Sun Harbor Marina cont...
This marina project consists of three two-story buildings totaling 19,722 sq. ft. and is situated on a 64,800 sq. ft. site on the water’s edge. It is a working marina that provides boat slips, marine related businesses such as boat and yacht sales, and marine services such as sport fishing, fish canning, canvas making and boat storage. An Italian restaurant compliments the marina environment. The objective was to create energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and aesthetically pleasing structures while exceeding LEED criteria. The marina’s redevelopment plan called for complete reconstruction of the existing marina and shore side businesses which included replacement of the existing marina docks from 94 slips to 115: creation of a 300 foot long promenade along the waterfront; construction of a 8,713 square foot marina support building, a 4,487 square foot restaurant space, a 6,572 square foot facility for sports fishing, sailing, and marine related activities; and improved parking and landscape. The total cost of the project was $5.5 million.
The vision was to build the ultimate green marina; a sustainable, energy efficient business that operates in harmony with nature through design, livability, materials and the preservation of scarce resources: a project that would play an important part in the ecological future of the harbor and the city. Designed to exceed California State environmental laws and regulations, the project is currently the first marina to apply for LEED certification according the U.S. Green Building Council. The buildings combined exceed California T-24 requirements by 38%.
Nautical themes and elements were used in the design. Curves and wave like forms were incorporated into the buildings and in the concrete pattern of the promenade to mimic the movement of the sea. The rounded rooflines represent the spiraling of the nautilus shell and expansive curved decks evoke the feeling of being on a ship’s bow. A 50-foot mosaic fountain is the focal point of the central plaza and was designed as a tribute to the local sports fishing industry. The colorful mosaics feature albacore swimming free form up and around waves. Feng Shui principles were incorporated to create balance and harmony and warm, earthen tones were chosen for the colors of the buildings to elicit the feeling of strolling through a Mediterranean fishing village. The mood of the environment is a vibrant celebration of life enhanced by plants and trees that were selected to ensure continuous colorful blooms all year long.
In keeping with the importance of utilizing green building practices, new growth lumber was used. Many of the construction materials were sourced within 500 miles of the project site including recycled content and locally manufactured products. The boulders used in the landscape were recycled from an area just east of the project site that had been destroyed by a fire the year before. The bathroom partitions and bike racks are made of 90% recycled bottles. Recycled airplane tires were used for the door grates. The insulation is recycled material. Low VOC materials such as paints, adhesives, sealants, and carpets were used to enhance the indoor air quality for the tenants. Re-claimed wood was used for all the benches throughout the project. Bamboo, basswood, Kirei, wheat board, and rubber coving which are rapidly renewable resources, were used in all the interiors. The carpet and Marmoleum are LEED approved. Each building has a recycle center.
Low flow plumbing fixtures were installed to conserve water including waterless urinals and a water saving irrigation system. Drought tolerant plants were used in the landscape. By and large the water usage has been reduced by over 37%. Light colored concrete was used in place of asphalt to reduce the “Heat Island Effect”. High performance mechanical systems and an innovative automated “smart home” design automatically shuts down the HVAC units when doors or windows remain open, to optimize energy savings. South facing windows with high performance glazing and light shelves assure maximum natural daylight and the overall energy savings is 50%. Renewable Wind energy certificates equal to 100% of the project’s annual electrical consumption for 2 years were purchased and piping and conduit are in place for a future 30kW Photovoltaic system.
A LEED information center provides literature on products used in the project as well as information on green and sustainable building and clean boating practices to encourage the effectiveness and social responsibility of green building. Educational signage is placed throughout the project informing visitors of the many ways LEED criteria have been incorporated. The buildings are 100% occupied and there is a waiting list for boat slips. The many daily visitors that come to, boat, dine, stroll and relax by the waterfront in this inviting atmosphere validate the success of this marina project.