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The four-building phase one, now 100% LEED Platinum-ranked, has200 residential units and nearly 800 sm2 [8,611 sf] of street-levelretail space along Wharf Street. Certification for theall-residential phase two, adding 220 for-sale units to the 15-acrewaterfront block is "on target" to claim its LEED Platinum coupspost-construction as the developer did with the first, Robert Drew,associate principal of Busby Perkins+Will in Vancouver, tellsGlobeSt.com.

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Co-developers Windmill West of Victoria and Vancity Enterprises,Canada's largest credit union, began work on the city's largestdevelopment in its history in 2004. At build-out, Dockside Greenwill house 26 buildings with 1.3 million sf of residential, office,retail, hospitality and light industrial space.

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[IMGCAP(2)]Dockside Green's first phase, Synergy, had 85% of itsmix of one- and two-bedroom units is sold out three hours aftermarketing began. Sales for Balance, the project's second phase, areunder way, with the units, including townhouses, to come on line inearly 2009. Units average 800 sf to 90 sf.

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"The pace of this project is market-driven," Drew stresses."There's a lot of building to do." He says the greatest challengewas designing off-grid infrastructure for a greenhouse-gas neutralcommunity, with net-energy opportunities, while the first phase ofconstruction was under way. Dockside Green has its own sewagetreatment plant and biomass gasification plant, which will come online in seven months.

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Busby Perkins+Will is Dockside Green's master planner anddesigned the first two phases of buildings. Land is being excavatednow for phase three, which will have more for-sale residentialunits and a 10,000-sf commercial building. The initial phases willadd 50,000 sf of commercial space to the historic waterfront.

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If all goes as planned, Dockside Green will become the world'sfirst LEED Platinum community. "Sustainable design has always beenin the DNA of our corporate culture," Perkins+Will CEO andpresident Phil Harrison says in a press release. "Dockside Greenrepresents the future of sustainable design."

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Dockside Green's newest LEED win went to a four-storyresidential building that garnered 63 points, earning the highestranking in the world and besting the previous titleholder, AldoLeopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, WI by two points. Synergy's otherbuildings are nine-, six- and two-story designs, all withunderground parking levels. "Green features" include a Smart Carco-op, rooftop gardens, heat recovery ventilation units, series ofponds and green space.

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