Uptown Apartments: First LEED Multi-Family Apartments in Oakland, CA
The Uptown Apartments are the first multi-family building in Oakland to become LEED certified. They are a public-private partnership with the city of Oakland as part of an effort to attract more people to live and shop in the area. This nearly 700,000 square foot complex feels like its own little community, boasting 665 residential units in four different styles, a large common gourmet kitchen, swimming pool, film room, exercise room and even poker room.
There are many aspects that reflect Uptown's sustainability. Most noteworthy to us is that Uptown is built on a brownfield remediation site, and the site was actually remediated through a partnership between Uptown's private ownership and the city of Oakland. Other green features include use of recycled materials, a third of the construction products were manufactured within 500 miles of the construction site, 95% of the construction waste associated with Uptown Apartments were recycled, use of decomposed granite to reduce the heat island effect, use of porous pavers for stormwater drainage, transit oriented development with public transport easily accessible, a green park available to residents as well as the public and a pest management system with limited use of chemicals and pesticides.