$1B Sonoma Mountain Village Garners LEED-ND Certification

Rohnert Park, Calif.--Sonoma Mountain Village, a $1 billion mixed-use green community near San Francisco, will ultimately feature 951 apartments and condominiums and a bevy of commercial offerings.

Rohnert Park, Calif.–Sonoma Mountain Village, a $1 billion mixed-use green community approximately 50 miles north of San Francisco in Rohnert Park, Calif., has achieved LEED for Neighborhood Development Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 200-acre master-planned project, developed by Codding Enterprises L.P., will ultimately feature 951 apartments and condominiums and a bevy of commercial offerings.

USGBC’s LEED-ND rating system, the nation’s first sustainable-development rating system for neighborhoods, combines the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building. And SOMO was conceived to be a green development through and through. “This is consistent with the intention of the project from the beginning, which was to set a standard of green neighborhood development,” Ben Boyce, director of the Accountable Development Coalition, tells MHN. In 2009, for the SOMO project, ADC and Codding signed Sonoma County’s first community benefits agreement. “The fact that it’s been acknowledged with LEED certification is a ratification of their intention to build a new model of large-scale residential development. That’s what they set out to do. They chose to set a higher standard.”

Indeed, SOMO is raising the bar. The project–which will also feature 825,000 square feet of commercial space ranging from office and industrial to retail and entertainment–is a solar-powered, zero-carbon, zero-waste development. Approximately 20 percent of the building materials were manufactured on site for the construction of the existing 600,000 square feet of commercial space. The entire community will be built without increasing the existing water allocation. Sustainable transportation will result in an 82 percent reduction in carbon dioxide through local transit and special technologies.

Codding has already developed over 600,000 square feet of commercial space at SOMO, including a redevelopment of a 30-year-old former Hewlett Packard site into an office facility that will feature apartment units on the top floors. MBH Architects designed the new building (pictured), which faces a courtyard.

“SOMO represents an exemplary project not only in design, but in setting a model for sustainable development that will be part of our future,” Boyce adds. SOMO will reach full buildout in 2025.