (60) Hand-Calligraphed Awards Certificates for “Outstanding Community Support”
QUOTE: “We’re honored to celebrate our 55th Anniversary with Golden Leaf Awards – dedicated to the strength of our community & the individuals who have given joy to our city during difficult times. Congratulations to each and every one!” ~ Penny Haberman, President SB Beautiful.
WINNING PROJECTS & PARTICIPANTS:
- “Light It Blue”: City of Santa Barbara – Nina Johnson, Project Coordinator
- Project Description: Local landmarks lit up in blue during the month of May to show gratitude to healthcare & essential workers.
- Host Facility Sponsors: Arlington Theater; Lobero Theater; SB Museum of Natural History Sea Center; Cottage Hospital Santa Barbara; Mission Santa Barbara.
- Coordinators/ Artists/ Sponsors: Andrew Gartner, Gartner Design Co. (Coordinator); Lani Ballonoff, SPARK Creative Events (Sponsor); Kym Cochran & Jonathan Smith, The Environment Makers (Participating Artists); Casey Caldwell, SB Arts Collaborative/CAW) (Sponsor); Jake Hanson, Bella Vista Designs (Sponsor); Ethan Turpin Art & Design (Participating Artist); Nina Dunbar (Coordinator).
- “Locals Helping Locals”: Allen Construction – Lindsay Helmick, CFO Project Coordinator
- Project Description: Building Pro Bono Outdoor Parklets; Seating; ADA Ramps, etc.
- Community Partners: Hayward Lumber; Mission Audio & Visual; CJM::LA; Evergreen SB
- Local Businesses: Brass Bear Brewing & Bistro; Dune Coffee; Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood; Kunin Wines; Little Kitchen; Mollie’s Restaurant; Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro Montecito; Restaurant Roy; Valley Project; Villa Wine Bar.
- “2020 Design Charette – Downtown State Street”: AIA Santa Barbara Chapter, Project Coordinator
- Project Description: Reinvigorate, Reinvent, Reimagine, and Repurpose our Downtown with housing, energy, and life.
- Charrette Committee Co-Chairs: Cass Ensberg FAIA & LEED AP; Detlev Peikert AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Ellen Bildsten AIA LEED AP; Matt Beausoleil AIA & 2020 president AIA SB.
- Steering Committee: Alex Pujo AIA; Amy Fitzgerald-Tripp AIA; Paul Rupp AIA; Dennis Thompson FAIA; John Campanella; Karen Feeney, Hon. AIASB; Nina Johnson; Tony Tomasello; Jasper Jacobs P.E.
- “2020 Awards for Responsive Works to Covid-19~Artists’ Stipends”: County of SB Office of Arts & Culture – Sarah York Rubin, Executive Director
- Project Description: In recognition of artists’ essential contributions, up to 20 stipends of $500 each to local artists who created work in response to this unprecedented time of COVID-19.
- Dennis Smitherman, County Arts Commission; Karen Kerns, SB Bowl Foundation. Project Participants: “#WeMakeEvents” “#RedAlertRESTART” .
- Project Description: Local participation in a nationwide event of Red illumination of performing arts & culture venues on September 1, 2020 in support of live entertainment industry during Covid-19 pandemic.
- Host Facilities Event Sponsors: SB Bowl: Rick Boller, Executive Director; Eric Shiflett, Program Director. Arlington Theater: Tammy Steuart (Metro Theaters)
- Project Coordinator: Christopher Darling
- Lighting: SPARK Creative Events
About Santa Barbara Beautiful
Since 1965, Santa Barbara Beautiful has planted over 12,000 trees, provided over $500,,000 in grants to support local art and design projects, funded scholarships to students majoring in environmental horticulture & architecture, and celebrated numerous individuals, residences, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional efforts to make Santa Barbara beautiful.
The purpose of Santa Barbara Beautiful is to stimulate community interest and action toward the enhancement of Santa Barbara’s beauty as a complement to current and future government and private activity.
Santa Barbara Beautiful is an organization of volunteers dedicated to beautifying our area in a variety of ways not only by working independently but also by cooperating with city departments, neighborhood association and other agencies. Formed in 1965 by concerned civic leaders, Santa Barbara Beautiful is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible
Excavation and grading are underway for The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos, CA.
Project Team: DMHA Architecture, AvroKO, RRM, True Nature. Drone shots courtesy of Northstar Development & Construction, General Contractor.
We are so inspired by the drawings of Orra White Hitchcock – her use of simple line and color to depict soil profiles and other geological forms is a beautiful way to represent scientific ideas.
Orra White Hitchcock (1796 – 1863) was one of America’s earliest women scientific illustrators and artists. Between 1828 and the 1840s she made hundreds of large and striking classroom charts used as lecture aids by her geologist husband Edward Hitchcock.
This show, organized by the museum’s chief curator, Stacy C. Hollander, proves Hitchcock to be an artificer as much as an observer, imagining dramatic new ways to express the world’s beauty and, as she saw it, its sacred order. It also demands we drop some of our contemporary assumptions about academic disciplines, to understand an age when “science” was not so rigidly delimited, and stretched beyond the natural world to encompass theology and art.
The Classroom Drawings of Orra White Hitchcock
March 28, 2014
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Mushrooms, Magma and Love in a Time of Science
July 26, 2018
The New York Times
Images courtesy of Amherst College and Palatino Press
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The Therapeutic Power of Gardening
August 17, 2020
The New Yorker
Wiltshire Garden, Tom Stuart-Smith
“A garden, Stuart-Smith suggests, can be a Winnicottian “in-between” space that allows the inner and the outer worlds to coexist simultaneously—“a meeting place for our innermost, dream-infused selves and the real physical world.” The meditative and repetitive aspects of gardening can function as a form of play for grownups who have otherwise stopped playing…”
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Nature, Joy and Human Becoming
August 27, 2020
Wiltshire Garden, Tom Stuart-Smith
“500 generations of what we call civilization and the 50,000 generations when we were part of nature, and your argument is that that is “where we evolved; where we became what we are, where we learned to feel and react,” “where the human imagination formed,” “where we found our metaphors and similes.”
Located across from Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden for over 60 years, Unity of Santa Barbara is an integral part of the Santa Barbara community. We recently had the pleasure of working with Unity on the renovation of their downtown campus. CJM::LA worked closely with both the Unity leadership team and congregation to develop a new design for their “front yard” space. What was once a traditional lawn with limited event capacity is now a beautiful courtyard suitable not only for outdoor services, but also weddings and other community events. Thank you to Allscape Design + Installation for an incredible job with the landscape installation, Stone Concepts for hardscape installation and VE Builders for carpentry work.
BEFORE | AFTER :
Unity courtyard after | new permeable pavers, olive trees and custom wood benches
CJM::LA verifies hardscape, gravel and wood samples on site
Allscape installs olive trees in the courtyard
hardscape and olive trees installed in the courtyard
VE Builders installs custom mangaris benches in the courtyard
Our friends at DUNE Coffee believe that specialty coffee is for everyone, and should be accessible, approachable and fun. In May of this year, Santa Barbara City Council voted 7-0 to close State Street to cars in an effort to flatten the curve of Covid-19. The owners of DUNE wanted to use this opportunity to create an inviting, bold and unique experience for the community. Our concept was to create modular, multi-use seating elements for people to sit, perch or lean on while they chat, read, think, people watch or simply sip some coffee.
CJM::LA worked closely with the owners of DUNE and Allen Construction to make the parklet come to life. Allen Construction has been supporting the Santa Barbara community through their ‘Locals Helping Locals’ program, where they offer free labor to help local businesses stay open through the pandemic. We cannot thank the team at Allen enough for their hard work and collaboration, we could not have done it without them!
parklet rendering by CJM::LA
work from home style sketch explorations by CJM::LA
installation day time-lapse
Courtney and Mari selecting plants at La Sumida Nursery – Chondropetalum tectorum and Dianella ‘Cassa Blue’
Mari masking out pink stripes at the parklet
peaking through the palms at the parklet
Construction of this downtown Santa Barbara home, winner of a 2019 Santa Barbara Beautiful award, was completed last year. This spring, pool contractor California Pools began installation of the integrated pool & spa. See more about the home and construction process in the owner’s blog.
finish grading before pool construction
pool framing and plumbing
the outdoor fireplace, a remnant of a prior home on the property, is resurrected in a new pool-side terrace
Ongoing renovation of an existing single story residence in Santa Barbara, CA. Architect: Andrulaitis+Mixon, general contractor: Hall Contracting Corp.
BEFORE + IN-PROGRESS
IN-PROGRESS: residence under construction, removed trees will be replaced with native Quercus agrifolia
BEFORE: dueling sandstone retaining walls
IN-PROGRESS: partial retaining wall demolition, lower finish grade provides better visibility at driveway
GRADING & SITE PREP
permeable wood decking in-progress, structural engineer: Hume Engineers
salvaged sandstone set aside for re-use in the new retaining wall system
uncovered large boulder will be integrated into the new retaining wall system
temporary erosion control on the newly contoured front slope
This Santa Barbara seaside renovation is in an exquisite location with breathtaking views of the ocean and islands. The recent architectural improvements executed by Allen Construction significantly enhanced the home’s Spanish-style character and gave it a new vibrancy. CJM::LA’s master plan for the site included a blend of formal and informal plantings, new small play lawn, permeable paving, ocean view deck and trellis, and thoughtfully integrated hardscape elements. The overall goal was to implement our client’s vision for a relaxing and safe getaway retreat.
Structural solutions for building near a bluff edge, as well as civil engineering expertise were provided by Ashley & Vance Engineering. The landscape was installed by Quality Tree Care.
BEFORE + AFTER
BEFORE – existing impermeable concrete entry drive
AFTER – new entry drive lined with young ornamental plantings
AFTER – hydro-flo permeable paver entry drive
BEFORE – backyard
AFTER – finished installation of Cherokee creek flagstone and slope-stabilizing plants
CMU blocks being stacked to form the base of the BBQ
Quality Tree Care installing slope plantings to strengthen soil structure and prevent erosion. Deck post helical pile footings (required due to their proximity to the bluff edge) also installed by Quality Tree Care!
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First Look at the Blockbuster Development Proposed for the Funk Zone
April 27, 2020
We are excited to share some initial drawings for the SOMOfunk project via this recently published article. The SOMOfunk project will bring a new energy to the Funk Zone on Santa Barbara’s waterfront. Following is an excerpt from our landscape narrative:
THE LANDSCAPE DESIGN IS INSPIRED BY ITS NEIGHBORHOOD CONTEXT. WHAT IS TODAY KNOWN AS THE FUNK ZONE, HAS PREVIOUSLY EXISTED AS AN INDUSTRIAL AREA, A WORKING CLASS NEIGHBORHOOD, PART OF THE EL ESTERO SWAMPY MARSH AND A VIBRANT TRADE HUB. REMNANTS OF THESE USES REMAIN IN THE BUILDINGS, THE LAND, THE HARDSCAPE, THE PLANT MATERIAL AND THE SOUL OF THIS PLACE. THESE REMNANTS WILL BE RE-PURPOSED FOR USE AS HARDSCAPE, FURNISHINGS AND SCULPTURAL ELEMENTS THROUGHOUT THE PROJECT SITE. WHAT MAKES THE FUNK ZONE FUNKY IS ITS ABILITY TO SHAPE-SHIFT AND ADAPT, WHILE MAINTAINING ITS OWN IDENTITY SEPARATE FROM, BUT IN CONVERSATION WITH, THE LARGER SANTA BARBARA COMMUNITY. THE EXTERIOR SPACES AT THE PROJECT FIT SEAMLESSLY INTO THE FABRIC OF THE FUNK ZONE BY IMPLEMENTING FUN, COLORFUL AND QUIRKY ELEMENTS INTO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT.
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