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David Reed Landscape Architects
San Diego


The work of David Reed, Landscape Architects (founded in 1982) encompasses large public and municipal work to unique residential gardens. Principal David Reed has 40 years in landscape design. He began as a stonemason and master carpenter’s apprentice. Reed is the president of the San Diego ASLA Chapter. Angelina Sotelo, ASLA, RLA, LEED AP is the firm’s other principal.

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1906 Coronado Lodge, Coronado, Calif.
Built in 1906, the Coronado Lodge was a boarding house for some of America’s earliest aviators from the nearby Glenn Curtiss flight school. In 2005, the new owners rescued the blighted building, purchased adjacent property and developed a plan for an historic reconstruction of the original building and addition of a surrounding building into a 17 room boutique hotel. Renovations included brick driveways, flatwork, reflection pool, fountains, trellises, fencing, site furnishings, lighting and landscaping in the Arts and Crafts style. Most of the landscape is essentially an extensive green roof. Plantings are generally subtropical. The 1906 Coronado Lodge received the 2009 Orchid Award for Historic Preservation and the 2010 Save Our Heritage Organization, People in Preservation Adaptive Reuse Award. The 1906 Lodge is open and accepting reservations.

 

The Harbor Club, Downtown San Diego
A 6th floor plaza and roof garden for the high-end residential tower began with a new master plan, including all hardscapes, landscaping and well-planned color and material boards. Work included a pool remodel, a new spa, three fountains, new outdoor lighting, barbecue and relandscaping. The roof garden is alive with colors and fragrances of Brugmansia and Alyssum.

 

Conrad Prebys Theatre Centre at the Old Globe, Balboa Park, San Diego (with LMN Architects of Seattle)
The makeover for the heavily used plaza at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park included regrading and redesign of the plaza to accommodate increased use and accessibility, concurrent with the replacement of the old Cassius Carter with the new $20 million Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Demolition began in July of 2008 and construction completed in December of 2009. Now during large events, the plaza is filled with over 1,500 people. Design work included granite paving, interlocking pavers and high quality, sand-finished concrete in a radiating pattern. The plaza includes an outdoor dining pavilion and trellis, banquette seating, bronze inlay, lighting, audio-visual hook-ups, landscape planting, irrigation and site furnishings. The grade in the middle of the plaza was dropped 21 inches to improve the sense of arrival from Balboa Park’s Prado restaurant. David Reed, Landscape Architects was heavily involved throughout the entire project, including construction.

 

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