These thirty-five residences serve military veterans and their families in 12 buildings on five nearby, but separate, sites. Designed as infill, the structures respect the density of their suburban neighborhood, with overall volume and height complementary to the existing housing stock. Thoughtful design solutions achieved the $125/sq. ft. budget.”
The design draws inspiration from their residents. Each house’s boxy brick, wood and glass front provides contrast to an overall gabled form that mimics the predominant neighboring housing type. The balance of asymmetry and order speaks of the veterans’ preservation of our shared freedoms through their individual service to our country, defined through discipline.
Dual forms provide the theme for the overall composition of the house—balancing defined and undefined spaces, visible and hidden security. Abundant daylight is found throughout the units, making each space seem larger than more conventional designs. Each unit is set on a single floor. Two-flat configurations consist of three-bedroom units; four-flat configurations consist of one-, three-, and four-bedroom units.
First floor residential units and the management office serve residents with mobility impairments, and 2.9% units accommodate sensory impairments. All units score above 50 for 100% Universal Design. The two flats feature exterior custom benches and flower boxes. A public tot lot, adjacent to the administration offices, encourages multi-generational interactions.
Green building initiatives include sustainable planning, landscaping, construction materials, and integrated energy conservation principles. The project meets the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, and achieved the Emerald Certificate through the National Green Building Standard green building program.