Do you crave Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the United States Green Building Council? Of course you do. So that’s why you need to instruct a gardner to get atop your latest project and start planting.
As here in the San Francisco Presidio, where the old Cavalry Barracks (the barracks on Schofield Road, not the Schofield Barracks) are getting a makeover. Look to the right as you speed through the Presidio from the Richmond District towards the Golden Gate Bridge in order to witness the progress. Soon, it will be just like the green-roofed California Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Contemporary Art Museum (CAMP).
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Can these roofs handle the change from red to Green?
PRESIDIO CAVALRY BARRACKS TO RIDE AGAIN. “LIVING ROOF,” PRESERVATION OF ORIGINAL FIXTURES HIGHLIGHT MAKEOVER OF HISTORIC BUILDING
The cavalry played a significant role in the life of the Presidio for more than 150 years, from 1776, when the first horse-mounted soldiers arrived with the Spanish army until the 1940s when the Presidio sold the last of its horses following World War II. In the early part of the century, cavalry soldiers trained at the Presidio before shipping out to fight the war in the Philippines. Later, they would protect the state’s newly created national parks, Yosemite and King’s Canyon.
Home for the cavalry soldiers of the time was a two-story, wood-frame barracks up the hill from the stables. Now, work is beginning on a complete and total rehabilitation of the 107-year old building. The project is expected to be completed by the middle of October.
“It’s a wonderful, rich building with a lot of character,” says Rob Wallace, an architect with the Presidio Trust. “Unlike a lot of buildings that have undergone similar rehabilitations, this building’s pretty much in tact. We’re really taking it back to the 1902 plan.”
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