MILLER COMPANY WINS ASLA-NCC DESIGN AWARD FOR HILLTOP PARK
April 26, 2019 – Miller Company has been selected as the recipient for the 2019 Design Award for Parks, Recreation, Trails, and Open Spaces by the American Society of Landscape Architects, Northern California Chapter! We are very proud of our work at Hilltop ‘Sundial’ Park located in the Bayview neighborhood in San Francisco! Many thanks to all who had a hand in making it happen!
RL STEVENSON SCHOOL DESIGN IS FEATURED IN SF EXAMINER
October 29, 2018 – Photos of our stormwater design and the Ribbon Cutting at RL Stevenson have been posted HERE on SF Examiner.
DEZEEN WRITES ABOUT DR. GEORGE W. DAVIS SENIOR CENTER
October 25, 2018 – Dezeen Magazine wrote a lovely article about the affordable senior housing development recently built in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood. Fabulous photos accompany an interview with the architect, David Baker, who details the inspiration behind the design elements as well as the intended use for the community. We really enjoyed working on this project!
JEFFREY MILLER TO SPEAK AT SUSTAINABLE SITE DESIGN WORKSHOP ON OCTOBER 25, PUBLIC IS INVITED
October 18, 2018 – Jeff will be one of four panelists discussing sustainable site design in the context of affordable housing. Infill site selection and planning is critical in guaranteeing a project’s ability to compete for funding and rank high on sustainable measure indexes. Particularly, during initial site layout, we must make decisions and evaluate trade-offs that will impact the achievable level of LEED or GreenPoint certification.
Sponsored by the Non Profit Housing Association, This Brown Bag training will discuss the competing challenges facing green affordable housing projects, such as the need to maximize unit count, satisfy parking demands, and design active open space while meeting Stormwater C.3 Guidelines, as well as satisfying jurisdictional and utility requirements. Through an interdisciplinary panel discussion of case studies, this session will provide project managers with strategies to meet the California Building Code CalGreen, GreenPoint and LEED requirements, in addition to site strategies to help projects exceed Title 24 Energy Modeling requirements
• be better equipped to advocate for green design during the early phases of site and building design.
• leave with a basic understanding of the overlapping requirements that are placed on a site by the California CalGreen Code, GreenPoint Rated and LEED certification systems and the Stormwater C.3 requirements.
Jeff Miller – Principal, Miller Company Landscape Architects
Kim Suczynski Smith – Associate, Pyatok Architects (convener and moderator)
Ruchi Shah – Sustainability Manager, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
Rose Wirtz – Assistant Project Manager, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley
Please note: registration closes on Wednesday, October 24 at 12:00PM
DATE & TIME: October 25, 2018 at Noon
We encourage attendees to arrive at 11:30am to enjoy the hosted lunch and to network with peers.
ADDRESS: 369 Pine Street, Suite 310
HILLTOP PARK RECEIVES CIVIL ENGINEERING AWARD
October 1, 2018 – The recent $6.7 million renovation that transformed an underused park in the Bayview into a sought-after, multi-purpose public space for people of all ages has been selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) San Francisco chapter as its Outstanding Parks and Recreation Project, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department announced today.
The Hilltop Park Renovation Project team was honored at the ASCE’s San Francisco Section meeting at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center. The team included the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department; The Trust for Public Land; community groups Parks 94124 and Hunters Point Family; Langan Engineering and Environmental Services; Miller Company Landscape Architects Inc., Robert A. Bothman Construction; and construction manager Mack5.
Located at the highest point in the Bayview District, the park was originally constructed in 1979. Renovations began in late November 2015 and were completed just under a year later. Hilltop’s updated features include the 70-foot sundial amphitheater and plaza, a new skateboard park replacing the former “dish,” two new playgrounds, additional seating, picnic and barbeque areas, an adult fitness and meditation area and accessible pathways. FULL ARTICLE CAN BE READ HERE.
JEWISH NEWS WRITES ABOUT RINGOLD ALLEY’S “LEATHER MEMOIR”
June 21, 2018 – SF Pride is happening this weekend and J News wrote a piece about our permanent art installation in Ringold Alley, which honors the leather culture within the LGBTQ community. Full story can be read here.
GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY HELD AT CASA ADALENTE, 100% AFFORDABLE HOUSING AT 1296 SHOTWELL ST.
June 20, 2018 – Miller Company is proud to be the landscape architect working with Mission Economic Development Agency, Chinatown Community Development, and Herman Coliver Locus Architects to design Casa Adelante, the first 100% affordable senior housing development to be built in the Mission District in ten years. Located at 1296 Shotwell Street, this project will provide 90 units of affordable senior housing (twenty of which are for formerly homeless seniors) and will feature a ground level garden, rooftop terrace garden, and enhanced streetscape. Olinda Orellana, Community Leader and Senior Advocate, addressed the crowd assembled at the groundbreaking event to honor this important project.
ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN URBAN DESIGN FEATURING RINGOLD ALLEY LEATHER MEMOIR
February 7, 2018 – George Loew, one of our landscape designers here at Miller Company, recently had an article published in Urban Design's winter issue. The article covers the Ringold Alley Leather Memoir we built last summer discussing the installation process and the LGBTQ history of the area. Read the entire piece here.
Dr. GEORGE DAVIS BUILDING WINS 2017 AIACC AWARD
October 19, 2017 – The affordable senior housing recently built in Bayview by David Baker Architects has received the 2017 AIACC Residential Design Award – one of just 13 awards in the statewide program. We are honored to be included as the landscape designers on this project!
HOODLINE WRITES ARTICLE ON RINGOLD ALLEY'S LEATHER MEMOIR
September 29, 2017 – Many thanks to Hoodline for writing a detailed piece on Miller Company's art installation and the leather community in SF's SoMa neighborhood!
MILLER COMPANY'S DESIGN FOR LAFAYETTE PARK PLAYGROUND FEATURED IN NEW BOOK
August 23, 2017 - Our work at Lafayette Park Playground was featured in the new book "How to Grow a Playspace: Development and Design" by Katherine Masiulanis and Elizabeth Cummins...a great collection of projects discussing the design process!
LEATHER MEMOIR ARTICLE IN MEDIUM.COM
August 1, 2017 – Laura Paull recently wrote an article discussing the rich history in SoMa’s leather district here in SF.
LEATHER MEMOIR INSTALLATION IS ALMOST FINISHED!
June 21, 2017 – EDGE has written a wonderfully thorough article about the art installation currently underway at Ringold Alley. Learn more about the history of SF's leather culture as well as the "Leather Memoir" that Jeffrey Miller has been working on!
MODULAR HOME CONSTRUCTION AT WATERBEND - 5880 THIRD ST
June 13, 2017 – Very cool to watch the modular construction at our project located at 5880 Third St!
ARTWORK INSTALLATION AT RINGOLD ALLEY
JUNE 2, 2017 – The artwork paying homage to the LBGTQ leather community of SoMa is very close to being completed! Located in the Ringold Alley [between Folsom & Harrison and 8th and 9th streets], this historical tribute celebrates the beginnings of SF's gay culture before the emergence of Castro in the 1970s. Learn more about the project here.
EDUCATION OUTSIDE HAS PUT TOGETHER A GREAT VIDEO HIGHLIGHTING SEVERAL OF THE SFUSD'S GREEN SCHOOLYARDS
May 8, 2017 – Education Outside, a wonderful and inspiring organization working with 47 full-time AmeriCorps members, helps many of SF's public schools teach students about science and the environment in green schoolyards. They have put together a video that highlights their work and many of the outdoor classrooms that we have designed including Glen Park, Lafayette, and Sherman Elementary schools. Learn more about the green schoolyards that we have built here!
SF CHRONICLE ARTICLE FEATURES ONE HENRY ADAMS PROJECT
April 12, 2017 – John King from SF Chronicle wrote a piece about a handful of current mid-rise housing projects and some of the obstacles faced building in San Francisco. Included are two of our projects: One Henry Adams and Ringold Alley [at 8th and Harrison]. Read the article here.
800 UNIVERSITY RECEIVES 2017 DESIGN AWARD FROM BERKELEY DESIGN ADVOCATES
MARCH 16, 2017 - Miller Company is proud to be a part of The Aquatic I - 800 University Avenue project which recently won a Design Award of Excellence from Berkeley Design Advocates.
The mix-use building features 58 units with 1,175 square feet of office/retail space, 1,600 square feet of open space east of the parking lot and 1,500 square feet of private open space including a rooftop garden.
WISHING KYLA BURSON A FOND FAREWELL
February 7, 2017 – Miller Company announces with mixed emotion the departure of Kyla Burson, who will soon be moving to Portland, Oregon with her husband Barry and son Raymond. We would like to reflect a bit on the past 11 years of working together with Kyla here.
THRASHER MAGAZINE COVERS HILLTOP PARK'S NEW SKATEPARK
December 12, 2016 – Thrasher Magazine attended the grand opening for Hilltop Park and put together a nice little video about the renovated skatepark, known as the Dish. This was the first skatepark in San Francisco [built in 1979], and fell into disrepair as much of the park did over time. Funded in part by the Tony Hawk Foundation, Grindline designed and built the new one.
HellaClips has a video as well!
SF CHRONICLE WRITES A NICE PIECE ABOUT HILLTOP PARK AND ITS GRAND OPENING
December 6, 2016 – The Grand Opening of Hilltop Park was a great success! Kids of all ages came out to skate in the new Dish, give the new playground a whirl and simply hang out on the grassy hill to take in the views of the city. The Chronicle published an article on Sunday about the renovation.
THANK YOU FOR COMING OUT TO HILLTOP PARK
December 5, 2016 – Many thanks to all of those who were able to make it out to Hilltop Park to celebrate the Grand Opening this past weekend! We had a wonderful time chatting with Bayview's residents and watching the kids have a grand time skateboarding, sliding, and climbing all over the place!
GRAND OPENING FOR HILLTOP "SUNDIAL" PARK WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD FROM 10AM - 1 PM
November 29, 2016 – Please join us this Saturday for the Grand Opening of Hilltop Park! Located at 2 Willie B. Kennedy Drive [in the Bayview neighborhood], this newly renovated park features a new playground, skatepark, paths and more. Closest access to the festivities is located at Whitney Young Circle & Progress Street.
Learn more about the project here.
GEORGE LOEW HAS COMPLETED BAY FRIENDLY CERTIFICATION
November 10, 2016 - We are pleased to announce that another member of our staff, George Loew, has officially become a Bay Friendly Qualified Professional! This environmental program focuses on working with nature to reduce waste, conserve resources and prevent pollution. Strategies include using organic amendments and compost to improve soil conditions and reduce needs for synthetic fertilizer, mulching, and designing with drought-tolerant plants, high efficiency irrigation equipment and rainwater harvesting systems. Way to go, George!
SAVE THE DATE: GRAND OPENING FOR HILLTOP PARK SET FOR DECEMBER 3, 10AM-1PM
November 9, 2016 - Hilltop Park, located at LaSalle & Whitney Young Circle, is very close to completion! We will be celebrating its new design with a Grand Opening of food, music and skateboarding on December 3, 2016 from 10AM-1PM!
Hilltop's skatepark, the first to be built in San Francisco and one of the oldest in the country [built in 1979], will have a completely new "Dish." Other improvements in the park's redesign include a children’s playground with a colorful celestial theme, increased picnic and barbecue facilities, an adult fitness zone, new art installations, accessibility improvements, new park lighting, and sustainable features such as native plantings on the park’s hillsides, natural irrigation and stormwater retention.
Please join us along with The Trust For Public Land, Parks 94124, SF Recreation & Park Dept. and the whole community in this wonderful improvement to the neighborhood!
FALLEN BRIDGE INCLUDED IN TOP 10 PARKS IN SF
November 5, 2016 – Fallen Bridge, also known as Utah-18th Street Mini Park, was recently rated #5 in the Top 10 Parks in San Francisco. With over 200 parks considered in the city, The Chronicle wrote an article about the best and the worst...and shed some light on the continual commitment to renovate aging, established parks. We are honored to be included on this list with a percentage rating of 97.4%!
CONSTRUCTION FOR HILLTOP PARK IS NEARING COMPLETION
October 25, 2016 - We're excited to see the renovation of Hilltop Park making progress so quickly! See more photos here.
THE BAY AREA REPORTER COVERS OUR NEW PROJECT AT RINGOLD ALLEY
September 29, 2016 – The Bay Area Reporter has written an article about our upcoming project, Ringold Alley. Learn more about the rich history of SF's leather community and this new initiative here.
MIRACLE PLAYSYSTEMS HAS PUT TOGETHER A VIDEO OF BERESFORD PARK
September 14, 2016 – If you haven't made it out to our newly designed Beresford Park, perhaps this video will entice you! Miracle Playsystems, the company we collaborated with to create a one-of-a-kind playground, has released a video of our Grand Opening which includes some great aerial shots as well!
DR. GEORGE W. DAVIS SENIOR BUILDING FEATURED IN AIA'S I LOOK UP FILM CHALLENGE
September 6, 2016 – AIA is in the midst of its second annual I Look Up Film Challenge! If you're not familiar with the project, architects and filmmakers team up to present short stories about innovative design solutions to some of our society's greatest challenges. We're happy to be a part of one of the recognized projects which features the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center. Designed by San Francisco architect David Baker, the recently completed affordable housing is located in Bayview and offers residents wonderful amenities to keep seniors active and engaged with each other. We designed the landscape to include plenty of outdoor seating and a "kitchen garden" with raised vegetable beds.
The film is called 'Home' by The Rebus Project and Videografiko. Please cast your vote if you'd like to nominate them for the People's Choice Award for 2016!
You may view the film and vote HERE.
CONSTRUCTION ON HILLTOP PARK IS MOVING ALONG!
August 16, 2016 - We can't keep up with how fast the new Hilltop Park is being built! Check out the progression on our Parks page!
GRAND OPENING & RIBBON CUTTING AT BERESFORD PARK WAS A SUCCESS!
July 23, 2016 - We had a wonderful turnout at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Beresford Park in San Mateo. The kids [and even the adults] had a grand time climbing all over the boulders and the massive crawl net. Partnering with Miracle Playsystems, we designed a custom playground that features three wooden towers with slides, webbed bridges, monkey bars, interactive games, telecopes, a rock climbing wall and more. On the perimeter, there are plenty of swings, climbing ropes, a disc spinner, cat tails and a separate area for the smaller kids.
BERESFORD PARK PLAYGROUND GRAND OPENING ON SATURDAY, JULY 23
July 15, 2016 - Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of Beresford Park in San Mateo on Saturday July 23rd!
The new playground is designed to serve various age groups and is set in a natural environment with internal shade trees and a surround of boulders arranged for scrambling and interactive socializing. Three centrally located rustic wood-clad climbing towers feature internal nets and timber structures challenging playground users to reach the upper platforms. Stainless steel tube slides wind downward from the towers to the earth toned resilient surface providing a safe cushion throughout. Monkey bars connect the towers at the ground level while a long webbed climbing bridge emerges from mid level and snakes its way up and down through the play area. Parents and families will find respite in several new and improved picnic areas set at the edges of the playground.
The Opening Ceremony begins at 10:30am and Open to the Public starts and noon. We hope to see you there!
RIBBON CUTTING FOR DR. GEORGE W. DAVIS SENIOR CENTER THIS SATURDAY!
June 22, 2016 - We are happy to announce that the construction for the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center in Bayview has been completed! The San Francisco Bay Area community is invited to celebrate the grand opening (located at 1751 Carroll Avenue at Third Street in San Francisco) on Saturday, June 25th. The program and ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 11AM, followed by center tours, refreshments and entertainment from 12pm-3pm.
The new building will enhance the quality of life for underserved senior citizens in San Francisco's Bayview Hunters Point community. The new complex includes 120 units of low-income senior housing and a brand new senior center. The complex also includes a dining hall, beauty parlor, health and nutrition programs and more.
PUBLIC MEETING TO BE HELD FOR THE RENOVATION OF HYDE-TURK MINI PARK AND SGT. MACAULAY PARK
June 8, 2016 - Please join us on Thursday, June 23 at the Tenderloin Recreation Center to discuss the plans for the renovation project at Hyde-Turk Mini Park and Sgt. Macaulay Park. The Trust for Public Land and SF Rec. and Park Dept. will be there to answer questions and gather the community's input. The renovation project, funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, is part of Let's Play SF, a partnership between the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the San Francisco Parks Alliance.
This is the first in a series of meetings to be held.
When: Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 6:00-7:30pm
Where: Tenderloin Recreation Center, 570 Ellis St, San Francisco
JEFFREY MILLER RECENTLY PRESENTED THE COMPANY'S WORK AT THE ASIAN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE SOCIETY IN NANJING, CHINA
June 6, 2016 - Jeffrey was invited to present to landscape architects, planners, and designers at the Asian Landscape Architecture Society Summit held in Nanjing, China this past May. He delivered a talk focused on Miller Company’s green schoolyard, public park, and multi-family housing work highlighting the implementation of sustainable design methods, the use of natural building materials, and examples of strategies employed for community engagement in the design process.
SF MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS THE UPCOMING RINGOLD ALLEY REDESIGN
June 1, 2016 - In celebration of Pride 2016, SF Magazine is covering stories related to the LGBTQ life in the Bay Area throughout the month of June. Read about the upcoming redesign we are doing for Ringold Alley located in SoMa, which is a direct tribute to the history of the area and its unique culture.
MIRACLE PLAYSYSTEMS EXPLAINS BERESFORD PARK'S NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT
May 12, 2016 - Miracle Playsystems wrote a very informative article on their blog explaining the details of the custom playground we are designing at Beresford Park! We have collaborated with them on several projects in the past, most notably Lafayette Park, and are so pleased to be working on this! Check out their post here.
NEW CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ARE UP FOR BERESFORD PARK
May 11, 2016 - We recently visited the construction site for Beresford Park and took a few photos of the progress. Check them out!
DESIGN DAY AT MELROSE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
May 9, 2016 - Miller Company collaborated with the Trust For Public Land in hosting a Design Day workshop at Melrose Leadership Academy. Maya, who is our lead designer on the upcoming project for the new playground, showed the community Miller Company's recent renderings, answering questions and getting feedback from the parents, teachers and children. Meanwhile, the kids built miniature models of play areas with clay and leaves! :) See more pics on our site under 'Schools.'
UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE MELROSE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
April 7, 2016 - Join us for discussions on the transformation of Melrose Leadership Academy! Upcoming events include:
≈ April 7 at 6:30pm - 8:00pm - Stakeholder Meeting
All stakeholders are invited to discuss existing conditions, ideas, maintenance, access and programming for the new schoolyard.
≈ April 23 at 9:00am - 12:00pm - Design Day
Participatory design workshop to model and design the new living schoolyard. Create designs that will be refined by Miller Company Landscape Architects and presented at the next meeting!
≈ May 14 at 11:00am - 12:00pm - Final Design Presentation
Come see the final design for the new schoolyard! Get your questions answered and find out how we can turn this plan into a reality!
JEFFREY MILLER TO SPEAK AT THE ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY ON APRIL 12
April 1, 2016 - Jeffrey will be speaking on sustainable design April 12 at the Academy of Art University in downtown San Francisco. The event, presented by the School of Landscape Architecture, is called "Green Interventions & Sustainable Strategies for Designing Livable, Healthy Cities."
"Existing cities worldwide are experiencing transformations spurred on through economic realignment from manufacturing to service based activities, population growth, and increased pressure on aging infrastructure. Landscape Architects, in collaboration with other design professionals, are spearheading projects creating livable and sustainable developments that provide open space environments that promote community health. The presentation will focus on three project typologies–residential communities, public parks, and green schoolyards–and will depict strategies employed to deepen public engagement in the design process."
When: Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30pm
Where: Academy of Art University, 2801 Leavenworth Street, The Cannery, Room #300-K, San Francisco, CA
HILLTOP PARK CONSTRUCTION AGENDA FOR FEBRUARY
February 11, 2016 - Here's what's scheduled for renovating Hilltop/Sundial Park this month!
• Finish breaking up concrete in the old skatepark and pathways
• Removing unhealthy trees and relocating the healthy ones
• Grading the slopes
• Forming concrete walls for the new skatepark
Also, three new Bayview residents have completed the workforce training program with the intention of becoming apprentices with the laborer's construction union! Congrats!
MILLER COMPANY PRESENTED PLANS FOR RINGOLD ALLEY TO THE COMMUNITY AT FOLSOM STREET FAIR
September 28, 2015 - This past weekend at the Folsom Street Fair, Miller Company shared upcoming plans for the redesign of Ringold Alley. The area, which is rich with LGBT history, is being transformed to a more pedestrian-friendly corridor.
JEFFREY MILLER TO SPEAK AT THE ASLA-NCC SOUTH BAY LECTURE SERIES ON SEPT. 24
September 14, 2015 - Join the ASLA-NCC for a panel discussion with three Bay Area professionals who have very different and successful careers. Jeffrey Miller, Katrina Majewski and Chip Sullivan will discuss what worked and what didn't as they each pursued unconventional career paths and adapted to the vagaries of the economy. The discussions will end with a Q&A session where the audience can find out more about developing interesting and fulfilling careers.
Jeffrey Miller of Miller Company Landscape Architects
Jeffrey will discuss how he started his design/build firm after his career development on the East Coast and in the Bay Area, including Garrett Eckbo Associates. He will share his unique insight into balancing entrepreneurship with a strong ethical foundation that draws from the very reasons why he became a landscape architect.
Katrina Majewski of Community Design Research
Katrina worked at an IT company for 5 years during the economic recession. She will discuss how she stayed relevant in the field of landscape architecture and now continues with her career at Community Design Research in Oakland.
Chip Sullivan of UC Berkeley
Chip is an award winning artist, landscape architect and professor at UC Berkeley. He has successfully navigated his academic career, teaching at University of Florida, Harvard, and Berkeley. Chip will discuss his career successes in the art world, landscape architecture and teaching.
Moderator: Thomas Eddy, City of San Jose
When: Thursday,September 24
Where: Le Petit Trianon Theatre, 72 North 5th Street, San Jose
Reception: 5:30 - 6:00
Discussion: 6:00 - 7:30
Cost: ASLA Members $10, Non-members $15, Students with Current I.D. Free
Register: CLICK HERE
RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY FOR WILLIE BROWN MIDDLE SCHOOL
August 17, 2015 - Today, Willie Brown Middle School, the first new school to be built in ten years and one of the greenest facilities in the city, opens its doors to 6th grade students! Located in Bayview, the 88,000 square foot project offers a health and community center, high-tech classrooms, science labs, art and music programs, state-of-the-art gym and a modern cafeteria. Over 350 applications were received for the 200 coveted spots available for the 6th grade. 7th graders will be added next year and 8th graders the following year for a total of a 650-student capacity.
The ribbon cutting ceremony held last week was attended by many key fixtures of the city including Ed Lee, Willie Brown, the Brown family, and Richard Carranza. View photos of the construction as it has progressed here.
UPCOMING ONSITE TOURS HOSTED BY SPUR
August 3, 2015 - San Francisco Planning & Urban Research (SPUR) will be hosting tours for two of our current projects, Willie Brown Middle School and MacArthur Station.
Willie Brown Middle School, one of the greenest new schools in the city, will feature district-owned solar, stormwater management and a green schoolyard. The tour will be held Wednesday, Aug. 5 at noon and will include the project team and district officials. Learn more here.
MacArthur Station, a transit village for Oakland, features a 478-stall BART parking garage, a 90-unit affordable housing project, and a 500-unit housing development with an activated ground floor. The tour will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 4pm. To sign up, click here.
BERESFORD PARK RENOVATION
July 13, 2015 - We are currently in the planning stages of a large redesign for San Mateo's popular Beresford Park. It is over 25 years old and in need of upgrades for safety and enjoyment. The San Mateo Daily Journal recently wrote a piece regarding the efforts to raise money as well as what we all hope to accomplish in rebuilding this community treasure.
PACIFIC CANNERY LOFTS HIGHLIGHTED IN NEW BOOK, "ARTFUL RAINWATER DESIGN"
May 18, 2015 - Miller Company's project at Pacific Cannery Lofts in Oakland has been included in the recently published book Artful Rainwater Design by Stuart Echols and Eliza Pennypacker. "Artful Rainwater Design is a must-have resource for landscape architects, urban designers, civil engineers, and architects who won't let stormwater regulations cramp their style, and who understand that for a design to truly be sustainable, people must appreciate and love it. It is a tool for creating landscapes that celebrate rain for the life-giving resource it is—and contribute to more sustainable, healthy, and even fun, built environments."
Check out the excerpt here...or even better, pick up the book at your favorite local bookstore!
Publisher: Island Press
LANDSCAPING FOR CHILDREN
February 25, 2015 - Check out a recent article published in Total Landscaping Care that discusses how (and why) to create beautiful landscapes that are fun, safe, and interactive for children! Miller Company, which is passionate about sustainable design, was noted for work completed on the campus of The San Francisco School (where hands-on learning tools include a compost pile, goats, rabbits and an adventure playground that includes a rocky stream) and Sherman Elementary (which features a green space where kids can learn more about the environment by plant and insect identification, composting, and water conservation).
FUNDRAISING GOAL REACHED FOR HILLTOP'S RENOVATED SKATEPARK, DISH
February 17, 2015 - The fundraising goal of $10,000 for renovating the skateboarding landmark, Dish, in Bayview's Hilltop (Sundial) Park has been reached! Many thanks to all who contributed! The Tony Hawk Foundation graciously granted $10,000 to The Trust of Public Land and offered an additional $5,000 if the community could match their initial donation...for a grand total of over $25,000 raised!
The Dish was originally built in the 1970s and was in need of serious repair. Grindline, an industry leading consultant, will be helping us with the design of a state-of-the-art skatepark which is part of the larger renovation of Hilltop Park that includes new playgrounds, walking paths, fitness and picnic areas, and community art.
A special thanks to The Trust for Public Land's partners: SF Recreation and Parks, Parks 94124, Hunters Point Family, Mack5 Construction Management, Grindline Skateparks, Thrasher, SLXSF and community members!
Donations are still being accepted and are much appreciated! Learn more about the park here.
BOOT CAMP, CLEAN UP DAY AND NATURE WALK AT HILLTOP PARK ON MARCH 21
February 12, 2015 - Join us for another Community Clean Up Day at Hilltop Park on Saturday, March 21! Help RPD gardeners prune vegetation and spruce up the park! Beginning at 9am, the Bayview YMCA Mobile Fitness Team will be offering a Mini Boot Camp to help everyone warm up for the event. After the cleanup, enjoy a free lunch [noon-12:30pm] and a Nature Walk [12:30-2:00pm] led by Josiah Clark who will be discussing biodiversity of Sundial Park and the Bayview.
All tools and materials will be provided, please bring your own water bottle.
To RSVP, or for more information, contact Trudy Garber of the Trust for Public Land at 415.800.5274.
JEFFREY MILLER WILL BE A GUEST SPEAKER AT ASLA'S PANEL DISCUSSION ON CAREER CHALLENGES, JAN. 29
January 22, 2015 - Join this discourse on building and guiding your career with a panel discussion by architects and landscape architects. Discover new ways to make your career happen for you as panelists share how they reshaped their careers. The American Society of Landscape Architects in conjunction with the Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals will be hosting the event.
Panelists include: Cameron White, Architect with Kaiser Permanente, Jeff Miller of Miller Company Landscape Architects, Patricia Algara of BASE Landscape Architects, Tim Deacon of Tim Deacon Landscape Architects and Katrina Majewski.
When: Thursday, January 29th
Where: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
Reception: 6:30 - 7:00
Discussion: 7:00 - 8:30
Cost: ASLA Members $10, Non-members $15, Students with Current I.D. Free
Register: CLICK HERE
THANKS FOR A SUCCESSFUL HILLTOP PARK CLEAN UP DAY AND SKATE JAM!
November 13, 2014 - Over 75 people showed up to pitch in for the Hilltop Park CleanUp Day this past Saturday! Afterwards, the Skate Jam celebrating Hilltop's Skate Park attracted skaters and families from all over the area. Special thanks to the Trust for Public Land and the SF Recreation and Parks Department for all pitching in to this community effort!
View more photos from the day on our Flickr page:
HILLTOP PARK CLEAN UP DAY AND SKATE JAM TO BE HELP ON NOV 8
November 3, 2014 - Join us for a Community Clean Up Day at Hilltop Park from 9am-12pm on Saturday, November 8th! The community is invited to take part in cutting back vegetation and sprucing up the park, followed by a Skate Jam from 12-2pm. Hilltop Park is located at the corner of Whitney Young Circle and Newcomb Avenue in San Francisco.
To RSVP or for more information, contact Trudy Garber of the Trust for Public Land at 415-800-5274.
FALLEN BRIDGE PARK FEATURED IN POTRERO VIEW
October 6, 2014 - Fallen Bridge Park was recently featured in the October 2014 issue of the Potrero View newspaper. The article highlights the grassroots community effort that brought about Fallen Bridge Park, located at the corner of Utah and 18th Streets in San Francisco. Miller Company has provided the landscape architecture for this multi-phased project, and just recently completed the 2nd phase, which includes a level active court for neighborhood games, site retaining walls, and new native plantings. Click here to read the full article.
COMMUNITY MEETING DATES FOR ALTA PLAZA PARK ARE SET
September 22, 2014 - Miller Company will be holding community meetings to discuss the plans for Alta Plaza Park on the following dates:
Our 2nd meeting will be Wednesday, October 15, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Town School, 2750 Jackson Street;
Our 3rd meeting will be Saturday, November 22, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the SF Waldorf School, 2938 Washington Street;
Please join us for this important part of the community planning process!
MILLER COMPANY SELECTED FOR ALTA PLAZA PARK
September 16, 2014 - Miller Company has been selected to work with Friends of Alta Plaza Park, neighborhood residents and park users to create a new long range Landscape Master Plan for Alta Plaza Park. The 12-acre park is located in the heart of Pacific Heights between Clay, Scott, Jackson, and Steiner Streets in San Francisco. Originally designed by John McLaren in 1888, the park is a neighborhood resource as well as a destination for park users city wide that features magnificent views of the city and the bay, and has fallen into disrepair over the years with decaying pathways and aging infrastructure. Miller Company is facilitating three open community meetings where public input will be encouraged in an open dialogue. Once completed the Master Plan will be presented to the Recreation and Parks Commission with the intention of establishing a process for implementing the renovations and park improvement features. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting project!
THE SECOND PHASE OF FALLEN BRIDGE PARK IS NOW COMPLETE!
August 18, 2014 - The second phase of Fallen Bridge Park is now complete and neighbors are actively using the area for lively pétanque games, dog walking, and simple relaxation. Miller Company continued our work on the site with the construction of new stone walls along the sidewalk, the creation of a level active court for neighborhood games, site retaining walls, and new native plantings. Neighborhood volunteers assisted with the planting again as they did on the first phase of work.
We are hoping to complete the project within the next year with the installation of an new access ramp, new plantings, and the continuation of the curbside stone wall, tying phases one and two together. We are happy to have assisted the community with design and installation service. The transformation of this once neglected site adjacent to the 101 Freeway sound wall is nearly complete. It has now become a beautiful urban wayside park that invites neighborhood use and attracts birds and butterflies too!
LAFAYETTE PARK'S PLAY STRUCTURES
July 2, 2014
- Miracle Playgroup, based out of Oakland, recently highlighted our Lafayette Park design. Check out the new photos on their site!
LAFAYETTE PARK FEATURED IN WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
April 14, 2014 - Miller Company's Lafayette Park Playground was recently featured in World Landscape Architecture. Read more about this project here!
NEW KEZAR TRIANGLE VIDEO
April 14, 2014 - Miller Company recently celebrated its new landscape design of Kezar Triangle in Golden Gate Park in an opening ceremony held on March 22, 2014. Featuring Carla Crane of the Carla and David Crane Foundation, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, San Francisco Parks Alliance, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and the Department of Public Works, watch the video to see some of the great features of this beautiful new public recreational space!
OPENING CEREMONY FOR KEZAR TRIANGLE ON SATURDAY, MARCH 22
March 19, 2014 - We are happy to announce that Kezar Triangle in Golden Gate Park will be celebrated in an opening ceremony on March 22, 2014, from 1-5 p.m.! Working closely with the Friends of Kezar Triangle, we have provided a design that has brought new life to this part of Golden Gate Park; with new accessible pathways, native plantings, entry plazas and sites for ongoing, temporary nature-based arts installations. Many thanks to the David and Carla Crane Foundation for asking us to work with them, and to the Friends of Kezar Triangle, the neighboring community, the San Francisco Department of Parks and Recreation, and the San Francisco Department of Public Works. Click here for more information about opening ceremony activities!
5800 THIRD STREET FEATURED IN "10 STUNNING LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE ALBUMS OF 2013"
December 10, 2013 - Miller Company is thrilled to be featured in Land8.com's "10 Stunning Landscape Architecture Albums of 2013" for our project at 5800 Third Street in San Francisco. As well, we are working on two adjacent parcels, creating a new home for the Bayview Senior Center with housing above and a new multi-family apartment complex. A central greenway ties the 4 parcels together and provides pedestrian access to Third Street.
KEZAR TRIANGLE REDESIGN FEATURED ON CURBEDSF
November 18, 2013 - The San Francisco neighborhood real estate blog CurbedSF featured MIller Company's design for the upcoming renovations to Kezar Triangle, an underutilized patch of land in Golden Gate Park. Construction has just begun on this project, which will improve pathways into the park, and include a temporary art installation area, benches and native plantings. Stay tuned for more updates!
REDESIGNING PLAY: MILLER COMPANY FEATURED IN THE SAN MATEO DAILY JOURNAL
November 13, 2013 - Miller Company is designing a new playground for San Mateo's signature Beresford Park. After presenting to the San Mateo Parks and Recreation Commission and the community, our proposal was approved. Click here to read more about some of the playground's exciting features in this Daily Journal article!
EOYDC GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
October 28, 2013 - Since 1978, The East Oakland Youth Development Center 'EOYDC' has served to foster local, under privileged youth with a community-based program focusing on Arts, Education and Wellness. With more than 300 students weekly and nearly 2,000 participants annually, EOYDC's youth-led mentoring program is the community's most visible and active youth services hub. At present, the current building cannot accommodate more than 30 youth at one time, with exception to the gymnasium, prohibiting the organization's potential to grow alongside the populations it serves.
EOYDC's master plan will add 5,294 square feet of space to accommodate the growth of this vital community program. The new construction will include upgrades and renovations to increase energy efficiency throughout the building, and create additional multipurpose rooms for increase flexibility in programming and participant numbers. The landscape features will serve to both beautify and create a sense of security for the improved facility.
The Groundbreaking has begun with occupancy of the completed campus anticipated to begin the Fall of 2014.
For more information on the program, the project and how you can help out, check out http://eoydc.org/
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS AT MARIN PRIMARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL
September 3, 2013 - Construction is underway at Marin Primary and Middle School! Workers are currently moving soil and pouring the concrete for steps and terraces. The schoolyard design includes outdoor benches, raised planters, an amphitheater, play structures, and a water play area. We will post more photos of construction on the project page as the project nears completion.
355 11TH STREET WINS OWINGS AWARD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE
July 29, 2013 - 355 11th Street has been honored with yet another accolade - the 2013 Owings Award for Environmental Excellence. The award is presented by the California Architecture Foundation to outstanding designs that enrich our state with environmentally sustainable features. Two other buildings are included in the 2013 award: UC Merced Phase One and the Burbank Water and Power EcoCampus. Take a look at all of the projects on the Owings Award website.
CREEKSIDE STUDIO ON THE WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE WEBSITE
June 17, 2013 - Creekside Studio is a collaboration between Miller Company and artist Amy Trachtenberg at Montalvo Art Center in Saratoga, California. The project was recently featured on the World Landscape Architecture website - click here to take a look!
LAFAYETTE PARK PLAYGROUND IS NOW OPEN!
June 11, 2013 - Lafayette Park re-opened to the public on Saturday, June 8 to a crowd of over 1,000 visitors. Kids swarmed the playground to climb, splash, swing, and spin, and everyone enjoyed seeing the park's new landscaping.
The San Francisco Chronicle and 3200 Stories published great articles on the park.
LAFAYETTE PARK GRAND REOPENING ON JUNE 8
May 28, 2013 - Join us for the grand re-opening of Lafayette Park on Saturday, June 8 from 10 am to 1 pm!
Miller Company designed the new playground at the park, which has been under renovation as a part of the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. The new playground is a child-oriented landscape that connects nature to a child’s sense of exploration, adventure, and fantasy. Natural boulders and a water play area provide exciting new experiences, and lookout spots allow children to enjoy Lafayette Park's beautiful vistas. The entire park will be open to the public, so be sure to walk the paths to see the tennis courts, dog play area, seating area, and viewpoint during your visit.
Lafayette Park playground is located in the southwest corner of the park, near Sacramento and Laguna Streets.
DESIGN PRESENTATION FOR KEZAR TRIANGLE
May 20, 2013 - Please join us for the third, and final, in a series of public meetings to present the Final Conceptual Plan for the improvement project for the Kezar Triangle, a section of Golden Gate Park between Lincoln Way, Kezar Drive and Arguello Blvd. Your input is very important!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
County Fair Building, Auditorium (9th Ave. and Lincoln Way)
Hosted by the Friends of Kezar Triangle. Project is sponsored by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Parks Alliance
For additional information please contact Friends of Kezar Triangle– email: firstname.lastname@example.org