Environmental Innovation Center, San Jose, CA
On a 165’ x 30’ plot on the NW side of the new Household Hazardous Waste Facility, a 6,600 gallon water storage tank collects and stores rainwater captured from the EIC building. This water is used to irrigate a grove of 100 year old olive trees, grape vines and star jasmine. The adjacent “watershed” is constructed of materials salvaged from the demolition of an onsite building. This structure houses a metering devise for distributing water between two basins constructed from oblong stock tanks. This tableau of a beautiful and romantic garden system offset by the mechanical workings of the watershed also includes a viewing window in the side of the HHW Building revealing the workings of a receiving plant, which processes, packages and ships household hazardous wastes.