Mutual Housing at Spring Lake Phase One, Woodland, CA: Zero-Net Energy Farmworker Housing

December 2017:  Mutual Housing at Spring Lake wins 2017 World Habitat-United Nations award

Mutual Housing at Spring Lake Phase One has been honored as the first multi-family project in the nation certified under the Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home program. These sustainably designed LEED Platinum apartment units plus their associated photovoltaic systems are so efficient that the residents have no natural gas systems and pay almost nothing for electricity. Construction was completed in early 2015.

 

Cannery Place, Sacramento CA: Mixed-Use

Cannery Place covers an entire city block within the new Township 9 neighborhood adjacent the northern edge of downtown Sacramento. The mixed-use project is comprised of a 2 and 3-level concrete parking garage for 190 vehicles encompassed by a 180-unit affordable 5-story wood-framed apartment project. Retail space is tucked under the building facing Cannery Ave. and N. 7th Streets. Stoops and front entrances to first level apartments bring vigor to Scalehouse Street and Chill Ave. The apartment project is unwound from the garage on the south edge of the site to create a ground level plaza for residents, forming what we refer to as our California Cinnamon Roll configuration. Above the tiered garage structure are two large outdoor terraces for residents. A 1/4-acre public park on the southeast corner designed by HLA completes the design. Vrilakas Architects worked together with Kuchman Architects to develop the preliminary design. Construction was completed in December 2014.

 

SACRAMENTO BUSINESS JOURNAL 2015 AFFORDABLE PROJECT OF THE YEAR

New Harmony, Davis, CA: Affordable Apartments, Site Planning

New Harmony, an affordable and sustainable residential project in Davis, California received an exceptionally high GreenPoint Rating of 197 points. After having participated in visioning gatherings with local residents, Kuchman Architects collaborated with a variety of other consultants in the development this 80% net-zero energy project. The dwelling units have been oriented to take advantage of the prevailing delta breezes for improved air quality and the passage of the sun across the southern sky to brighten the interiors. All units within the project are accessible to the disabled. Construction was completed in February 2013.

Foothill Farms, Sacramento, CA: Affordable Seniors Apartments

The Foothill Farms Seniors Apartments are positioned to revitalize a tired stretch of Auburn Blvd in Sacramento, California. The Sacramento Redevelopment Agency worked together with Tower Development and Bridge Housing to reclaim this site, engaging Kuchman Architects to create a pedestrian friendly addition to the community. Three 3-story apartment buildings connected by 2-story pedestrian bridges surround a central courtyard. Landscaped grounds include a community garden, bocce court, pool and spa area. The project has received a very high GreenPoint Rating of 178. Renovated retail facilities in the second phase of the project will provide additional convenient services to the residents. Construction was completed in 2012.

Newark Seniors Housing, Newark, CA: Affordable Seniors Apartments

The Newark Seniors Apartments is located at the center of a new TOD mixed-use community in Newark, California. This compact new neighborhood will also include a grocery store and a 74-unit condominium project. Amenities include a wetlands that is being preserved on the property and a city bus stop. Project completed 2018.

Vintage Chateau, Petaluma, CA: Affordable Seniors Apartments

The new Vintage Chateau II has become the North McDowell Blvd. Phase II face of the original Vintage Chateau I that was constructed in 1999. Designed for active seniors 55 and older, this project includes shared community facilities and a central courtyard with spa. Other featured amenities include being on a transit stop, easy access to the Lynch Creek walking trail on the northwest, Petaluma Plaza North Shopping Center on the northeast and Lucchesi Park right across the street. Deering Landscape Architects is the landscape architect. The project received a GreenPoint Rating of 129. Construction was completed in 2012.

Juniper Apartments, Manteca, CA: Affordable Apartments

Juniper Apartments, an affordable and sustainable residential project in Manteca, California, received a very respectable GreenPoint Rating of 131 points. The City of Manteca mandated that this project be indistinguishable from a market-rate project. Kuchman Architects achieved that goal by cladding simple-to construct buildings with cement plaster painted in deep rich colors, manufactured stone veneer, and concrete tile roofs. The project was 100% occupied within 30-days of completion. Construction was completed in February 2013.

Vintage Laguna, Sacramento, CA: Affordable Seniors Apartments

Vintage Laguna II is the second phase of a previously constructed adjacent USA Properties Fund project. Surrounding retail services enhance walkability. It received a GreenPoint Rating of 140. Bioswale filters of long grasses surround the building to detain rain runoff and to recharge the aquifer. Construction was completed in 2012.

Copperstone I and The Landing, Sacramento, CA: Affordable and Market-Rate Apartments

Copperstone I and The Landing is a combined affordable and market-rate TOD apartment project. It is just a short walk to the new light rail station and is next to Cosumnes Community College, a neighborhood shopping area, including a grocery store, restaurants and other retail amenities. The contemporary Mediterranean Revival design relates well to the Sacramento environment. Walkways traverse the project linking every apartment to the two community buildings, two swimming pools, children’s play area and other gathering spaces. Water from parking areas and roofs is being cycled through an on-site bio-filtration system before entering the storm drain system. Copperstone I was completed in the winter of 2009. The Landing was completed in the Spring of 2017.

Tierra Springs, Santa Rosa, CA: Affordable Apartments

Orienting the affordable housing structures to create a definitive street edge, Kuchman Architects has developed a design based on the local building vernacular to gently transition from neighboring properties. The urban farmhouse character is defined by bold forms, rich color tones and authenticity in the use of materials. Strong pedestrian linkages provide connectivity with neighborhood shopping, local services, an elementary school and public transit. Construction was completed in 2015.