Burbank Water and Power - Ecocampus


Burbank, CA
United States

Project Size
3.2 acres
Project type
Site Context
Former Land Use
Terrestrial Biome
Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands & Scrub
Project overview

The Burbank Water and Power (BWP) EcoCampus project transforms the utility company's Magnolia Power Plant site from an industrial complex into a regenerative green campus. The campus features one of the longest green streets in Southern California. The Lake Street Green Street showcases products and techniques for stormwater treatment within a public right-of-way, including permeable pavers, manufactured bio-filters, filtration planters, Silva cells, and planted infiltration planter bulb-outs. Other sustainable features on the campus include three vegetated green roofs, a photovoltaic array that hosts a rainwater catchment system, a canal that uses plants to treat storm water, LED lighting, a solar powered fountain pump, and salvaged and repurposed concrete and gravel. The project has also implemented five different water filtration technologies, including infiltration, flow-through, detention, tree root cells, and rainwater capture. The hallmark of the new campus is the Centennial Courtyard, a green space within the footprint of a decommissioned electrical substation. Part of the industrial structure still stands, acting as a giant super trellis and creating a poignant juxtaposition of industry and nature. photo by: Heliphoto-135

Project Team
  • Burbank Water and Power – Client: Ronald Davis, Burbank Water and Power General Manager; Jorge Somoano, Assitant General Manager Electrical Distribution; John Cassidy, Manager/Telecommunications and Facilities; Michael Thompson, Principal Civil Engineer; Bassil Nahhas, Principal Civil Engineer; Joe L. Flores, Marketing Associate; Phillip Clifford, Owner’s Representative (Clifford Development Group)
  • AHBE Landscape Architects – Landscape Architect: Calvin Abe, Principal-in-Charge; Evan Mather, Project Manager; Kiku Kurahashi, Project Designer
  • Fuscoe Engineering – Civil Engineer: Andrew J. Willrodt, Senior Project Manager
  • Tyler Gonzalez Architects – Architect: Robert Tyler, President
  • Leo A Daly – Architect: Stan Kiernicki, Project Architect
  • Sweeney + Associates – Irrigation: Daniel ZumMallen, Vice-President and Production Manager
  • Insight Structural Engineers – Structural Engineer: Brent Blackman, President
  • Kipust Engineering Inc – Electrical Engineer: Raymond Kipust, President
  • Wallace Laboratories – Soil Specialists: Garn Wallace, Owner
  • KPRS – General Contractor