Parkway Apartments faced unique challenges throughout renovation, as the project was an adaptive reuse of a former motel into LEED-certified apartments. The renovation challenges, coupled with the complexities of launching a “Transition in Place” program required creative solutions from Model Construction and the owner/non-profit partner, Talbert House. Specific challenges included:
· Renovation of building that was occupied throughout construction by a transitional housing program and Talbert House offices.
· A tight project site in an urban neighborhood. Delivery trucks were unable to access the door of Parkway Apartments due to a low canopy in the front of the building and all materials had to be delivered via a crane through the front windows.
· A fixed construction budget
· A creative combination of funding sources, all with their own stipulations
The objective at Parkway Apartments was to create high quality, LEED-certified, Permanent Supportive Housing for Veterans, in the same building as a Transitional Housing program for the same population, allowing graduates to move into more stable housing without experiencing the stresses associated with changing addresses, bus routes, social networks, etc. In this way, Parkway Apartments provides a fresh approach to housing Veterans, allowing them to “Transition in Place.” By eliminating the stress of relocation, you increase the opportunities for success.
The Development and Construction Solutions
The project created 34 apartments with common space for programming and service delivery. Parkway Apartments is owned, developed, and managed by Talbert Services, a local non-profit organization that has worked in Hamilton County for over forty years.
A design-build approach was used to ensure that design, budget, timeline, and performance targets were met. Model Construction’s extensive level of experience in urban areas was a true asset for this 3rd and 4th floor renovation project that needed to move forward on a very quick timeline. Team members worked together to design a building targeting LEED certification through the following solutions:
· Design and construction teams worked in collaboration to develop a building and site that worked well for current residents and future occupants
· Project partners and funders provided beneficial feedback and oversight
· The renovated building includes residential apartments in addition to space for community gathering and provision of supportive services, all designed to build community among residents of the new building
· LEED features include:
o Indoor moisture control measures;
o Low flow plumbing fixtures;
o Energy Star appliances/lighting fixtures;
o Highly efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning system;
o Maximized air quality via new ventilation and exhaust systems;
o Minimized air leakage with energy efficient windows;
o Utilization of Low VOC paints and adhesives;
o Regular cleaning of walk-off mats at entrances.
These components contribute to a cleaner indoor air quality, as well as reduced energy usage and cost.
The tenants of this facility have been delighted with their new apartments.