This urban metro infill site is
located adjacent to rail transportation, a private college and a
downtown area. The apartment project is designed to accommodate and
encourage tenants to park their cars and ride or walk.
The buildings are designed to
fit within this urban infill environment encapsulating resort level
amenities, with small view corridors from the exterior providing
glimpses of these attractions. Green site and building technology
has been a major driver in all decisions. In addition to the
transportation considerations, the building courtyard opens to the
south to bring sun into the two recreation areas. Open breezeways
not only facilitate ground level air movement into the courtyard but
help keeping air movement through the natural ventilated corridors.
Depending on the solar unit
efficiency selected, carport mounted solar panels can generate up to
1 mega watt, which is approximately the projected demand of the
apartment project, rendering the project carbon-neutral.
To turn unattractive street
facing ground floor units into assets, the project has live/work
apartments on these elevations. To maintain the cost efficiencies of
the project, these live/work units are designed to stack with the
units above. As the additional costs of these units are limited to
the street front entries their rent need only be a slightly higher
then the apartments above which the live/work units can easily
All of the other units in the
project also stack, including the loft units on the fourth floor in
the higher central architectural elements. With the exception of the
studio units and the loft units that stack above the studio units,
all units use American’s proprietary corridor utility wall system,
which reduces construction cost, shortens construction time and
reduces sound transfer between units.
This project, like all of
American’s Pre-Value Engineered designs, has been developed to
provide our clients quality architecture that makes sense
financially in the “new” economy.