Environmental Education Center

This 10,000 square foot educational /research facility is to be located on a 3,117 acre nature preserve. The client’s mission is to provide a place where lay people, students, scholars and researchers can convene to create and disseminate knowledge about the ecosystems of eastern Sonoma County. The intent is to design a facility in harmony with the land, sustainable in design, and able to create a connection between the environment and the visitor. To achieve this it was decided to locate the facility higher up on the slope near the tree line, giving the user good views of the preserve but minimizing the impact on existing trees and vegetation. It was also the intention that the building itself be a teaching tool clearly displaying energy conservation and green building principles.

California Indian Museum & Cultural Center

The California Indian Museum and Cultural Center is an adaptive re-use of an existing office and warehouse. The entire first floor is being remodeled into an audio/visual museum. The intent was to create a recognizable Museum Presence within the existing building. The CIMCC defined a need to create a destination, and a strong sense of place in an otherwise innocuous building. The project includes several structural modifications to remove building columns, relocate shear walls, and add an elevator. The project utilizes sustainable materials throughout.

Daniel J. Strening was the Project Architect at Henderson Architect for this project.

Doyle Library

This project was to create a new library and heart of the campus at the Santa Rosa Junior College. The project team came up with a design solution that echoed the collegiate tradition, yet remained a reflection of its time. Much in the way Libraries as institutions have both remained the same, and embraced new technologies over the course of their long history.

Daniel Strening was a member of the project team at TLCD Architecture on the project.

Mahoney Library

This project was part of a larger campus expansion at the Santa Rosa Junior College’s Petaluma Campus. The library itself was to serve as the new hub of the campus, and was designed to reflect the school’s environmental goals. The library uses a sophisticated under-floor ventilation strategy, rooftop monitors for daylight and ventilation, and large windows and shading devices to achieve comfortable ambient daylight levels inside the building. It also houses a meeting room that can be used separately, or in conjunction with the main library. The Library was the centerpiece of a sustainable campus wide strategy that incorporated bio swales, natural ventilation and a host of other green building concepts.

Daniel Strening was one of the lead designers at TLCD Architecture on the project.