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Casa Feliz: San Jose, California’s First Green Roof

Articles: Casa Feliz: San Jose, California’s First Green Roof

Casa Feliz Project Profile. Photo: Steve Prohl Photography.

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Owner/Developer: First Community Housing

Architect: Rob Quigley Architects, FAIA

General Contractor: Branagh Construction

LEED Consultant: Simon & Associates

Green Roof Consultant: Rana Creek

Civil Engineer: Carroll Engineering

Roofing: Tremco

Modular Green Roof System: BioTray

Green Roof Monitoring: Agilewaves[/sidebar]

Replacing an aging residential hotel near downtown San Jose, Casa Feliz Studios was developed in 2009 with 60 new apartments by First Community Housing (FCH). The energy-efficient apartments serve extremely low-income residents—35% with developmental disabilities—and are located in a run-down neighborhood of Victorian houses interspersed with deteriorating 1960’s apartment buildings. At less than half an acre, the tight infill site required a creative and efficient design.

The building’s crowning glory is San Jose’s first green roof, which was engineered to maximize stormwater retention, holding 60 to 80% of rainwater on the roof. Preliminary meetings with the City Public Works Depar...

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