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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

parklet rendering by CJM::LA

work from home style sketch explorations by CJM::LA

 

INSTALLATION

installation day time-lapse

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

AIA Santa Barbara Design Awards/Honor Award, Santa Barbara Architectural Heritage 2019
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


Santa Barbara Residence | In-Progress

Ongoing renovation of an existing single story residence in Santa Barbara, CA. Architect: Andrulaitis+Mixon, general contractor: Hall Contracting Corp.

BEFORE + IN-PROGRESS

BEFORE: 1950’s facade, Ulmus parviflolia in poor health

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


A First Look at our SOMOfunk Project

Read Full Article:
First Look at the Blockbuster Development Proposed for the Funk Zone
April 27, 2020
SITELINE

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:

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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.

Click here to read the full article.


Courtyard and TownePlace Suites, Agoura Hills | IN-PROGRESS

The new Courtyard and TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Agoura Hills is almost complete. Architect: Awbrey Cook Rogers McGill, construction by DavisReed and landscape installation by LSCO.

This dual-brand hotel features a large courtyard with multiple “outdoor living” features: fire pits, BBQs for guests, shady gathering areas and a large pool. The new building is surrounded with native California shrubs and grasses and roughly 25 new oak trees, all irrigated with recycled water.

motorcourt with decorative pedestrian handrail (primer coat!) and ramp to Agoura Rd.

permeable pavers by Belgard

aloes with the Santa Monica mountains (beyond) & purple valve cover indicating recycled irrigation water

glass pool enclosure and pool deck underway

custom steel pool enclosure designed to complement the Craftsman-style architecture

baby dragon trees & porcelain “Sundeck” pavers by Belgard

custom steel pergola with Octopus Agave below

”Twist” bike rack from Forms + Surfaces

concrete fire bowl with built-in radial concrete bench, fire bowl by Concrete Creations

“Filterra” proprietary biofiltration planters by Contech, with native Juncus patens

“Palazzo” concrete detectable warning pavers by Ackerstone. The craftsman-style trellis is part of a pedestrian network linking adjacent commercial properties to improve walkability in the City of Agoura Hills


WLAM | Landscape Architecture Myth Busting – Part 2

Part 2: More myth-busting as we continue to address common misconceptions about landscape architecture.

Myth #3. Density means eliminating urban green space

FALSE: We can have both density & greener, healthier cities

Larger, denser cities are cleaner and more energy efficient than smaller, suburban towns. Suburban and rural towns may have immediate access to open space and wildlands outside city limits because of their more dispersed organization, but large cities can emulate natural ecologies.

Street trees, courtyards, green roofs and living walls, along with botanic gardens and parks provide a network of outdoor spaces that enhance the biological diversity of our cities and help provide essential infrastructure. This framework of planted spaces is able to capture and treat urban run-off, lower temperatures, improve air quality and provide resilience against climate change. Gardens and community farms also provide food and improve human health.

At CJM::LA, we help make our cities healthier and greener by advocating for more planting and functional outdoor space, especially in our densest multi-family housing projects; designing public parks, paseos, and green roofs; and improving city streetscapes.

transplanted Mexican fan palms line the stairs at Bella Riviera workforce homes in Santa Barbara, CA

plant pockets and climbing vines beautify the drive aisles at the East Beach Collection in Santa Barbara, CA  | architect: WHA

live roof at the Hilton Garden Inn in Goleta, CA

textural plantings line the sidewalk at the Arlington Village apartments in downtown Santa Barbara, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

entry plantings at homes designed for Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County in downtown Santa Barbara, CA

citrus trees within over-structure planters create a beautiful courtyard at Bella Riviera workforce homes

mediterranean plantings within raised planters help create opportunities for outdoor seating

neighborly gifts grown in downtown Santa Barbara, CA

Myth #4. Planting shouldn’t be done in a drought because plants use water

FALSE: Drought resilience is improved by planting smarter & better managing water resources

During a prolonged drought, there is less available water in the natural ecosystem, which negatively impacts human food and water security. Less water available in aquifers and other natural water bodies means less water for the agricultural industry and for our cities.

Landscape architects provide drought resilience by designing systems to comprehensively and efficiently manage water resources. By implementing bioretention basins, rainwater cisterns, efficient irrigation, greywater recycling and use of climate-adapted and native plants, we optimize our water resources and reallocate the potable water supply for drinking use.

It might seem counter-intuitive, but plants improve our ability to resist the impacts of drought by improving soil health, allowing soils to better capture and store water. Plants also sequester carbon, lower air temperatures, and if used in applications like green roofs, reduce building energy use and reduce the urban heat island effect. We shouldn’t eliminate plants because they use water. Instead, we should be smarter about how we supply plants with water and which plants we elect to use.

Want more info? See these additional links about drought resilience and using green infrastructure to mitigate the impacts of other hazards, like wildfires and climate change.

bioretention plants treat stormwater runoff at the Direct Relief headquarters in Santa Barbara, CA.

Myth #5. All landscape architects have beards.

TRUE. See what our team has to say about their facial hair.


Does your beard prefer using pencil, pens, or markers?
Prismacolor Col-Erase pencil in Carmine Red for drawing and Chartpak AD Markers for filling in those greys! – Courtney Jane Miller, PLA, ASLA


How does your beard help you professionally?
It takes notes during meetings, reminds me about upcoming appointments and makes coffee runs. -Nicole Horn, PLA, ASLA, MCP, MLA


If your beard was a plant what plant would it be?
My virtual beard? Looks like a severely hedged and humbled Rhaphiolepis indica. My actual beard? Probably more like a Marathon 1 Fescue -Cameron Hunt, PLA


What do you call a landscape architect without a beard?
An architect -Janet Shotwell


What has your beard taught you about landscape architecture?
My beard has taught me about site analysis and creating extremely detailed technical drawings. -Mariella Dentzel


WLAM | Landscape Architecture Myth Busting – Part 1

We encounter the work of landscape architects every day, although that work is often overlooked and experienced only in passing. Landscapes are the natural setting, the backdrop of our lives. However, the truth is that our cities and neighborhoods are carefully and deliberately constructed. Landscape architecture is the practice of fusing the natural, built and social environments to create a more engaging and dynamic world.

CJM::LA is excited to share the breadth of our profession by addressing some common misconceptions about landscape architecture in a two-part post.

Myth #1. Landscape architects design gardens and backyards

FALSE: We design all types of living spaces, not just your backyard!

This video by the ASLA shows how public parks can revitalize under-served communities. At CJM::LA, we provide a wide-range of design services for a variety of clients. A sampling of this diversity includes the following project types (as shown below): public park, hospitality, native creek restoration and non-profit.

Santa Barbara locals exercise at the oceanfront Cabrillo Ball Park

drought tolerant plantings frame lounge seating at The Everly hotel in West Hollywood, CA

raised planters create intimate spaces on the rooftop deck at The Everly hotel in West Hollywood, CA

entry plantings welcome you the Inn at the Pier in Pismo, CA

board-form concrete planters at Inn at the Pier in Pismo, CA

native creek restoration plan for Los Olivos, CA

permeable concrete pavers under construction at Unity of Santa Barbara

 

 

 

 

Myth #2. Landscape architecture = “decorative planting”

FALSE:  Landscape architecture is also essential infrastructure

Every project we design at CJM::LA is beautiful and functional. Landscape architects contribute to the essential infrastructure of our cities and communities through design and construction of storm water management systems. We improve air quality and reduce energy use when we plant trees. We support healthier living and reduce vehicle emissions by providing recreation opportunities, bike racks and designing safer streets.

The following images demonstrate how CJM::LA has incorporated some of these essential infrastructure elements: bioretention and filtration basins, exercise equipment, bike racks and plans for future shared, multi-modal streets.

“Filterra” proprietary biofiltration planters by Contech, with native Juncus patens

Direct Relief bioretention basin after a rain event: roof run-off captured and treated! 

we design spaces for people to get out, breathe, and decompress

we improve air quality with the addition of carbon-sequestering trees and plants

we support alternative modes of transportation: the ”Twist” bike rack from Forms + Surfaces

preliminary landscape plan with a shared street, proposed in Goleta, CA

preliminary landscape plan and shared street for a residential development in Ventura, CA