The new community of Del Sur has achieved many acknowledgments such as the 2006 Smart Growth Project Award from ULI San Diego, 2007 Sustainable Community of the Year from BIA of Southern California, Recycler of the Year 2006 and 2007 from the City of San Diego, and 2007 Sustainable Communities Champion from San Diego Gas & Electric. The cornerstone of the project is The Ranch House at Del Sur. It was awarded a Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating, a program of the U.S. Green Building Council and the most widely recognized standard worldwide for sustainable, high-performance, low-energy-use buildings.
The Ranch House at Del Sur is the first private-enterprise, new construction building to achieve Platinum rating in California, and San Diego’s first Platinum-rated structure. Of the approximately 680 LEED-NC (New Construction) certified buildings in the world, only 28 have achieved Platinum rating.
Geocon provided geotechnical engineering services during the development of Del Sur and the Ranch House site including the design of a storm water infiltration facility and porous pavements to assist in retaining on-site runoff. The presence of expansive soils and potentially unstable slopes were important geotechnical considerations during the project investigation and site development.
Other LEED projects recently completed by Geocon include the San Diego Foundation at Liberty Station (Certified), Nobel Recreation Center and North University Community Branch Library (Silver), Pacific Highland Ranch Fire Station #47 (Silver) and SmartCorner (Silver).