"AQUATIC 1" RECEIVES 2017 DESIGN AWARD FROM BERKELEY DESIGN ADVOCATES
MARCH 16, 2017 - Miller Company is proud to be a part of the design team who recently won a 12th Biennial Design Award of Excellence from Berkeley Design Advocates.
The Aquatic I at 800 University Avenue, designed by Trachtenberg Architects, is a mixed-use building featuring 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 with a rooftop garden.
Berkeley Design Advocates is a volunteer group of architects and urban planners who showcase the best contemporary design in the area with its award program. This year seven projects were recognized, celebrating the tremendous growth that the city has experienced since the Great Recession.
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.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE ON ONE HENRY ADAMS PROJECT
July 18, 2016 - We dropped by the construction site at One Henry Adams to check out the progress. Here is the East Podium buildout!
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!