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Historic YMCA Transformed Into Green Affordable Housing

Historic YMCA Transformed Into Green Affordable Housing

One of the things I miss most from working at Citizens Housing is my weekly visits to our construction sites. I had the chance to witness buildings get built from the ground up and renovated into modern, seismically safe, and ...

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Zero Competition Architecture Responds to California’s 2020 ZNE Goals

Zero Competition Architecture Responds to California’s 2020 ZNE Goals

Team Folium, consisting of Herman Coliver Locus Architecture, EBS Consultants, and Architectural Lighting Design, won the Special Recognition Award from the Architecture at Zero 2013 design competition. The Folium concept presents a fresh urban design solution that brings a sense ...

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Gilroy’s First LEED Platinum Project

Gilroy’s First LEED Platinum Project

Gilroy, California is well known for its garlic crop, but it also has at least three LEED projects within its 16 square miles. The newly built Gilroy Sobrato Apartments developed by South County Housing is the first LEED for Homes Platinum ...

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Station Center Family Housing Wins 2013 ULI Global Award

Station Center Family Housing Wins 2013 ULI Global Award

Congratulations to developer MidPen Housing and David Baker Architects, one of my favorite San Francisco architecture firms to work with, for winning the 2013 ULI Global Award for Excellence for its LEED Platinum certified project, Station Center Family Housing in Union ...

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Juvenile Detention Home Revived As Green Home for Veterans

Juvenile Detention Home Revived As Green Home for Veterans

The historic landmark at 150 Otis Street in San Francisco, California has seen much in its lifetime. It was designed by architect Louis Mullgardt and built in 1916 as the City’s Juvenile Court and Detention Home. Throughout the years, it ...

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New Orlean’s First LEED NC-Silver Multi-Family Development

New Orlean’s First LEED NC-Silver Multi-Family Development

In just over two weeks, it will have been six-years since the the category-5 Hurricane Katrina crossed into the United States and rebuilding efforts continue to this day.  New Orleans, Louisiana, was one of the hardest hit areas along the ...

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How Abode Communities Builds Green and Affordable

How Abode Communities Builds Green and Affordable

The recently completed Casa Dominguez affordable housing and community facility by Abode Communities is touted by the organization as innovative.  Upon a recent site walk and visit, I can say that its innovation lies not only in it’s unique program ...

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A Success Story: Healthy Homes, Neighborhood Revitalization, and L.A. County’s First Graywater Irrigation System

A Success Story:  Healthy Homes, Neighborhood Revitalization, and L.A. County’s First Graywater Irrigation System

Is it possible to build multi-family housing without air conditioning in Southern California where the weather averages high 70s F in the daytime for most of the year?  With smart building design, it is definitely possible to do so.  During ...

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