Project Details

Project Type
Larkspur, California

Drake's Landing Office Park

Susie Dowd Markarian Landscape Studio (SDMLS) hired Michael as a sub-consultant to complete construction documentation of a concrete labyrinth and water feature as part of a larger renovation to the grounds. Michael coordinated with SDMLS to provide several conceptual alternatives of the water feature design, then selected the materials for both the water feature and concrete labyrinth. Native vegetation was chosen to compliment the look.

SDMLS subsequently worked with the owner to complete a sustainable renovation of the landscape through sheet mulching and hydroseeding, converting the overhead spray irrigation to drip, and other reuses including a water feature and lighting addition. Lighting contractors installed new plaza lighting and updated existing lighting fixtures to create the desired aesthetic for the business complex.

The sustainable landscape renovation was awarded the “Bay Friendly” Project Designation. Water savings that the drought tolerant landscaping provided would not have been seen if a traditional grass landscaping had been used. Additional elements designed by Michael provided amenities to the office complex tenants. Due to the renovation and publicity, vacancy rates at the office complex are very low.