AHBE landscape architects recently transformed the old Burbank Water and Power facility into EcoCampus - California's first sustainable utility campus. The industrial relic of the past is now a regenerative green beacon for the future, and the new site is decked out with green rooftop gardens, solar power panels, and water reclamation and filtration facilities.
As part of the international pilot program the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), which seeks to rejuvenate 150 projects, BWP’s EcoCampus is so far the only scheme underway that bridges the gap between industry and efficiency. AHBE, the LA-based firm commissioned for the project, is known specifically for landscape architecture that links industry with ecology.
As part of the renovation, California’s LEED Platinum warehouse, one of the buildings located on the EcoCampus, has been returned to its former glory as an Art Deco design. The roof gardens sound equally impressive, consisting of three green rooftop areas to help reduce a ‘heat island effect’ and act as a means of channeling and filtering storm water.
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