The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded a Harris & Associates retirement community project, Viamonte at Walnut Creek, a Gold Level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) as an outstanding multi-family project.
In its statement, USGBC praised the four-story, 191-unit facility for dramatically increasing housing density and eliminating heat sink impacts with cool roofing and lush climate-appropriate landscaping.
USGBC developed the LEED rating system to recognize environmentally friendly buildings. For more than 25 years, LEED has served as the nationally recognized benchmark for green design across multiple key factors.
“We are proud that Viamonte at Walnut Creek received this recognition, LEED is the gold standard throughout the industry for environmentally friendly design,” said Harris project lead Matthew Nethercutt. “Our work at Viamonte demonstrates that we can enable health aging for seniors while maintaining our commitment to green principles.”
Completed in 2020, Viamonte is a state of the art continuing care retirement community in Contra Costa County. By offering residents independent care, assisted living, and memory care on the same campus, Viamonte allows seniors to age in place and receive care in their homes.
Harris served as Owner’s Representative for the construction of Viamonte at Walnut Creek. Sequoia Living developed the community, employing Cahill Construction as contractor, HKT Architects as architects, Studio Six 5 as interior designer, and Gates + Associates as landscape architects.
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