Rana Creek Wins Contract to Design Green Roof on San Francisco Transbay Terminal Center



    
    Rana Creek Signed as Lead Ecological Designer for the 5.4 Acre Roof
Habitat
    Following the Transbay Terminal Center and Tower Competition
    

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 27 /CNW/ -- Rana Creek, the California-based company
specializing in habitat restoration and regenerative design, announced their
win as the Lead Ecologist for the 5.4 acre park to sit atop the new
state-of-the-art Transbay Terminal Center in San Francisco. The team was
awarded the contract to construct a "living roof" over two competing proposals
submitted during the Transbay Terminal Center Competition.
    "Rana Creek's design will promote extensive energy savings for the
Transbay Terminal Center as well as provide thriving habitats for Bay Area
native plant and wildlife populations threatened by urban development," says
Paul Kephart, Executive Director of Rana Creek. "Not only will this green roof
provide the people of San Francisco with a much needed public park, it will
protect the endangered species, such as the Bay checkerspot butterfly, that
have all but disappeared from this urban area."
    Designed to house more than six native plant communities, the Transbay
Terminal Center's green roof will feature bodies of water, statuesque trees
and an urban park dedicated to sustainability. The project will treat all
water from the neighboring 82-story Transbay Terminal Tower as well as filter
and process the exhaust from the below railways. Kinetic fountains powered by
the bus movement will aerate the water for the rooftop wetlands. In order to
create the most ecologically functional green roof, Rana Creek will use native
plant communities, such as grasslands, that survive in similar bioregional
conditions. The green roof build-up system will consist of a root barrier and
water drainage system.
    "Green roofs provide much needed green space for urban populations and
allow companies to fight climate change while saving money," says Kephart.
"Rana Creek has seen a tremendous growth over the past year as communities
recognize the financial and environmental benefits of sustainable design. This
is the time for a restorative economy."
    The winning Transbay Terminal Center and Tower design was lead by
developer Hines, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Peter Walker and Partners
Landscape Architecture. The Transbay Terminal Center and Tower will stand 70-
feet-tall and stretch from Beale Street to Second Street. The structure will
house commuter buses from around the area and provide the region with 5.4
acres of green space.
    
    About Rana Creek
    
    Rana Creek is a California-based company specializing in site assessment,
habitat restoration and regenerative design, such as green roofs in urban
environments. Founded in 1997 by Paul Kephart, the Rana Creek staff is
comprised of professional ecologists, biologists, landscape designers, civil
engineers, researchers, contractors, horticulturalists and habitat restoration
specialists. Rana Creek was recently celebrated for their collaborative design
effort with Renzo Piano Building Workshop of the 2.5 acre California Academy
of Sciences' living roof in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
    For more information go to http://www.ranacreek.com.




For further information:

For further information: Sarah Clark of Rana Creek, +1-831-659-3820 ex. 
120, sclark@ranacreek.com Web Site: http://www.ranacreek.com/

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