New Developments, Re-developments and Renovations

Build it (meaningfully) and they will come.

In an economic climate that has come to value quality over ostentation and permanence over excess, our offering is increasingly relevant. Whether you’re building, renovating or repositioning your asset, be it a master-plan, a resort, hotel, a hospital or a spa, we can help you connect to the authentic context of the place and its people in deeper, more meaningful ways, building socio-economic sustainability.

We do this by working with clients to connect places (whether they’re new developments or re-developments) to their roots. Each project we engage in is informed by our thorough understanding of the anthropological components of a place. Through deep research, our diverse team of multi-disciplinary experts uncovers all that is resonant and relevant about a project site and its surroundings.

While our approach varies project by project, we consistently aim to create deep, fulfilling engagement by unifying the efforts of design teams, sales and marketing groups, and operational staff: are all on the same page in regards to what makes their place unique.

Case Studies

Summary:

The San Francisco Presidio, home to the native Ohlone and later layers of Spanish exploration, US military occupation, urban residences, and National Park, each phase of life has contributed to the evolution of this coastal land known as the ‘Golden Gate’. The San Francisco Presidio has been and is a place of hospitality, healing, and beauty. The former Public Health Service Hospital originally built in 1932 and the largest historic structure in the Presidio was restored in 2010 to become 154 LEED Gold status residences with 37 different floorplans. read more


Summary:

Just outside Brentwood, in Contra Costa County, this Shea Homes development was part of John Marsh’s original 38,000 acre Ranch Los Meganos, which he acquired from the original grantee, Jose Noriega in 1837. John Marsh, born and raised in Salem, MA, had a lifelong passion for learning, teaching and adventure. A student of medicine at Harvard University he was dismissed from Harvard twice for throwing cannon balls from his second floor down room, cracking the steps at Hollis Hall and nearly killing one of his professors. An interesting development at Harvard, as ‘riots with cannonballs’ were commonplace on campus, much to the dismay of young Harvard president Kirkland, whose brilliant solution was to ‘take the devil out of the young men’ by introducing Harvard Athletics.read more