Live Tour: Broadway Affordable Housing

Get an intimate look into a complex and fascinating affordable housing project that changed a community.

When: Tuesday, November 10, 3pm EST

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See how Kevin Daly, FAIA, replaced a vacant nursing home with 33 two- and three-bedroom apartments and community facilities, providing environmentally and economically stable affordable housing in an urban area with a lack of options.

Sited across from a large community park and served by multiple transportation options, Broadway Affordable Housing clusters economical, repeatable housing blocks in a pinwheel configuration around the canopy of an existing shade tree. A laundry building, children’s play area, and two fully-wired community rooms at the rear create a safe environment for children to play and do homework, for residents to garden, and for evening classes to be held. 

The design also features green roofs that insulate and slow runoff, custom window frames that protect units from solar heat gain, canted exterior walls in a rainscreen configuration, and a 15,000-gallon underground cistern that collects rain water for irrigation. Thirty-three units do not have air conditioning yet remain a comfortable temperature throughout the year. A solar thermal hot water system reduces demand for energy, and photovoltaic panels provide sufficient power for common area usage

Learning objectives

  • Situated in a neighborhood of small condominium buildings, how did project make reference to the low-rise “dingbat” apartments surrounding it as a scale device and as a means to gain design approval in the City?
  • How can small affordable projects become inherently sustainable? Learn how the project used sideyards, setbacks and the extensive excavation needed to meet parking requirements to engage a range of sustainable design goals.
  • The design team and the nonprofit developer collaborated on an idea of achieving a “75% affordable” project. Learn how the project budget was put together so that three sides of each building are inexpensively constructed, while a fourth elevation provides a higher level of shading and environmental performance.
  • Learn how the design team balanced the need for openness with the requirement for visual privacy at each unit by employing multiple layers of screening at the interior of the project.

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