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Sustainable Elements of the Project

We kept most of the existing plants and added hundreds more. As time goes by, we will continue to add more plants because our designer can't help herself, but here is a pretty good list of the new plants.


The pathway is constructed from decomposed granite. It is a permeable surface, allowing water to percolate through to the aquifers below. This reduces runoff into the street, the river and into our ocean. The pathway is also ADA compliant.


All plantings are low water use plants that are suited to our Mediterranean climate. Many of the plants are California natives:

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The irrigation system has been completely overhauled to incorporate the latest innovation in water-conserving technology. The plants nearest the street receive water from a subsurface drip irrigation system manufactured by Netafim.

The plants in the middle and closer to the wall are watered by overhead spray. The spray heads can be adjusted to the contours of the path and the terrain. These nozzles rotate while emitting multiple streams of water at about one third the rate of traditional spray heads, thus allowing the soil to more efficiently absorb the applied water. Unlike traditional spray heads, the water is not blown by the wind. The MP rotator nozzle can be adjusted to the contours of the path and the terrain. They are designed for even water distribution for maximum plant health and minimal water waste.

Retaining wall
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The retaining wall is at the same time functional, sustainable and artistic. It serves to hold back the berm that existed before the pathway was created. It is constructed using locally excavated stones and old studio lights from the CBS Studio Center lot. These lights have lit up some of the most famous names in show business. Even though these lights, manufactured by Mole-Richardson Co., are over fifty years old, they are still made the same way today.

The wall was truly a collaborative effort. Francesca Corra was thinking of some creative way to construct the wall, something that would tie in the artistic aspect of the project and/or CBS. When CBS President and SCBA boardmember Michael Klausman was asked if there were any old objects on the lot that could be used to form a wall, he thought of the surplus of old lights. When construction began, Karl Johnson was on site to help with the creative process. Superior workmanship and a creative spirit came from the team of landscape contractors from Terra Form Landscape Company, Inc, owned by Philip Castiglia.