Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Smith Consulting Architects-Designed Building Reuse Project for Downtown San Diego Senior Center Achieves Leed Gold

SAN DIEGO, CA. – (April 18, 2011) – The new Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center (top left and bottom right photos), which was adapted from a former 17,460-square-foot auto dealership originally built in 1927, has officially received LEED-NC Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

 Located at the northeast corner of Fourth Avenue and Beech Street at 1525 Fourth Avenue, the once vacant building was fully restored to bring vibrant purpose to downtown San Diego, serving the region’s growing senior population.

 Smith Consulting Architects, based in Carmel Valley, provided full design services for the $2.4 million remodeling project. Senior Community Centers, in partnership with HomeAid San Diego, is the developer. Ledcor Construction, Inc. served as the general contractor.

 The new Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center replaced the Senior Community Centers' former downtown facility at Ninth and Broadway, and provides a state-of-the-art, one-stop health and wellness hub for low-income seniors.

The new facility serves as a model for healthy aging that can be replicated in other cities across the United States. Its design and construction were made possible through a lead gift of $3 million from the Gary and Mary West Foundation.

Smith Consulting Architects was tapped by Senior Community Centers for the project based largely on the design firm’s green building knowledge and past achievements.

At the onset, Scott Cairns, LEED AP, who served as lead architect for Smith Consulting Architects, led a LEED design charette to help fully commit the project team to the goal of achieving LEED Gold Certification. Sustainable priorities included reuse of the existing building, and recycling demolition waste to keep materials out of landfills. 

 Supporting Cairns for Smith Consulting Architects were Gary Baker, Vice President Design, LEED AP, Jaime Ramirez, LEED AP, as project manager and Erica Hutchinson, LEED AP, as interior designer.

Russell Hamilton was principal-in-charge for Ledcor Construction, with Michael Strangman as senior estimator, Rob Campbell as project manager, and Jerold Yoder as superintendent.

 Ron Sutliff was principal-in-charge for IPM, with Kevin Kearn acting as senior project manager. Alexis Parker was the HomeAid project lead and Tom Lunneberg served as LEED Commissioning Authority.

 Subcontractors included RCP Block & Brick, Brian Cox Mechanical, Inc., Edward Shedly Concrete & Masonry, Fullerton Glass Company, Industrial Fire Sprinkler Co., McBride Electric, Casper Construction Company, Saber Plumbing Company, East County Tile, and DA Whitacre Construction, Inc.

  More information about the firm can be found on the Web at http://www.sca-sd.com/.

 Contact:: Bonnie Kutch, (619) 299-1010, bkutch@kutchco.com

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