APRIL IS WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MONTH by Camp & Camp

April is World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM), an international celebration of designed spaces around the world. This month-long celebration of landscape architecture and design, established by the American Society of Landscape Architects, aims to demonstrate how landscape architecture affects our daily lives.

 In celebration of WLAM, we have picked two of our dynamic public and private projects, recently designed by the talented team at Camp & Camp.


PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: SARANAP VILLAGE

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Once a lost railroad town, this now dated commercial area is set to transform into vibrant village living and retail businesses near Downtown Walnut Creek

Camp and Camp is honored to have been selected by Hall Equities Group to handle the urban planning and landscape design for Saranap Village—a mixed-use revitalization project located in West Walnut Creek, at the intersection of Boulevard Way and Saranap Avenue. Retail highlights may include a high-quality grocer, family friendly sit-down restaurant, wine bar, and local coffee shop. The residential component of the project will include apartments as well as condominiums and townhomes.

Camp and Camp is involved in the extensive public infrastructure improvements, including the design of a landscaped roundabout featuring a site specific public art structure, that emphasizes a village environment.

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Saranap Village is a dynamic, out-of-the-box project with so many creative facets at play. It’s thrilling for us to collaborate with such a visionary developer and talented design team,” said Terry Camp. “The history of the site is also truly fascinating. Saranap is perhaps one of the last public right-of-ways in the County. The County’s plan originally called for a wider expressway, as it had been expanding as an industrial and commercial area over time. However, at Saranap’s core is a robust community, with great history and tremendous potential—an area ripe for redevelopment. Our client’s vision was to see a true village, giving a sense of place and community, allowing Saranap its rightful place in the vibrant mix of Walnut Creek.”

Saranap Village’s urban plan and architectural design ethos, above all, set out to create a vibrant, pedestrian friendly environment. This will be accomplished by narrowing roadways and creating a roundabout to slow traffic, adding street parking for tenants and visitors, as well as designing public plazas. A dramatic sense of arrival is experienced via unique signage and a striking public art installation soaring 25-foot high—all of which will adds vitality to this new shopping and living district.

Saranap’s history is yet another interesting tale. An unincorporated pocket near the freeway interchange, where 24 meets 680, you could drive from Lafayette to Walnut Creek and pass through Saranap without ever knowing it.  Saranap is a long-lost railroad town and, ironically, the only place that honors it is the Saranap Filling Station at the cross of Boulevard Way and Olympic Boulevard. The filling station sits where the train depot used to. This dates back to 1911, when passenger service on the Oakland & Antioch line came down from Bay Point, headed for San Francisco Bay.  By 1913, it took just an hour and a half, by ferry and electric rail, to get from the city to the destination called Ramon Junction. Summer homes sprouted up. Soon a branch line to Danville was in the works, and it was decided that Ramon Junction needed a more dignified name. Thus, the name Saranap was born from one of the two main landowners’ mother, Sara Napthaly—an abridgement her first and last names.

 

WELCOME TO THE SUMMIT by Camp & Camp

With deep roots planted in the community—coming up on 50 years since Camp & Camp was established—we felt a re-introduction to our work (and growth) was in order.

 My father William Camp, A.I.A. and I formed Camp & Camp out of a shared love for integrated design and quality environments through an innovative marriage of architecture and landscape design. We’ve been fortunate to be involved in the planning and design of thousands of large-scale communities, complexes, urban environments, and custom residential gardens in the S.F. Bay Area and throughout the United States and Asia.

 Alongside our connected passion for landscape design, I am proud to have had 25 years in public service as a Planning and Design Review Commissioner for the Cities of Lafayette, Walnut Creek, and Martinez. This perspective enables a deep understanding of the complexity in navigating General Plans, zoning ordinances and various requirements to obtain entitlements. Our careful guardianship of balancing design goals, environmental challenges, budgets and construction constraints, is never lost throughout the process.

 As times and as trends change, our firm has attracted some of the most talented landscape planners, architects and designers in the industry. Together we have adapted and responded with creative, pragmatic, and humane solutions. Sustainability—a hallmark of our approach to environmental stewardship—is combined with creative aesthetics to create truly memorable spaces.

 To me, The Summit embodies the peak, the top most level attainable in one’s journey or work, which is always our guiding principle at Camp and Camp. In this first issue of The Summit, I hope you’ll enjoy some of the projects, places and people who inspire our work. If Camp & Camp can lend our expertise in landscape architecture, urban planning & design to help you transform your next project, I’d love to hear from you.

 --Terry Camp

President, Principal/Landscape Architect

Terry Camp  President, Principal/Landscape Architect

Terry Camp

President, Principal/Landscape Architect