Creating a sense of community and providing sustainably designed sites are key objectives for Wood Rodgers’ landscape architecture studio. Collaboratively working with our engineering and planning counterparts, we form a team of professionals who understand the value of outdoor amenity spaces. We mindfully make spaces that complement their surroundings: buildings, town squares, parks, light rail stations, commercial corridors, and campuses. These spaces are designed to become usable environments for both active and passive purposes, creating communities with enduring value.
Working throughout California and Nevada, our landscape architects understand the importance of site, context and climate when designing outdoor spaces. Our goal is to provide thoughtful, safe, sustainable value for sites that will improve with time while enhancing living experiences for all.
Our team provides interpretive outdoor spaces and public and private zones that create campus identity and uniqueness, while giving students meaningful diversions from classroom work.
Whether a park is active or passive, sports oriented or open space, it can serve multiple purposes and provide communities with ways to connect people with their environments. The parks we design and create are ‘owned’ by their respective communities and endure for generations.
We collaborate on community identity, open space design, preserving natural features, and creating recreational opportunities with the goal of enhancing livability and creating identity. Often, we work with clients to establish and implement themes that carry throughout a project area and contribute to a community’s identity and uniqueness.
Our efforts in urban design extend beyond streets to site specific civic projects that provide places for people to congregate, play and be entertained, while contributing to community reinvestment and beautification planned for longevity and civic pride.
Wood Rodgers provided landscape architectural services for this public park in a gated community in Lincoln, California. The park has turkey themed terra cotta panels created by Gladding McBean, one of only two historic terra cotta producers in America, in a custom stairway that leads to a play and picnic area. It also includes a terra cotta public art element that functions as a play feature created by Lincoln artist Ray Gonzales. Extensive effort was given to native oak tree and granite outcropping preservation, site surveillance, and adjacent neighbor screening.
Wood Rodgers provided civil engineering and landscape architecture services for a new 12,500 square foot field house and four tennis courts at this existing campus.
Work included preliminary and final design for water efficient landscapes, blending existing improvements with site accessibility, utility extensions, and grading and drainage improvements. Over the course of more than a decade, Wood Rodgers has provided comprehensive landscape architectural and community design services for all aspects of the Northlake (sometimes referred to as Greenbriar) master planned community. Establishing a design theme in concert with the development team, services have included the preparation and processing of all street, lake walk promenade, open space and park landscaping plans, each of which execute a contemporary, ‘modern agrarian’ theme.
Wood Rodgers partnered with the City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency on this project that was the culmination of a decade of redevelopment planning. Located on R Street, the Ice Blocks encompass three half blocks of new and rehabilitated building construction.
Ice Blocks 2 contained an apartment project with ground level retail, restaurants, and a second floor roof deck that houses a bar, water feature and series of outdoor rooms created by strategically placed planters and site furnishings. Ice Blocks 3 is a commercial property that uses masonry walls of a former agricultural supply company to establish an industrial chic aesthetic, complete with a courtyard that can be private or opened up on three sides for nearly complete transparency. A bocce court was constructed outside of a soon to open restaurant to further enliven the street scene and create an active streetside land use.
The project focused on low-water-use plantings, used gabion baskets for site furnishings, and reclaimed cobblestones from the adjacent street to accentuate the project’s gritty vernacular.
Located on a prominent 16-acre infill site, Arden Gateway occupies a former hotel site adjacent to a regional mall. Constructed in two phases, the site provides a segue between the mall and its land use to an existing multi-family neighborhood to the north.
Lifestyle oriented amenities abound in each phase of the project: intimate courtyards at building entries, two pool areas, each with its own complement of outdoor spaces including fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, a yoga lawn and outside game zones encourage the formation of community and promote a healthy, outdoor lifestyle. Walking and biking opportunities abound, as well as access to regional transportation routes.