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Blog – Gates Gives Back 2021

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Each year, Gates + Associates is fortunate to donate our services to a variety of projects throughout the Bay Area. Each pro bono project is a job we do not take lightly – they are unique opportunities to not only utilize our technical skills towards initiatives that benefit the public good but also tangibly share our passion for creating accessible, beautiful and sustainable spaces. Below we dive deeper into 2 special projects from the past year that aim to benefit groups on the fringes of society.

TINY HOME GOODNESS VILLAGE | LIVERMORE, CA

Goodness Village is a master-planned community of 28 tiny homes, located on acreage provided by CrossWinds Church in Livermore, CA.

Phase One was completed in May 2021. This included construction of the 28 tiny homes; a 2-bedroom community center with communal kitchen & laundry, case management, vocational services and community engagement; walking trails; and an on-site garden that provides opportunities for cooking, vocational training, and long term program sustainability through selling goods.

The homes are each 160 square feet, and include a kitchenette, restrooms & showers, central air & heat, and porches.

Photo Credit: Nina Pomeroy

Gates prepared a conceptual plan for the overall site, a planting & irrigation plan, as well as details for all fencing and site furnishings. With an emphasis on inclusivity, accessibility and safety, the ADA-accessible ramps lead up to the 2-bedroom community center as well as 8 of the residences. There is also ample lighting throughout the campus.

In addition to a vocational program and case management, residents are able to partake in activities like outdoor movie nights and fitness classes. They can also earn money towards their rent by helping with community upkeep like light landscaping work and cleaning/sanitizing units prior to new participant arrival.

Gates was integrated into this project through HomeAid Northern California, whom we’ve partnered with for the creation of Claire’s House in Oakland and the landscape design for Navigation Centers throughout the greater Bay Area. Wood Rodgers, KTGY and Trumark Homes also donated services to this team effort.

Phase Two (not yet funded) aims to create a community BBQ pavilion to accommodate resident gatherings, supportive service offerings and culinary vocational training; a larger laundry facility; and a makers market for resident to create and sell arts & crafts.

Read more about the project here.

MIRACLE LEAGUE FIELD IMPROVEMENTS | REDWOOD CITY, CA

Miracle League is an award-winning non-profit whose mission is to provide opportunities for children with developmental and physical differences to play Miracle League baseball, regardless of their abilities. The first Miracle League complex was completed in 2000, and currently there are 300 Miracle League organizations across the continent providing “an inclusive environment where individuals with and without disabilities can come together and enjoy the wonderful game of baseball.” (Miracle League of San Francisco Peninsula (MLSFP))

Gates worked with MLSFP to prepare a conceptual plan (pictured right) for a revamped complex in Redwood City. The improvements will include a synthetic infield surface appropriate for adaptive, all-inclusive play, a concession and restroom building, and a picnic area.

This project is currently in the conceptual plan phase, awaiting City approval and funding. We look forward to seeing this unique facility enjoyed by all!

Article written by: Emily Jensen | Published on November 23, 2021