Guadalupe River Park
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Guadalupe River Park

November 21, 2014
Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, the Guadalupe River Park is a three-mile green ribbon of park that runs along the banks of the Guadalupe River. The River Park and Gardens provides 2.6 miles of trails, 150 acres of open parks to the public and is a resource of regional, cultural, environmental, anthropological, and historical importance to the people of Santa Clara County and the Bay Area.

The new visitor center will be used to hold educational programs about the River Park and Gardens and will act as a rest stop and starting point along the parks trail system. An industrial structure on the site, currently used by the Friends of the Guadalupe River, will be renovated into the main building of the new Visitor’s Center. The building will be renovated with an eye towards creating a visual and physical connection to the river and gardens. New site amenities will be added including public restrooms, a children’s play area, an amphitheater, a large meadow for gatherings and picnics, a new classrooms structure, and access to the lower river walk. Working with the Friends of the Guadalupe River and the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, the intent for this project is to be a showcase sustainability, which creates learning opportunities for all visitors and promotes environmental stewardship. The project utilizes sustainable design practices and will be designed to LEED®-EB certification standards. All of the programmed elements will seek to draw the various systems of the Park and Gardens together and integrate itself into the landscape character around it.

Location / year

San Jose, CA / 2009

Project Type

Community Center

Project Scope

LEED & Green Building

Square Footage

184,000 GSF

Sustainable / LEED

Registered/Designed for LEED

Principals in Charge

Peter Pfau, FAIA, LEED AP

Project Manager

Melanie Turner

Photographic Credits

Chris Grubbs

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