A site shared by three separate users increased the level of planning, coordination and detail needed but ultimately a solution to benefit all involved was reached, ensuring collaborative efforts as the project moves into its operational phase. The tight urban site offered constraints that the project team needed to approach with creative solutions to overcome:
· A quick project timeline dictated by external elements
· A tight project site in an urban neighborhood
· A fixed construction budget
· A creative combination of funding sources, all with their own stipulations
· Coordination requirements of having two new construction projects being built concurrently on adjacent sites with a single point of entry
This mixed-use, LEED-certified building incorporates 85 permanent supportive housing units in addition to office space for Cincinnati Union Bethel (CUB), the operator of the Anna Louise Inn, and space for CUB’s Off the StreetsTM program. The Anna Louise Inn had been operating in an historic building in the Lytle Park area of downtown Cincinnati for over 100 years, and wanted to preserve a sense of history and community as they moved to their new space.
The Development and Construction Solutions
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 new construction 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 occupants
· Project partners and funders provided beneficial feedback and oversight
· Inclusion of a landscaped courtyard was designed provide a respite for residents in the midst of an urban neighborhood
· The four story new construction 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:
Low flow plumbing fixtures, Energy Star appliances and lighting fixtures, highly efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning system;
Energy efficient windows;
Paints and adhesives low in VOCs;
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 use of brick and stone on the exterior elevation, as well as white columns to denote the entrance, are subtle reminders of the original Inn.