Norman Mineta International Airport, San Jose

Orsee Design Associates was part of the design team along with Fentress Architects and Civitas to develop the Airport master plan. Orsee Design Associates also facilitated community participation to determine requirements, user demands, budget constraints and regional issues as well as coordinated with city government agencies to contribute to planning considerations. A team effort continued with refinement, selection of plant materials, site furnishings, irrigation equipment and construction detailing in preparation of the construction documents. Orsee Design Associates is producing the final construction working drawing and specification set.

In 2010 Orsee Design Associates was part of the team that won a Best of Award in Northern California for Best Overall Project and Best Transportation Project for the Norman Mineta International Airport in San Jose.



San Jose Police Department Substation

A 2006 AIA design award winner, this building finds itself reasserting the "public" in public safety, this facility anchors an emerging community in Silicon Valley's county seat. A metephoric ribbon, the jury says, the substation's ties are "of staff to staff, of police to community, of building to context, of materials to experience, and process to innovation."

"Within the sweep of a simple gesture, the design is rich, layered, permeable and inclusive." - RossDrulisCusenberry Architecture, Inc.

A Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified building, it will follow standards defined as a "green building" by establishing a common standard of measurement. This included water efficiency and materials and recources.

Orsee Design has embraced and supported eco-efficient, low maintenance designs and environments for many years. A sustainable landscape is a healthy and resilient landscape that will endure over the long term without the need for high input of scarce or expensive resources such as water or man-power. The natural functions and processes of the landscape are able to maintain themselves into the future. Environment, it's use and plant materials that work in harmony with internal system has always been a conservation philosophy behind out award-winning designs.



Japanese American Museum of San Jose

The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) preserves and disseminates the culture and history of Japenese Americansm with special focus on the Santa Clara Valley.

Established in November of 1987, SAMsj grew out of a 1984-95 research project on Japanese American farmers in the Santa Clara Valley. The farming project collected family histories, historical photographs, private memoirs and other unpublished documents and led to the development of a curriculum package on the Japanese American History, which was adopted for the use of the San Jose Unified and Eastside Union High School Districts. SAMsj workshop on developing family histories provided documentary materials and photos included in the award-winning book Japanese Legacy, Farming and Community Life in Calfornia's Santa Clara Valley (1985) co- authored by Timothy J. Lukes and Gary Y. Okihiro Ph.D.

With the help and support of the Japanese American Citizens league, San Jose Chapter, the museum started an upstairs room of the historic Issei Memorial Building, formerly the Kuwara Hospital. In 2002, the name changed for the Japanese Resource Center/Museum (JARC/M) to the Japanese American Museum of San Jose to better reflect the museums archival focus. JAMsl now occupies the former residence of Tokio Ishikawa, M.D. two doors south on North First Street.

Orsee Design Associates uses ornamental trees and planting material indigenous to Japan. The persimmon tree is a handsome ornamental with drooping leaves and branches that give it a languid, rather tropical appearance. The cherry tree is iconic to Japan and is it's national flower. The coming of spring is symbolized by the emerging cherry blossoms. These profuse, fragrant flowers can be single or double, white or pink. The Japanese maple has a radiant, deep color to it's leaves and is distinctive to Japanese gardens. The use of these elements, harmonize and reflect the color and culture of Japan.