Project Name
Bishop O’Dowd Center for Environmental Studies
Bishop O'Dowd High School, 9500 Stearns Avenue, Oakland CA
Project Owner/Developer
Catholic Welfare Corporation
Landscape Architecture Team
McArdle Design
Bay Friendly Rater
Sarah Sutton
Year Completed
Landscape Size
26,750 sq ft
Grounds Open To Public?
Bay-Friendly Rated Landscape Score
136 points
Bay-Friendly Landscape Highlights
  • Extensive student involvement and education included: propagation of plant material, on-site milling of lumber, sheet mulching, site analysis, permeable paving installation, installment of educational signage
  • Provides water and shelter to wildlife with a pond, native plantings with lots of trees, and bee hives.
  • Directs rain water from all down spouts to planters, swales, and landscaped areas.
  • Soil protect with mulch obtained from local arborists and onsite felled tree
  • Branches from felled trees donated to Oakland zoo for elephants to eat and play with; left-over glue-lam beams from building turned into benches
  • Saves 45,206 gallons of water per year and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 6.23 tons of CO2e over the life of the project.