SAN JOSE, CA (June 19, 2019) – The Santa Clara Agrihood continues to pave the way as a model for sustainable urban design, having recently earned accolades from planning and real estate industry leaders. The American Planning Association (APA) Northern California Section honored Steinberg Hart and the firm’s partners with an Award of Merit in the Innovation in Green Community Planning category and the project garnered an Award of Merit in the Best On-the-Boards Mixed Use Project category at the PCBC Gold Nugget Awards.
“We all have a fundamental connection to the earth,” said Steinberg Hart Partner & Senior Vice President Ernie Yamane, AIA, LEED AP. “The Santa Clara Agrihood—which has been a true joint-effort and collaboration between our design team, The Core Companies, and the city of Santa Clara—beckons to the agricultural roots that we’ve lost in our planned urban environment. When developing the plan and design for the Santa Clara Agrihood, we placed a large focus on placemaking, and how this innovative project fits into the city’s urban environment. The result is a sustainable community that will not only house residents from diverse ages and income levels, but also create a place that draws-in, engages, and educates the community.”
The Santa Clara Agrihood is set to become a model for sustainable, urban design as the first combined agricultural and residential development in the Bay Area. Developed out of a series of public meetings, the Agrihood is envisioned as an active, vibrant, and attractive place to enhance and support the surrounding neighborhoods. Along with a 1.5 acre produce farm and community gathering center, the 361-unit mixed-use development includes a mixture of housing typologies ranging from townhouses and mixed-income apartments to affordable senior and senior veteran housing.
About Steinberg Hart
For 65 years, Steinberg Hart has been shaping environments and creating inspiring places through an idea driven, results-oriented approach to design. The firm’s team of architects, designers, planners and sustainability experts share the belief that design can create profound and unexpected connections between people and place. With a focus in education, residential, urban mixed-use, hospitality, civic, and commercial office projects, the full-service architecture firm creates environments that sculpt space to shape lives in subtle and empowering ways. From the foundation established in 1953 by Silicon Valley architecture pioneer Goodwin Steinberg, FAIA, and through the years of leadership of Rob Steinberg, FAIA, and current President and CEO David Hart, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Steinberg Hart has built a progressive portfolio of award-winning projects spanning multiple continents and diverse sectors.