555YVR-Front elevation Twilight

In the California city of Walnut Creek, this stunning green project is nearing completion with occupancy planned for October 2009.  555YVR gets its name from its location — 555 Ygnacio Valley Road, which is conveniently located within walking distance of BART and a number of downtown restaurants and nightclubs.  Thompson | Dorfman Partners developed 55YVR with the architectural help of Kwan Henmi and KTGY Group, and the project was built to LEED standards.  Some of the green aspects include the following:

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  • Floor to ceiling, energy efficient low-E windows;
  • Water efficient fixtures and Toto dual-flush toilets;
  • Water-efficient landscaping;
  • Energy efficient lighting;
  • Passive solar heating;
  • A cool roof deck; 
  • Bicycle storage and racks for residents;
  • Low-VOC adhesives and low-emitting paints;
  • Environmentally friendly interior trim and shelving; and
  • Light pollution reduction technology and design.

In addition, the developer diverted 50% of construction and demolition waste from the landfill. 

The developer also stacked the amenities for future residents with a courtyard, fitness center, media room, and a rooftop terrace with an outdoor kitchen and fireplace.  555YVR will have a mixture of 87 condominiums homes, as well as town homes and live-work units.  The homes range in size from 763 to 1,308 square feet and price from the low $300k to mid $700k.  Check out 555YVR.

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Photo credits: Christopher Mayer Photography; aerial: Steve Proehl.