Project Profiles

DGS New Natural Resources Building

 |  The 21-story office building on P Street in Sacramento was a design-build project with AC Martin Architects and Turner Construction for the California Department of General Services (DGS). The building was designed to host about 3,450 employees from eight state agencies, and intended to be net-zero energy. With Glumac Engineering, Terrapin co-facilitated an Integrative Design Opportunities […] — Read More

PDX Airport Terminal Core Redevelopment

 |  The Portland International Airport (PDX) is a joint civil–military airport and the largest airport in the state of Oregon, accounting for 90% of the state’s passenger air travel and more than 95% of its air cargo. The site is bordered by the Columbia River in the north and the Columbia Slough in the south with […] — Read More

Factory as a Forest

 |  Inspired by Interface’s pioneering CEO Ray Anderson, who asked whether his factories could ever perform like a forest, “Factory as a Forest” is an ambitious project aimed at redesigning a manufacturing facility to function similarly to the local forest ecosystem. Terrapin, together with Biomimicry 3.8, co-developed a rigorous framework with specific performance targets and strategies […] — Read More

Clif Bar Industrial Bakery

 |  Using the 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design research as a framework, Terrapin analyzed the Clif Bar project and identified interventions to support employee health and wellbeing. Clif Bar is likely the first food manufacturer to deliberately incorporate biophilic design into an industrial bakery. — Read More

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Blue Economy Framework 

 |  Working with the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Terrapin used Phoebe (Framework for the Built Ecological Environment) to help develop their pilot Blue Economy Framework. The Blue Economy Framework is a strategic plan for coordinating the major stakeholders of watershed hydrology (industry, agriculture, municipal supply and wastewater, etc) around the goal of protecting water resources. — Read More