Charles David Keeling Wins Sustainability Award

By Mark Rafferty

Last November, the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America presented Swinerton Builders San Diego with the prestigious 2013 AGC Build San Diego Award. The project team was honored for their work on the Charles David Keeling Apartments at the University of California San Diego. The LEED Platinum project was submitted under the newly added “Sustainability” category and won the award for its dedication to green design principles.

Completed in 2011, the Charles David Keeling Apartments are located on the southwest corner of the Revelle College campus. Designated for second- and third-year Revelle students, each apartment is designed to house six students in four bedrooms (two single rooms and two double rooms), with 510 beds total. Set on a physically constrained site, the three apartment buildings have administrative/office space, a multiuse community area, conference space, and a custodial services space. They also feature a lounge area for students, a laundry room, a meeting room, and a multipurpose room for various student activities.

The 150,000-square-foot facility consists of three cast-in-place concrete buildings. The project features extensive use of exposed cast-in-place concrete finishes with precast concrete and composite panels on the exterior. The energy-efficient apartments feature power-generating rooftop photovoltaic solar panels that allow residents to use water heated by sunlight instead of gas or electricity. The project incorporates many other sustainable features, including a high-performance exterior envelope, cross-ventilation in each apartment, heat control through shading, gray water recycling, and a bioswale landscaped garden for storm water drainage and filtration.

Congratulations to the entire project team for their work in making this award possible. Accepting the award on behalf of Swinerton Builders were: Vice President and Division Manager Mark Payne, Operations Manager Steve Flint, Project Manager Dominica Alvarez, and Chief Estimator Randy Vandewater.