Campus Point Phase One

San Diego, California

Nature and new amenities transform the employee experience on a life-sciences corporate campus.

The landscape design for this renovated life-sciences corporate campus takes full advantage of San Diego’s sunny climate with garden-like outdoor amenity spaces that enliven and expand what had been a collection of low-rise office buildings and parking lots. The vibrant setting transformed the employee experience, as part of the client’s goal of creating a campus that merges work and leisure with a healthy, holistic lifestyle.

A series of unique outdoor plazas break down the scale and connect the rustic canyon to the public environment. At the entrance, a central pathway is flanked by lush and colorful plant life. Moving through the campus, a variety of covered outdoor spaces give the company room to spread out for meetings, lunches and social gatherings.

A small asphalt strip between two large parking lots was reclaimed to help connect the project to the adjacent canyon with a variety of native and drought-tolerant plants. An innovative stormwater collection system, including a series of bioswales that capture and treat rainwater, educate users on sustainable practices.

The project includes a new underground gymnasium building with a street-level roof that was turned into a green space, which maintains and extends the outdoor design, in addition to providing a solar shield for the space below and absorbing stormwater runoff. In addition, two gardens provide fresh organic produce for the campus bistro.

(Note: This project was overseen by LPA principal Rocio Gertler while at Spurlock Landscape Architects)

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