urban planning design strategy/architecture
improve the human spirit
respond to our growing need for clean water, power, shelter, healthcare, education
This new neighborhood, situated on seven-and-a-half acres in the southern end of Oakland, has a range of affordable housing, green pathways, pocket parks, and open spaces. The development has achieved one of the first LEED ND Certified Gold Plans.
All buildings are designed to the highest level of green standard—LEED for Homes—incorporating a wide range of complementary green strategies including solar power for on-site generation of electricity and hot water.
A three-story apartment building features affordable rental units in multiple configurations. Apartments flank a hidden parking structure, setting a residential rather than industrial tone, and also enclose a second-level open-air courtyard. The front of the building is topped with a rolling green roof.
A defunct pasta factory and parcel of unused industrial land are reclaimed as small affordable apartments with a neighborhood-serving medical clinic.
Twenty-two family townhomes are going up in cooperation with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The recipient families of these homes personally participate in the construction of the buildings, with 500 hours of sweat-equity labor, which they are then able to purchase with an extremely low-interest mortgage.
LOCATION: Oakland, California, UsA
END USER: 550 residents with incomes 0–60 percent of Area Median Income; Project Access
IMPLEMENTING AGENCIES: Oakland Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity East Bay (Kinsell Commons)
DESIGN FIRM: David Baker + Partners Architects
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: OLMM Consulting Engineers
ELECTRICAL: FW Associates
MECHANICAL/PLUMBING: Guttman + Blaevoet, SJ Engineers
CONTRACTOR: Cahill Contractors
DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT: Equity Community Builders
LANDSCAPE ARChITECT: PGA Design
LIGhTING DESIGNER: Horton Lees Brogden
CIVIL ENGINEER: Sandis
MAJOR FUNDERS: State of California MHP Loan state of California infill infrastructure grant; 4 percent Low–income Housing Tax Credits; 4 percent Tax Exempt Bonds; City of Oakland Redevelopment Loan; Oakland Housing Authority Loans; Citibank Loans; Alameda County Loan; Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Cleanup grant; Federal Home Loan Bank of LsF–AHP; Deferred Developer Fee
FINANCIAL PARTNERS: Citi Community Capital, national Equity Fund, state of California Housing and Community Development Department Multifamily Housing Program, state of California Housing and Community Development Department infill infrastructure grant Program, City of Oakland Redevelopment Agency, California Debt Limit Allocation Committee, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Us Department of Housing and Urban Development, Us Environmental Protection Agency
CONSTRUCTION COST: $232 USD per sq ft
COST PER UNIT: $431 000–$439 000 USD
TOTAL DEVELOPMENT COST: $75.2 million USD (excluding Kinsell Commons)
SITE AREA: 7.91 acres (5.33 buildable acres)
BUILDING AREA: 23 960 sq m/257 903 sq ft
NUMBER OF UNITS: 157 apartment units; 22 single–family dwellings
Nominated by Carlene Ho