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March 31, 2015
The votes are in and Sunset Electric, a 92-unit apartment building on Capitol Hill, is the 2014 DJC Building of the Year.
Wolff Co. is the owner. Weber Thompson was the architect and Compass General Construction built it.
The seven-story building at 1111 E. Pine incorporates a two-story brick facade that was part of a 1926 auto-row building. The old facade was integrated into the new structure and frames the street-level retail.
Original framing timbers were reused for shelving, bedroom doors and stair treads.
An open-air courtyard lets in natural light and allows passive cooling. A reverse-cycle chiller transfers latent heat from the garage to the domestic hot-water supply.
Wolff Co. said those and other measures allow the building to use 43 percent less energy than the average apartment building. It is certified LEED platinum.
Patrinely Group was the development manager. Other team members were: Steve Cox, Architect, design consultant; DCI Engineers; Ecotope; Bush, Roed & Hitchings; BEE Consulting; Transportation Solutions; SSA Acoustics; O’Brien & Co.; Riverstone Residential Group; and JSH Properties.
Check out the vote tallies and comments here: www.djc.com/cust/BuildingoftheYear2014.