DAVIS, CA-Capital Partners Development Co. of Sacramento has achieved LEED Gold certification for a recently developed 71,000-square-foot office and lab building here. The project, at 3805 Faraday Ave., is the first private-sector building in Davis and one of the few in the Sacramento region to attain LEED Gold.

Digital Technology Laboratory, a division of global machine tool manufacturing giant, Mori Seiki Co. Ltd., occupies the entire building. The $15M facility was developed by Capital Partners, which is a regional commercial real estate development company.

The Capital Partners development team included Digital Technology Laboratory as tenant and significant collaborator, Perkins Williams + Cotterill Architects as lead architect; Williams + Paddon for interiors; Cunningham Engineering for civil engineering; Ascent Builders as general contractor; Airco Mechanical, Butterfield Electric,Group 100/Jim McDonald Real Estate, Envision Realty Services as LEED consultant and the City of Davis.

According to John Buckel, senior partner with Capital Partners and a long-time Davis resident, some of the sustainable features that were incorporated to reach the Gold level includede energy-efficient fluorescent lighting with dimmable ballasts and motion detection, a 172 kW photovoltaic system, extensive daylighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, electric hand dryers, extensive use of materials from rapidly renewable sources and low volatile-organic-compound glues (bamboo, cork), caulks and paints to improve indoor air quality, aggressive construction waste recycling (95%+) and high-efficiency air conditioning systems.

In addition, bicycle racks for over 50 bikes and shower facilities were provided to encourage employees to consider alternate commuting methods in Davis, which is known as a bicycle–friendly city.

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