July 6, 2017

Northern Humboldt Underway

Dugouts and backstopDesigns are completed for athletic improvements at two of the Northern Humboldt Union High School District’s high schools, McKinleyville and Arcata. As part of the Measure Q Bond Initiative, these projects will help promote the District’s mission of bringing students high quality, comprehensive education in a safe, supportive environment by providing state-of-the-art facilities for athletic curricular and extracurricular activities.

The design for Arcata High School includes an all-weather track, synthetic turf football/soccer field, natural turf baseball field, restroom, concession, and storage buildings. Drainage improvements will be provided to help with dampness caused by a large creek running beneath the soccer/football field.

McKinleyville’s new facilities will include a resurfaced track with an additional lane, new all-weather D-zones, synthetic turf football/soccer field, resurfaced tennis courts and parking lots, remodeled boys locker room, redesigned weight and wrestling rooms, and a new team room.

Totaling $7 million for both sites, these facilities will help to reinvigorate the athletic programs at the District, and foster school spirit.

June 2, 2017

Ohlone Community College District Offers Updated Athletic Facilities to Students

IMG_2504.jpg Ohlone Community College District is benefiting from three new sports fields on its Fremont campus, following an extensive renovation to its existing athletic facilities. The new athletic complex, located at 43600 Mission Blvd. in Fremont, spans nearly 14 acres and features an NCAA-compliant synthetic turf soccer field, synthetic turf baseball field, synthetic turf softball field, batting cages, and a new plaza that connects the three fields.

Verde Design, a local Landscape Architecture/Civil Engineering firm with specialties in athletic planning and design was selected to partner with Ohlone Community College District and its contractor to deliver the project, which completed this past winter. As part of their services, the Verde team provided master planning, project design, and comprehensive construction administration. Working collaboratively, the Verde team and District staff designed solutions to protect the Campus’ existing and historic/heritage olive trees, which bisect the project site. The team also creatively accommodated the site’s underground utilities and easements to ensure long-term and efficient access. The design also integrated functional elements with aesthetic and environmentally sensitive solutions such as, utilizing native and indigenous plantings throughout the project that not only serve to beautify the space, but also support stormwater management principles and processes.

About Ohlone College

The Ohlone Community College District is a multi-campus single community college district located in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay in California. The District, which serves a population of nearly 16,000 students, has a main campus in the City of Fremont and a newly constructed campus in the City of Newark. Ohlone College is an ethnically diverse institution that promotes innovation and continuous improvement in departments and divisions. The College is named for the native population living in the area when Mission San Jose was founded.

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May 17, 2017

Three New Morgan Hill Parks Break Ground

MHDP Graphic_RGB Construction recently began on three new parks in the City of Morgan Hill. These parks will provide casual recreational opportunities and creative play experiences downtown and in the natural space adjacent to the City’s riparian and oak woodlands.

First introduced in 2014 by city planners and later designed by Santa Clara-based landscape architect and local park specialist Verde Design, the three projects will enhance Morgan Hill’s current park and recreational offerings to its residents and many visitors. The projects, now underway, are expected to complete this summer.

Depot Park

Depot Park is set to become an inclusive park that will meet the play needs of children of all ages and abilities. It will feature shade structures, observation areas, colorful and textural landscaping, walkways, railroad-themed décor, public art, and play equipment.

Llagas Creek Park

Llagas Creek Park will include picnicking, natural features such as climbing boulders, play areas, walking/running paths, and will feature the revegetation of natural grassland areas and the creek’s riparian corridor edges. The park will be accessible with the redevelopment of West 3rd Street and Del Monte Avenue, and a new vehicular and pedestrian bridge will be constructed.

Hilltop Park and Trail

Hilltop Park and Trail will draw fitness-minded residents as it will provide vista areas, exercise equipment, bike racks, cycling stations, and pathways for running/cycling that will connect sections of the existing multi-purpose bike trail. Additionally, this park will offer two slides with a thrilling drop of 34 feet. Verde Design is providing site planning, environmental assessments, design, construction documents, and construction administration services for all three parks. The parks’ final design and construction were approved by the Morgan Hill City Council this past winter and have an estimated value of $5.5 million. For more information on the parks, click here to read an article by the Morgan Hill Times.

May 12, 2017

Elk Grove Unified School District Kicks Off Campus-Wide Athletic Improvements with Five New Projects

Elk Grove USD The fifth-largest school district in California, the Elk Grove Unified School District, has partnered with Verde Design, an integrated landscape architecture and civil engineering firm, for the first phase of the District’s campus-wide athletic improvements as part of the Measure M bond program. Florin, Franklin, Laguna Creek and Pleasant Grove High Schools are set to receive four new track and field venues, and a new all-weather, synthetic turf field will be installed at Valley High School. The projects, currently in design, will support Elk Grove Unified School District’s goal of providing athletic programs to students that enhance their physical, social, and academic development.

About Measure M and Elk Grove Unified School District

On November 8, 2016, voters in the Cities of Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento, and the County of Sacramento, overwhelming passed Measure M. This bond measure provided $476 million in critical capital improvements to the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD), pursuant to its Facilities Master Plan. Established in 1959, EGUSD is located in southern Sacramento County. The District spans 320 square miles and includes 65 schools: 40 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, four alternative education schools (including a virtual academy), a special education school, a charter school and an adult school.

March 20, 2017

Verde Design Enhancing San Juan USD with New Track & Field Venues

DSC_0128 As part of its $750 million Measure P Bond Program, the San Juan Unified School District has partnered with Verde Design, an integrated landscape architecture and civil engineering firm, to design several new track and field facilities for three campuses.

Continuing a relationship that first began in 2013 with the replacement of Del Campo and El Camino High School’s natural turf field and construction of all-weather tracks. San Juan Unified School District (SJUSD) and Verde Design are currently in the design phase for three new projects. The first, at Casa Roble High School, includes, a new synthetic turf field, d-zone improvements, new track & field events, a new concession/restroom building and new ticket booth. The Encina and Mira Loma High School campuses are each set to receive a new eight-lane, all-weather track with field events, synthetic turf football/soccer field, new concession/restroom building and ticket booth on each campus. Projects are expected to begin this summer and complete in late Fall 2017.

About Measure P – In November 2016, voters in the Cities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Orangevale, Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Rancho Cordova, and Sacramento passed Measure P. This measure provides $750 million in critical capital improvements to SJUSD, pursuant to its Facilities Master Plan.

About the San Juan Unified School District – Created in 1960 with the merger of six school districts, San Juan Unified School District (www.sanjuan.edu) has a rich tradition of helping students find academic success and achievement. The district serves a 75-square mile area covering multiple communities, from Arden-Arcade to Orangevale. Today, San Juan Unified is the 11th largest school district in California, with an expenditure budget of $387+ million that is used to employ 5,000 individuals and educate over 46,000 students in early learning, K-12 and adult programs.

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September 29, 2016

Livermore High School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

A great time was had by all at the Livermore High School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their new field turf! Here is the video of the celebration! In addition, Granada High School’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is up next on October 7th!


August 25, 2016

Kezar Stadium

Check out this awesome time lapse video of Kezar Stadium’s track replacement project located in the southeastern corner of beautiful Golden Gate Park!

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May 24, 2016

Beach Chalet Fields is THE place to play!

After the completion of multiple approval processes and the passing of Proposition I, construction is complete on the new synthetic turf soccer facility in Golden Gate Park! Check out what players and the trustees of San Francisco Rec and Parks City Fields Foundation have to say about Beach Chalet Fields.


January 18, 2016

Upcoming Morgan Hill Inclusive Playground Project in the News

MH Play - school meetings -1-14-16 006 A recent article on NBC Bay Area’s website details the Inclusive Playground Project we are designing in Morgan Hill. The piece offers insights into the community involvement and the pre-design process. Check it out here>

December 12, 2015

Beach Chalet Athletic Fields Opening!

12-13-15 198The newly renovated Beach Chalet Athletic Fields are finally open! The City’s celebration was full of family fun like soccer and lacrosse skills areas, demonstration games, food trucks, and free giveaways. The sun was shining for the event as if to show the fields in the best light for their debut. Learn more>

May 4, 2015

Magical Bridge Makes Huff Post News

o-MAGICAL-BRIDGE-PLAYGROUND-570Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto is making headlines for its focus on universal accessibility for children and parents of all abilities and developmental stages. Learn more about some of its key design features in the full article.

March 16, 2015

Grogan Park in Sports Turf Managment Association Magazine

Grogan gridMary E. Grogan Park in Modesto makes news for using an innovative approach to project funding. The City of Modesto partnered with the non-profit Modesto Youth Soccer Association to build and maintain the facility in order to meet the growing demand for soccer venues.
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March 11, 2015

Rotary Playgarden on San Jose City Blog

San Jose Rotary PlayGarden Ribbon Cutting 2015 from WMS media Inc. on Vimeo.
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March 2, 2015

Rotary Playgarden Opening Late April

IMG_1002The Rotary Playgarden in San Jose opens late April thanks to the efforts by the City of San Jose and the Rotary Club as well as a dynamic team of landscape architects, civil engineers, artists, and sculptors. The Playgarden has been specifically designed for children with special needs and of varying developmental stages. Play equipment, concrete slides, and tactile play areas adorned with wildlife themed sculptures make this park a fun and educational experience for children of all ages. Learn more>

January 15, 2015

Ribbon Cutting at 3rd Ave Windsurf Park

DSC_0128Verde Design recently provided upgrades to Foster City’s 3rd Avenue Windsurf Park. The project included a site redesign with the addition of a restroom building, concessions and picnic area, new fencing and staging area, and the replacement of the carpeted “gear up” areas with an all-fiber synthetic turf system. The new design required plans and detailing for C.3 stormwater management of all paving and the existing parking lot, and an ADA compliant design of ramps, walls and paving for the restroom building, picnic and concession areas.

October 1, 2014

Grand Opening of Minnie & Lovie Ward Athletic Fields

Minnie & Lovie Ribbon CuttingRepresentatives of the City Fields Foundation, Mayor Lee, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department Director Phil Ginsburg and many others gathered on September 14th for the grand opening of Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreation Center Athletic Fields. The event included live music, a free barbecue lunch and dozens of activities for the community to enjoy. The facility includes two full size soccer/ lacrosse fields, adult baseball and youth baseball and softball fields, new sports field lighting, new walkways and other amenities.
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September 24, 2014

Palo Alto Square, Palo Alto, CA

PA Square-1 smallBuilding on a long term relationship with our client, Verde Design developed a series of conceptual plans for Palo Alto Square that ranged from a complete renovation of the property to highly focused projects. The first project to be implemented was the renovation of the perimeter berms. The berms have mature trees which are a tremendous asset, however, the understory material was past its useful life. A new palette of grasses and new drip irrigation create a dynamic, yet subtle edge enhancing and modernizing the curb appeal of this property. Learn more>

September 5, 2014

Del Campo & El Camino High Schools Celebrate Opening Night

Del Campo and El Camino Fundamental high schools unveiled their renovated stadiums on Sept. 5. The projects were made possible through the San Juan Unified School District community’s passage of the $350 million Measure N bond package. Projects were delivered through the Lease Lease-back process with Robert A. Bothman as the General Contractor and Vanir operating as Construction Manager and included new synthetic turf fields and all-weather running tracks. Video courtesy of the San Juan Unified School District. Learn more >

El Camino

El Camino High School Ribbon Cutting

Greg Paulo- San Juan USD Board Member, Shelley Friery-El Camino HS Principal, Tyrin Bolden – El Camino HS Senior TE/LB, Cici Robinson – El Camino HS Athletic Director, Brett Mitchell – Bond Manager, Frank Carmada – Facilities Director

Del Campo

Del Campo High School Ribbon Cutting

Holding scissors between the cougars: Gary Summerhays – Retired Teacher, Coach & Athletic Director, Saul Hernandez – San Juan USD Board Member, Brett Wolfe – Del Campo HS Principal, (#68 far right) Sharon Props – Del Campo HS Athletic Director

September 3, 2014

Helms Middle School, San Pablo, CA

WorkinHelms5g with Baker Vilar Architects and Bothman Construction,  Verde Design helped to deliver a new 8-lane all-weather running track, two synthetic turf fields, hard courts, and parking for the civic community center adjacent to Helms Middle School. Requiring stringent stormwater filtration, the team utilized a number of strategies including bioswales, collection basins, and stone base filtration to treat all the water from the synthetic turf fields and hardcourts before entering the stormwater system. The shape of the track needed to be adapted to fit the constrained dimensions while keeping the 400m distance. A modified broken-back geometry was required to fit the short dimensions of the long axis utilizing a compound curve rather than the traditional single radius.   Learn more >

August 26, 2014

Airport Place, San Jose, CA

P1060216In partnership with Valley Crest, BKF Engineers, and Gonzalez Architects, Verde Design was tasked with the rebranding and modernization of Airport Place. Spanning several blocks, Airport Place contains a wide array of businesses from restaurants to banks to corporate offices.The strategy, consisting of a cohesive signage package, coordinated planting scheme, and improved street and entry aesthetics, aims to improve wayfinding and modernize the complex as well as reduce its overall environmental impact. Replacing over 86,000 sf of spray-irrigated lawn, the new drought tolerant planting, no-mow sod, and drip irrigation decreases water and maintenance costs and varies slightly throughout the complex to give each subarea its own identity while remaining unified. Learn More >

August 19, 2014

Stagg High School Pool, Stockton, CA

Verde Desigstagg-hs-pool-nightn, along with our partners at Aquatic Design Group and Robert A. Bothman, recently completed construction of the competition pool for Phase III of Stagg High School’s facility improvements project. While earlier phases included facilities for land-based students—a new synthetic turf stadium with all-weather track, synthetic turf baseball fields, and natural turf multi-use fields—the state-of-the-art competition pool is for Stagg’s more amphibious student body members. Phase III also included several areas adjacent to the pool: a new tennis court facility, basketball courts, handball courts, and two competition sized natural turf fields with perimeter running track. In addition to Stagg High School, Verde Design developed individual Master Plans for Chavez, Edison, and Franklin High Schools in the Stockton Unified School District. Since 2008, these schools have received phased facility upgrades ranging from new stadiums with all-weather tracks, synthetic turf and natural turf fields, tennis courts, hard courts, circulation upgrades, ADA compliance upgrades, entry plazas, concession buildings, and site landscaping—of which several facilities have won awards from the American Sports Builders Association. Learn More >

July 23, 2014

San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA

mcenery convention center-7 In a collaborative design effort with Populus Architects, Verde Design re-imagined the plaza to San Jose Convention Center’s newly renovated entry. Completed in Fall 2013, the new plaza is an gem located in San Jose’s rejuvenated downtown area. Offsetting hardscape with planting, the plaza maintains its function as a large gathering space while miniature forests of ginkgo and bamboo interject intimate, natural moments into the urban core. The seating terraces function as an extension of the convention center, utilizing sustainable, organic infill synthetic turf that is able to withstand high traffic during events. Learn more >

July 9, 2014

Grogan Park, Modesto, CA

To meet the needs of Modesto’s growing soccer community, Verde Design developed Phase I of Grogan Park, featuring a 7-field soccer complex with related entry infrastructure, plaza areas, and concession, restroom, and team buildings. Three of the fields are state of the art, synthetic turf with the central synthetic turf field designed as stadium field. This field, located directly adjacent to the entry plaza, was engineered to be slightly lower in order to enhance sight lines into the stadium and create a grand first impression as patrons enter the complex. North of the synthetic fields are four natural turf fields that utilize the latest breed of hybrid Bermuda grass for increased resistance to wear and a longer season. We designed an efficient irrigation system for the fields, as well as the landscaping, and a slit sand drainage system to improve turf quality and play. All seven fields, totaling 26 acres, are lighted for night play. The local soccer youth group, MYSA, are the primary users of the park with their own office building along with the restroom and concession buildings. Partnering with the City and local clubs, we also assisted in sponsorship and fundraising. Now capable of holding local and regional tournaments, Grogan Park is the largest premier sports park in Modesto. Learn More >

June 16, 2014

Fremont High School, Sunnyvale, CA

Fremont High School, SunnyvaleAs part of a district-wide improvements project across six schools, Fremont High School stands out for both its scope of work and highly accelerated design schedule. Our designers worked quickly to take the project from concept to DSA submittal in six weeks, meeting the District’s goal of beginning construction in Summer 2009.The large project scope consisted of a stadium track & field, baseball field, and softball field with field lighting, PA systems, scoreboards, and site furnishings; soccer and multi-use field with bleachers and scoreboards; and entry plaza including the entry signage and landscaping- all phased to coincide with the athletic seasons and minimize disruption to the campus. A number of sustainable elements were also included: the use of synthetic turf for reduced water usage, lower maintenance costs, and more playable hours; a central irrigation system with integrated bioswales for more efficient water usage; and solar voltaic arrays between fields that double as a shade structure for spectator seating. The delivery method selected by the District was a lease-leaseback method, which helped to create a collaborative environment for the design team, the District, and the contractor and resulted in the entire series of projects being completed on time and on budget. Learn More >

April 30, 2014

Bellarmine Baseball, San Jose, CA

Charged with theIMG_7879 renovation of Bellarmine’s outdated athletic facilities, our staff has worked with Bellarmine since 2005 to deliver a state-of-the-art track & field, lacrosse and soccer venue, and, most recently, a baseball complex that reflects the private school’s high academic and athletic caliber. For their baseball facility, we replaced their field with a sustainable synthetic turf field for more playable hours. Working with Devcon Construction, the project includes new at grade dugouts with integrated bleachers, a new locker and team room building,  an all-weather covered hitting and training center, new perimeter fencing, a netted backstop, and chair back VIP seating behind home plate. By integrating architectural  motifs found throughout the campus, the  new facility helps to create a cohesive appearance that coincides with other recent construction. In addition to the design-build project with Devcon Construction, we played a complementary role in the project’s approval process with the City of San Jose. Working on the client’s behalf, Verde Design upheld the values and principles of this long-standing institution while addressing all of the client’s needs throughout the entire process. Learn More >