Award-winning national architecture and planning firm KTGY Group, Inc.,, Irvine, Calf., and SummerHill Apartment Communities,, Irvine, Calif., recently partnered to complete Brio, a new 300-unit luxury residential rental community in Contra Costa County situated four blocks from a BART light rail station in Walnut Creek, Calif.

Once a vacant, functionally-obsolete office building and parking lot, this property is a showcase of  smart infill development. Today it stands as a beautiful state-of-the-art energy-efficient residential community, with traffic and pedestrian improvements that will benefit the entire community.

According to Robert Freed, CEO of SummerHill Housing Group, Brio appeals to residents who value the highest quality finishes and also appreciate proximity to downtown and transit such as young professionals, empty-nesters and those who have relocated or moved down and want to rent. BRIO offers one- and two-bedroom apartment homes ranging in size from 667 to 1,051 square feet.

Brio’s community amenities are many. Start with a central courtyard that features a large resort-inspired pool and spa with an extensive sundeck, five outdoor kitchens with dining areas, and add an outdoor lounge with a fireplace, and an outdoor ping-pong table and a natural lawn. Brio’s alternative transportation amenities include bicycle storage and electric vehicle charging stations.  The apartment community’s garage is CALGreen certified and includes a 46.5KW system of solar panels on the roof of the garage, motion sensor lighting controls, and two dual EV (electric vehicle) charging stations to accommodate four cars and up to 21 EV charging stations in the future. The apartment community building exceeds California’s Title 24 requirements by 15% and includes low VOC finish products and recycled content.

To highlight this architectural achievement, in front of Brio’s entrance will be renowned contemporary artist Phillip K. Smith III’s “Gradient Column,” a 32 inch tall static sculpture. As either cars drive by or people approach the sculpture, colors will appear to shift whether you are approaching from the north or the south. Additionally, the sun’s movement will create a varied experience from dawn until dusk. At evening, five in-grade well-lights provide a memorable dance of color and shadow.

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