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Shasta Hills Fire Station

The Shasta Hills Fire Station was the City of Berkeley's first LEED certified building with a Bay-Friendly Rated Landscape.


  • To reduce labor costs, plant waste and water use, the design included no lawns and no hedges that require shearing
  • Permeable paving allows stormwater to soak into the soil instead of running off the site
  • A giant Sequoia and several other mature trees were preserved during construction
  • 100% of plant debris generated during construction was reused onsite as mulch or recycled
  • The LEED green building rating system awarded an innovation credit for the project's Bay-Friendly Rated Landscape 


  • 57,000 gallons of water saved annually compared to a conventional landscape
  • 15 tons of local, recycled compost used 
  • 9 tons of local, recycled mulch used
  • 100% of new plants are low water-using, California native species
  • Bay-Friendly landscape practices reduced greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 7 tons of CO2E


  • Project owner: City of Berkeley
  • Landscape architect: Dillingham Associates
  • Location: 3000 Shasta Rd., Berkeley, CA
  • Project area: .5 acres
  • Landscape accessible to the public? Yes

Bay-Friendly Rated Landscape score: 74

Year rated: 2006

Bay-Friendly Rater: Geoff Hall, Sentient Landscape