Facebook Headquarters Building 21 Certified LEED Platinum

Facebook’s newest ground-up building, MPK 21, has been honored with a LEED Platinum Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), earning 88 / 110 points, the highest of any Facebook project across global data centers and offices. Acting as a platform for change and influence, this LEED pursuit has been years in the making and was accomplished as a result of an immense amount of team work between Facebook and Gehry Partners, Kier + Wright, Level 10 Construction, Jensen, Forell/Elsesser Engineers, PAE Consulting, Cornerstone Earth Group and CMG.

Located in Menlo Park within the larger Facebook campus, the building’s recycled water system was an immense and imperative challenge in order to not only gain LEED credentials, but push the project to act as a sustainable milestone amongst new tech development. Facebook MPK21 is the first of its kind in the Menlo Park community to accomplish a successful Blackwater Treatment system, integrated building wide. The recycled water can then be used to flush toilets and irrigate the native and Mediterranean-climate rooftop species, reducing water use by millions of gallons a year, educating employees and amplifying the innovative climate change design solutions worldwide.

Moscone Certified LEED Platinum

Congratulations to the Moscone Center Expansion team for the project earning 90 points out of a possible 111 (LEED Platinum), making this project the highest scoring convention center in the world!

After five years of collaboration and effort across all team members, including; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Mark Cavagnero Associates, Sherwood Design Engineers, Webcor Builders, Tipping Mar + Associates, SOHA Engineers, Ajmani & Pamidi, Inc, HLB Lighting, Nelson\Nygaard, Conventional Wisdom, Cumming Corporation, Lerch Bates, Inc., TEECOM, Integral Group, this is amazing accomplishment for Moscone!

The expansion includes over 300,000 square feet of new Convention Center area, below and above ground, while additionally dramatically improving the existing public realm. The project is comprised of many new social spaces, each with different goals and criteria. The designs include elements to facilitate street life, improved gardens and playgrounds, a new plaza associated with the existing carousel, better pedestrian connectivity via midblock paseos, a new bridge to improve connectivity with Yerba Buena Gardens, and safe sidewalks.

To learn more about the project, see the Moscone Convention Expansion project page here!

Rayna DeNiord selected to be on Landscape Forms – Design Advisory Board 2019

Congratulations to Rayna DeNiord for being selected to serve on the Landscape Forms – Design Advisory Board 2019. As part of a small group of designers selected annually, Rayna will engage in design conversations alongside other invitees and provide feedback and insights on current product development initiatives that Landscape Forms have in the works. The one-day intensive workshop takes place in Jackson Hole, WY on July 11th.

Landscape Forms is an industry leader in integrated solutions of high-design site furniture and advanced LED lighting. Some of their solutions include seating, shelters and signage, to bike racks and bollards, litters and LED lights. Landscape Forms have produced site furnishings that help other designers and clients achieve beauty and functionality in their environments.

Plans for Austin Waterfront’s 305 S. Congress are Released


CMG along with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and Endeavor Real Estate Group presented plans to redevelop the Austin American-Statesman property along Lady Bird Lake this past Monday, June 17th to the South Central Waterfront Advisory Board. The proposed 12.5 acres of open space within the 19 acres development site will include a waterfront park, plazas, new shared public walkways, amphitheater, bat-viewing area and connections to and along the Butler Hike and Bike Trail.

The site is the centerpiece of the existing South Central Waterfront Framework Plan, which outlines the potential development along Lady Bird Lake’s southern shore. This green space and commercial hub will take the place of the current industrial building constructed in 1980, aiming to create an inclusive experience for everybody that celebrates the waterfront and downtown Austin.

Visit the project pages for 305 South Congress and South Central Waterfront Framework Plan to learn more about CMG’s involvement.

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Seawall Program Community Meeting #4


The fourth Seawall/Waterfront Resilience Program Stakeholder Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Port of San Francisco, Pier 1 the Embarcadero! As part of the CH2M/Arcadis team, CMG and the Port of SF will discuss the vision, and principles for the program and apply draft evaluation criteria in an engagement activity.

We value all the great participation in our past three community meetings – from the first meeting, where we introduced the Embarcadero Seawall Program to our most recent third meeting, where we dove deeper in the Program’s Phases – Strengthen, Adapt, and Envision – to understanding the tradeoffs ahead. Together we will strengthen the Seawall, adapt our waterfront, and envision a more resilient and sustainable San Francisco.

For more info and to RSVP, please click here!

The Crissy Field Next Open House was a Success!


Photography by Frank Morse & Francis Ng


Hosted by the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the Crissy Field Next Open House was an exciting and successful public engagement event, as well as a model of a new way of including each member of our community to be an active participant in the reimagining of an important park site. CMG has been leading a design visioning process which engages Crissy Field’s diverse stakeholders and interest groups since 2013. This past Saturday was a continuation of that effort, where guests were able to review preliminary design concepts based on public input, share feedback and learn more about the revitalization efforts taking place for the future of Crissy Field.

The event was well received by the community members and guests. From the moment people arrived, they were greeted by friendly and engaging staff members. Attendees included San Francisco urbanites from all walks of life, providing a wide variety of diverse backgrounds, rich feedback and insights. The CMG team was on site to field questions about the quality of design options moving forward for the park.

We are encouraged Crissy Field Next will be leading a new pathway for public engagement, creating revitalized parklands that are the true democratic places.

To learn more about Crissy Field Next, click here!


Crissy Field Open House on June 1st

Crissy Field Next Invites You to a June 1 Open House at East Beach

Review preliminary design concepts based on public input, share feedback, and learn more

WHAT: The National Park Service, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Presidio Trust are embarking upon the next chapter of Crissy Field’s revitalization, and request public input and participation.

In fall 2018, we kicked off the Crissy Field Next project with over 600 attendees excited to contribute to the future of Crissy Field. Throughout the fall, we also held several Roving Ranger Pop-Ups to continue to solicit ideas and feedback from people actively enjoying Crissy Field. We learned that while people love Crissy Field, there is untapped potential for visitors to enjoy the park in new ways in the future. Here is a capture of what we heard.

The project team invites the public to join us for the Crissy Field Next Open House. Attendees will be able to look over initial design concepts for each area of Crissy Field and chat with park experts and the project team to share their feedback and ideas.

This free, family-friendly celebration includes snacks and several activity stations:

  • Art Lab: Discover untold stories of Crissy Field and create mini-comic books.
  • Eco Lab: Learn more about wetlands through hands-on activities.
  • Media Lab: Experience the future Tunnel Tops project through a 3D model video.
  • Backyard: Make your own trail mix and meet the Ohlone sisters.

Or, relax on the lawns with snacks and games.

WHEN: Saturday, June 1 from 10 am to 2 pm.

WHERE: Crissy Field Center. 1199 East Beach, The Presidio. San Francisco, CA 94129.

For those who can’t make it to the June 1 Open House, the Roving Ranger will continue to welcome walk-up feedback at Crissy Field throughout the summer. We want to make sure everyone who wants to give us feedback, gets a chance.

HOW: Event details here. And information on the Crissy Field Next project.

WHY: Nearly 20 years after its restoration, Crissy Field is situated in a growing urban population, with unique natural and cultural features, and a changing climate. The Crissy Field Next project is important to in order to enhance the area’s many current uses, while improving ways for people to gather, create, and play.

Pamela Conrad Presenting at 2019 LAF Innovation + Leadership Symposium

Join the 2018-2019 LAF Fellows in Washington DC in what promises to be a powerful event, showcasing leading-edge thinking and achievements in landscape architecture and sustainability. Pamela Conrad, along with six other recipients of the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership will present their projects to close out the fellowship year.

Pamela’s presentation “Climate Positive Design: Going Beyond Neutral” rethinks climate impacts through the lens of landscape architects. She is working to build alliances within the profession to encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing in tackling climate change. With a challenge and a tool, she will illuminate a way forward for the profession of landscape architecture to have the greatest impact together in a changing world.

For more information and registration, please click here.

Women and Leadership in Design

Join us for CMG’S third salon, an evening of honest conversation focusing on Women and Leadership in Design!

This event will bring together landscape architects, architects and urban designers to discuss how we can create more equitable design practices, and the bold professional model firms are developing to support the growth of women leaders.

RSVP here!




Karen Alschuler  |  Consulting Principal, Perkins + Will

Karen Alschuler is always busy: Serving as a global principal of Perkins+Will available across the firm to Perkins+Will’s 125 urban designers in 10 offices, chairing the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) Design Review Board and expanding her regional and national commitment to social justice.

As a leader of SMWM’s woman-owned collaborative architecture and urban design practice, and as a planner and urban designer at two great global architecture firms SOM and Perkins+Will, she brings a celebrated portfolio along with deep experience in team-building.  Signature award-winning projects include Boston’s Central Artery Corridor, Mission Rock, Treasure Island, Mission Bay, Panama Pacifico, and The Yards in Washington DC.

Leadership on numerous civic panels and boards includes: Urban Land Institute, AICP Fellow, and CREW in NY, Boston and SF along with BCDC.


Laura Crescimano  |  Co-founder / Principal, SITELAB Urban Studio

Laura Crescimano is a co-founder and leader of SITELAB urban studio. Laura’s work investigates the social and political power of space. Designing both processes and places, Laura’s projects range from Pier 70, where she led a multidisciplinary team through the design and community process for a 35-acre mixed-use waterfront development in a historic industrial district in San Francisco, to leading the design for Google’s first proposed mixed-use neighborhood located at their headquarters in Mountain View, to designing Pop-up Care Villages for the homeless services non-profit Lava Mae to help them provide mobile showers as well as “radical hospitality.”

Laura serves on San Francisco Waterfront Design Advisory Committee and from 2010-2012, on the Board of Directors for AIA San Francisco.


Cinda Gilliland  |  Principal and President, Reed Gilliland

For more than 20 years Cinda Gilliland has brought strong conceptual ideas, and a highly attuned eye for design and art to projects ranging from academic and mixed-use projects to community parks in the United States, China, and India. Her life-long interests in art, agriculture and the environment brought her to landscape architecture after years as an artist and small business entrepreneur.  As her career has progressed an underlying theme of using design and the infectious energy of human creativity to catalyze social change and community cohesiveness has emerged.  Of late she has returned to the entrepreneurial world, in 2016 forming Reed Gilliland, in part as a vehicle for exploring the meanings and applications of being a feminist and a designer.


Akiko Ono  |  Associate, Shades of Green Landscape Architecture

Akiko Ono leads design projects at Shades of Green Landscape Architecture in CA. Originally hailing from Japan with degrees in Comparative Cultures and Architectural History, Akiko decided to pursue landscape architecture as a medium for working “in-between” – between theory and practice, nature and culture, Japanese and other cultures. Akiko has 17 years of experience working on international and local projects at scales both detailed and geographic, and is a lecturer at UC Berkeley.





Allison Arieff  |  Editorial Director, SPUR AND contributing columnist to the New York Times

Allison Arieff is Editorial Director of SPUR. She recently published “Where Are All the Female Architects?” in the New York Times, where she has been a contributing columnist since 2006