Garth Ruffner Landscape Architect
Main Drive Aisle in front of Safeway
About 2.5 acres of this older shopping center were remodeled in 2002 to relocate
the existing Safeway to a new, larger building.
The original parking field included a few very small planters with some very large
trees. The nearest Chinese Elm in this photo had a 70’ diameter canopy and occupied
a 3’x36’ planter.
These trees had been very well pruned for a high canopy that left tenant signs visible.
Architect: Rauschenbach Marvelli Becker
General Contractor: Ginno Construction
Landscape Contractor: Ruffino’s Landscape
Many of the original trees were lost during construction. The new Chinese Elms are
thriving and are being pruned to achieve the high canopies of their predecessors.
The City’s parking lot shading requirements are among the most stringent in Northern
California. The quantity of planters and trees had to be expanded signifi-cantly
as part of the building remodel.
Parking Field in 1998, Prior to Remodeling
Parking Field 7 Years After Planting