Central Coast Green Building Council 2020 Green New Construction Award

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.


Under Construction | Downtown Infill Housing

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

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mixed use housing going up on De La Guerra

Cameron Hunt from CJM::LA verifies plans with American Landscape contractors

Left: Scaffolding at the new elevator tower | Right: Historic home of Maria Ygnacia to be restored

stone install.

landscape fabric installed at built-in planters | plants coming soon!

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JDC Group begins construction at 800 Santa Barbara Street

existing olive trees to be relocated on site

view of 800 Santa Barbara from De La Guerra Street


DUNE Coffee

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DUNE Coffee

Santa Barbara, CA
Completed 2020


Project Type

Commercial, Restaurant

Client

DUNE Coffee

Awards

Santa Barbara Beautiful / Gold Leaf Award 2020

Collaborators

Allen Construction | Contractor

Lead Designers

Courtney Jane Miller
Mariella Dentzel

photos by Rob Tran, Chach Hernandez
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MORADA RESIDENCE

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MORADA RESIDENCE

Santa Barbara, CA
Completed 2016


Project Type

Private Residential

Collaborators

Vining Construction | General Contractor

Lead Designer

Katie Klein

photos by Lepere Studio
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FLOR DE MAIZ + OKU

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FLOR DE MAIZ + OKU

Santa Barbara, CA
Completed 2019


Project Type

Hospitality, Restaurant

Collaborators

RRM Design Group | Civil Engineering
DMHA Architecture | Architect
Henry Lenny | Design Architect
Erin O Carroll | Irrigation Design

Lead Designer

Nicole Horn

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Mar Monte Hotel

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MAR MONTE HOTEL

Santa Barbara, CA
Completed 2020


Project Type

Hospitality, Renovation

Collaborators

Andrulaitis+Mixon | Architect
Beleco | Interior Design
Flowers & Associates | Civil Engineering
Ohm Lighting | Lighting Design

Lead Designer

Courtney Jane Miller
Cameron Hunt

photos by Caitlin Atkinson
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DIRECT RELIEF HEADQUARTERS

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DIRECT RELIEF HEADQUARTERS

Santa Barbara, CA
Completed 2018


Project Type

Commercial, Warehouse & Office

Awards

Southern California Chapter of ASLA Quality of Life Awards/Merit Award 2021
Central Coast Green Building Council/Green New Construction Honor Award 2020
AIA Santa Barbara Design Awards/Honorable Mention, Commercial Buildings 2019
ENR Magazine/Award of Merit, Best Projects 2019

Collaborators

Suzanne Elledge Planning & Permitting
STANTEC | Civil Engineering
DMHA Architecture | Architect
ATI Architects + Engineers | Architect
True Nature | Irrigation Design

Lead Designer

Courtney Jane Miller
Nicole Horn

photos by Caitlin Atkinson
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CABRILLO BALL PARK

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CABRILLO BALL PARK

Santa Barbara, CA
Completed 2018


Project Type

Public Park, Renovation

Client

City of Santa Barbara, Parks & Recreation Department

Collaborators

Ashley & Vance | Civil Engineering
True Nature | Irrigation Design
Alan Noelle Engineering | Lighting Design

Lead Designer

Courtney Jane Miller
Katie Klein

photos by Lepere Studio
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DUNE | PARKLET

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!

DESIGN PROCESS

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work from home style sketch explorations by CJM::LA

 

INSTALLATION

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Allen Construction installing the parklet modules

CJM::LA and Allen Construction reviewing module spacing

Courtney and Mari selecting plants at La Sumida Nursery – Chondropetalum tectorum and Dianella ‘Cassa Blue’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FINISHED PRODUCT

peaking through the palms at the parklet


ARLINGTON VILLAGE

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ARLINGTON VILLAGE

Santa Barbara, CA
Completed 2018


Project Type

Multi-Family, Apartments

Client

Metro Theatres

Awards

Gold Nugget Award of Merit / Best Multi-Family Housing Community 2019

Collaborators

Peikert Group Architects (Now RRM Design Group) | Architecture
Penfield & Smith (Now Stantec) | Civil Engineering
Erin O Carroll | Irrigation Design

Lead Designers

Courtney Jane Miller

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UNITY OF SANTA BARBARA

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UNITY of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA
Completed 2020


Project Type

Institutional, Renovation

Collaborators

Allscape Design+Installation | Landscape Contractor
Stone Concepts | Hardscape Installation
VE Builders | Carpentry

Lead Designer

Courtney Jane Miller

photos by Caitlin Atkinson
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Islay Pool Progress

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

California Pools place rebar for the pool deck