Owner Sweetwater Spectrum, Inc. and general contractor Midstate Construction Corporation recently completed the beautifully designed Sweetwater Spectrum Community in Sonoma. This housing project provides 16 young adults with autism the opportunity for independent living in high quality housing while receiving supportive services and pursuing a life with purpose.
Designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, Inc. of San Francisco, this 17,300 square foot project includes the ground up construction of five buildings on a 2.8 acre site. The community building hosts an array of enrichment activities including a movement studio, library, space for art and and a teaching kitchen. Additional site features include orchards, garden, pool, two hot tubs and onsite parking.
The Sweetwater Spectrum Community was designed to LEED Gold standards and has met CALGreen Tier 1 requirements. Sustainable features include photovoltaic panels, solar thermal collectors, low-VOC building materials, radiant heating and cooling systems utilizing air-to-water heat pumps, perimeter bioswales for stormwater management, daylight and natural ventilation as well as permeable chip seal paving.
Sweetwater Spectrum is a pilot project for PG&E's fledgling Zero Net Energy program, which supports the goal for buildings to produce as much clean, renewable, grid-tied energy on-site as it uses when measured over a calendar year.