UC Davis West Village, the largest planned zero net energy community in the United States, will hold an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate completion of its first 350 apartments, recreation center and village square. The celebration, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature speakers, tours and a barbecue. All events are free and open to the public.
“UC Davis West Village is a tremendous achievement — something that all of us on campus and in our region can take great pride in,” said John Meyer, vice chancellor of Administrative and Resource Management. “It has been achieved with a network of open spaces, parks, gardens, pathways and courtyards that provide the high quality of place and community that Davis is known for. We invite everyone tocome out and experience this remarkable community for themselves.”
Phase I of the community’s construction has generated some 300 jobs and created new apartments that will house 850 students, faculty and staff. Phase I also includes the Sacramento City College Davis Center, the first community college satellite on a University of California campus.
The first phase provides 42,500 square feet of retail and commercial space as well. Tenants will include a planned campus energy “uHub,”which will aggregate several campus research centers and help facilitate interactions with the private sector in the area of energy research.
Future phases of the development will include single-family homes forfaculty and staff, housing that will help the university to recruit and retain top employees who can live locally and participate fullyin the life of the campus and community. A site is also reserved fora day care center.
* The energy-efficient features that will help UC Davis West Village to achieve its zero net energy goal and allow residents to live not only sustainably, but also comfortably. Zero net energy means that the community will generate as much energy as it consumes in the course of a year.
* The innovative public-private partnerships among UC Davis, West Village Community Partners and others involved in the creation of the community.
* Sacramento City College Davis Center, which opens to its first students in January.