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River Oaks Center Achieves Prestigious LEED Gold Pre-Certification

August 31, 2009

PASO ROBLES, CA – River Oaks Center, a new office/retail center being developed by Estrella Associates, Inc., has received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Gold Level LEED-CS Precertification for energy and environmental conservation measures. It is the first commercial building on the Central Coast to achieve LEED precertification. The Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is a national benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

“Estrella Associates has made environmentally conscious design and construction a cornerstone of our projects, and this recognition from the Green Building Council is an honor,” said Dick Willhoit, president of Estrella Associates. “We are proud of our plans for River Oaks Center and look forward to achieving Gold Certification when construction is complete.”

The five key LEED principles are sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor air quality. River Oaks Center, which consists of two buildings with a combined total of 50,000 square feet of floor space, integrates several of these LEED principles. In addition to a variety of energy saving features, plans for River Oaks Center include making indoor air quality a priority by using low VOC paint and carpeting, recycled materials and composite woods. Also, the project is working to achieve a 75 percent level of waste diversion, where the majority of the construction waste is sorted and recycled instead of going to a landfill.

“This precertification is the result of a lot of work by a variety of people and it’s an achievement of which the entire team can be proud,” said Wes Willhoit, project manager at Estrella Associates. “Green building technologies and techniques not only contribute to a lesser impact on the environment; they also result in energy savings that translate into cost savings for the end user.”

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