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Editor’s note: The Business Journal features profiles of North Bay construction projects that are complete or nearly so. Send details to jquackenbush@busjrnl.com or fax to 707-521-5292.

San Rafael Corporate Center770 and 790 Lindaro St., San Rafael; parking: 775 Lindaro

Owner: SR Corporate Center Phase Two LLC, a joint venture between Seagate Properties Inc. of San Rafael and JPMorgan Chase of New York

Developer: Seagate Properties

Description: 158,000 square feet in two class A office buildings. It adds to 158,000 square feet of office space in two existing buildings on the 13-acre site.

Completion: September and October 2009

General contractor: BN Builders, San Mateo

Architecture: structure – BAR Architects, San Francisco; interiors – Fee Munson Ebert, San Francisco; landscape – Pedersen & Associates, San Rafael; parking garage – Watry Design Group, Redwood City

Engineering: mechanical – ACCO Engineering, San Leandro; civil – CSW/Stuber-Stroeh, San Rafael; structural – Forell/Elsesser, San Francisco; electrical – W. Bradley Electric, Novato; environmental – Geologica, San Francisco

LEED consultant: Kema, Oakland

Lender: San Diego National Bank, San Diego

Cost: $84 million

Asking monthly rents: $3.25-$3.50 a square foot, full-service

Tenants: Letters of intent to lease a total of 28,000 square feet to three companies in the new space. The two existing buildings are 85 percent occupied.

Leasing: NAI BT Commercial

The first phase of San Rafael Corporate Center, two office buildings with 158,000 square feet of top-class office space, was completed in 2001 at the end of the dot-com boom.

In mid-2007, Seagate Properties Inc. of San Rafael joined forces with the asset management division of New York-based JPMorgan Chase & Co. to purchase the 13-acre property with approvals for three more office buildings and two parking structures.

The second phase is Gold-level pre-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, rating system. The first phase was Energy Star-labeled last year.

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Mesa Beverage distribution facility3200 N. Laughlin Road, Santa Rosa

Owner: Liquid Investments Inc., San Diego

Project manager: Mesa Beverage Co. Inc., Santa Rosa

Description: 160,000 square feet of warehouse, distribution and vehicle maintenance facilities

Completion: June 2009

General contractor: Lusardi Construction, San Diego

Architecture: structure – Davey Architecture, San Diego, and Del Starrett Architects, Santa Rosa; interior – San Diego Office Interiors, San Diego; landscape – vanderToolen Associates, Napa

Engineering: civil – Kier Wright, Pleasanton; electrical – WB Electric, Gilroy; geotechnical – GeoCon, Rancho Cordova; mechanical – Johnson Controls, Santa Rosa; structural – Wiseman & Rohy, San Diego

Funding: Liquid Investments Inc.

Project cost: $20 million-plus

San Diego-based Liquid Investments Inc., which also has beverage distributorships in Southern California and Colorado, purchased 19.5 acres of industrial land near the Sonoma County airport in 2006 to build a larger distribution center. A year earlier Liquid had acquired Golden State Distributors, which occupied a 94,000-square-foot warehouse less than a mile from the new center.

Ground was broken on 12.5 acres in October 2008 after a number of delays, including two appeals of project approvals, five versions of environmental-review documents and a number of significant design revisions.

Design revisions included dropping a planned private fueling facility and reconfiguring the building to limit noise from truck traffic. Additions to the project to address county concerns about climate change in mid-2008 were a reflective, insulated "cool roof," high-efficiency cooling systems, low-flow plumbing, insulating windows and roof reinforcing for a solar-energy array.

Under consideration are bids for a 400,000-kilowatt-hour system that would cover the roof and could be installed in 2010, according to Mark Herculson, manager of Mesa Beverage Co. and executive vice president of Liquid Investments.

The company also is donating four riparian acres along Mark West Creek along the edge of the property to the county.

One of the two neighbors who had appealed project approvals has sued county government in Sonoma County Superior Court over review of the project under the California Environmental Quality Act. A temporary restraining order against construction was denied in December, and Mesa received a certificate of occupancy for the 30-month project in June.

A court hearing over the county procedure portion of the lawsuit is set for October.