601 W. Beech

Tech-focused residential tower

601 W. Beech is a proposed 33-story residential building with a keen focus on sustainability and cutting-edge technological innovations. This pioneering project will sit in the heart of Little Italy, preserving and enhancing the rich history of San Diego’s oldest surviving district. The onsite blackwater reuse system will save roughly 5.5 million gallons of potable water per year by safely treating and recycling wastewater for reuse in the complex’s cooling towers and irrigation, significantly reducing the building’s water usage and demand on the municipality’s potable water supply. Epic will also produce high-quality natural soil amendments recovered from the wastewater organics recycling process which will be made available to local parks and nature preserves.

Savings in utility fees and reduction in water demand will be passed on to residents providing high-quality affordable workforce housing.

San Diego, CA
275,000 square feet
328 apartments
15,000 gal/day
Cooling tower, irrigation, soil amendments

Project Partners

Forge Development Partners
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14,428,000 gallons/year Total annual water demand
5,475,000 gallons/year Demand met by non-potable supply
$114,670+ annual savings Est. annual utility savings over the next 10 years
Rendering of 601 W. Beech in San Diego, CA

Committed to sustainability and innovation in San Diego

The city of San Diego is working to meet water use reduction goals outlined in the Climate Action Plan approved by Mayor Todd Gloria. With traditional air conditioning representing one of the largest sources of water use in multifamily buildings, Epic’s OneWaterTM system can eliminate the project’s need for municipal potable water sources to cool the building.

The Forge partnership at 601 W. Beech marks the first deployment of Epic’s full resource recovery approach in San Diego. The project sets a new precedent for responsible, sustainable design and gives back to the community by significantly minimizing the building’s water footprint and returning carbon-sequestering organics back to the soil, where they belong. 

“We are committed to partnering with the best and the brightest minds in sustainability and innovation. Epic Cleantec’s unique approach will save up to $95,000 in water and sewer utility costs annually over the next 10 years. These savings are then passed on to our residents."

Richard Hannum, Founder at Forge

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