UC Berkeley Blue Oak Ranch Reserve
Hyphae Design Laboratory provided site planning and civil engineering work for the UC-Berkeley owned Blue Oak Ranch Reserve, a 3,259 acre ecologically protected reserve located east of San Jose. BORR is the most recent living laboraty to join the UC Natural Reserve System. Resting in the tributary of Coyote Creek, this rolling oak woodland off-grid project's only access is by a three mile dirt road. Hyphae developed low-impact conservation strategies to plan two residences for permanent staff, and a 32 unit temporary student housing building that hosts scientists conducting field research. Roads, parking, and paths connect new buildings with well-water storage, sanitary sewers to the leach field, photovoltaic solar arrays to electrical distribution, and propane tanks to gas lines.