Monterey Street Mixed Use Achieves LEED Certification

The new Monterey Street Mixed Use complex, located in the heart of San Luis Obispo, has received LEED certification. The project provides close to 70,000 SF of commercial and residential spaces. Three existing qualified historic buildings were combined with new infill shell buildings to create a two- and three-story complex with retail stores, restaurants, a pedestrian plaza and 60 studio and 1-bedroom apartments.

 Monterey Street before the restoration

Monterey Street before the restoration

 Monterey Street in 2018

Monterey Street in 2018

“We are proud to build sustainably in San Luis Obispo,” says owner Copeland Properties architect Mark Rawson. “We understand the importance of sustainability globally, and we are committed to doing our part locally. This infill project brings housing and other important uses to downtown while preserving our historic heritage.”

Monterey Street achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions to achieve high performance in the following areas:

Site: The infill site supports community connectivity and alternative transportation with a location that provides access to multiple local services.

Materials: 90% of the existing buildings were reused for the project.

Water: A 31% reduction in indoor water use was achieved through the use of highly efficient plumbing fixtures.

Energy: The project is expected to use 12% less energy compared to similar buildings. A rooftop solar electric array offsets the energy use of the shared public spaces.

Regional Priority credits: Monterey Street achieved four regional priority credits, the maximum available to projects. These priorities emphasized on-site renewable energy and a site selection that integrates new construction into existing infrastructures.

Congratulations to the project team!

·      Owner: Copeland Properties

·      Architect: Mark Rawson

·      Associate Architect: Rea & Luker Architects, Inc.

·      Contractor: J.W. Design & Construction

·      LEED Consulting: In Balance Green Consulting

·      Geotechnical Engineering: Earth Systems Pacific

·      Civil Engineer: Above Grade Engineering

·      Structural Engineer: Ashley Vance Engineering

·      Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer: Brummel Myrick & Associates

·      Electrical Engineer: Power and Communications Engineering

·      Landscape Architect: FIRMA

·      Renewable Energy Provider: Pacific Energy