9onF Townhomes

Date Completed: 2008
Services Provided: Civil Engineering | Landscape Architecture
Developer: 49Mile Inc.
Architect: Vrilakas Architects


Key Contribution: close coordination with the City, developer and design team on utility and drainage issues

  • 2008 Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails: Smart Growth Clean Air Award

Sustainable Design:
 non-toxic paint and finishings throughout | combined geothermal air conditioning and solar energy system | LEED for Homes Silver & Gold certified


Details: 1/3-acre | 9 three-bedroom, two-bath townhomes
Featured on CBS News as a model for innovative green technology, the 9onF project will feature the first LEED for Homes Silver and Gold certified homes in the central city, and is the first development in Northern California to combine geothermal air conditioning with a solar energy system. Cunningham Engineering provided full civil engineering and landscape architecture services for this exciting walk-to-work community of free-standing townhomes.
In order to meet the Developer’s green objectives, our team implemented a number of sustainable design elements. Parking configurations and pavers for pedestrian areas were designed to maximize natural drainage. In addition, groundcovers and plantings were selected to conserve water and provide natural shade to paved surfaces. Project challenges included coordination and negotiation with the City to create flexible design standards.