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Celebrating Leadership At Carducci Associates / Monty Hill Promoted to Senior Associate!

Carducci Associates is excited to announce our growth in leadership with the promotion of landscape architect Monty Hill, LEED AP, CID, to Senior Associate! For five years, Monty has brought his sense of beauty and technical expertise to many teams and projects, always with singular calm, respect, and thoughtfulness. With this promotion, we celebrate Monty’s achievements in the firm.

Monty began his career as a civil engineer focused on the technical aspects of watershed analysis, hydrology, and stormwater management. Subsequently, his interest shifted to the design of people-oriented spaces and the creative aspects of landscape projects.

Monty returned to school to study landscape architecture at UC Berkeley Extension. Concurrently, he was able to immediately apply his new skills at a high-end residential landscape firm designing poolside rural retreats and sustainable urban garden spaces using refined materials. After graduating with distinction, Monty turned to public and commercial design opportunities to apply his creativity and technical skills to the wider audience that Carducci Associates affords. He enjoys making a difference in the lives of everyday people by creating functional, sustainable environments such as Willows Shopping Center, Fallon Sports Park, and Cupertino High School. In his new role, Monty looks forward to working on future projects at Carducci Associates and mentoring the next wave of landscape architects.

Grasses glow as the evening sets in at the Willows Shopping Center, Concord, California.

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Design Outdoor Learning Spaces to Transform Children’s Lives / Principal Lattanzio Writes in Learning By Design Magazine

Principal Vince Lattanzio, ASLA, co-authored “Design Outdoor Learning Spaces to Transform Children’s Lives” in the Summer 2018 issue of Learning By Design, accessible ​here.

Written with Vicki Moore (Director, Founder of Living Classroom) and Dr. Jill Goodman Gould, PhD and Linda Stevenin (Artik Art & Architecture), they describe a philosophy of outdoor learning that Carducci Associates develops through numerous school designs throughout the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. These biophilic learning environments are featured in the Academics + Childcare projects on our website.

Principal Vince Lattanzio co-authors article in 2018 Summer Issue of Learning By Design.

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Grand Opening! / Fallon Sports Park Phase II

This month, Carducci Associates celebrates the opening of Phase II of the City of Dublin’s Fallon Sports Park! The Grand Opening, on March 24, represents a significant milestone since the office and the city previously celebrated the Grand Opening of Phase I in 2010. Since 2012, Carducci Associates has developed a design for Phase II that balances the park’s athletic, educational, and environmental features.

In other news, earlier this month, the office celebrated along with the City of Berkeley its renovation of the Gilman Fields (formally known as the Tom Bates Regional Sports Complex), a project reviewed in recent blog posts.

Dublin's Grand Opening Announcement and a hearty stack of the work that moved the project through construction.
The Grand Re-Opening of Berkeley's Gilman Fields on March 3, 2018.
Organizers of the successful Safe Gilman Turf campaign and families who use the field celebrate with the City of Berkeley.

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San Rafael High School Stadium / Carducci Associates Gives New Life to Marin's 80-Year-Old-Field

What began in 2008 with an anonymous donation has come to full realization in 2017: the renovation of Marin’s oldest playing field. Miller Field was constructed during the 1930s and has been improved over decades; today, it is the county’s only playing field with sports lighting. Yet the site endured persistent challenges due to resource-intensive natural turf maintenance, a lack of universal accessibility, and neighborhood sound and light pollution.

Carducci Associates led the renovation of Miller Field to resolve these issues by introducing cutting-edge athletic facility design that also serves the community as grounds for physical education, graduation, fairs, training, and performances. Additions and upgrades include: a new all-weather, 9-lane track for 3-way track meets, a synthetic turf field (comprised of a natural cork infill and a pad for player safety and drainage), a new home team grandstand, scoreboard, and visitor’s bleachers, an energy efficient, state-of-the-art LED stadium lighting and sound system, and new restrooms, concession stand, parking, and stadium entry plaza. The San Rafael City Schools Bond Program shares photos and information about the projects current status.

Many stakeholders have been involved in the eight-year process. More than two-thirds of voters approved Measure B, a $161 million bond to be spent on San Rafael City Schools. The first Measure B project is the renovation of the San Rafael High School Stadium. Parent volunteers, neighbors, athletic team boosters, teachers, district staff, coaches, and the Principal and the Athletic Director, have all contributed time, insight and fundraising to the project’s success. In our office, the project is known for its league of contributors: Principals Bill Fee and Vince Lattanzio, Senior Associates Alvin Tang and Tim Skinner, and associates Lee Streitz, Philip Dinh, Karly Behncke, Jihwan Kim and Joel Franceschi.

Synthetic turf offers a safe and level playing field, extension of the seasonal use of the field, savings in water use and maintenance costs, and elimination of noise and air pollution associated with mechanical mowers. Removing the need for chemical fertilizer and pesticide application, the high school’s neighboring San Rafael Creek and the greater San Francisco Bay will benefit from a reduction in water pollution. In collaboration with Van Pelt Construction Services and Robert A. Bothman managing the construction process, the stadium is scheduled to open in Spring 2018—ready for the community and fans of the San Rafael Bulldogs to gather for traditional Friday Night Lights football games.

Groundbreaking at Miller Field in May 2017.
Six months into construction at Miller Field, November 2017.

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