Join us on a nationwide tour of remarkable new multifamily projects, including a paint factory converted into loft apartments in St. Louis, an artists’ complex in Miami, and an affordable community in Denver that serves people with intellectual and intellectual disabilities.
1. Covenant House meets the needs of NYC’s homeless youth
The new Covenant House New York rises 12 stories above Hell’s Kitchen on Manhattan’s West Side. The 80,495 sf facility provides housing and social services for vulnerable youth. The lower five floors house staff offices, classrooms, a wellness center, a café, and an art room. Each upper floor has 10 bedrooms, two to four people per room. Individual bathrooms and bathing facilities meet residents’ gender identity needs.
FXCollaborative (architect, interior design, programming) led the project team for Covenant House International (owner) and The Gotham Organization (development partner): DeSimone Consulting Engineers (SE), Cosentini Associates (MEP), Langan (CE, Environment/Geotech), Frank Seta & Associates (exterior envelope), VDA (vertical transportation), Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design (lighting), Longman Lindsey (acoustics), Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners (landscaping), Cini-little International (catering), and Monadnock Construction (GC ).
2. Condominium tower joins Atlanta’s mega complex
Architects and interior designers, Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio have created a 64-condominium high-rise community for developers Selig Development and the Rockefeller Group. 40 West 12th is one of three high-rise buildings anchoring the West Peachtree mega-development area in Midtown Atlanta. Uzun + Case (SE), Eberly & Associates (CE), SITE Solutions (landscape architect) and Brasfield & Gorrie (GC) contributed.
RJTR brought 40 West 12 and its sister buildings together to form a U-shape on the Midtown Atlanta skyline, linked aesthetically through a consistent, tectonic architectural dialogue and physically through a raised ninth-floor plaza. The Sky Terrace on the ninth floor, over an acre of communal outdoor space, accentuates the lustrous exterior of the architecture with bright greenery. Residents on the west side of 40 West 12th have access to a private indoor-outdoor lounge that complements the plaza’s Central Park-like experience.
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3. San Francisco’s “Viz Valley” has 166 affordable apartments
Levy Design Partners (architect), Mercy Housing (owner), Related Companies of California (developer) and Nibbi Brothers General Contractors (GC) delivered Sunnydale Block 6, which replaced the 75-year-old barracks-style housing in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood – locally as Viz Valley known – in the southeast of San Francisco.
Sunnydale residents had their first choice of 125 affordable family homes ranging from one to four bedrooms; 41 went to low-income families in the city. The HOPE SF program helped fund the $90 million project.
4. Miami’s bohemian district is getting a touch of green
Strata Wynwood, an eight-story mixed-use building, added 257 studios and one- to three-bedroom rentals (509 to 1,288 sf), 2,500 sf of artists’ studios and three floors of office space to Miami’s Wynwood Arts District.
Part of the building’s facade is surrounded by large vertical screen panels displaying artworks by local artists. The panels also hide the parking garage and provide natural ventilation of the space. Protruding vertical slats curving between the panes of window glass around the building showcase additional colorful artwork. The largest of the artist plaques, at 56 feet tall, is at the entrance to a paseo landscaped with numerous sculptures, connecting pedestrians from North Miami Avenue with an internal street and a series of artist studios along the FEC Railway.
Stantec (architect, SE, landscape architect) led the project team of Unison Group (interiors), Feller Engineering (MEP/FP) and KAST Construction (GC). The original owner, CIM Group, sold the property to Rockpoint last March. Certification by the Florida Green Building Coalition is being sought.
5. Arizona luxury rentals use a smart technology app
In suburban North Phoenix, Arizona, the $49 million Kalon Luxury Apartments offers 215 one- and two-bedroom studios (554 to 1,123 sf). The smart door locks, thermostats and lights are controlled by the Cox MyAPT app.
Adjacent to the Sonora Desert Preserve, Kalon is an elevator community with air-conditioned corridors and a two-story fitness center. Kalon’s Creative Suite, which offers private workspaces and large conference rooms, is often used by residents who work from home. The project was a finalist in the Arizona Multihousing Association’s 2022 Tribute Award for the Association’s Developers Award.
The project team for developer PB Bell: Todd & Associates (architect, landscape architect), Lawrence Lake Interiors (interior design), Landa & Associates (SE), Hunter Engineering (CE), NP Engineering (MEP) and MT Builders (GC). Notable subcontractors include JR McDade, Ridgeline Construction, America Roofing, Arizona Fire Protection, and Vann Engineering.
6. Downtown Buffalo adds 115 market-leading rentals
Douglas Development Corp. (Developer, GC) has opened Seneca One Apartments, a commercial-scale 115-unit condominium community in downtown Buffalo, New York. The SO Apartments are a short walk from Canalside, KeyBank Center, Sahlen’s Field and some of the Good Neighbors’ town’s most popular restaurants and bars.
Antunovich (architect) led the team of Trautman Associates (engineer), DV Brown & Associates (mechanical), Industrial Power and Lighting (electrical), and Gypsum Systems (drywall).
7. The Denver complex improves services for people with disabilities
The Stella, a 132-unit affordable community in Denver’s Globeville neighborhood, prioritizes individuals and families earning 30-80% of the AMI. The project is an extension of Laradon Hall, which serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Gorman & Company (developer) was supported by Shopworks Architecture (architect), Enayat Schneider Smith Engineering (SE), Ware Malcomb (CE), ABLE Consulting Group (mechanical), MV Consulting (electrical), MEC Inc. (plumbing), Group 14 Engineering (Sustainability), Flow Design Collaborative (Landscape Design) and Deneuve Construction (GC).
Gorman & Company, headquartered in Oregon, Wisconsin, has offices in Denver and Orlando, Florida. Founded in 1984, Gorman has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading “Affordable Housing Developers”. Affordable housing finance Magazine.
8. The St. Louis paint factory converted into lofts in Steelcote Square
The former Steelcote paint and coatings factory in historic Midtown St. Louis is now the $8.5 million, 33-unit Steelcote Lofts, part of Pier Property Group’s Steelcote Square, at Steelcote Crossing (15 studio rentals) and Steelcote Flats (33 apartments). —all designed by Trivers (architect, interior design). Contribution to the Lofts: KPFF (SE), CDI Engineering Solutions (CE) and Pinnacle Contracting (GC).
Steelcote Square is positioned as a catalyst for this formerly under-used part of St. Louis, with proximity to Saint Louis University’s academic and health campuses, public transportation, and new destination and top golf locations currently under development .
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