Project: Rehabilitation of 46,500 GSF workforce housing
Location: Downtown Alameda
Design Approach: The Park Alameda transformed an infamously blighted and crime ridden 1970‘s motel, located in a busy commercial corridor of Alameda, into 62 units of affordable workforce housing.The project included a radical redesign of the facade, complete renovation of the living units, and the addition of two new buildings where a deteriorated parking lot was once located. The new office building and community building frame a landscaped courtyard and mediate the scale between the 4-story apartment complex and the neighboring low-rise residential properties. The project achieved a high green point rating through an overhaul of the MEP systems, cool roofs, a solar thermal system, sun shades, low flow plumbing fixtures, and energy efficient lighting. The metal sun shades, guardrails, sculptural metal bays and translucent siding at the exterior stair break up the massing of the monolithic building volume and enliven streetscape. Vibrant colors and materials transform this project into a new downtown landmark.