How Accurate Were the Palo Alto Medical Foundation EIR Shadows?


How accurate was the sun angle for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation PAMF EIR? Was the precision of the sun angle verified by Hawley Peterson Synder Architects to result in an accurate shadow analysis?

Sunnyvale Principal Planner Gerri Caruso advised Henry Mahlstedt of Sunnyvale’s Municipal Code Section 19.56.020 restricts a maximum amount of shading to 10% and wrote I will need to confirm the Altitude angle and azimuth you used for your analysis to accept the solar analysis as correct.”
 
Hawley Peterson Synder John Spotorno responds “The images come from the Sketchup model . . .  I am unable to find how the software works in terms of calculating the sun angles, and have been trusting that the software is somewhat accurate.”

Hawley Peterson Synder Architects is unable to find out how the software works and have been trusting that the software is somewhat accurate for the estimated $120M Palo Alto Medical Foundation Project??? Yikes!

Hawley Peterson Synder Architects Sketchup Model

Hawley Peterson Synder Architects Sketchup Model

What is unclear and unavailable for review is whether and how the precise sun angle was ever verified as the administrative records of altitude angle and azimuth regarding this discussion end here.

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