Sunday, April 26, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

New Harmony wins green award from structural engineers association

pre-cut wallsW

Bernard Keck, senior project manager of Chico-based Sunseri Construction Inc., examines a group of individually cut walls assembled off-site to reduce waste. Tim Lindsey, Barrish Pelham & Associates Inc./Courtesy photo

By Dell Richards

New Harmony Mutual Housing Community in Davis recently won another green award in sustainable design for its structural engineers, Sacramento-based Barrish Pelham and Associates Inc.

The development of 69 one-, two- and three-bedroom affordable units, is at 3030 Cowell Blvd. in South Davis.

“We are very pleased that New Harmony continues to be recognized for its sustainable design,” said Rachel Iskow, chief executive officer of Mutual Housing California, the developer. “Everyone who worked on the project helped create the vision we wanted for our residents.”

“It is exciting to be honored for something you believe in such as sustainable design,” said Jason Scanlan, a principal in Barris Pelham and Associates Inc.

Including sustainable design, the Structural Engineers Association of Central California honored excellence in four categories from historic preservation and retrofit to new construction in its 2014 Excellence in Structural Engineering awards.

The east-to-west orientation of the New Harmony buildings takes advantage of the rooftop photovoltaic system that supplies 80 percent of the community’s energy. Shading on southern windows reduces heat exposure.

To preserve resources, 90 percent of the roof and ceiling frames used engineered or prefabricated materials. To reduce waste, walls were organized individually, cut to fit and assembled off-site. After that, walls were put on pallets and trucked in.

“We had 10-foot-high stacks of walls,” Scanlan said.

Window and door headers were sized for specific load demand, while the top floor and interior walls were framed with 24-inch studs instead of the standard 16-inch frames.

The three-story buildings also use gearless elevators that don’t have oil that not only is a disposal problem, but can leak.

In May, New Harmony received a sustainability award from Breathe California Sacramento-Emigrant Trails.

This past year, New Harmony also won Best Community Project from Green Builder magazine and scored a 197-point rating from Build It Green, an Oakland-based nonprofit that began its certification system of single-family homes in 2005 and multi-family developments in 2007.

Comments

comments

Special to The Enterprise

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
     
    Davis team wins world robotics championship

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Nepal quake death toll exceeds 1,800

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

    Spring storm delivers late rain, snow to Northern California

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    At the Pond: Plenty of pleasures in our bioregion

    By Jean Jackman | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Free Family Bike Clinic set Sunday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Pioneering organic chef presents her memoir Monday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Suspect in UCD assault arrested

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A4

     
    Dog park marks anniversary with cleanup

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Rail-safety bill passes Senate committee

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Watch them in action

    By Julia Ann Easley | From Page: A5

    Stocks rise on tech earnings; Nasdaq adds to record

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

     
    Dodd speaks as part of public policy series

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

    We did it (together)!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

     
    $2.72 million judgment ordered against Dollar Tree Stores

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

    UCD hosts bike auction Saturday, May 2

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    Fly Fishers to hear about advanced streamer tactics on Tuesday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    Bicycle activist will speak Monday at Hall of Fame

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    .

    Forum

    Those texts still linger

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B6

     
    New ways of giving locally and beyond

    By Marion Franck | From Page: B6

     
    Study questions accuracy of tumor gene mapping

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A12

     
    Poker proceeds help youths

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

    Invest in water of the future

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

     
    Water, water everywhere?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

    Mayor’s Corner: A spirit of renewal permeates Davis

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12

     
    More work to do for a safe Picnic Day

    By Our View | From Page: A12

     
    Anaheim, where The Force is with you

    By Sebastian Onate | From Page: A13 | Gallery

    .

    Sports

    Davis gets two baseball wins in two days

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1

     
    Grizzlies dominate young Blue Devils on Senior Night

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Energy, fan-friendly happenings highlight UCD spring football game

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Blue Devil golfers capture CAL Invitational title

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Blue Devil swimmers are up to the challenge

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    UCD roundup: Aggies reach water polo semifinals

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    Babich brings the heat as DHS girls stick it to Oak Ridge

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B12 | Gallery

     
    DHS softball struggles continue against Sheldon

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B12 | Gallery

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    History comes alive in ‘The Sacramento Picture’

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    .

    Business

    Yolo County real estate sales

    By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A7

     
    Big Italian food, sports bar to fill Little Prague

    By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A7 | Gallery

    Comcast announces speed upgrade

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    Davis Roots hires new general manager

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Obituaries

     
    Whitney Joy Engler

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    Valente Forrest Dolcini

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Sunday, April 26, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B8