Blue Butterfly Village

Habitat-Focused Neighborhood Retrofit

Rana Creek developed a landscape master plan for the redevelopment of a former Navy housing area intended as a community for female veterans and mothers in the Los Angeles area.  Habitat considerations based on scientific research of the federally endangered Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly (PVBB) strongly informed the design of the residential landscape.  Rana Creek provided a landscape ecological site analysis and GIS for PVBB habitat as well as conceptual designs for site features including coastal sage scrub restoration gardens (incorporating PVBB host plants and ecological disturbance regimes),  walking trails, a native plant nursery, a community garden, an edible streetscape,  a contemplative garden, stormwater design and interpretive features.  Key goals of the project were to optimize habitat and well being for both the blue butterfly and future veteran residents looking to build skills and resources for reintegration into the workforce.   This project was a collaboration with William McDonough + Partners for the Annenberg Foundation and Volunteers of America, and the conceptual design was completed in 2012. The village was officially opened May 5 of 2015. This project is a precedent for the nation in addressing housing needs for female veterans, while also providing community support, mental health services, and child care. The village hosts a U.S. Fish and Wildlife protected Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly Sanctuary. 

 

Completed

2012

Client

Annenberg Foundation

Location

San Pedro, CA

Team

William McDonough + Partners

IMAGE BY EVI MEYER, RENDERINGS IN COLLABORATION WITH WILLIAM MCDONOUGH + PARTNERS

IMAGE BY EVI MEYER, RENDERINGS IN COLLABORATION WITH WILLIAM MCDONOUGH + PARTNERS