2018 IAH Student Design and Planning Competition

2018 IAH Student Design and Planning Competition


>>HELLO, EVERYONE.
WELCOME TO THE FIFTH ANNUAL INNOVATION IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING STUDENT DESIGN AND PLANNING
COMPETITION, THIS IS THE FINAL FOUR PRESENTATIONS AND WE WILL HAVE AN AWARD CEREMONY LATER ON
THIS AFTERNOON AFTER WE LISTEN TO THE PRESENTATIONS. I AM REGINA GRAY, THE PROJECT DIRECTOR FOR
THIS YEAR’S COMPETITION. IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO BE HERE.
WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO HEAR FROM THE STUDENTS AND TO LISTEN TO WHAT THEY HAVE DONE WITH
THESE — WITH THEIR REVISED PROPOSALS. AND I JUST WANTED TO JUST THANK EVERYONE FOR
COMING THIS AFTERNOON AND PARTICIPATING. I KNOW THIS IS A LONG DAY, AND I KNOW THE
STUDENTS ARE TIRED, BUT I JUST WANTED THEM TO KNOW THAT WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THEM AND
WE CONGRATULATE THEM AGAIN FOR A JOB WELL DONE.
[ APPLAUSE ] WE CREATED THE IAH, THE INNOVATION IN AFFORDABLE
HOUSING STUDENT COMPETITION TO RECOGNIZE OR TO CREATE INNOVATION IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING,
TO ENCOURAGE INNOVATION IN HOUSING, AND WE TALK ABOUT HOW WE DEFINE INNOVATION, BUT I
THINK THE STUDENTS HAVE A GOOD HANDLE ON THAT. WE CREATED THIS COMPETITION TO RAISE PRACTITIONER
AND FUTURE CAPACITY AND FOSTER CROSS CUTTING TEAMWORK IN THE DESIGN AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
FIELDS. THE FOUR STUDENT TEAMS THAT YOU WILL HEAR
TODAY ARE — CONSIST OF THREE TO FIVE STUDENTS, EACH REPRESENTING DIFFERENT DISCIPLINES, AND
AT LEAST ONE STUDENT FROM A NONDESIGN FIELD OF STUDY.
SO, FOR EXAMPLE, LAST YEAR THE STUDENTS ON OUR TEAMS REPRESENTED A VARIETY OF SPECIAL
I’VE FIELDS, INCLUDING ARCHITECTURE, URBAN PLANNING, ECONOMICS FINANCE, ENGINEERING,
AND REAL ESTATE, AND LAST YEAR’S WINNERS WERE AN ALL-WOMEN’S TEAM COMPRISED OF SOCIAL WORKERS
PRIMARILY. SO WE REALLY LIKE TO FOSTER CROSS CUTTING
MULTIDISCIPLINARY WORK IN THESE AREAS. THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO TWO PHASES,
FOLLOWING THE SELECTION OF THE SITE. DURING THE FIRST PHASE, THE TEAMS PROPOSE
SOLUTIONS THAT ADDRESS THE PLANNING AND CONTEXT AND ANALYSIS, BUILDING SOLUTIONS AND TECHNOLOGY,
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS, AND SITE-SPECIFIC ILLUSTRATIONS OF DEVELOPMENT, AND FINALLY
THE SCHEDULE AND FINANCES. SO THIS IS A LOT OF WORK, IT’S VERY COMPREHENSIVE,
AND YOU’LL HEAR IN JUST A MOMENT THE STUDENTS IDEAS FOR HOW TO ADDRESS THESE FIVE POLICY
DOMAINS. DURING THE FIRST PHASE, HUD REQUESTED A REAL-WORLD
PROJECT IN WHICH THE PARTNER THAT WE SELECTED, WHICH IN THIS CASE THIS YEAR WAS THE DOVER
HOUSING AUTHORITY OR WHITTIER FALLS, WOULD IDENTIFY A SITE, EITHER NEW CONSTRUCTION OR
EXISTING — OR AN EXISTING DEVELOPMENT TO ADDRESS A REAL-WORLD CHALLENGE IN AFFORDABLE
HOUSING. SO FOR THIS YEAR, THE PRIMARILY GOALS ARE
TO REPLACE 154 UNITS UNDER THE RENTAL ASSISTANCE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM OR RAD, IN A LOCATION
EXISTING BETWEEN TWO DOVER HOUSING AUTHORITY SITES AND APPROVE THAT SITE PLAN TO MORE EFFECTIVE
TIE THE PROJECT TO THE LARGER COMMUNITY, SO TODAY WE HEAR FROM THE FOUR TEAMS WHO HAVE
REVISED THEIR PROPOSALS AND WILL PRESENT THEM TO YOU IN JUST A MOMENT.
PHASE 1 SUBMISSIONS WERE EVALUATED BY A JURY OF FIVE EXPERTS, REPRESENTING THE HOUSING
OR BUILDING INDUSTRY, THE PLANNING INDUSTRY, AND THIS YEAR WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO HAVE REPRESENTATIVES
FROM THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY AS WELL. THE JURORS WHO ARE HERE TODAY AND SEATED BEFORE
YOU CHOOSE THE TOP FOUR TEAMS DURING THE FIRST PHASE, AND THEN THOSE FOUR TEAMS THEN VISIT
THE HOUSING — OR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, IN THIS CASE DOVER HOUSING AUTHORITY, AND THE
SITE. THEY TOUR THE SITE, AND THEY SPEND THE AFTERNOON
ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SITE, AND HOPEFULLY COMING UP WITH SOME GREAT IDEAS ON HOW TO
REVISE THEIR FINAL PROPOSALS. SO THIS IS THE SITE — A PICTURE OF THE SITE
VISIT, ONE OF THE SITES WE VISITED, OR ONE OF THE DEVELOPMENTS WE VISITED WHILE WE WERE
IN DOVER. AND I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KNOW
WHO THE STUDENT TEENS ARE AND CONGRATULATE THEM AND THANK THEM FOR PARTICIPATING IN THIS
YEAR’S COMPETITION. I’M NOT GOING TO LIST EVERYONE’S NAME BUT
YOU SEE THEIR NAMES AND THEIR SCHOOLS HERE, AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT ON BEHALF OF
SECRETARY CARSON, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR ALL THE HARD WORK THAT YOU PUT
INTO THIS COMPETITION. YOU MADE IT THIS FAR, AND NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS
TODAY, YOU’RE ALL WINNERS. [ APPLAUSE ]
>>I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE JURY, BUT FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO THANK RACHEL LEAVITT,
THE BRAIN CHILD OF STUDENT COMPETITION, NOW IN THE FIFTH YEAR OF ITS INCEPTION — SINCE
ITS INCEPTION. I WANTED TO THANK HER BECAUSE WITHOUT HER,
HER VISION, HER DETERMINATION TO GET THIS DONE AND ALL THE HARD WORK SHE’S PUT INTO
IT, THERE WOULD NOT BE A STUDENT COMPETITION, SO, IF YOU COULD JUST WAVE YOUR HAND.
[ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS CONCEPTUAL VISION,
YOUR GUIDANCE AND WISDOM THROUGHOUT THE COMPETITION, LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE COMPETITIONS IN THE
FUTURE. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CYNTHIA GARDSTEIN AND
HER AMAZING TEAM. CYNTHIA, IF YOU CAN JUST WAVE, WHO EXISTED
WITH ALL THE LOGISTICS FOR THE COMPETITION AND FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS SHE’S BEEN A GODSEND,
HELPING ME GET THROUGH ALL OF THIS. BUT WE HAVE, AND WE’VE RUN SUCCESSFUL COMPETITIONS,
AND LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE TO COME. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES IN PD&R, ALL
THE VOLUNTEERS, SHERRY THURSTON, I DON’T KNOW IF SHE IS HERE BUT IF YOU ARE, THANK YOU SO
MUCH FOR ORGANIZING A TEAM OF ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS THAT HELPED US GET THROUGH THIS.
SO NOW, THE JURORS, I’D LIKE TO THANK SCOTT BALL, IF YOU CAN JUST WAVE YOUR HAND.
SCOTT IS THE PRINCIPAL OF THE COMMON CIVIC PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION.
VALERIE FLETCHER IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN CENTERED DESIGN.
VALERIE, THANK YOU. CLAYTON MITCHELL, PROFESSOR MITCHELL IS A
LECTURER IN THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES IN ENVIRONMENT AT UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE.
CLAY? JOHN TORDE, THANK YOU.
AND A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR HEAD JUROR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, BUT THANK
YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING HOUR HEAD JUROR. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.
LET’S GIVE THE JURORS A HAND. [ APPLAUSE ]
>>I’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE ALLEN, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE DOVER HOUSING AUTHORITY,
ALSO NAMED WHITTIER FALLS. THANK YOU SO MUCH, ALLEN, FOR BEING A PARTNER
WITH US THIS YEAR, AND JUST WELCOMING THE STUDENTS WITH OPEN ARMS, AND US, AND TAKING
US ON A TOUR AND GETTING US THROUGH THE SNOW IN BOSTON AND DOVER.
I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. HE’S GOING TO TALK TO US ABOUT THE SITE, A
LITTLE BIT ABOUT DOVER, MAYBE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE BOSTON RED SOX, SO WE’LL SEE.
BEFORE I DO THAT, A BIT OF HOUSEKEEPING. IF YOU NEED TO LEAVE THE BUILDING FOR ANY
REASON, YOU’LL NEED A HUD ESCORT OR SOMEONE, AN EMPLOYEE TO ESCORT YOU OUT.
SHERRY THURSTON, WHO IS OUTSIDE OF THIS AUDITORIUM, HAS ASSEMBLED A NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS, HUD
VOLUNTEERS, TO HELP YOU THROUGH THE BUILDING. IF YOU NEED TO GRAB A SNACK, THERE’S A CAFE
ON THE THIRD FLOOR. AGAIN, YOU WILL NEED AN ESCORT TO HELP YOU
THROUGH THE BUILDING. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE DON’T HAVE PEOPLE
ROAMING THE BUILDING BECAUSE IT’S JUST NOT GOOD FOR SECURITY PURPOSES.
SO IF YOU NEED AN ESCORT TO GET TO THE THIRD FLOOR URBAN CAFE OR NEED TO LEAVE THE BUILDING,
PLEASE LET ONE OF OUR ESCORTS KNOW. WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, MR. KRANZ.
[ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU, YOU DID A GREAT JOB I’M THE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE DOVER HOUSING AUTHORITY IN DOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE.
DOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE, IS THE SEVENTH OLDEST PERMANENT SETTLEMENT IN THE COUNTRY, 1623.
THE FASTEST GROWING IN THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. AND WE ARE IN A REAL ESTATE BOOM.
WHICH MEANS AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS MORE AT RISK IN A PLACE LIKE DOVER THAN PERHAPS SOME
OTHER PLACES. I BRING GREETINGS AND THANK YOU’S FROM THE
MAYOR, THE TEAMS MET THE MAYOR WHILE THEY WERE IN DOVER.
MEMBERS OF OUR BOARD, OUR STAFF, AND OUR RESIDENTS. THANK YOU’S GO TO THE HUD STAFF, ESPECIALLY
PD&R, STEVEN WINTER ASSOCIATES, THE JUDGES, WHO I’M SEEING FOR THE FIRST TIME EXCEPT FOR
CLAY, I THINK WE MET ON THE SITE VISIT DAY; AND THE TEAMS.
THE TEAMS CAME TO DOVER ON MARCH 7TH. WHO CAN FORGET?
WE HAD THIS PHOTOGRAPH OF THE TEAMS STANDING AND’S 10 MINUTES LATER THE SNOW STARTED TO
COME SIDEWAYS AND IT CAME AND CAME AND THE TEAMS BARELY MADE IT OUT OF DOVER THAT AFTERNOON
AND THE NEXT DAY. I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT WHITTIER FALLS
AND WHAT THAT’S ALL ABOUT. WE ARE THE DOVER HOUSING AUTHORITY LEGALLY.
WE’VE REBRANDED OURSELVES TO CALL OURSELVES WHITTIER FALLS.
AND THE REASON FOR THAT IS THIS. TRADITIONALLY, HOUSING AUTHORITIES ARE PROPERTY
MANAGER, BRICKS AND MORTAR.
>>HE LIVES IN A HIGH-RISE WITH SENIOR CITIZENS. HE LIVES INDEPENDENTLY.
HE’LL TELL YOU, IF HE WERE HERE TODAY, DOMINIC WOULD SAY, I LOVE LIVING WITH ALL THESE SENIORS,
THEY’RE LIKE GRANDPARENTS TO ME. AND WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO LIVE WITH A GROUP
OF GRANDPARENTS? AND HE WOULD TELL YOU THAT — HE WOULD SAY
THIS. SINCE I’VE BEEN HERE ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE YEARS,
AND I’VE LEARNED THINGS ABOUT MYSELF. THIS IS DOMINIC SPEAKING, THAT I DIDN’T THINK
I HAD IN ME. I’VE FACED CHALLENGES AND I’VE MET THOSE CHALLENGES,
AND I’M LIVING MORE INDEPENDENTLY EVERY DAY. THE SECOND RESIDENT THAT I WANT YOU TO MEET
IS MICHELLE. MICHELLE IS IN HER SEVENTIES, LATE ’70S.
SHE LIVES ON SOCIAL SECURITY IN A HIGH-RISE, ONE OF OUR PROPERTIES.
SHE CAME TO DOVER FROM CANADA WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG WOMAN.
SHE WORKED IN THE WOOLEN MILLS AND SHOE FACTORIES THAT WERE ON THE — IN THE NORTHEAST AT THE
TIME. SHE GOT MARRIED, HAD KIDS, HER HUSBAND HAS
DIED, YOU KNOW, SIX OR EIGHT YEARS AGO. HER KIDS HAVE MOVED OUT.
SHE LIVES WITH US. SHE USES OUR VAN TO GET TO HER MEDICAL VISITS.
SHE USES A DIFFERENT VAN TO GO TO SHOPPING. SHE PLAYS BINGO IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM.
LEARNING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT COMPUTERS, THAT’S A GOOD THING.
SHE SOCIALIZES AT THE DOVER SENIOR CENTER, JUST DOWN THE STREET FROM US.
AND IF YOU ASK HER, MICHELLE, WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT THE DOVER HOUSING AUTHORITY,
SHE’LL SAY, I LIKE CHRIS. CHRIS IS THE — IN THE MAINTENANCE BUILDING,
HE BRUSHES OFF HER CAR, CARRIES HER GROCERIES WHEN SHE NEEDS IT.
SO CHRIS IS THE BEST THING ABOUT THE DOVER HOUSING AUTHORITY FROM HER POINT OF VIEW.
THE THIRD RESIDENT THAT I WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO IS A FAMILY.
THE RICO FAMILY. AND THEY’RE A FAMILY OF FOUR.
THEY’RE ENGAGED IN — THEY PARTICIPATE IN FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WHICH IS ONE OF OUR
MAJOR SUPPORTIVE SERVICES. THE MOTHER, WHEN I FIRST KNEW HER, SHE WORKED
IN A FISH FACTORY ON ROUTE 95, ONE OF OUR JUDGES PROBABLY KNOWS — WHO LIVES IN THE
AREA KNOWS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT, WORKING ON THE LINE EARNING ABOUT $9 AN HOUR, LIVING
AT WHITTIER FALLS, DOVER HOUSING AUTHORITY, WITH HER FAMILY.
SHE BECAME A PART-TIME STUDENT AT THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, RIGHT DOWN THE ROAD FROM THE HOUSING
AUTHORITY. AND WHILE SHE WAS WORKING IN THE FISH FACTORY
AND RAISING A FAMILY, STUDENT AT GRAY BAY, SHE GRADUATES WITH A COMPUTER SCIENCE TWO-YEAR
DEGREE BOOT STRAPS THAT TO GO TO A 20-DOLLAR AN HOUR JOB WORKING IN AN OFFICE SITUATION,
BRINGING HER I.T. SKILLS INTO THAT OFFICE AND AMAZING PEOPLE WITH — I DIDN’T KNOW YOU
COULD DO THAT WITH A COMPUTER, YES, YOU CAN, AND LET ME SHOW YOU, IS WHAT SHE WOULD SAY.
HER DAUGHTER, WHO IS IN THE FIFTH GRADE, TAKES AFTER MOM, IS A SCHOLARSHIP STUDENT AT A VERY
PRESTIGIOUS PREP SCHOOL IN OUR AREA, FULL SCHOLARSHIP, GOES — SHE TRAVELS BY BUS FROM
THE DOVER HOUSING AUTHORITY TO BURWICK ACADEMY WITH A $30,000 A YEAR SCHOLARSHIP, INCLUDING
TRANSPORTATION, AND SHE’S IN THE FIFTH GRADE. THE FAMILY HAS JUST RECENTLY MOVED OUT OF
WHITTIER FALLS AND ARE LIVING IN A LOW-INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT PROPERTY, PAYING A LITTLE
HIGHER RENT, BUT MOVING ON UP, AS THEY SAY. SO, TO THE TEAMS WHO SURVIVED THE WINTER STORM
IN DOVER, WHO HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB OF DESIGNING PROJECTS THAT COULD POSSIBLY BE USED AND BITS
AND PIECES PROBABLY WILL BE USED BY DOVER. WHEN YOU PRESENT TODAY, THINK ABOUT DOMINIC.
WHEN YOU PRESENT TODAY, THINK ABOUT MICHELLE, OUR SENIOR CITIZEN, AND THINK ABOUT THE RICO
FAMILY BECAUSE THAT’S WHO YOU’RE REALLY WORKING AND PRESENTING FOR.
BEST OF LUCK. THANK YOU.
[ APPLAUSE ]>>GOOD AFTERNOON.
I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT IT’S REALLY AMAZING TO BE HERE.
WE’RE THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND TEAM. WE HAVE DANNY GREEN, MS. SCOTT, RAMOS, GILL
MARTIN, AND MY NAME, ROBBINS. FIRST I’D LIGHT START WITH A STORY.
EDITH IS AN ELDERLY WOMAN LIVING IN DOVER IN THE SUBURBS FOR 30 YEARS.
SHE LIVED WITH HER HUSBAND AND WAS MARRIED FOR 45 YEARS AND THEY HAD THREE CHILDREN TOGETHER.
HER HUSBAND WORKED IN THE TEXTILE MILL FACTORY ON WASHINGTON STREET AND WHEN THEY RETIRED,
THEY EXPECTED TO HAVE A COMFORTABLE RETIREMENT. UNFORTUNATELY, IN A SHORT MATTER OF YEARS,
HER SITUATION REALLY TURNED AROUND. SHE’S NOW A WIDOW, AND HER FAMILY HAS BEEN
TOUCHED BY THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. SHE’S NOW THE PRIMARY CAREGIVER TO HER 10-YEAR-OLD
GRANDDAUGHTER. DUE TO SOME HARD FINANCIAL TIMES, THEY HAD
TO SELL THE FAMILY HOUSE, AND NOW SHE LIVES IN AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT ON THE OUTSKIRTS
OF TOWN. EVEN ROUTINE TASKS FOR EDITH ARE DIFFICULT
NOW. SHE HAS TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OR BUSES,
AND HAS A REALLY DIFFICULT TIME GETTING AROUND. SHE ALSO FEELS SOCIALLY ISOLATED BECAUSE NOW
SHE HAS A HARD TIME MAKING IT TO THE WEEKLY CARD GAMES AND EVEN WORSE, HER 10-YEAR-OLD
GRANDDAUGHTER IS GETTING MADE FUN OF AT SCHOOL. EDITH’S STORY TOUCHED US PERSONALLY.
WE BELIEVE THAT MANY OF THE ISSUES THAT EDITH EXPERIENCES RESONATE WITH LOTS OF AFFORDABLE
HOUSING RESIDENTS. THE CHALLENGE IS THAT WE’RE STRIVING TO ADDRESS
IN OUR PROJECT, THE SOCIALIZE LITIGATION APPEAR — AND THE STIGMA FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING WHILE
ADDRESSING THE NEED FOR ACCESS TO SERVICES. OUR PROJECT, BEACON CROSSING, IS CENTERED
ON CREATING AN INTEGRATED COMMUNITY FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES, RESTING ON THREE
PILLARS. TO ENHANCE, CREATE AND IMPROVE.
THE SITE ENHANCES ACCESS TO SERVICES AND TRANSPORTATION. THE DEVELOPMENT ALSO CREATES COMMUNITY WITH
THE RESIDENTS IN THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY, AND FINALLY, THE PROGRAMMING AND SITE DESIGN
IMPROVES THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS OF THE RESIDENTS. THROUGH I KNOW ZERO VASE I HAVE TECHNIQUES,
BEACON CROSSING IS ABLE TO ACHIEVE THESE THREE PILLARS IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY.
>>BEACON CROSSING PROPOSES TO CREATE A LIVELY WALKABLE COMMUNITY WITHIN A MIXED USE, MIXED
INCOME DEVELOPMENT. THIS SCHEME BOASTS 302 UNITS ACROSS THE SITE,
AND INCLUDES A MIX OF TYPICAL APARTMENT UNITS AND A VARIETY OF TOWNHOUSE TYPES.
WHEN DESIGNING THE SITE PLAN, WE ADHERED TO THREE GOALS.
FIRST, TO DRAMATICALLY INCREASE DENSITY ON SITE WHILE MAINTAINING A SMALL SCALE FEEL.
SECOND, TO CREATE A WALKABLE COMMUNITY THAT BRINGS AMENITIES AND SERVICES ON SITE.
AND THIRD, TO CREATE CONNECTIVITY. TO INCREASE DENSITY, WE ARE PROPOSING TO BUILD
TWO APARTMENT BUILDINGS IN FIVE CLUSTERS OF TOWNHOMES.
THE TWO TALLEST BUILDINGS ARE TUCKED INTO THE TREES, NOT ONLY TO CONCEAL THE HEIGHT
TO BUT TO ALSO CREATE A TRANQUIL ENVIRONMENT THAT OVERLOOKS THE SITE STREAM.
THE REMAINING TOWN HOME UNITS MARCH ALONG UNION STREET OR ARE ADJACENT TO THE EXISTING
EDGAR BOISE APARTMENTS. EACH ARE CLUSTERED TO CREATE WHAT WE ARE CALLING
MICRO COMMUNITY. IN THE CENTER OF THE SITE IS A COMMUNITY CENTER
AND SMALL SCALE YMCA SECTION ANCHORED BY THE CENTRAL PLAZA.
IN ORDER TO CREATE A WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOOD, WE ARE ELECTING TO CENTRALLY LOCATE THESE
AMENITIES SO RESIDENTS CAN EASILY WALK TO THESE BUILDINGS BY A SERIES OF PEDESTRIAN
NETWORKS THAT YOU CAN SEE HERE IN THIS IMAGE. THESE NOT ONLY ACT AS PEDESTRIAN STREETS,
BUT ALSO MAKE SAFE GREEN SPACES FOR KIDS TO PLAY OR FOR RESIDENTS TO COME TOGETHER AT
THE PICNIC TABLES TO SHARE A MEAL. WALKING TRAIL, STREAM WALK, PLAY GROUNDS,
DOG PARK, THAT SUPPORTS OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS TO COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT
HEALTHY LIFESTYLES. IN ORDER TO FOSTER CONNECTIVITY ON SITE AND
TO THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS, WE’RE PROPOSING A 12-FOOT WIDE PEDESTRIAN NORTH/SOUTH ACCESS
THAT CREATES A CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS BY PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE.
THIS CONNECTION DID NOT PREVIOUSLY EXIST. THIS MAKES IT EASY FOR GRANDCHILDREN TO BIKE
TO THE SITE TO VISIT GRANDMA OR GRANDPA OR FOR THE EDGAR BOYS RESIDENCE TO FEEL MORE
CONNECTED TO THE SITE. TO HANDLE STORMWATER MANAGEMENT, WE HAVE INCLUDED
A LARGE RAIN GARDEN NORTH OF THE COMMUNITY CENTER, A SERIES OF RETENTION PITS BY PARKING,
AND A 50-FOOT SET BACK FROM THE STREAM FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION.
FINALLY, THE SITE’S ARCHITECTURE CREATES THE FEELING OF A SHALL SCALE NEIGHBORHOOD USING
GOOD URBAN DESIGN PRINCIPLES. BUILDINGS MIMIC THE SURROUNDING CONTEXT.
SIDEWALKS ARE SIX-FOOT OR WIDER, AND ARE LINED WITH TREES.
PARKING IS DISPERSED TO NOT ONLY REDUCE THE VISUAL IMPACT BUT TO DECREASE HEAT ISLAND
EFFECT. THE DESIGN UTILIZES TECHNIQUES FOR WAY FINDING
SUCH AS CHANGES IN PAVING TEXTURE TO ENABLE THOSE WHO ARE VISUALLY IMPAIRED TO NAVIGATE
THE SITE.>>THE SEQUENCE OF CONSTRUCTION WAS DESIGNED
IN THREE STAGES WHICH WERE CAREFULLY CHOREOGRAPHED TO PREVENT ANY DISPLACEMENT OF RESIDENTS DURING
CONSTRUCTION. STAGE 1 INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO APARTMENT
BUILDINGS AND FIVE TOWNHOMES TO THE NORTH OF THE SITE.
THIS STAGE 1 TOTALS 210 UNITS AND IS DESIGNED TO HOUSE THE RESIDENTS IN THE TWO CENTRAL
TOWERS AS WELL AS THE ON-SITE RESIDENTS. STAGE TWO WILL INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF
THE FIRST TWO BLOCKS OF ROW HOMES, AS WELL AS THE Y AND COMMUNITY CENTER.
FINALLY, IN STAGE 3, THE TOWNHOMES ARE COMPLETED, AND A RENOVATION OF THE EDGAR BOYS UNITS TO
THE NORTH OF THE RIVER IS COMPLETED. ALL TOWN HOME UNITS ARE TO BE CONSTRUCTED
USING STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANELS, AND THE TWO APARTMENT BUILDINGS ARE TO BE DESIGNED
USING PREFABRICATED MODULAR CONSTRUCTION. BOTH OF THESE CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES HAVE
ADDED BENEFIT OF HAVING FAST CONSTRUCTION TIMES, ALLOWING QUICKER RELOCATION OF RESIDENTS.
ADDITIONALLY, THESE CONSTRUCTION TYPES HAVE VERY TIGHT ENVELOPES.
ANOTHER SUSTAINABLE STRATEGY THAT WE’VE EMPLOYED IS HAVING MOST OF THE BUILDINGS ORIENTED SOUTH
AS WELL AS OTHER PASSIVE STRATEGIES.>>BEACON CROSSING PROPOSES MULTIPLE UNIT
TYPES. YOU CAN SEE A SECTION THROUGH ONE OF OUR TYPICAL
ONE BEDROOM UNITS. OF THE 302 UNITS ON SITE, 30% ARE ACCESSIBLE,
AND THE REMAINING UTILIZE UNIVERSAL DESIGN PRINCIPLES.
EACH UNIT IS EQUIPPED WITH THREE-FOOT OR WIDER AUTOMATIC ENTRY DOORS.
AUDIO AND VISUAL DOORBELLS, ROLL-IN SHOWERS OR GRAB BARS AND RAILINGS ON THE WALLS.
FLEXIBLE STORAGE, PULLDOWN DOORS, DRAWERS IN THE BASE CABINETS, MAKE THINGS CONVENIENT
AND ADAPTABLE. A ROLLABLE ISLAND THAT CAN ACT AS A TABLE
CAN BE MOVED TO MAKE CLEARANCE FOR A WALKER OR WHEELCHAIR.
ADDITIONALLY, UNITS ARE EQUIPPED WITH LOW MAINTENANCE HARD SURFACE FLOORING TO PREVENT
TRIPPING HAZARDS. EACH UNIT HAS EMERGENCY CALL BUTTONS.
IN ADDITION TO THE TYPICAL UNITS LIKE THE ONE PICTURE ABOVE, THE DESIGN TAKES INNOVATIVE
APPROACHES TO BATTLING SENIOR LONELINESS. BUILDING A INTRODUCES CO-LIVING UNITS, STUDIO
UNITS EQUIPPED WITH THEIR OWN BATHROOMS AND KITCHENETTES, CENTERED AROUND LARGE COMMON
PLACES. THESE UNITS ARE IN ADDITION TO THE 154 NEW
TYPICAL UNITS FROM WALDRON AND CENTRAL TOWERS. TO FOSTER COMMUNITY WITHIN THE APARTMENTS
FOR RESIDENTS THAT DO NOT WISH TO LIVE IN CO-LIVING UNITS, EACH APARTMENT BUILDING EQUIPPED
WITH AMENITY SPACES, INCLUDING A MULTIPURPOSE ROOM, SMALL DINING AREAS, AND A COMMERCIAL
KITCHEN, LAUNDRY ROOMS ON EACH FLOOR, AND AN EXTERIOR PATIO.
EACH FLOOR ALSO HAS A SMALL LOUNGE OVERLOOKING THE STREAM.
>>SO, 214 OF THE HOMES AT BEACON CROSSING WILL CONSIST OF FORMER PUBLIC HOUSING UNITS
CONVERTED INTO LONG-TERM SECTION 8 CONTRACT THROUGH THE RENTAL DEMONSTRATION ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM, OR RAD PROGRAM. WE’LL BE INTRODUCING AN ADDITIONAL 58 AFFORDABLE
UNITS AND 30 MARKET RATE UNITS AS PART OF THIS DEVELOPMENT.
IN GENERAL, WHEN YOU’RE FINANCING AN AFFORDABLE DEAL, THE MAIN CHALLENGE IS THAT THE REVENUE
COMING IN ISN’T HIGH ENOUGH TO SUPPORT THE AMOUNT OF DEBT NEEDED TO PAY FOR CONSTRUCTION
OF THE PROPERTY. THIS RAD CONVERSION IS ESPECIALLY PROBLEMATIC
IN TERMS OF REVENUE BECAUSE THE RENTS THAT THE OWNER RECEIVES THROUGH THE SECTION 8 CONTRACT
ARE PARTICULARLY LOW, EVEN BY AFFORDABLE STANDARDS. SO IN ORDER TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, WE FIGURED
OUT WAYS TO INCREASE THE NET OPERATING INCOME, WHICH ALLOWS THE PROJECT TO TAKE OUT A BIGGER
MORTGAGE. IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THIS, WE’VE SET ASIDE
30 OF THE NEW AFFORDABLE UNITS TO HAVE RENT AT 60% AMI LEVELS, THE ADDITIONAL 28 NEW AFFORDABLE
UNITS WILL BE SUBSIDIZED FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING THROUGH THE SECTION 811 PROGRAM, WHICH
PROVIDES VOUCHERS TO EXTREMELY LOW INCOME INDIVIDUALS WITH MENTAL DISABILITIES THROUGH
THE NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.
IN ORDER TO COVER THE FINANCING GAP, WE’VE IDENTIFIED A VARIETY OF CASH FLOW CONTINGENT
SOURCES SUCH AS HOME LOAN, CDBG LOAN, DEFERRED DEVELOP TO NAME A FEW.
THE OTHER BIG CHALLENGE IN DOING AN AFFORDABLE DEAL IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, THERE’S A SMALL POOL
OF LOW-INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDITS TO GO AROUND. STATE ONLY WILL ALLOCATE A MAXIMUM OF 800,000
CREDITS. IT’S SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH TAX CREDITS TO OVERCOME
THE FINANCING GAP ON A PROJECT THIS SIZE. IF YOU WERE TO DO THIS WHOLE RAD CONVERSION
AS A 9% TRANSACTION, THERE WOULD BE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF EXCESS BASIS, IN OTHER WORDS, CONSTRUCTION
COSTS THAT COULD BE USED TO GENERATE TAX CREDITS BUT AREN’T BEING UTILIZED.
WE’RE PROPOSING A PAIRED STRUCTURE WHERE COMPETITIVE 9% CREDITS AND NONCOMPETITIVE 4% CREDITS ARE
BEING UTILIZED SIMULTANEOUSLY. FUNCTIONALLY, IT WILL ACT AS ONE COHESIVE
DEVELOPMENT UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE DOSING HOUSING AUTHORITY BUT LEGALLY OWNERSHIP WILL
BE SPLIT UP INTO THREE SEPARATE LIMITED PARTNERSHIPS, ALL FINANCED INDEPENDENTLY.
THE FIRST PARTNERSHIP WILL CONSIST OF 60 AFFORDABLE UNITS, AND WILL BE FINANCED USING A 9% CREDIT
ALLOCATION. SECOND PARTNERSHIP WILL CONSIST OF THE REMAINING
AFFORDABLE UNITS AND WILL BE FINANCED AS A 4% LITEK BOND DEAL. THE THIRD CONDOMINIUM
STRUCK — THE THIRD CONDOMINIUM REGIME WILL CONSIST OF THE MARKET RATE UNITS, FINANCED
USING THE TYPICAL STRUCTURE. TAKING A MIXED INCOME APPROACH TO THE DEVELOPMENT
NOT ONLY HAS ECONOMIC BENEFITS, BUT IT ALSO STRIVES TO ACHIEVE OUR GOAL OF CREATING A
DIVERSE, INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY.>>AT THE HEART OF BEACON CROSSING, THE CENTRAL
PLAZA ORGANIZES A COMMUNITY CENTER, HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER, MINI MART, AND YMCA.
THIS CONCENTRATION OF AMENITIES AND RESOURCES TRULY EMBODIES THE MISSION BEHIND BEACON CROSSING,
ORGANIZED AROUND A LIVELY PUBLIC SPACE.>>THE LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTER IS AN INNOVATIVE
HUB OF SOCIAL SERVICES WHERE RESIDENTS CAN RECEIVE ACCESS TO IT.
UPON RECEIVING SOCIAL SERVICES, THE FIRST FLOOR HOSTS A CAFE TO CREATE MEANINGFUL CONTENTIONS
BETWEEN RESIDENTS. THE CAFE CAN BE USED FOR RELAXATION PURPOSES
AS BOOKS, READING MATERIALS WILL BE DONATED BY THE DOVER LIBRARY.
LOCATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR ARE SOCIAL SERVICE CUBICLES WHERE RECEPTIONISTS WILL GREET CLIENTS
AND RESIDENTS OF THE DOVER COMMUNITY.>>LEASED BY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, SERVICE
LINK, RESIDENTS CAN RECEIVE A PLETHORA OF SOCIAL SERVICES SUCH AS PUBLIC BENEFITS ASSISTANCE,
HEALTHCARE INSURANCE, GENERAL CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES, AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES.
LOCATED ACROSS FROM THE SERVICE OFFICE ARE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, COMPUTER LOUNGES, WHERE
RESIDENTS CAN WORK ON COMPUTER LITERACY OPPORTUNITIES, EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES, AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
CERTIFICATIONS. ON THE THIRD FLOOR, THE ROOF AREA, IS A COMMUNITY
GARDEN AND GREENHOUSE. THAT WILL PROVIDE FRESH, FREE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
FOR RESIDENTS YEAR ROUND. ADDITIONALLY, THE GREENHOUSE COMMUNITY GARDEN
WILL BE CARED FOR BY THE RESIDENTS OF BEACON CROSSING.
>>RIGHT OUTSIDE OF THE COMMUNITY CENTER, THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER PROVIDES OFFICES
AND EXAM ROOMS FOR HEALTH SCREENINGS AND HEALTH CONSULTATIONS.
ACROSS THE PLAZA, IN THE MINI MART, THE MINI MART WILL PARTNER WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES TO
PROVIDE REDUCED COSTS TO PRODUCE. RESIDENTS CAN ALSO USE THEIR SNAP BENEFITS
AT THIS LOCATION. BOTH THESE RESOURCES PROVIDE A TREMENDOUS
AMENITY FOR THE COMMUNITY RIGHT AT THEIR FINGERTIPS. WHEN THE RESIDENTS DO HAVE CAUSE TO GO OFF-SITE,
IT’S MADE EFFORTLESS, BY THE BUS STOP PROPOSED RIGHT AT THE EDGE OF THE PLAZA.
ADDITIONALLY, SERVICE LINK CAN HELP SENIORS AND THOSE WITH DISABILITIES SET UP TRANSPORTATION
SERVICES.>>RECREATIONALLY, IN ADDITION TO RECREATIONAL
PURPOSES, THE Y OR THE YMCA WILL ALSO HOST A MUCH NEEDED RESOURCE FOR WORKING FAMILIES.
THE DAYCARE CENTER LOCATED IN THE Y WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SENIORS AND PERSONS WITH
DISABILITIES, IF THEY CHOOSE TO, TO BECOME A CHILDCARE CERTIFIED EMPLOYEE, AND RESEARCH
HAS SHOWN THAT THIS IS A MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIP FOR SENIORS AND CHILDREN AS IT HELPS TO PROMOTE
A SENSE OF PLACE, WELL-BEING, AS WELL AS HELPS TO COMBAT SENIOR LONELINESS.
>>SO, IT WILL BE COST-PROHIBITIVE FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TO CONSTRUCT A RECREATIONAL
SPACE AS LARGE AND AS COMPREHENSIVE AS WHAT WE’RE PROPOSING WITH THE YMCA.
INSTEAD WE’RE PROPOSING TO OFFER THEM A LONG-TERM 1 DOLLAR GROUND LEASE TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO
COME ON SITE AND OPERATE THE FACILITY. THEY WOULD PROVIDE VOUCHERS TO USE THE COMMUNITY.
THIS PROVIDES THE RESIDENTS WITH ACCESS TO STATE OF THE ART HEALTH AND WELLNESS FACILITIES,
BUT IT ALSO ATTRACTS NEIGHBORS FROM THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY, HELPING TO REMOVE THE STIGMA OF
AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND FOSTER INTERACTION AND RELATIONSHIPS ACROSS SOCIOECONOMIC LINES.
>>IN ADDITION TO VALUABLE SOCIAL SERVICES AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, RESIDENTS OF
BEACON CROSSING CAN ALSO RECEIVE SOCIAL SERVICES IN THE CONVENIENCE OF THEIR OWN HOME.
THROUGH THE BEACON BUDDIES IN CARE PROGRAM, A TWIST TO THE HOUSING MODEL, RESIDENTS OF
THE BEACON CROSSING WILL BE PAIRED WITH OTHER SENIORS OR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES TO CHECK
ON THE WELL-BEING OF ONE ANOTHER. ALSO, TARGETING THOSE WITH THE MOST NEED,
THE PROGRAM WILL ALLOW FOR ONE MEAL A DAY AS WELL AS GENERAL HOUSEKEEPING SERVICES FOR
THOSE UNABLE TO DO SO. TYPICALLY, WITH THE PROGRAM LIKE THIS, A NEW
PROGRAM UNDER THE HOUSING MODEL, SOMETIMES IT’S DIFFICULT TO RECEIVE FEDERAL FUNDING.
TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, WE’VE COME UP WITH A STRATEGY ON OUR OWN TO MAKE SURE THAT WE
KEEP THE LONGEVITY OF THIS MUCH NEEDED PROGRAM. THE THREE SOURCES INCLUDE SOCIAL SERVICE RESERVE,
VOLUNTEER FEES FROM PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS, AND CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING EXPENSES.
>>IN ADDITION TO INSULATIVE CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES AND PASSIVE DESIGN, BEACON CROSSING
ALSO TAKES ADVANTAGE OF A MYRIAD OF SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES.
UNDERNEATH THE GREENED FIELD, A 10,000 SQUARE FOOT 37 TON GEOTHERMAL HEATING AND COOLING
SYSTEM IS LOCATED, ON TOP OF BOTH APARTMENT BUILDINGS, A 104-KILOWATT SOLAR ARRAY PROVIDES
32% OF THE DEVELOPMENT’S ENERGY DEMAND. VARIABLE FLOW REFRIGERANT SYSTEMS PROVIDE
HEATING AND COOLING AT A MORE EFFICIENT ENERGY RATE THAN TRADITIONAL HEAT BUMPS OR SPLIT
SYSTEMS. INSIDE UNITS, VAMPIRE SWITCHES PROVIDE A 25%
REDUCTION IN PLUG LOAD. FINALLY, RETENTION PITS AND RAIN GARDEN LOCATED
TO THE NORTH OF THE SITE MITIGATE STORMWATER RUNOFF INTO THE RIVER.
IN CONCLUSION, PASSIVE, INSULATIVE AND ACTIVE STRATEGIES PROVIDE A 60% ENERGY USE REDUCTION.
>>SO, RATHER THAN HAVING THE HOUSING AUTHORITY FINANCE AND OWN THESE SYSTEMS, WE’RE PROPOSING
THE USE OF A POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT FOR THE SOLAR PANELS AND THE GEOTHERMAL LOOP.
THE WAY THIS WORKS IS A THIRD PARTY FIRM COMES IN, DEVELOPS, OWNS AND MAINTAINS THE SUSTAINABLE
TECHNOLOGIES AT THEIR OWN COST. THEY ENTER INTO A LONG-TERM FIXED ENERGY CONTRACT
WITH THE OWNER OF THE SITE. AND THAT ENERGY CONTRACT WILL BE LESS THAN
THE GOING RATE FROM THE UTILITY COMPANY. THE STRATEGY ACCOMPLISHES A FEW THINGS.
FIRST, IT REDUCES THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF THE DEVELOPMENT.
THE STRATEGY ALLOWS YOU TO EMPLOY SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES THAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE UNFEASIBLE
TO PAY FOR. SECOND, IT ACTUALLY REDUCES OPERATING EXPENSES
FOR THE PROJECT, THE AMOUNT OF ENERGY PRODUCED ON SITE WOULD BE MORE THAN ENOUGH TO COVER
THE HEATING, COOLING, AND LIGHTING OF ALL OF THE CHOP AREAS AT BEACON CROSSING.
THIRD, WE ANTICIPATE A 30% REDUCTION IN UTILITY COSTS PER UNIT.
THESE EFFICIENCIES CREATE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HIRE AN ENGINEER TO CONDUCT AN ENERGY CONSUMPTION
MODEL WHICH CAN BE USED TO PETITION HUD FOR A LOWER UTILITY ALLOWANCE.
>>IN SUMMARY, IN TERMS OF FINANCING, BEACON CROSSING IS UTILIZING THREE INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUES.
THE POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT, USING THE NOMINAL GROUND LEASE TO ATTRACT THE WYCA.
IN TERMS OF DESIGN, THE DEVELOPMENT I KNOW INCLUDES AN ARRAY OF INNOVATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE
TECHNOLOGY. THE PASSIVE DESIGN OF SOLAR ORIENTATION — SORRY.
THE BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND THE GREEN RENEWABLE ENERGY.
IN TERMS OF SOCIAL SERVICES, IT’S REMARKABLE TO IMPLEMENT THE HOUSING TYPE PROGRAM WITHOUT
RECEIVING THE EARMARKED FEDERAL FUNDING. BUT EVEN MORE THAN THAT, BEACON CROSSING IS
A DYNAMIC NEIGHBORHOOD THAT ENHANCES ACCESS TO SERVICES, CREATES CONNECTIONS WITHIN THE
LARGER COMMUNITY, AND IMPOSES HEALTH AND WELL-BEING FOR RESIDENTS, LIKE EDITH, THAT WE HAVE KEPT
IN FRONT OF MIND WHILE DESIGNING THIS PROJECT. THANK YOU, AND NOW WE’RE READY FOR QUESTIONS.
[ APPLAUSE ]>>THE COMMUNITY CENTER IS PART OF THE FINANCING
OF THE APARTMENT BUILDINGS OR IS THAT SEPARATE?>>YES, THE COMMUNITY CENTER IS FINANCED AS
— IT’S CONSIDERED A PROJECT COST. THE YMCA IS FINANCED SEPARATELY, BUT YES,
THE COMMUNITY CENTER IS SUPPORTED BY THE OPERATIONS AND WE PAY FOR IT — OR THE DOVER HOUSING
AUTHORITY PAYS FOR THAT CONSTRUCTION.>>VERY COMPLICATED.
ONE BUTTON. THE PERFORMANCE — THE POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT,
THAT PUTS THE COST INTO OPERATING, RIGHT, NOT CAPITAL?
IT PUTS THE CAPITAL EXPENSE OVER INTO OPERATING, AND THEN — IS THAT CORRECT?
>>COULD YOU REPEAT THAT?>>YOU SAID THE POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT WAS
A WAY OF PAYING WITH CAPITAL FOR THE –>>RIGHT.
SO THE POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT REALLY ELIMINATES THE NEED TO PAY THAT UP FRONT COST OF THESE
ENERGY SYSTEMS AS WELL AS THE MAINTENANCE, SO THE THIRD-PARTY THAT COMES IN BOTH PAYS
UP FRONT AS WELL AS MAINTAINS THE SYSTEM. YOU TYPICALLY ENTER, WHETHER IT’S A 15 OR
20-YEAR CONTRACT, TO DO THAT, AND THEN AT THE END OF THAT CONTRACT, THE OWNER OF THE
SITE WOULD HAVE THE OPTION TO PURCHASE THE FACILITIES AT THE MARKET RATE.
>>I THINK EVERYTHING IS REALLY WELL INTEGRATED IN THIS.
>>THANK YOU.>>JUST A QUICK QUESTION, I’M INTERESTED IN
THE CONGREGATE HOUSING FACET OF THIS. WHAT IS YOUR PITCH TO THE RESIDENT ABOUT CHOOSING
THAT MODEL?>>THE PITCH TO POTENTIAL RESIDENTS, AND WE’RE
THINKING ABOUT OLDER PEOPLE AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, WHAT’S THE MIX, AND WHAT’S THE
PITCH?>>THE MIX, IS BOTH THE SENIORS AND PERSONS
WITH DISABILITIES, BUT I THINK THE PITCH IS, IT ALSO HELPS TO USE THE FOSTER THE RELATIONSHIP
BUILDING, AND IN TYPICAL CASES, IT’S JUST FOCUSED ON THE ACTUAL SERVICES THAT ARE ADMINISTERED
TO THE RECIPIENT OF THE PROGRAM, BUT IN THIS MODEL IT’S MORE SO THE PEER-TO-PEER SUPPORT
NETWORK, WHERE ADDITIONALLY, ONE OF THE SELLING POINTS OF THE CONGREGATE HOUSING MODEL IS
THAT MONTHLY THERE WILL BE ACTIVITIES FOR SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT WITH THE SENIORS AND PERSONS
WITH DISABILITIES, WHERE THEY CAN AGAIN — IT’S AS A REWARD FOR CHECKING IN ON ONE ANOTHER,
HAVE A DINNER TOGETHER OR JUST TOUR THE OUTSIDE DOVER COMMUNITY, AND, AGAIN, TO CREATE A SENSE
OF CONNECTIVITY WITH ONE ANOTHER. I THINK, IF ANYTHING, THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT
PIECE, AS WE THOUGHT ABOUT THIS. WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A SENSE OF
COMMUNITY AND, YOU KNOW, SOME RESIDENTS, THEY MAY NOT NECESSARILY HAVE A FAMILY, SO THIS
PROGRAM IS A SUPPORT SYSTEM WHERE YOU CAN JUST KNOCK ON SOMEONE’S DOOR AND CHECK ON
THEIR WELL-BEING.>>THANK YOU.
>>THANK YOU.>>SO I KIND OF HAVE A DESIGN PROCESS QUESTION.
YOU GOT TO VISIT THE SITE AND MEET PEOPLE FROM DOVER.
I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE BIGGEST CHANGE YOU MADE WAS FOLLOWING THAT VISIT OR THOSE CONVERSATIONS.
>>SO WE HAVE A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT THINGS WE CHANGED.
WE ACTUALLY FOUND THAT PARKING ON SITE FOR THE CENTRAL AND WALDRON TOWERS WERE UNDERUTILIZED
SO WE REFLECTED THIS SAME TYPE OF PARKING RATIO.
THIS OPENED UP MORE OPEN SPACE FOR OUR PROJECT. WE ALSO WERE REALLY INSPIRED BY THE BOYS APARTMENTS
TO THE NORTH. THEY DIDN’T FEEL VERY CONNECTED SO WE WANTED
TO CREATE THE NORTH/SOUTH ACCESS AND FOSTER THAT COMMUNITY ON SITE.
SOMETHING ELSE THAT WE WERE REALLY HAPPY ABOUT, WE FOUND THAT A LOT OF OUR INSTINCTS WE ORIGINALLY
HAD WERE ACTUALLY VALIDATED BY OUR SITE VISIT. SO, YEAH.
THANK YOU.>>WOULD YOU EXPAND A LITTLE BIT ON WHAT’S
COVERED IN THE WAY OF EQUIPMENT IN THIS THIRD-PARTY ENERGY AGREEMENT?
HOW THOSE FOLKS GET PAID? AND CITE ANY SOURCES OF BACKUP YOU HAVE ON
THE $106 SQUARE FOOT HARD COST.>>SURE.
SO, TO START WITH THE POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT, SO, THIS IS A SIMILAR MODEL TO WHAT YOU’RE
SEEING ON THE MARKET NOW. TYPICALLY THIS IS DONE, PRETTY MUCH YOU’LL
SEE IT WITH SOLAR PANELS, BUT NATIONAL HOUSING TRUST IS A GROUP THAT WE LOOKED AT TO SIMULATE
THE MODEL THAT THEY’RE USING, WHERE THEY’RE REALLY EXPANDING THE BUSINESS LINE OF THIS.
AND WHAT THEY DO, THEY COME IN, PURCHASE IT, AND THEY MAKE OPERATING REVENUE BY ENTERING
INTO THAT FIXED ENERGY CONTRACT WITH THE OWNER, SO THEY’RE GETTING REVENUE FROM THERE, BUT
THERE’S ALSO A HOST OF JUST TAX PROGRAMS AND OTHER LOCAL INITIATIVES THAT ARE INVOLVED
WITH A LOT OF GREEN TECHNOLOGIES, SO AS THE OWNER OF THAT EQUIPMENT, THEY WOULD BE ENTITLED
TO RECEIVE THOSE BENEFITS. AND OBVIOUSLY AS PART OF — WITH THE SOLAR
PANELS, THE SUN’S NOT SHINING 24/7 SO YOU WOULD HAVE SOME EXTRA EQUIPMENT, SOME BATTERIES
ASSOCIATED WITH STORING THAT ENERGY. IN REGARDS TO YOUR QUESTION ON THE COST PER
SQUARE FOOT, ON THE NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S WEBSITE, THEY HAVE AN UNDERWRITING
GUIDELINE FOR SOME OF THEIR SOFT LOANS. THEY ACTUALLY PROVIDE FOUR COMPS, RECENT NEW
CONSTRUCTION BUILDINGS. ONE OF THEM IS CLEVES FARM.
WE BASICALLY LOOKED AT THOSE COMPS AS OUR BASELINE FOR CONSTRUCTION.
TYPICALLY THOSE BUILDINGS WERE AROUND THE 85, $90 PER SQUARE FOOT RANGE, SO WE MADE
SOME ADJUSTMENTS BASED ON THAT TO INCLUDE FOR THE BETTER ARCHITECTURE AND MORE SUSTAINABLE
MATERIALS IN OUR DEVELOPMENT.>>AND DURABILITY OF MATERIALS AS WELL.
>>QUICK QUESTION ABOUT THE PANELS. IS THERE ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
THAT HAS USED THEM IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING?>>THE SIP PANELS.
>>SO, WE DIDN’T FIND ANY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE BUT WE DID TALK TO A DEVELOPER THAT WORKS
IN NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK WHO USES THOSE.>>AND DID IT AFFIRM YOUR EXPECTATIONS?
>>YES.>>JUST TO ADD ON THAT, CONSTRUCTION COSTS
ARE FAIRLY HIGH IN THE NORTHEAST BECAUSE THE LABOR UNIONS HAVE A PRETTY STRONG PRESENCE,
SO A LOT OF TIMES THE USE OF MODULAR CONSTRUCTION AND INSULATED PANELS IS PRETTY COMPARABLE
WITH TRADITIONAL CONSTRUCTION METHODS BECAUSE THEY’RE TYPICALLY PRODUCED IN OFF-SITE LOCATIONS
AND THEN YOU STILL HAVE THOSE LABOR JOBS DOING THE INSTALL OF THE WORK, BUT THE ACTUAL PRODUCTION
IS TYPICALLY IN THE SOUTHERN STATES, ALTHOUGH THERE ARE A FEW MANUFACTURERS SCATTERED THROUGHOUT
THE NORTHEAST.>>THANK YOU.
>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]
>>FIRST ARREST FOREMOST, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE OUR
DESIGN PROCEED PREVIOUSLY WITH YOU. AN IDEA, COMMUNITY AND PLACE GROUNDED IN THE
STRENGTH OF CONNECTIONS, ALSO REPRESENTING A PARADIGM SHIFT IN THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT
SENIORS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, AND RESIDENTS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
IT’S A RESPONSE TO THE STIGMATIZATION AND ISOLATION THESE INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES HAVE
TRADITIONALLY FACED. AND INSTEAD EMPOWERS COMMUNITIES TO INSPIRE
CHANGE, GROWTH, AND AN ENHANCED QUALITY OF LIFE.
LIKE WHITTIER FALLS HAS EVOLVED FROM THE NAME OF DOVER HOUSING AUTHORITY.
FOUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES INFORMED OUR DESIGN INTERVENTION AS WE DETERMINED HOW TO BEST
SERVE THE NEEDS OF RESIDENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS OF DOVER.
THESE ARE CONNECTIVITY, WELLNESS, INCLUSIVITY, AND EXPERIENCE.
MY NAME IS STACY, THESE ARE MY TEAMMATES, WILL, JOEL, ADAM, AND NORA.
AND WE WILL WALK YOU THROUGH OUR PROPOSAL THROUGH THE LENS OF EACH OF OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
AND WILL CONCLUDE WITH THE FINANCIAL FEASIBILITY OF ALLIED LIVING.
THANK YOU.>>ALLIED LIVING CONNECTS RESIDENTS TO THE
GREATER DOVER COMMUNITY THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS WITH EXISTING COMMUNITY RESOURCES, MULTI-TRANSPORTATION
OPTIONS AND PUBLIC AMENITIES SHARED WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
BY CREATING AND CULTIVATE GO ALLIES, WE COMBAT THE PLAGUES OF SOCIALIZE LITIGATION AND HOPELESSNESS
EXPERIENCED BY SENIORS. TO FURTHER THE CITY OF DOVER’S GOAL OF CREATING
A WALKABLE COMMUNITY, WE WORK WITH THE PLANNING BOARD TO ACHIEVE A HIGHER DENSITY ON A SITE
THAT OFFERS MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS MUCH THE CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT PROVIDES A HIGH
UNIT COUNT WHILE PRESERVING OPEN AND MALL SPACE FOR THE COMMUNITY.
THE GRADUALLY STEP TYPOLOGY OF STRUCTURES USING THE EXISTING TREES TO VISUALLY BLEND
IT IN WITH THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOOD. AS DOVER PLANNING OFFICIALS HAVE STATED, WHITTIER
FALLS WILL PARTNER WITH THE CITY TO ADJUST THE ZONING TO MEET THE GROWTH DENSITY, PROVIDED
SENIOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND CREATE HUMAN SCALE DEVELOPMENT.
AT ALLIED LIVING, COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS ARE PRIORITIZED.
FLEXIBLE SPACES CAN BE UTILIZED BY NONPROFITS TO OFFER RESIDENTS VOLUNTEER AND MENTORSHIP
OPPORTUNITIES. PARTNERSHIPS WITH ORGANIZATIONS LIKE COMMUNITY
ACTION PARTNERSHIP, THE OSMOND COMMUNITY CENTER, THE HUMANE SOCIETY, THE MCCONNELL CENTER AND
THE DOVER FARMERS MARKET CONNECT RESIDENTS TO THE GREATER DOVER COMMUNITY.
PARTNERSHIPS WITH LOCAL CHILDCARE FACILITIES AND THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE INVITE
YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEARN FROM THEIR ELDER COMMUNITY MEMBERS.
THE PUBLIC SPACE AT THE SOUTH END OF THE DEVELOPMENT INCLUDES A DOG PARK, AN ACTIVE OUTDOOR RECREATION
AREA WITH SEATING, AND OFFERS A DESTINATION FOR THE COMMUNITY AND AN OPPORTUNITY FOR RESIDENTS
TO ENGAGE WITH THEIR NEIGHBORS. THIS PUBLIC AMENITY WILL BRING TOGETHER RESIDENTS
OF THE EXISTING EDGAR BOY AND UNION COURT APARTMENTS TO CULTIVATE THEIR WHITTIER FALLS
COMMUNITY. IN RECOGNIZING THAT RESIDENTS OF CENTRAL AND
WALDRON TOWERS WILL BE RELOCATED FROM CENTRAL DOWNTOWN TO A SITE HALF A MILE AWAY, WE OFFER
BOTH INDEPENDENT AND ASSISTED MOBILITY TRANSPORTATION TO ACCOMMODATE A RANGE OF ACCESSIBILITY NEEDS.
CURRENTLY THE SITE PRIOR TIES CARS, AND HAS ABUNDANCE OF UNUSED SURFACE PARKING.
IN OUR DESIGN, UNION AVENUE IS PRESERVED FOR LIMITED VEHICULAR ENTRY INTO THE SITE AND
IS DIRECTED ALONG THE OUTERMOST EDGES TO REMOVE CARS FROM THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY.
IMPROVED SIDEWALKS AND THE ADDITION OF A BIKE LANE ON UNION STREET CONNECTS ABLE RESIDENTS
TO THE BUS STOP AT UNION AND CENTRAL AVENUES WHERE A BUS SHE TELL WITH A BIKE DOCKING SECTION
IMPROVES COMFORTS. — A VARIETY OF BICYCLE TYPES ARE AVAILABLE
TO RESIDENTS FOR TRANSPORTATION OR RECREATION. THE FOLLOWING MODELS OF THE SHARED USE MOBILITY
CENTER, WE HAVE INCORPORATED ELECTRIC CAR SHARE TO LESSEN THE FINANCIAL BURDEN OF AN
INDIVIDUAL CAR OWNERSHIP, AND THE MEMBERSHIP SERVICE IS SUBSIDIZED THROUGH THE OPERATING
BUDGET. FINALLY, A TRANSIT SHUT RUNS A HYBRID SERVICE
COMBINING THE OPERATING FEATURES OF DEMAND DRIVEN TRANSIT AND FIXED ROUTE TRANSIT.
THIS LOWERS COSTS AND PROVIDES SERVICES ALONG FIXED ROUTES THAT CAN DEVIATE TO SERVE INDIVIDUAL
PASSENGERS BY REQUEST. RESIDENTS CAN ARRANGE A SHUT RIGHT TO THE
SENIOR CENTER OR A DOCTOR’S VISIT, TAKE A GROUP BIKE RIDE TO THE DOVER ART WALK, OR
TAKE THE BUS TO APPLE HARVEST DAY. AT ALLIED LIVING, THE TRANSIT HAD YOU BEEN
IS OPEN TO ALL WHITTIER FALLS COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO ENSURE ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY AND EQUAL
ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITIES. IN DOVER, WE HEARD FROM MR. KRANZ, THAT ELDERLY
RESIDENTS EXPERIENCE LONELINESS AND STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF IMPROVING THEIR QUALITY
OF LIFE. FOLLOWING THE PRINCIPLES, ALLIED LIVING CREATES
A HUMAN HABITAT WHERE LIFE REVOLVES AROUND CLOSE AND CONTINUING CONTACT WITH PEOPLE OF
ALL AGES AND ABILITIES AS WELL AS PLANTS AND ANIMALS.
>>ON OUR VALUE OF WELLNESS, WE ENCOURAGED THE HEALTH AND SUSTAINABILITY OF OUR RESIDENTS,
THE LAND SURROUNDING OUR BUILDINGS AND THE PROJECT AS A WHOLE.
WE FOCUS ON THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE APPROACH TO ENSURE OUR PROJECT IS HOLISTICALLY SUSTAINABLE,
MAKING SURE TO DESIGN FOR AND HAVE IN MIND THE PEOPLE AND THE PLANET AS WELL AS PROSPERITY.
THE PRIMARY WAY WE FOSTER THE WELLNESS OF OUR RESIDENTS IS THROUGH AN IMPORTANT CONNECTION
TO NATURE AND THE OUTDOORS. OUR PROJECT EMBRACES THE SEASONALITY OF OUR
SITE, AND OFFERS CONNECTION TO THE SURROUNDING TREES, TRAILS, AND WATER RUNNING THROUGH CRICKET
BROOK THROUGHOUT ALL MONTHS OF THE YEAR. THE HEART OF THIS CONNECTION IS THE OUTDOOR
GARDEN AREA AND GREENHOUSE IN THE CENTER COMMUNITY COURTYARD SPACE, WITH RAISED GARDEN BEDS FOR
GREATER ACCESSIBILITY. HERE RESIDENTS CAN CONNECT WITH THE NEIGHBORS
AND THE NATURAL WORLD AS THEY GROW THEIR OWN FRESH HEALTHY FOOD.
AS WE LEARNED FROM OUR SITE VISIT, THIS ISN’T JUST A PASTIME FOR SOME WHITTIER FALLS RESIDENTS.
TOWARDS THE END OF THE MONTH PEOPLE REALLY COUNT ON THIS FOOD TO GET BY.
FOOD GROWN AT ALLIED LIVING CAN BE PREPARED IN THE COMMERCIAL KITCHEN FOR MEALS MUCH THE
DINING AND EVENT AREAS EXPAND INWARDS INTO THE GREENHOUSE, OFFERING AN ATMOSPHERE MORE
CONNECTED WITH THE OUTDOORS, EVEN IN THE WINTER MONTHS.
WE ENVISION THE GREENHOUSE AND CONNECTED EVENT SPACE BEING UTILIZED AS AN ALTERNATIVE HOME
FOR DOVER’S WINTER FARMERS MARKET. THE CURRENT LOCATION IS BEYOND WALKING DISTANCE
FROM DOWNTOWN DOVER. CAPITALIZING ON THE SUCCESS OF THE SOAK UP
THE RAIN NEW HAMPSHIRE INITIATIVE, RAIN BARRELS ARE INCORPORATED THROUGHOUT THE COURTYARD
AND AID THE IRRIGATION OF THE GARDENS. GARDENING AND NATURE APPRECIATION EXTEND TO
THE GREEN ROOF ABOVE THE ENTRY BUILDING. HERE RESIDENTS CAN LOOK OVER THE PUBLIC SPACES
TO THE SOUTH AND THE COURTYARD TO THE NORTH. A LARGE RAIN GARDEN AND SEATING AREA FRAMED
BY A WALKWAY ON THE NORTH END EXPOSES THE PROCESS OF STORMWATER FILTRATION AND CREATES
A UNIQUE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE. A QUARTER MILE LOOP TRAIL GOES AROUND THE
BUILDINGS, AND OFFERS AN EXERCISE OPPORTUNITY CONNECTED WITH NATURE.
ADDITIONAL EXERCISE OPTIONS INCLUDE THE PUBLIC AMENITY OF THE SOUTH END MULTIPURPOSE GAME
COURT, AS WELL AS INDOOR FITNESS ROOMS. IN HOME TELEMEDICINE AND FITNESS TRACKERS
ARE OPTIONAL TOOLS FOR RESIDENTS TO ENCOURAGE THEIR PERSONAL HEALTH GOALS.
THE PROJECT INCORPORATES SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND BUILDING PRACTICES TO KEEP ENERGY USAGE
AND COST DOWN THROUGH PASSIVE HOUSE PRINCIPLES. HIGH INSULATION LEVELS AND AIRTIGHT BUILDING
ENVELOPE WITH LOW THERMAL BRIDGING, HIGH-PERFORMANCE WINDOWS, AND HEAT RECOVERY VENTILATION SYSTEMS.
NATURAL DAYLIGHTING IS ACHIEVED THROUGH STRATEGIC OVERHANGS AND BUILDING ORIENTATION.
ROOFTOP SPACE IS USED FOR SOLAR PANELS ON THE EAST AND WEST WINGS, AND WILL YIELD SUBSTANTIAL
ENERGY SAVINGS AS WELL. CONNECTING RESIDENTS TO THE NATURAL WORLD
AND USING SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND BUILDING PRINCIPLES ARE KEY TO ACHIEVING WELLNESS AT
MULTIPLE SCALES WITHIN ALLIED LIVING.>>SO NORA SPOKE TO THE EXTERNAL CONNECTIONS
BETWEEN ALLIED LIVING AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY, AND ADAM ILLUSTRATED THE CONNECTIONS
WITHIN THE SITE. THE HEART OF THE BUILDING DESIGN IS CREATING
SPACES THAT ARE INCLUSIVE AND ENCOURAGING CONGREGATION AND CONNECTION AT THE SMALLER
SCALE. ONE OF THE MAIN DRIVERS FOR THIS DESIGN WAS
THE LINKED BUILDING APPROACH, CREATING A SIMPLE LAYOUT WHERE RESIDENTS COULD CONNECT WITH
EACH OTHER IN ALL FOUR SEASONS. WITHIN THE RESIDENTIAL WINGS, WE TRANSFORMED
THE HALLWAYS FROM PATHS TO NODES OR GATHERING SPACES THAT PROVIDE LOOSELY PROGRAMMED SPACE
WHERE RESIDENTS CAN HAVE ACCESS TO GALES, MUSIC OR ART — GAMES.
THESE NODES PROVIDE SHARED AMENITIES SUCH AS LAUNDRY AND TECHNOLOGY CENTERS AND ENCOURAGE
RESIDENTS TO VISIT OTHER NODES OR ZONES DEPENDING ON THEIR DESIRED EXPERIENCE.
AT THE END OF EACH RESIDENTIAL WING IS A MORE REFLECTIVE SPACE WHERE RESIDENTS CAN INTERACT
WITH THE TREE CANOPY. TO ACCOMPLISH THIS, WE SELECTED TO UTILIZE
A MODULAR APPROACH WHERE THE UNITS CAN BE PREFABRICATED OFF-SITE AT A LOCAL FACTORY.
THESE UNITS ARE INTERCHANGEABLE IN THE OVERALL DESIGN AND OFFER THE RESIDENTS A CHANCE TO
SEE THE MODELS OF POSSIBLE UNIT TYPES AND SELECT STYLES AND FINISHES.
WHETHER THEY WOULD PREFER TO HAVE WAS CONES THAT OPEN TO THE COURTYARD OR TO THE WOODS,
AND WHETHER THE BEDROOM WOULD LIKE TO FACE THE INTERIOR OR EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING.
PREFABRICATED CONSTRUCTION ALSO ALLOWS FOR A MUCH FASTER CONSTRUCTION, WHICH IS ESSENTIAL
IN OUR GOAL TO PROVIDE HOUSING WITHOUT DISPLACEMENT FOR THE CURRENT RESIDENTS.
OUR DESIGN IS SEPARATED INTO THREE PHASES. THE FIRST PHASE BEING CONSTRUCTED NEXT TO
THE EXISTING PARTS AND PROVIDING SUFFICIENT HOUSING FOR ALL OF THE RESIDENTS PRIOR TO
DEMOLITION OF THEIR CURRENT HOMES. WITHIN THE UNITS, WE’VE PLANNED FOR 100% OF
THE UNITS TO BE BUILT TO ADA ADAPTABLE STANDARDS, FULLY EQUIPPED WITH THE NECESSARY BLOCKOUTS
AND TURNING RADIUS. AND THEN 40% OF THE UNITS TO COME EQUIPPED
AS FULLY ADA COMPLIANT. THE KITCHENS ARE SIMPLE L SHAPED DESIGN FOR
MAXIMUM REACH ABILITY FOR RESIDENTS WITH LIMITED MOBILITY.
THE SHIFT IN THE UNIT DESIGN IS DRIVEN BY ACCESS OF SOUTHERN LIGHT INTO EACH UNIT AS
WELL AS BUMPING OUT TO CREATE A PROTECTED FRONT PORCH FOR EACH UNIT IN THE HALLWAY.
ALL OF THE UNITS HAVE GENEROUS BALCONIES IN THE BACK AND A SHARED FRONT PORCH IN THE HALL,
PROMOTING ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONNECTION AND INCLUSION.
AS WE LOOK INTO THE FUTURE, THE DESIGN ALSO PROVIDES A LEVEL OF EXPAND ABILITY.
AS THE NEEDS OF WHITTIER FALLS CHANGES, COMMON WALLS CAN BE REMOVED TO TRANSFORM STUDIOS
AND ONE BEDROOMS INTO SPACES THAT ARE LARGER FOR FAMILIES.
>>ALLIED LIVING STRIVES TO CREATE A STRONG SENSE OF BELONGING THROUGH A VARIETY OF EXPERIENCES
FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH A RANGE OF INTERESTS, HOBBIES AND ABILITY LEVELS.
BEGINNING AT THE ENTRANCE, AND MOVING THROUGH THE CENTRAL CORE TOWARDS THE CREEK, THIS SPACE
IS DEFINED BY MOMENTS THAT ENGAGE THE SENSES AND INSPIRE CREATIVITY THROUGH OPPORTUNITY.
THE ARRIVAL TO ALLIED’S LIVING MAIN ENTRANCE, HAS A RAIN GARDEN, ESTABLISHING PEACEFULNESS
AND CONNECTION WITH NATURE FROM THROUGHOUT THE SITE.
THROUGH THE MAIN DOORS AND INTO THE ENTRY CORRIDOR, FRIENDS AND FAMILIES ARE ABLE TO
INTERACT WITH A DIGITAL FLOOR PROJECTION THAT PREVENTS A FUN EXPERIENCE THAT CAN TAKE ON
A RANGE OF COLORS, OBJECTS, AND ANIMATIONS. THIS EXPERIENCE WITH INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES
IS FOUND IN INTERACTIVE DISPLAY SCREENS THAT HELP CONNECT RESIDENTS TO SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES
THROUGH REMOTE VIDEO TOOLS AND MEDIA SHARING. BRIGHT COLORED STRIPES ALSO GUIDE INDIVIDUALS
TO IMPORTANT ON SITE DESTINATIONS, WHICH INCREASE ALLIED LIVING’S NAVIGABILITY.
FURTHER THROUGH THE COMMUNITY CORE, THE ADJUSTABLE FLEXIBLE SPACES COMPRISED OF MOVABLE WALLS
AND GARAGE DOORWAYS HOST A VARIETY OF EVENT TYPES, ALLOWING RESIDENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS
THE FREEDOM TO SHAPE AND PROGRAM THEIR OWN SPACES, AND STRENGTHEN ALLIED LIVING’S DYNAMIC
NATURE. AT THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE COMMUNITY CORE, THE
GREENHOUSES OFFER OPPORTUNITIES TO SOCIALIZE OR FIND TIME ALONE IN ITS COMFORTABLE ATMOSPHERE
YEAR ROUND. DURING WARMER MONTHS, STORES DOORS CAN BE
OPENED TO THE OUTSIDE COURTYARD AND KEPT CLOSED DURING COLD TIMES FOR A WARM VIEW OF THE OUTDOORS.
OUTSIDE, A SERIES OF WINDING AND INTERSECTING LOOPS AND TRAILS ALLOW FOR OPPORTUNITIES FOR
RECREATION, SOCIALIZATION, OR TIME ALONE. IN SOME AREAS, THESE PATHS ARE BORDERED BY
REPURPOSED BRICK FROM THE NILES APARTMENTS AND OFFER A MORE TACTILE TYPE OF WAY FINDING
IN THE SITE’S OUTDOOR SPACES. MANY OF THESE PATHWAYS ARE FURTHER REINFORCED
BY A SERIES OF TERRACED RAIN GARDENS, THAT EVENTUALLY TERMINATE INTO AN OUTDOOR CONSIDERED
FIREPLACE FOR RESIDENTS OF BOTH SIDES OF THE CREEK TO ENJOY.
THIS EXPERIENCE WITH NATURE THROUGH VEGETATION AND THE FLOW OF WATER IS AN IMPORTANT EXTENSION
OF THE FEELING OF SAFETY AND INCLUSION THAT IS ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE ARCHITECTURAL FORMS.
>>EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO DESIGN AND FUNCTIONALITY ARE THE FINANCIAL MODELS.
SUPPORTING ASSUMPTIONS AND ANSWER TO THE QUESTION, DOES THE PROJECT MAKE FINANCIAL SENSE.
$37.7 MILLION, 195,000 PER UNIT. THIS COST PER UNIT MAY SEEM RESTRICTIVE, BUT
WITH INNOVATIVE VALUE ENGINEERING SUCH AS THE MODULAR CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUE, WE BELIEVE
WE CAN MAKE THIS NUMBER A REALITY. IN SPEAKING WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPERS,
WE’RE ASSUMED THE FOLLOWING UNDERLYING COST DRIVERS.
FOR EACH POD LAR UNIT WE’VE ESTIMATED A HARD COST OF $85,000, $200 PER SQUARE FOOT FOR
CIRCULATION AREAS IN THE RESIDENTIAL WINGS, AND $250 PER SQUARE FOOT FOR ALL OTHER COMMON
AREAS. REGARDING OUR SOURCES OF FUNDS, THE IMPORTANCE
OF THE LOW-INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT PROGRAM CANNOT BE UNDERSTATED.
OUR MODEL ASSUMES AWARDS OF 9%, 4%, AND 9% TAX CREDITS FOR THE THREE PHASES OF OUR DEVELOPMENT
AND IN TOTAL LIHTC EQUITY FOR THE PROJECT, $16.5 MILLION.
PRIVATE ACTIVITY BONDS AMOUNT TO AN ADDITIONAL 7.5 MILLION, AND OUR ESTIMATE OF THE AVAILABLE
PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF CENTRAL AND WALDRON TOWERS AMOUNTS TO $6.9 MILLION.
THE REMAINING $6.8 MILLION STACKS COMES FROM THE HOPE CAPITAL PROGRAM, DEFERRED DEVELOPER
FEES. IN TOTE OUR SOURCES OF FUNDS ARE COMPRISED
BY 62% EQUITY AND 38% DEBT. I ALSO WANT TO NOTE OUR ASSUMPTIONS FOR THE
SALES PROCEEDS, WE ASSUMED AVAILABLE PROCEEDS WOULD BE 85% OF THE VALUE, 5% GOING TOWARDS
TRANSACTION COSTS AND 10% OFFERED AS A DISCOUNT TO THE BUYER, TO ALLOW OUR RESIDENTS TO LIVE
THERE DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF ALLIED LIVING. SO THE MAIN GOAL OF OUR OPERATING FINANCIAL
MODEL IS TO ENSURE THAT CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS IS SUFFICIENT TO COVER DEBT SERVICE AND ALSO
THE ELEVATED COST OF RESIDENT AMENITIES, WHICH WE ASSUME TO BE ABOUT $4,000 A YEAR.
TO QUICKLY REVIEW OUR DEBT STRUCTURE, DEFERRED DEVELOPER FEES ARE INCURRED WITH EACH PHASE
OF THE CONSTRUCTION AT THREE AND A HALF PERCENT, AMORTIZED OVER 24 MONTHS FROM EACH PHASE FOR
FOUR YEARS IN TOTAL. ALL OTHER PERMANENT DEBT FINANCING IS AMORTIZED
OVER 30 YEARS WITH ZERO INTEREST. WITH THESE ASSUMPTIONS, THE DEVELOPMENT MAINTAINS
A DEBT SERVICE COVERAGE RATIO WELL ABOVE 1.25 THROUGHOUT LEASE-UP AND STABILIZATION.
ANOTHER GOAL WAS TO CONSTRUCT IT WITH THE ABILITY TO TRANSFORM ITSELF INTO A NET ZERO
PROPERTY AS RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES VANS INTO THE FUTURE.
THEREFORE, OUR PROPOSAL PROVIDES FOR THE CREATION OF THE LSAC TO BE SELF-MANAGED BY THE RESIDENTS
OF ALLIED LIVING. BASED ON OUR ASSUMPTIONS FOR THE POWER REQUIREMENTS
OF THE COMMUNITY THIS SIZE, WE ESTIMATE THE TOTAL INSTALL COST FOR SOLAR EQUIPMENT TO
BE $180,000 OR 925 PER UNIT. SO TO RAISE THESE FUNDS, RESIDENTS WOULD HAVE
THREE YEARS TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE OWNERSHIP OF THE COOPERATIVE AND AFTERWARDS ANY DISPARITY
WILL BE DRAWN DIRECTLY FROM THE DEVELOPMENT’S CASH FLOW.
ONCE IMPLEMENTED, THE DEVELOPMENT WOULD PAY AN ANNUAL LEASE PAYMENT OF 42,000, 20,000
IN YEARLY MAINTENANCE EXPENSE AND RETURN $22,000 TO INVESTORS, WHICH REPRESENTS A 12% ROI,
WHICH IS NOT AN INSUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT. ASSUMING A 50% REDUCTION IN UTILITY NEEDS
IN CONJUNCTION WITH THIS LEASE PAYMENT, IT WOULD SAVE THE DEVELOPMENT $35,000 ANNUALLY
AND $873,000 OF THE 25-YEAR LIFETIME OF THE EQUIPMENT.
THE CREATION OF THE SOLAR COOPERATIVE WILL BE BENEFICIAL BY PROVIDING COST SAVINGS AND
AN EXCELLENT LEARNING OPPORTUNITY AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT FOR THE RESIDENTS.
OUR FOUR IDEALS ARE VISIBLE WITHIN OUR FINANCIAL GOALS FOR THIS DEVELOPMENT.
DISCRETIONARY INCOME IS A LUXURY THAT AFFORDS A PERSON A SOCIAL LIFE, A LUXURY MANY LOWER
INCOME INDIVIDUALS DON’T HAVE. BY OFFERING A HOSE OF NO COST AND LOW COST
SOCIAL ACTIVITY WITHIN THE COMMUNITY, WE ENSURE FOR EVERY RESIDENT TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY
FOR A SOCIAL LIFE. THROUGH THE AFFORDABILITY OF THE HOUSING,
WE HOPE TO GIVE THEM MODERATE DISPOSABLE INCOME. OUR IDEA INCREASES RESIDENT INVOLVEMENT AND
INVESTMENT AND BY OFFERING OUR RESIDENT NOT ONLY A BEAUTIFUL HOME BUT A BEAUTIFUL LIFESTYLE,
ALL WITHIN MONETARY REACH, WE CAN REDUCE FINANCIAL STRESS AND IMPROVE OUR RESIDENTS OVER ALL
WELLNESS AND LIFE EXPERIENCE.>>WITH INCLUSIVE AMENITIES ON EITHER SIDE
OF THE CRICKET BROOK, AS WELL AS INNOVATIVE DESIGN IN HOMES AND COMMON AREAS, RESIDENTS
OF ALLIED LIVING ARE INVITED TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES AND CONNECT WITH THEIR NEIGHBORS IN THE GREATER
DOVER COMMUNITY. THE WALKABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY OF THE SITE
CONNECTS LARGER COMMUNITY HUBS THROUGH SMALLER SOCIAL NODES, EFFICIENTLY USING SPACE TRADITIONALLY
THOUGHT OF AS A PATH TO ENCOURAGE INTERACTION AND PLACE MAKING.
SUNLIT SPACES, COMMUNITY GARDENS AND EASE OF ACCESS TO NATURE SUPPORT THE OVERALL WELLNESS
OF THE COMMUNITY. REFLECTING ON WHITTIER FALLS MISSION OF OPENING
DOORS TO OPPORTUNITY, ALLIED LIVING IS A HOME WHERE RESIDENTS EXPRESS THEIR IDENTITY, BRANCH
OUT TO EXPERIENCE NEW THINGS, AND CONNECT WITH EMPOWERING COMMUNITY PARTNERS AS WELL
AS EACH OTHER. THANK YOU.
[ APPLAUSE ]>>
>>DID YOU LOOK AT ALL AT THE GREENHOUSE REPLICATION PROJECT OR HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR WAY TO THE
EDEN ALTERNATIVE AS A MODEL? HOW DID THAT COME UP?
>>SORRY, WHAT WAS THE SECOND PART OF YOUR QUESTION?
>>THE EDEN ALTERNATIVE THAT YOU ALL ARE USING. HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR WAY TO THAT MODEL?
>>IT WAS IN A CONVERSATION, A COUPLE CONVERSATIONS WE HAD WITH PROFESSIONALS WHO SPECIALIZE IN
THIS. THERE’S A FIRM IN DENVER THAT’S BUILDING A
PROJECT IN MONTANA, AND THEY REFERRED US TO THIS EDEN ALTERNATIVE AS KIND OF A MODEL TO
LOOK INTO TO REPLICATE HOW WE STARTED TO THINK ABOUT —
>>AND THEY ARE USING THAT MODEL?>>UM-HUM.
>>I SEE. I GOT THE BUTTONS.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THAT’S ALL — NO.
I’M CURIOUS ABOUT THE HOUSING, THE PORCHES INSIDE AND OUT, WHICH I THINK IS A WONDERFUL
IDEA, ON THE TWO ARMS, BOTH FACING THE SUN. AND THEN THE GREENHOUSE CENTERPIECE, AND THE
CONNECTOR BAR IS A WELLNESS CENTER? EXPLAIN THE CONNECTOR BAR A LITTLE MORE TO
ME.>>THE SOUTH BUILDING, THE ENTRY BILLION — BUILDING?
>>YES.>>THAT AREA IS THE — IF YOU GO BACK TO THE
SITE — SO IT’S RESIDENCES AND THEN THE ENTRY AND LOBBY SPACE, SO THE RESIDENCES ON THE
GROUND FLOOR AND THE SECOND FLOOR, AND THEN THAT’S THE MAIN ENTRY, AND THAT LEADS INTO
THE KITCHEN, DINING ROOM, INTO THE GREENHOUSE, INTO THE EVENT SPACE, AS YOU TRAVEL NORTH.
IF THAT MAKES SENSE.>>AND THE GREEN PIECE AT THE BOTTOM IS A
DOGGY PARK.>>YES, SIR.
>>THAT WAS MY OWN MENTAL LAPSE THERE. I WAS READING SOMETHING ELSE INTO IT.
I’M GLAD I ASKED YOU THE QUESTION.>>THAT’S ALL RIGHT.
>>SO, I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THIS LAUDABLE SET OF VALUES THAT DROVE EVERYTHING THAT YOU
DID. AND YOU TALKED ABOUT DESIGN FEATURES THAT
WERE PERTINENT TO PEOPLE WITH PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS. IN TRUTH, MANY OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS DEVELOPMENT,
AS IN ANY OTHER DEVELOPMENT, ARE GOING TO HAVE BRAIN-BASED CONDITIONS.
MANY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES HAVE COMPLICATED CONDITIONS SUCH AS MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL
DISABILITIES AND IT CAN BE VERY DIFFICULT TO MAKE THESE DEVELOPMENTS WORK.
YOU’VE GOT A MODEST AMENITY BUDGET OF $4,000 A YEAR.
I HOPE PEOPLE CAN MAKE THE TRANSITION BUT I’M CURIOUS TO KNOW WHETHER YOU DESIGNED IN
FEATURES THAT WERE SUPPORTIVE OF PEOPLE WITH BRAIN-BASED CONDITIONS.
DID YOU GIVE THAT ANY THOUGHT?>>YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.
WITH ADULTS WITH AUTISM IN MIND SPECIFICALLY, WE WERE THINKING ABOUT THE WAY THAT VEGETATION
AND CREATING VISIBILITY MIGHT ALLOW SPACES TO FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE, KIND OF THIS PROCESS
OF EXPECTING AND KNOWING YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND MAKING IT A SAFE SPACE.
WE WERE VERY CONSCIOUS OF PEOPLE WITH MENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOW TO ACCOMMODATE THEM AS
WELL, YEAH.>>ANYTHING IN THE UNITS?
>>WITHIN THE UNITS?>>AS FAR AS — WITHIN THE RESIDENTIAL UNITS
THEMSELVES?>>THINKING ABOUT THE DESIGN OF MAKING THIS
WORK FOR PEOPLE TO ACTUALLY BE SO CONFIDENT AND COMFORTABLE THAT THEY ACTUALLY PARTICIPATED
IN ALL THE TERRIFIC THINGS THAT YOU’VE DESCRIBED. ANYTHING THERE?
>>WELL, I THINK PART OF IT WAS, IN ALL THE DECISIONS THAT WE WERE MAKING, WE WERE TRYING
TO PROVIDE A VARIETY OF SPACES, KIND OF WITHIN THIS REPEATABLE MODULE.
SO WITHOUT REALLY DECLARING SOMETHING SPECIFIC FOR PEOPLE, WE WERE TRYING TO CREATE A NUMBER
OF DIFFERENT SPACES WHERE PEOPLE COULD FEEL COMFORTABLE DEPENDING ON THEIR LEVEL OF HOW
MUCH THEY WANT TO SOCIALIZE, HOW MUCH THEY WANT TO BE ALONE, HOW DARK IT WANTS TO BE,
HOW LIGHT IT WANTS TO BE, THE TEXTURES AND LIGHTS IN DIFFERENT PLACES.
>>THANK YOU.>>SO I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS SOLAR SITUATION.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE OWNERSHIP MODEL THAT YOU’RE PROPOSING AND HOW THAT IS
GOING TO BE DEALT WITH, IF SOME RESIDENTS PARTICIPATE AND OTHERS DON’T AND THE RESIDENTIAL
TURNOVER AND THINGS LIKE THAT, AND THEN ALSO, WHAT SIZE IS THE SYSTEM AND WHAT’S THE ELECTRICAL
COVERAGE YOU’RE PREDICTING? THIS IS A GREAT IMPROVEMENT OVER THE INITIAL
APPLICATION BUT I JUST WANT TO GET A LITTLE DEEPER INTO HOW THAT’S WORKING.
>>I GUESS WE CAN START WITH THE OWNERSHIP PORTION.
WE ASSUME THAT IT WOULD BE A PRO RATA OWNERSHIP, SO HOW MUCH YOU CAN PAY IT.
WE GAVE THE 925 PER UNIT AS A MEASURE OF WHAT THE AVERAGE PERSON COULD PUT IT, AND WE UNDERSTAND
IT’S QUITE A BIT. BUT YOU WOULD OWN THAT PRO RATA PORTION OF
THE COOPERATIVE AND YOU WOULD RECEIVE THAT PRO RATA PORTION OF THE RETURNS.
IF YOU WERE TO LEAVE THE RESIDENCE, THE RESIDENCE WOULD BUY IT OUT FROM YOU, IT STAYS WITH THE
COMMUNITY AND THEN THE NEW PERSON WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUY IN AS WELL.
>>AND THE COVERAGE IN TERMS OF ELECTRICAL LOAD?
>>YES, WE ASSUMED, BASED ON OUR RESEARCH, THE AVERAGE HOME USES ONE KILOWATT PER HOUR,
SO WE ASSUMED THESE ARE APARTMENTS, MAYBE 500 KILOWATTS AN HOUR, AND THEN USING THOSE
ASSUMPTIONS AND DOING THAT MATH, WE CAME UP WITH A TOTAL USAGE, LIKE PER HOUR FOR THE
DEVELOPMENT, OF 97,000 WATTS. SO IF YOU ASSUME A COST PER WAS THE FOR THE
PROGRAM — OR FOR THE SOLAR PANELS, THAT GAVE US A TOTE COST OF 179,450.
THAT’S WHERE WE GOT THE 180 FIGURE. AND THOSE ARE OUR UNDERLYING ASSUMPTIONS.
WE DID THAT ON OUR ZERO AND PLUGGED IT INTO THIS SOLAR CLARITY WE FOUND ONLINE AND WE
GOT ALMOST THE SAME ANSWER SO WE THOUGHT THAT WAS PRETTY CLOSE.
>>GOOD JOB. THANKS.
>>DOESN’T HUD HAVE THE LIMITED EQUITY CO-OP MODEL?
CAN YOU FIT THIS INTO THAT SORT OF PROGRAM OR THAT YOU CANCELED OUT BY THE LOW-INCOME
HOUSING TAX CREDITS? CAN YOU MIX LHP HOUSING?
>>I’M NOT FAMILIAR WITH THAT MODEL.>>OKAY.
>>SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT IDEA, THOUGH.>>YEAH.
>>THIS IS NOT A QUESTION; THIS IS A COMMENT. I WANTED TO COMMEND YOU FOR THE WAY YOU TOLD
YOUR STORY. YOU TOLD IT AROUND THE PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING
TO BE LIVING HERE, AND YOU TOLD IT AROUND THE GOALS THAT YOU’VE SET UP FOR YOUR DESIGN,
AND THEN YOU HUNG EVERYTHING ELSE AROUND THAT. NEVER FORGET THAT.
DO THAT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, YOU’LL GO FAR.
>>THANK YOU.>>
>>I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU DID A GREAT JOB OF TALKING ABOUT WHAT YOU CHANGED BASED
ON YOUR VISIT AND TALKING TO THE PEOPLE IN DOVER.
THAT’S IMPORTANT TO ME. I THINK THAT’S GREAT.
THANKS.>>THANK YOU.
>>THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]
>>WELCOME, EVERYONE. I’M OLIVIA AND WE’LL BE PRESENTING ON BEHALF
OF OUR FIVE PERSON TEAM, INCLUDING JAY, BRANDON AND MARISSA.
WE’RE FROM THE PRATT INSTITUTE GRADUATE CENTER FOR PLANNING AND THE ENVIRONMENT.
WE’RE EXCITED TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE VILLAGE MODEL.
SOCIAL ABILITY, SUSTAINABILITY AND REPLICABILITY. AFTER LOOKING MORE CLOSELY AT THE CHALLENGES
AND OPPORTUNITIES OF THE PROJECT SITE IN DOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE.
IN HOPES OF STRIVING TOWARDS INNOVATION WITHOUT GIVING UP THE FEASIBILITY OF OUR PROJECT,
WE FIRST LOOKED TO LEADING EXPERTS IN THE FIELD TO UNDERSTAND INNOVATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL
DESIGN, SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS AND DEVELOPMENT OF FINANCING TO UNDERSTAND RECENT INNOVATION
ADDRESSING THESE CHALLENGES. THIS OF COURSE WAS BALANCED WITH OUR EXPLORATION
OF WHAT OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES EXIST WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF DOVER SPECIFICALLY.
LOOKING ON-SITE THROUGH OBSERVATIONS AND LEARNING COMMUNITY CONTACTS THROUGH CONVERSATIONS WITH
DOVER LOCALS AS WELL AS WHITTIER FALLS, ALLOWED US TO INTEGRATE INNOVATIVE IDEAS WITH A PROPOSAL
WHICH RESPONDS TO LOCATION-SPECIFIC CONDITIONS. THIS WEALTH OF RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING
LED US DOWN THE PATHWAY TO ONE PLACE. A VILLAGE.
SO WELCOME TO OUR VILLAGE. THE VILLAGE MODEL IS A SOCIAL SUPPORT MODEL.
IT ALLOWS RESIDENTS TO AGE IN PLACE IN A SUSTAINABLE AND INTERDEPENDENT COMMUNITY.
LIKE THE TRADITIONAL CONCEPT OF A VILLAGE, WITH CLOSE-KNIT RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN NEIGHBORS
AND THE WIDER COMMUNITY, IT’S REFLECTED IN THE SOCIAL SERVICE COORDINATION, INTEGRATION
OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, AND PHYSICAL DESIGN. THE DESIGN AIMS FOR A WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT
FOR THE RESIDENTS AND THEIR GUESTS BY PRIORITIZING PEDESTRIAN ACCESS AND USING THE POWER OF DESIGN
TO INVITE RESIDENTS TO ACTIVELY ENGAGE IN AND AROUND THESE THREE COMMUNITY HUBS, LOCATED
STRATEGICALLY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PROJECT. THE INDOOR CORRIDORS CONNECT THESE THREE COMMUNITY
HUBS AND LET THE RESIDENTS WALK BETWEEN THE BUILDINGS WITHOUT BEING EXPOSED TO OUTDOOR
CONDITIONS. BY BRINGING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES INTO OPTIMIZED
INDOOR ENVIRONMENTS, THE RESIDENTS REMAIN SHIELDED FROM THE HARSH WINTER CONDITIONS
OF DOVER, WITHOUT BEING DEPRIVED OF THE SOCIALIZATION THAT THE OUTDOORS BRING.
IT CONSISTS OF THE SPACES IN AND AROUND THESE 15 BUILDINGS, ORIENTED ACCORDING TO THE SLOPE
AND SOLAR ACCESS, TO REACH MAXIMIZED PASSIVE HEATING AND COOLING.
THESE BUILDINGS RANGE BETWEEN TWO AND FOUR FLOORS TO CREATE A GRADUAL DENSITY.
THE TOTAL OF 230 UNITS ARE SHARED BY THE RESIDENTS CURRENTLY LIVING IN WALDRON AND CENTRAL TOWERS.
THE RESIDENTS IN THIS SITE ON UNION STREET, AS WELL AS OTHER RESIDENTS FROM ALL OVER DOVER
THAT WILL FILL UP THE 36 MARKET RATE UNITS WHICH WILL ALSO GENERATE INCOME FOR WHITTIER
FALLS. AFFORDABLE UNITS ARE MAKE UP 80% OF THE TOTAL
DEVELOPMENT, AT 60%. THE VILLAGE WILL BE BUILT IN PHASES TO ACCOMMODATE
THE TRANSITION FROM EXISTING SITES, AND THE BUILDING THAT CONTAIN BUT ARE NOT LIMITED
TO MARKET RATE UNITS WILL BE THE LAST ONES TO BE BUILT.
THESE TWO BUILDINGS ON UNION STREET WILL HAVE A FLEXIBLE FIRST FLOOR PLAN THAT WILL ALLOW
WHITTIER FALLS THE OPTION TO DECIDE ON THE FUNCTION.
THESE UNITS THAT HAVE INDOOR PARKING OPTIONS ARE INCLUDED WITH THE IDEA OF BUILT-IN OBSOLESCENCE.
THREE IDEAS MAY BECOME PROTECTED GATHERING AREAS AND OTHER UNITS CAN BE LEASED TO MEDICAL
PROFESSIONALS OR OTHER RELATED ACTIVITIES TO GENERATE INCOME FOR WHITTIER FALLS.
THE ACCESS POINTS UNDER THESE BUILDINGS TAKE THE RESIDENTS TO THE BASEMENT, WHERE THEY
HAVE THE OPTION OF UNDERGROUND PROTECTIVE PARKING.
BY LINKING UNION STREET TO COURT STREET, THE RESIDENTS WILL HAVE BETTER ACCESS, AND DOVER
RESIDENTS WILL BE INVITED IN TO UTILIZE THE PUBLIC GARDENS AND THE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
PROVIDED IN CIVITAS. WALKING TRAILS ALIGNED WITH THE SLOPE TO CREATE
AN ACCESSIBLE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE RESIDENTS AND LEAD THEM ALONG THE CREEK.
THE VILLAGE COMMONS CAN BE USED AS A FARMERS MARKET FOR THE RESIDENTS TO SELL THE PRODUCE
THEY HAVE FROM THE GARDENS LOCATED THROUGHOUT THE VILLAGE.
OUR OVERALL APPROACH HAS BEEN TO UTILIZE NATURAL SYSTEMS AND PRIORITIZE COMMUNITY OVER ALL
ELSE. AND TO MAKE THE COMMUNITY THE ARCHITECT.
>>THIS APPROACH FIRST LEAD TO THE INCLUDES TEARING OF RESIDENTIAL UNITS AROUND VARIOUS
COMMUNITY HUBS TO ENCOURAGE SMALL SCALE NEIGHBORHOOD INTERACTIONS.
THESE INTERACTIONS CAN BE FOR EMERGENCY NEEDS OR AS SIMPLE AS ASKING YOUR NEIGHBOR FOR HELP
REACHING THE BREAD. AN ON SITE RESIDENT COORDINATOR WORKING WITH
A NONPROFIT SOCIAL SERVICES PROVIDER WILL PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES
THROUGH TASK SHARING. COUNSELING, CASE MANAGEMENT, AND HEALTH WORKSHOPS
ARE OFFERED ON SITE THROUGH EACH OF THESE PROVIDERS.
THESE ARE FURTHER SUPPORTED THROUGH THE LOCATION OF AN ON SITE HEALTH CLINIC.
EACH OF THESE SERVICES IS BROUGHT TOGETHER THROUGH COLLABORATION WITH RESIDENTS AND THEIR
LOVED ONES. THIS IS — BRINGS TOGETHER THIS COLLABORATION
FOR A CAREGIVERS COMMUNITY. THIS CAREGIVERS COMMUNITY IS COMBINED WITH
THOSE NEIGHBORHOOD INTERACTIONS I WAS SPEAKING ABOUT EARLIER TO CREATE A SUPPORTIVE AND EFFECTIVE
HEALTHCARE MODEL, MORE EFFICIENT FOR THE FUTURE. BEYOND PROVISION OF SERVICES A VARIETY OF
AMENITIES, EXERCISE FACILITIES TO SMALL SCALE GATHERING SPACES, DESIGNED WITH FLEXIBILITY
IN MIND TO MEET THE NEEDS OF FUTURE INTEREST AND HOW THEY USE THE SPACE.
IT ALSO INCLUDES SPACES FOR CONFERENCING AND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO INTEGRATE HEALTH AND
SOCIAL SERVICES THROUGHOUT THIS COMMUNITY. A RECEPTION AREA WARMLY WELCOMES GUESTS THROUGH
THE CENTRAL COMMUNITY HUB, AND A RESIDENT RUN COOPERATIVE CAFE GIVES RESIDENTS AND THEIR
GUESTS SPACE TO ENJOY TOGETHER. EACH OF THESE SPACES IS SEAMLESSLY CONNECTED
TO OUTDOOR AMENITIES, ALLOWING VISUAL CONTINUITY. THESE AMENITIES INCLUDING EVERYTHING FROM
SEASONAL OUTDOOR COMMUNITY GARDENS TO FORESTED PATHWAYS AND COMMUNITY GARDENS FOR GATHERING.
THESE SPACES ARE DESIGNED TO INCORPORATE OPPORTUNITY, LOCAL PROGRAMMING FROM ORGANIZATIONS IN THE
DOVER AREA, TO BRING INTERGENERATIONAL INTERACTION ON THE SITE.
THERE GREEN ROOFS, COMPLIMENTING A SENSE OF BRINGING THE OUTDOORS IN, FROM BLANK SLATES
TO NATURAL CANVAS THAT CAN BE SEEN FROM RESIDENTIAL UNITS.
THESE GREEN ROOFS BRING MORE PERSONAL I CAN’T BELIEVE SPACE TO THE SITE AS WELL AS ALLOW
FOR A LEVEL OF INSULATION FOR THE BUILDINGS BELOW.
OF COURSE, COMMUNITY ISN’T JUST SUPPORTED OUTSIDE OF RESIDENT UNITS.
IN ORIENTING UNITS IN SUCH A WAY THAT WINDOWS PROVIDE BOTH OPTIMAL SUNDAY SLIGHT EXPOSURE
AS WELL AS VIEWS OF THOSE GREEN HUBS, RESIDENTS ARE ABLE TO FEEL ENGAGED IN COMMUNICATE FROM
THE COMFORT OF THEIR OWN HOMES. UNIVERSAL DESIGN WITHIN ALL UNITS HAS ALLOWED
US TO CREATE 20% OF OUR UNITS AS ACCESSIBLE AND 100% AS ADA ADAPTABLE, OPTIMIZING MOVEMENT
THROUGH THE SPACE AND MEETS BUILDING CODE 504.
ADDITIONAL ASPECTS OF UNITS SUCH AS KITCHENS THAT HAVE COUNTERTOPS WHICH SERVE AS DUAL
DINING SPACES, PROVIDE A LEVEL OF FLEXIBILITY THAT CAN MEET THE NEEDS OF SENIORS AS THEY’RE
AGING IN PLACE. THIS DESIGN CONTINUES THROUGH TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL
REALM AS WELL.>>THE COMMUNITY HAD YOU BEEN THAT IS A CONNECTOR
FOR THE RESIDENTIAL UNITS ALSO ACTS AS A PASSIVE HEAT ENGINE THROUGHOUT FOUR SEASONS TO MINIMIZE
THE REQUIRED ACTIVE ENERGY USE. BY HARNESSING THE NATURAL LIGHT FOR VIEW AND
ENERGY PURPOSES, THE DESIGN AIMS FOR EFFICIENT USE OF RESOURCES, NOT ONLY FOR ENERGY NEEDS
AS WELL AS SOCIAL NEEDS. THE INNOVATIVE USE OF GEOTHERMAL HEATING AND
COOLING IN A MULTI-RESIDENTIAL CONTEXT BALANCES THE NEED FOR HEATING AND COOLING BY RENEWABLE
ENERGY AND MINIMIZES UTILITY COSTS IN THE LONG RUN BY RELIEVING FALLS OF INITIAL INSTALLATION
COSTS THROUGH THIRD-PARTY PARTNERSHIPS. THE HEAT EXCHANGER USED IN THE PASSIVE HOUSE
STANDARDS ALLOWS CAPTURING THE ENERGY FROM THE EXHAUST AIR TO FURTHER REDUCE THE ACTIVE
ENERGY NEED. BY MAXIMIZING INSULATION, ENERGY LOSSES ARE
AVOIDED THROUGHOUT THE SITE, AND THE WINDOWS ARE LOCATED MOSTLY IN THE EASTERN AND WESTERN
FACADES THAT OVERLOOK THE GREEN HUBS FOR CREATING PASSIVE VIEWING.
IN THESE GREEN HUBS, THERE ARE RAIN GARDENS TO ABSORB THE RAINWATER DRAINED FROM EVERY
PITCHED ROOF, PERMEABLE PAVER SIDEWALKS AND GRASS LOCKED PARKING LOTS, HELPING TO REDUCE
STORMWATER DRAINAGE. THE PONDS HOLD ENOUGH WATER TO BALANCE THE
RUNOFF FROM THE SITE AND ALSO BECOME LANDSCAPE ELEMENTS.
THE RESIDENCE CAN DIRECTLY ACCESS THEIR UNITS FROM THE BASEMENT OR FROM THE ENTRANCE AT
THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE HUB, THROUGH AN ELEVATOR, AND THE LAUNDRY AREAS ARE ALSO LOCATED IN
THE HUBS, OVERLOOKING THE INDOOR PLANTING AREA IN THE MIDDLE.
THE BRIDGES CONNECT THE RESIDENTS TO THEIR UNITS BY KEEPING THEM ENGAGED AS A PART OF
THE COMMUNITY AT THE SAME TIME. THE SYSTEMS APPROACH AS A WHOLE KEEPS THE
TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY AS A DESIRABLE RATE FOR THE SENIORS, LEVERAGING NATURAL ECOSYSTEM
SERVICES AND CREATES AN OPTIMIZED ENVIRONMENT FOR THEIR ACTIVITIES BY KEEPING THE RESIDENT
AT THE CORE. THE ELEMENTS OF DESIGN ARE USED BOTH SOCIALLY
AND ENVIRONMENTALLY. IN THIS VILLAGE, NOTHING IS USED FOR JUST
ONE PURPOSE AS IN NATURE ITSELF.>>IN ADDITION TO REDUCING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT,
INTRODUCED THROUGH THE USE OF PREFABRICATED CONSTRUCTION, THIS ELEMENT OF DESIGN ALSO
OFFERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE TIMBER FROM SUSTAINABLY MANAGED FORESTS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
WHEN AVAILABLE TO USE LOCAL MATERIALS ON THE SITE.
PREFAB REDUCES THE CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE AND SIMULTANEOUSLY REDUCES CONSTRUCTION COSTS
BY UP TO 15%. INNOVATIVE COMPANIES HAVE PROVEN THE EFFECTIVENESS
OF THIS MODEL IN PROVIDING A NUMBER OF INCENTIVES FOR THE BUILDING OF SENIOR AND MULTIFAMILY
AFFORDABLE HOUSING. THIS CREATES A CASE FOR USING THIS ELEMENT
AS ONE OF THE MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR REPLICABILITY WITHIN THE VILLAGE MODEL.
AND USING PREFAB TOTAL DEVELOPMENT COSTS COME OUT TO ABOUT $30.7 MILLION OR 135,000 PER
UNIT. THIS WILL BE PARTIALLY FUNDED THROUGH THE
SALE OF WALDRON AND CENTRAL TOWERS, AS WELL AS BY 9% LIHTC WITH FREDDIE MAC AS THE EQUITY
INVESTOR. THIS IS MADE BY AVAILABLE BY CREATING A PUBLIC
PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AND GROUND LEASING THE PRIVATE SITE TO A PRIVATE DEVELOPER.
THE DEVELOPER WILL RECEIVE A FEE OF ABOUT 5% OF THE TOTAL DEVELOPMENT COSTS.
THIS ARRANGEMENT ALLOWS THE DEVELOPER TO PROVIDE ITS EXPERTISE WHILE ALLOWING WHITTIER FALLS
TO MAINTAIN OWNERSHIP OF THE LAND AND NECESSITATING THAT THE PROJECT FOLLOW THE REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED
BY THE LIHTC PROGRAM. IN ADDITION TO FINANCING CONSTRUCTION, WE’VE
DETERMINED OPERATING COSTS TO BE JUST UNDER 1.2 MILLION ANNUALLY.
ALL OF THIS COST IS ASSUMED TO BE PAID FOR THROUGH LEASING REVENUE OF MORE THAN 2.2 MILLION
EACH YEAR ON SITE. EACH OF THESE ASSUMPTIONS ARE EXTREMELY CONSERVATIVE
IN FACTORING IN COSTS OF ENERGY SAVINGS THROUGH ENERGY EFFICIENCY.
AN ELEMENT OF THE PROJECT WHICH CREATES THE OPPORTUNITY FOR FURTHER COST SAVINGS OVER
THE LIFE OF THE DEVELOPMENT. WE FURTHER WORKED TOWARDS OPERATION EFFICIENCY
IN PROVIDING ALLOCATION FOR PARKING SPACES FOR ZIP CAR AS WELL AS A SUBSIDIZED RIDE SHARE
PROGRAM. THIS SUBSIDIZED RIDE SHARE PROGRAM IS A MODEL
THAT HAS PROVEN EFFECTIVE IN PROVIDING A PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP, ALLOWING FOR GREAT TRANSPORTATION
OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITIES. WE ANTICIPATE THAT THIS WILL OPTIMIZE ACCESSIBILITY
FOR SENIORS FROM THEIR SITE TO DOWNTOWN, AS WELL AS ALL OF THEIR FAVORITE DOVER LOCATIONS.
SO WHAT DOES A VILLAGE HAVE TO DO WITH SENIOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
THE VILLAGE MODEL APPROACHES INNOVATION FROM A LENS THAT GOES BEYOND TYPICAL IDEAS OF INNOVATING
THROUGH TECHNOLOGY TO INNOVATE THROUGH INTEGRATION. A WELL DESIGNED NETWORK OF SELF-SUSTAINING
SYSTEMS IN FINANCING AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN AND IN SOCIAL INCLUSION MAKES IT A MODEL FOR
AFFORDABLE HOUSING THAT CAN BE ENJOYED IN DOVER AND REPLICATED ELSEWHERE.
THANK YOU THANK YOU.
>>[APPLAUSE]>>
>>READY?>>SO THE GEOTHERMAL SYSTEM,
IS THAT MEANT TO PROVIDE THE ENTIRE HEATING AND COOLING
LOAD FOR THE ENTIRE FACILITY, AND IS THERE JUST ONE, AND
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE HORIZONTAL LOOPS?
>>WE BELIEVE THAT THE LARGENESS OF THE SITE WILL
PROVIDE US ENOUGH ENERGY WITH THE HORIZONTAL SYSTEM, BUT
THE GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS FOR INSTALLATION NEED GREATER
DETAIL TO ALSO, WITH THE TECHNICAL STUDIES AT THE
SITE, WE THINK THAT THIS WILL BE APPROPRIATE BEFORE
DECIDING ON THE FINAL SYSTEM. OF COURSE.
BUT IN THIS CONTEXT, WE THOUGHT THAT THE HORIZONTAL
SYSTEM MIGHT BE ABLE TO WORK, AND MIGHT BE MORE
COST-EFFECTIVE, AND SECONDLY, WE BELIEVE THAT THE PASSIVE
SYSTEMS THAT WE PROVIDE WITH POSITIVE HOUSE STANDARDS AND
METRO ECOSYSTEM SERVICES WILL GET US TO A LOAD THAT WILL BE
ENOUGH FOR THE GEOTHERMAL TO COVER AND IF IT WOULDN’T WORK
OR WOULDN’T BE ENOUGH, WE BELIEVE THAT THE LOAD WILL BE
LOWERED ENOUGH FOR US TO BE ABLE TO USE TRADITIONAL
SYSTEMS INSTEAD. THANK YOU.
>>IS IT POSSIBLE TO GO BACK TO THAT SLIDE SHOWING THE —
>>WHICH SLIDE?>>TO THE ONE THAT HAD THE
SYSTEMS IN IT. WHAT DO ALL THE CONVECTION
ARROWS MEAN, CAN YOU WALK ME 2 THROUGH THAT, THAT’S THE
PASSIVE YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT.>>THAT’S THE AIR FLOW.
THE HEAT IS TRANSFERRED THROUGH AIR FLOW THROUGHOUT
THE SEASONS, AND WE WANT TO CAPTURE IN WINTER AND THEN
SUMMER AND IN MILD FALL AND SPRING CONDITIONS THE HEAT
THAT IS IN THE AIR ITSELF, AND THIS COMMUNITY HUB BEING
A SOCIAL SPACE ALSO PROVIDES A SPACE FOR THE AIR FLOW TO
HAPPEN AND TO COOL DOWN THE UNITS IN THE SUMMER AND WARM
THEM IN THE WINTER.>>SO THERE ARE VENTS GOING
INTO THE APARTMENTS, THEN, IS THAT —
>>YEAH, THE CORRIDORS, BECAUSE THE CORRIDORS ARE
CONNECTED, ALL CONNECTED TO THIS COMMUNITY HUB, THEY WILL
WORK AS VENTS LEADING TO THE UNITS.
>>AND AIR IS GOING UP AND DOWN AT THE SAME TIME?
>>THAT REPRESENTS THE AIR FLOW BETWEEN ALL THE SEASONS.
>>OKAY.>>AND THESE ARE THE
BUILDINGS THAT ARE YELLOW IN THE SITE PLAN, THESE ARE THE
LONGER BUILDINGS ON THE EDGE?>>THESE BUILDINGS WITH THE
GREEN ARROWS –>>THESE ARE ALL OF THE
BUILDINGS?>>
>>THE THREE BUILDINGS ARE THE COMMUNITY HUBS AND THESE
ARE THE RESIDENTIAL UNITS.>>SO ALL OF THOSE BUILDINGS
HAVE PARKING LEVELS UNDERNEATH THEM?
>>ONLY THESE TWO BECAUSE OF THE SITE.
THE SITE DOESN’T ALLOW US TO HAVE A BASEMENT IN THAT AREA.
THE SLOPE ONLY ALLOWS US A 3 BASEMENT IN THAT AREA, SO WE
USED IT THERE. YOU CAN SEE IN THE OTHER
SECTION THAT THERE’S THE FIRST SECTION DOESN’T HAVE A
BASEMENT IN THAT ENTRANCE COMMUNITY HUB.
>>IT’S ALSO FOR COST-EFFECTIVENESS.
WE KNOW THAT BUILDING UNDERGROUND WILL BE MORE
COSTLY THAN BUILDING ABOVE GROUND.
>>I’M JUST TRYING TO UNDERSTAND, I THOUGHT THERE
WERE TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF BUILDING TYPES ON THE SITE,
ONE WITH UNDERGROUND PARKING, ONE WITHOUT, IS THAT CORRECT?
>>YES.>>SO I THINK THESE BUILDINGS
IN THE CENTRAL CLUSTER HERE ARE SUPPORTED ALONG THIS
CORRIDOR. EACH OF THESE THREE COMMUNITY
HUBS IS CONNECTED BY HALLWAY CORRIDORS, AND THOSE ALL HAVE
ACCESS TO THE UNDERGROUND PARKING THAT SHE WAS TALKING
ABOUT LOCATED HERE. WHAT THAT MEANS, THE UNITS
LOCATED ALONG UNION STREET, AS WELL AS THOSE ON THE
EASTERN SIDE OF SOUTH NILES DRIVE IN THIS BUILDING HERE
AREN’T CONNECTED THROUGH IN DOOR SPACES TO THAT
UNDERGROUND PARKING, SO THAT’S KIND OF THE DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN THOSE WHICH ARE AND WHICH AREN’T CONNECTED.
>>AND THOSE ARE THE BUILDINGS WITH THIS ATRIUM
HEAT COLLECTOR. THE OTHER BUILDINGS IN THE
BACK, WHICH ARE MORE DOUBLE-LOADED, DO NOT HAVE
THAT FEATURE?>>YEAH, SO THOSE THREE HEAT
COLLECTORS HAPPEN WHERE YOU 4 SEE THESE GREEN ROOFS HERE,
THE ATRIUM IS ON TOP, THEY WILL PROVIDE THE SUN EXPOSURE
TO HEAT UP THE AIR AND CIRCULATE IT WITHOUT THE —
THROUGHOUT THE BUILDINGS THAT ARE CONNECTED ALONG THOSE
CORRIDORS.>>THE SOLAR PANELS, WHERE DO
THEY GO?>>THERE ARE SOME —
>>ALSO HOW MANY, HOW BIG IS THE SOLAR RAY AND HOW MUCH OF
A LOAD IS IT COVERING?>>SOLAR PANELS ARE NOT SORT
OF THOUGHT AS AN ADDITION TO OUR ENERGY LOAD.
IT’S USED AS A PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP OPTION, AND WE
CREATE THE CELL FACADES LOOKING — WE CREATE THESE
FACADES LOOKING TO THE SOUTH AND PLACE THESE SOLAR PANELS
ON THESE ROOFS, AND OTHER THAN THAT, WE HAVE —
GEOTHERMAL IS THE MAIN ENERGY.
>>COULD I JUST ASK YOU TO GIVE ME A BETTER SENSE, OR
GIVE US A BETTER SENSE OF WHAT DOES PARTICIPATORY
CAREGIVER COMMUNITY MEAN AT THIS POINT NOW THAT YOU’VE
COME THIS FAR?>>RIGHT.
SO WE REALLY WANTED TO COME UP WITH A SOCIAL SERVICES
PROVISION MODEL BECAUSE WE KNOW THERE ARE A LARGE RANGE
OF SERVICES CURRENTLY ALREADY PROVIDED BY BAITEIR FALLS AND
WE ALSO DID OUR RESEARCH BY LOOKING AT OTHER SORTS OF
SUPPORTIVE HOUSING TO DIFFERENT SORTS OF HOUSING
MODELS IN GENERAL THAT WOULD SUPPORT PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT
NEEDS, FROM SENIORS, WITH SPECIAL MENTAL AND PHYSICAL
HEALTH NEEDS AND WE TRIED TO 5 INTEGRATE THESE INTO
SOMETHING THAT WOULD HELP OUR RESIDENTS FROM DAY TO DAY, SO
WE THOUGHT ABOUT LESS — ABOUT THE PATHOLOGICAL
MEDICAL MODEL, AND WE TRY TO FOCUS ON SOME MORE OF THE DAY
TO DAY ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING, AND IN TERMS OF
THINKING ABOUT THE CAREGIVERS, WE BELIEVE THAT
THAT WOULD JUST TIE EVERYTHING TOGETHER FROM
HEALTH CARE SERVICES TO SOCIAL SERVICES TO CONNECT
WITH THE RESIDENTS THEMSELVES AND WITH THEIR FAMILY
MEMBERS, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT TO ENGAGE ALL THESE PARTIES
IS CRUCIAL TO PROVIDE A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE FOR
OUR RESIDENTS. AND SO WE CAME UP WITH THIS
PARTICIPATORY CAREGIVER’S COMMUNITY, WHICH IS BASICALLY
AN INTER DISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION, ALONG WITH
CONNECTING WITH THE RESIDENTS AND THEIR LOVED ONES.
AND SO FOR — TALKING ABOUT THE LONG TERM SUSTAINABILITY
FACTOR, WE TALK ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY BEYOND JUST
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS. WE LIKE TO THINK ABOUT IT IN
TERMS OF HUMAN CAPITAL AND HOW WE COULD EFFECTIVELY USE
SOCIAL SERVICES AS A TOOL TO MANAGE THE WHOLE DEVELOPMENT
TO MAKE IT SUSTAINABLE AS A COMMUNITY AND COLLABORATION
IS THE GOAL HERE, AND WE STRIVE TO, LONG TERM, YOU
KNOW — THE NUMBER OF STUDIES IS LIMITED ON THIS, BUT WE
BELIEVE THAT THE CONCEPT WOULD PROVIDE FOR BASICALLY
LONG TERM COST SAVINGS IN THE SENSE OF IF WE CONNECT WITH
NEIGHBORS, CONNECT WITH 6 PEOPLE AROUND US MORE, TO
ASSIST US WITH ACTIVITIES THAT, YOU KNOW — THAT
MAJORLY WE CURRENTLY DEPEND UPON, PROFESSIONAL OR PARA
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, WE CAN BUILD COMMUNITY WHICH
PROVIDES GREATER HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS,
SOCIALIZATION BENEFITS FOR OUR RESIDENTS AND THEIR
NEIGHBORS, LOVED ONES, AS WELL AS, YOU KNOW,
ENCOURAGING OUR GREATER COMMUNITY WITHIN THE
DEVELOPMENT.>>THANK YOU.
>>ONE LAST DETAIL IN THAT. IS THERE A PHYSICAL SPACE
WITHIN THE DEVELOPMENT THAT ACCOMMODATES THIS ACTIVITY?
COORDINATION DOESN’T HAPPEN EASILY WITHOUT SPACE.
>>EXACTLY. SO THIS IS OUR MAIN COMMUNITY
HUB, AND AS YOU CAN SEE, WE HAVE THE CONFERENCE CENTER,
THE SOCIAL SERVICE OFFICES LABELED ON THE SECOND, THIRD
FLOORS, AND SO THESE SPACES ARE — WE HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT
IT AS FLEX SPACES THAT COULD BE EASILY CHANGED FOR
DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS, AND BECAUSE WE KNOW
THAT HAVING A WIDE VARIETY OF EVENTS IS CRUCIAL FOR OUR
RESIDENTS TO SOCIALIZE AND TO JUST ENGAGE AND BE
ENTERTAINED AND HAPPY WITHIN THIS DEVELOPMENT.
AND SO, YEAH — AND ALSO ALONGSIDE, THIS IS THE MAIN
HUB WHICH HOSTS OUR MAIN LARGER SPACES AND THE SMALLER
COMMUNITY HUBS, IF YOU GO BACK TO THE SITE PLAN, THEY
ALSO PROVIDE SOME SORT OF COMMUNITY SPACE WITHIN THEM.
SO OUR IDEA IS TO CREATE A 7 LARGER COMMUNITY THROUGH THE
CENTRAL COMMUNITY HUB. AND THESE SMALLER COMMUNITY
HUBS WOULD ALSO HAVE A SMALLER CLUSTER OF RESIDENTS
BEING CONNECTED TO THEM, AND ONE OF THE IDEAS OF THIS
PHYSICAL DESIGN IS THAT RESIDENTS, IN ORDER TO ENTER
THOSE BUILDINGS SURROUNDING THE COMMUNITY HUBS, THEY HAVE
TO GO THROUGH THE HUB, AND SO THAT WOULD GIVE THE RESIDENTS
A GREATER SENSE OF FAMILIARITY WITH EACH OTHER,
AND THAT PROMOTES THE SOCIALIZATION AND COMMUNITY
WITHIN OUR WHOLE DEVELOPMENT.>>THANK YOU.
>>AND DID YOU ALL TALK TO THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AT ALL
ABOUT THE KIND OF SERVICES THAT THEY ARE MANAGING?
IS IT MEDICAID WAIVERS OR OLD AMERICANS ACT OR WHAT IS THE
–>>WE ARE AWARE OF THEIR
DIFFERENT PROGRAMS. THEY HAVE THEIR COMMUNITY
CENTER WHICH WE SEE TARGET MOSTLY K-12 CHILDREN, AND SO
WE ALSO SEE THEIR FAMILY-BASED PROGRAMS, AND
ALSO THEIR SENIOR CENTER, AND ONE OF OUR CONCEPTS IS TO
PROMOTE INTERGENERATIONAL CONNECTIVITY AND LIVING
TOGETHER, AND SO ONE OF THE IDEAS FOR OUR SPACE IS TO
HAVE PEOPLE FROM THE LARGER COMMUNITY OR OTHER WHITER
FALLS RESIDENTS, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, COME INTO THIS
LARGE DEVELOPMENT AND ENJOY OUR OPEN SPACES, OUR LARGE
GREENHOUSE COMMUNITY HUB, AND JUST TO INTERACT WITH OUR
RESIDENTS THEMSELVES, BECAUSE FROM WORKING IN THE FIELD, WE
UNDERSTAND SENIORS REALLY 8 APPRECIATE BEING AROUND
YOUNGER CHILDREN. IT BRINGS LIFE AND JOY INTO,
LIKE, THEIR EVERY DAY LIFE, AND ESPECIALLY IN THE COLD
NEW HAMPSHIRE WINTERS, WE BELIEVE THAT OUR PROJECT HAS
GREAT POTENTIAL TO CREATE A COMMUNITY SPACE FOR OUR
COMMUNITY WITHIN OUR SITE, AS WELL AS FOR THE LARGER DOVER
COMMUNITY.>>SO IT’S A MIX OF, LIKE,
LOCAL SENIOR HOUSING CENTER MONEY WITH MAYBE SOME OLDER
AMERICANS ACT SUPPLEMENT? THAT CENTER, WHO IS PAYING
FOR THOSE SERVICES?>>FOR OUR SERVICES, OR —
>>UH-HUH.>>RIGHT.
SO THE WHOLE IDEA IS FOR OUR PROJECT, WE HAVE DIFFERENT
SORTS OF OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS, AND FOR OUR
SOCIAL SERVICES PROVISION, WE FIRST OF ALL, FROM THE
BUILDING BUDGET, WE WILL HIRE A FULL-TIME ON SITE RESIDENT
COORDINATOR. THIS IS A MODEL THAT’S BEEN
USED IN MANY VILLAGES — VILLAGE MODEL TYPE AS SENIOR
HOUSING MODELS AROUND THE COUNTRY, AND SO THE
COORDINATOR BASICALLY WOULD FACILITATE COORDINATION
BETWEEN ON SITE HOUSE, SOCIAL SERVICE, AND ALL OTHER
THINGS, AND THEY WOULD ENGAGE WITH THE RESIDENTS DIRECTLY,
ORGANIZE ACTIVITIES, AND SO WITH ON SITE SOCIAL SERVICES,
WE WILL HAVE SOCIAL WORKERS, THEY WILL DO COUNSELING, CASE
MANAGEMENT, HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAMS, AND BASICALLY THE
FUNDING, WE LOOKED AT NUMBER OF DEVELOPMENTS AROUND NEW
YORK CITY AND HOW THEY 9 STRUCTURED THEIR PARTNERSHIP,
AND WHAT WE GOT FROM, IT’S ALWAYS A CASE BY CASE BASIS,
WE REALLY HAVE TO SEE WHAT ACTUAL ORGANIZATIONS WOULD BE
INTERESTED.>>THE COORDINATOR IS DOING
THAT.>>RIGHT.
IN TERMS OF FINANCE AND BILLING, I THINK WE VISUALIZE
IT AS MORE OF WE MIGHT SORT OF LEASE THE SPACE, THE
SOCIAL SERVICE OFFICES, TO THE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION,
AND THEY WOULD NORMALLY BE ELIGIBLE FOR A LOT OF
MUNICIPAL OR STATE FUNDS THROUGH PUBLIC HEALTH OR
OTHER HOUSING SERVICE PROGRAMS, AND THAT WOULD GIVE
THEM THE FUNDING TO TO BE ON OUR SITE AND ALSO PROVIDE
THOSE SERVICES WHICH THEY WOULD BILL MEDICAID OR OTHER
INSURANCES DIRECTLY BY THEMSELVES.
>>SO IT’S MOSTLY, THEN, CONGREGATE MEALS AND
RECREATION AND SOME CONTINUING ED THAT YOU ARE
DOING.>>YEAH, WE HAVE A MIXER OF
PROGRAMS, I THINK, ABOUT THE PARTICIPATOR REMODEL, THE
CONCEPT IS TO JUST SEE WHAT THE RESIDENTS REALLY NEED,
AND FROM THEN, BUILD ON OUR PROGRAMS, BUT WE PROVIDE THIS
MANAGEMENT INFRASTRUCTURE TO CARRY ON ALL THESE SORTS OF
DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS.
>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.
>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>>>GOOD AFTERNOON.
EVERYTHING GETS OLD. 10 WE ALL AGE.
AND AS PART OF THAT AGING PROCESS WE WILL ALL
EXPERIENCE LIMITED MOBILITY AND THAT MIGHT NOT SOUND LIKE
A BIG DEAL, BUT IT CHANGES LIVES.
LIMITED MOBILITY MAY HAPPEN FOR SOME OF US AT 60 AND FOR
OTHERS OF US AT 80, BUT WHEN IT DOES HAPPEN, THE DESIGN,
SOCIAL SUPPORT, AND AFFORDABILITY OF OUR
ENVIRONMENT WILL LARGELY DETERMINE OUR QUALITY OF
LIFE, AND WHETHER OR NOT WE BECOME ONE OF THE MANY SENIOR
CITIZENS IN OUR NATION TODAY SUFFERING FROM AN EPIDEMIC OF
LONELINESS. I’M JOHN HALVERSON, THIS IS
DAVID RICHARDSON AND BRENDON CHER, WE ARE HERE TO TELL YOU
ABOUT DOWNTOWN’S NILES UNION, A NEW NEIGHBORHOOD IN DOVER,
NEW HAMPSHIRE, THAT GIVES ITS SENIOR AND DISABLED RESIDENTS
ALL THE URBAN ACCESS, SOCIAL OPPORTUNITY, THAT THEY NEED
TO MAINTAIN THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE, TO AGE IN PLACE, AND TO
CONTINUE TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR SOCIETY.
WHAT’S MORE, IT DOES ALL OF THIS SUSTAINABLY AND
AFFORDABLY WITH AN INNOVATIVE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
METHODS ON A SOLID BASE OF FINANCIAL FEASIBILITY.
SO LET’S SET THE STAGE. DOVER IS A SMALL TOWN, TWO
HOURS UP THE COAST FROM BOSTON, AND LIKE ITS
NEIGHBORS ALONG I95, IS EXPERIENCING STRONG COMPOUND
ANNUAL GROWTH RATES IN ONE AND TWO BEDROOM RENTALS.
WE KNOW THAT THIS GROWTH IS A SYMPTOM OF THE LARGER
NATIONAL TREND OF THE RETURN 11 TO THE CITY BY TWO KEY
DEMOGRAPHICS: MILLENNIALS AND BABY BOOMERS.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR OUR AGING POPULATION IS INCREASED
COMPETITION FOR AND DECLINING AFFORDABILITY OF THE HOUSING
THAT MEETS THEIR NEEDS, NAMELY, ACCESSIBILITY AND
WALKABILITY. WHICH BRINGS US TO DOVER.
NEARING ITS 400TH BIRTHDAY, DOVER IS A SEVENTH OLD SELL
BAT IN THE U.S., DOWNTOWN, WHERE MANY FUTURE RESIDENTS
NOW LIVE IS CHARACTERIZED BY MIXED USES, SHORT BLOCK
LENGTHS, AND GREAT ACCESS TO PUBLIC TRANSIT AND PARKS.
IN RELOCATING FROM DOWNTOWN TO OUR SITE 1 MILE AWAY OR
RESIDENTS’ ACCESS TO THOSE AMENITIES WILL BE DIMINISHED
SO IT’S INCUMBENT UPON US TO CONNECT THE GREATER COMMUNITY
TO AND THROUGH OUR SITE AND TO RESTORE OUR RESIDENTS’
CONNECTION TO THE COMMUNITY, WHICH BRINGS US TO OUR FIRST
DESIGN INTERVENTION, WHICH BRENDAN WILL EXPLAIN.
>>THANK YOU JOHN. SO WE VIEWED INTEGRATION WITH
A LARGER DOVER COMMUNITY TO BE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT IN OUR
DEVELOPMENT. TO THAT END WE WANTED TO
EXPAND TRANSIT ACCESS TO THE SITE.
START FORWARD HAS DOOR TO DOOR DEMAND RESPONSE SENIOR
TRANSIT AND OUR VISION IS TO EXPAND THAT TO A FIXED
SCHEDULE LOOP THAT CONNECTS DHA PROPERTIES WITH DOVER’S
CORE. WE’VE IDENTIFIED A $75,000
GRANT FROM PARTNERS TO PROGRESS WHICH WHEN MATCHED
DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR BY 12 STRATFORD COUNTY WILL RAISE
$150,000 TO COVER THE UP FRONT COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH
THE EXPANSION. OPERATING COSTS WHEN SPLIT
BETWEEN THE CITY, COUNTY AND DHA WHOSE PROPERTIES ARE
BEING SERVED SHOULD BE A RELATIVELY MODEST BUDGETARY
BURDEN FOR THOSE ENTITIES. THIS FIXED SCHEDULE SHUTTLE
WILL IMPROVE CONNECTIVITY NOT JUST FOR RESIDENTS OF MILER’S
UNION BUT ALL DHA PROPERTIES, THE SHUTTLE WILL PROVIDE
ACCESS TO TOWN HALL, COMMUNITIES CENTERS, GROCERY
STORES AND DOVER’S DOWNTOWN, AS WELL TO THE AMTRAK
STATION, TO THE COAST BUS SYSTEM WHICH WILL EXPAND
ACCESS EVEN FURTHER THROUGHOUT THE NEW ENGLAND
REGION.>>AS WE LOOK AT THE EXISTING
SITE, WE SEE THAT WITH ONE WAY IN AND ONE WAY OUT, IT’S
ISOLATED FROM THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY, ITS BUILDINGS ARE
INEFFICIENT, ITS PUBLIC REALM IS LARGELY UNDESIGNED, BEING
DOMINATED BY PARKING AND PROVIDES ONLY MEAGER SOCIAL
OPPORTUNITY. BY DESIGNING THE NEW SITE WE
TOOK CUES FROM DOWNTOWN DOVER, AS WELL AS THE
FAMOUSLY WALKABLE NEARBY NEWBERRY REPORT.
TO ENCOURAGE ACCESS BY THE LARGER COMMUNITY TO OUR SITE,
WE REALIGNED NILES STREET AND CONNECT IT NORTH, SOUTH, AS A
WALK AND BIKE TRAIL, CONNECTING THE OPEN SPACE OF
PINE HILL CEMETERY TO THE SOUTH AND MCGLORIS PARK TO
THE NORTH. THOSE AXIS ARE LINED WITH
BUILDING MASS TO CREATE A 13 SENSE OF COLOR ALONG THEM.
CONSERVATION AREAS IN PRIME AGRICULTURAL SOILS ARE
IDENTIFIED AND BUILDING MASS ALONG UNION BOULEVARD IS
BROKEN TO SHORTEN TRAVEL DISTANCES AND PROMOTE
DRAINAGE. TERMINATING THE VISTA OF
UNION BUILD AT ITS INTERSECTION WITH NILES
TRAIL, BUILDING MASS IS PUSHED BACK TO CREATE A TOWN
SQUARE IN FRONT OF THE COMMUNITY BUILDING AND
VEHICULAR TRAFFIC IS ROUTED AROUND THE PRIVILEGE
PERIPHERY OF THE SITE AND CONNECTED DOWN TO COURT
STREET AT THE SOUTH. THE GROUND FLOOR RESIDENTIAL
UNITS ARE BUFFERED WITH PRIVATE DEFENSIBLE SPACE AND
FINALLY, CONSTRUCTION IS PHASED TO MINIMIZE
DISPLACEMENT OF EXISTING RESIDENTS REQUIRING THE
RELOCATION OF ONLY EIGHT UNITS OF HOUSING.
>>AS JOHN JUST DESCRIBED, LOOKING AT OUR SITE PLAN, AND
SIMILAR TO WHAT ALAN MENTIONED EARLIER ABOUT HOW
WITH WHITTIER FALLS, PEOPLE COME BEFORE BRICK AND MORTAR,
WE VERY MUCH TOOK THAT SAME APPROACH TO OUR SITE PLAN.
THE BUILDINGS REALLY ARE MEANT TO BE IN SERVICE TO THE
COMMUNITY SPACES AND THAT TAKES DIFFERENT FORMS WHETHER
IT’S LANDSCAPE OR DIFFERENT STREET TYPOLOGIES.
AS AN EXAMPLE AS YOU LOOK AT OUR SITE HERE, WE HAVE
COMMUNITY GARDENS, WE HAVE DIFFERENT TYPES OF QUADS AND
LAWNS AND COURTYARDS, WE HAVE DIFFERENT STREET TYPOLOGIES
THAT YOU CAN SEE ON THE RIGHT 14 THAT TRY TO CREATE A
DIFFERENT TYPE OF RATIO AND PROPORTION TO PUBLIC URBAN
SPACE, WHETHER THAT’S GOING THROUGH THE BIO SWALE, GOING
THROUGH OUR WALK AND BIKE TRAIL, LINED BY PORCHES ON
BOTH SIDES, OR WHETHER THAT’S GOING ALONG WALKING TRAILS
DOWN — THAT CONNECT TO THE BROOK AND CONNECT US BACK TO
NILES MARK ABOVE CROOKED BROOK OR WHETHER THAT’S
COMING DOWN UNION BOULEVARD WHICH IS REALLY OUR MAIN
STREET. ONE OF THE IMPORTANT ASPECTS
OF OUR SITE DEVELOPMENT ALONG UNION WAS TO REDIRECT
PARKING, TO REDIRECT TRAFFIC TO THE PERIPHERY OF THE SITE
IN ORDER TO LET THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY BE REALLY FOR
THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEDESTRIANS.
TO THAT END WHERE OUR BIO SWALE INTERSECTS UNION
BOULEVARD, WHERE THE SECOND SET OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS
START, FROM THERE TO THE PLAZA IS SHARED STREET, THE
ONLY VEHICULAR ACCESS IS OUR BUS, WHICH WOULD COME AND
PICK UP OUR RESIDENTS. YOU CAN SEE ALONG UNION
BOULEVARD THE TYPES OF THINGS WE’VE DONE TO MAKE IT MORE
PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY, WE’VE NARROWED LANES, WE’VE
INCLUDED A MEDIAN, WE’VE CUT PARALLEL PARKING WITH
PARKLETS, AND AS JOHN MENTIONED, WE HAVE GROUND
FLOOR GARDEN PATIOS THAT SERVE AS DEFENSIBLE SPACE
ALONG THIS STREET. AND YOU CAN JUST SEE FROM
THESE LITTLE VIGNETTE RENDERINGS ON THE LEFT HOW
THE DIFFERENT QUALITIES, THE 15 DIFFERENT TYPOLOGIES OF
SPACE, CREATE DIFFERENT MOMENTS FOR A COMMUNITY.
>>DETERMINING THE VISTA ALONG UNION BOULEVARD AND
FRONTING ON THE NEW NILES UNION SQUARE, THE COMMUNITY
BUILDING PAYS HOMAGE TO THE LOCAL ARCHITECTURE AND FOCAL
AND GATHERING POINT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
THE ENTIRE FRONT IS LINED WITH A COVERED PORCH WHICH
SERVES AS CIRCULATION FOR THE GROUND FLOOR PROGRAM WITH
PRIVATE PORCHES AND RESIDENTIAL UNITS ABOVE.
ARRIVING VIA BUS OUR RESIDENTS DISEMBARK UNDER THE
COVERED MAIN ENTRY AND STEP INTO THE TOWN HALL WHICH
SERVES AS A LOBBY, DINING HALL, AND GATHERING PLACE FOR
SPECIAL EVENTS. DURING WHICH RESIDENTS AND
NEIGHBORS CAN SPILL OUT INTO THE EXERCISE ROOM TO THE
NORTH OF THAT, WHICH IS CONNECTED VIA RETRACTIBLE
ACCORDION WALL, OR OUT INTO THE COURTYARD PATIO CARVED
OUT OF THE BUILDING TO PRESERVE AN EXISTING TREE.
WHITTIER FALLS PROVIDES A WIDE RANGE OF SUPPORTIVE
PROGRAMMING TOOLS AS RESIDENTS AND AS THEIR
LARGEST PROPERTY IT’S IMPORTANT IT THAT WE ARE ABLE
TO HOUSE ALL THAT PROGRAM IN THIS BUILDING.
SO TO THE NORTH OF THE EXERCISE ROOM, A FULL LENGTH
POOL WAS ADDED, TO REVIVE LOW IMPACT EXERCISE
OPPORTUNITIES, OFF OF THAT POOL FURTHER NORTH IS A
COVERED PARK OVERLOOK. JUST SOUTH OF THE TOWN HALL
IS A FULL-SIZED COMMERCIAL 16 KITCHEN WHICH ALLOWS OUR
RESIDENTS TO GATHER AROUND THE GREAT SOCIAL BINDER OF
SHARING AND PREPARING FOOD. SOUTH OF THE KITCHEN IS A
COMPUTER LAB AND 1600 SQUARE FEET OF LEASABLE SPACE ALONG
THE NEW WALK AND BIKE TRAIL. THAT COMPLETES OUR BUILDING.
THIS WE ARE IMAGINING AS THE THIRD PLACE FOR THE
NEIGHBORHOOD A. CAFE OR CORNER PUB, A PHARMACY OR A
BODEGA. THE COMMUNITY BUILDING AND
ALL ITS PROGRAM ARE THE CENTER OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD,
AND TO ENSURE ACCESS TO IT, HEATED SIDEWALKS HAVE BEEN
INSTALLED BETWEEN IT AND THE OTHER RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS,
SO THAT RESIDENTS DON’T HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE RISK OF
A SLIP-AND-FALL AND SOCIAL INCLUSION.
BACKING OUT A LITTLE BIT A. SIMILAR VIEW HERE, CUTTING
THROUGH UNION BOULEVARD AND OUR RESIDENCES LOOKING DOWN
TOWARDS THE PLAZA. WHAT WE FEEL WILL REALLY
ACTIVATE UNION BOULEVARD AND MAKE BE IT THE HEART OF NILES
UNION IS THE DEFENSIBLE SPACES ALONG THE GROUND
FLOORS. THESE WOULD BE, AND YOU CAN
SEE A LITTLE VIGNETTE ON THE LEFT, THESE WOULD BE PERSONAL
SPACES FOR EVERY GROUND FLOOR UNIT, EVERY GROUND FLOOR UNIT
FACING EITHER A COURTYARD OR STREET WOULD HAVE SOME KIND
OF PERSONAL PATIO LIKE THIS THAT CAN INCLUDE PLANTERS, A
DECK SPACE, A LAWN, THE TYPE OF PLACE WHERE YOU CAN PLANT
WHAT YOU WANT TO, WHERE YOU CAN PUT YOUR OWN FURNITURE
OUT, WHERE YOU CAN DECORATE 17 AS YOU SEE FIT, AND REALLY
MAKE IT YOUR OWN, WHILE STILL MAINTAINING A KIND OF SEMI
PUBLIC, YOU KNOW, THIS BELONGS TO ME BUT I CAN STILL
INTERACT WITH FOLKS WHO ARE ACTIVE ALONG THIS STREET.
ONE THING WE WANT TO NOTE IS THAT THIS WOULD ALSO BE USED
UP AT NILES PARK ABOVE CRICKET BROOK IN ORDER TO
CONNECT THE TWO DEVELOPMENTS, EVEN THOUGH WE ARE NOT
TEARING THOSE UNITS DOWN. THESE PROVIDE PROSPECT AND
REFUGE OWNERSHIP AND CONNECTION.
BACKING UP AND LOOKING AT THE UNITS, THE SPACES IN THERE,
AND THE DETAILS, THIS PROJECT ENCAPSULATE AS LARGE SCALE.
WE LOOK AT THE REGION, WE LOOK AT THE CITY AS A WHOLE
IN CONNECTING BACK TO DOVER, BUT THE DETAILS OF EVERY DAY
LIFE AND LIVED EXPERIENCE OF OUR RESIDENTS WAS REALLY
IMPORTANT TO US, AND IT’S SOMETIMES SMALL DETAILS.
EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE UNITS WAS DESIGNED TO BE ADA
OR ADA-ACCESSIBLE AND DESIGNED TO UNIVERSAL DESIGN
STANDARDS, AND THAT’S SMALL DETAILS LIKE INTEGRAL CABINET
PULLS THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO TWIST, AMPLE TASK LIGHTING ON
COUNTER SURFACES, OPEN KNEE, ACCESS TO RANGE AND SINK,
EVEN WHEN YOU’RE WHEELCHAIR-BOUND, THINGS LIKE
A TOUCH FAUCET EVEN THAT MAKE LIFE EASIER.
THE OTHER PART OF THE INTERIOR WE WANT YOU TO
NOTICE IS THE EXPOSED WOOD WHICH IS OUR CROSS-LAMINATED
STRUCTURAL SYSTEM WHICH I WILL TALK ABOUT IN A MOMENT.
EXPOSED WOOD IN INTERIOR 18 ENVIRONMENTS AS LONG HAD DATA
AND EVIDENCE THAT HAS SHOWN THAT IT HAS POSITIVE MENTAL
AND PHYSIOLOGICAL HEALTH BENEFITS, AND FOR AN AGING
POPULATION WE WANTED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO
ENCOURAGE THEIR HEALTH. SO TALKING A LITTLE BIT MORE
ABOUT CROSS-LAMINATED TIMBLER, CLT, I’VE IDENTIFIED
A MANUFACTURE MANUFACTURER WITHIN 250 MILES OF THE SITE
WHICH IS A BIG DEAL BECAUSE THERE ARE ONLY FIVE
MANUFACTURERS OF THESE KINDS OF PRODUCTS IN NORTH
AMERICA’S, SO THAT’S RELATIVELY LOCAL FOR HOUSING
AND WE CHOSE THIS AS A SYSTEM TO USE FOR A MODULAR
PREFABRICATED SYSTEM OUT OF A COMBINATION OF FACTORS.
WE KNEW NILES PARRING HAD A FIRE, CLT HAS PROPERTIES THAT
ARE FIRE RESISTENT, CARBON THROUGH THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE
PRODUCT AND THE HEALTH BENEFITS WE TALKED ABOUT.
ANOTHER BENEFIT OF USING THIS MODULAR CLT SYSTEM IS
ECONOMIC. WE FOUND RESEARCH FROM THE
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY THAT SHOWED THAT
MODULAR PREFABRICATED CONSTRUCTION CAN SAVE UP TO
20 PERCENT ON CONSTRUCTION COSTS FOR BUILDINGS OF THIS
TYPE. BECAUSE CLT IS A RELATIVELY
NEW PRODUCT, WE DECIDED LET’S REDUCE THAT DOWN TO 10, LET’S
BE CONSERVATIVE IN OUR ESTIMATES AND WE’VE MADE THAT
WORK IN OUR PROFORMA. THE CLT SYSTEM WAS ONE OF
MANY ELEMENTS THAT WE CHOSE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE
SUSTAINABILITY OF THIS 19 PROJECT, WHETHER IT’S THE
WALK AND BIKE TRAIL, HAVING GREEN ROOF ON THE COMMUNITY
BUILDING, BIO SWALE FOR RUNOFF PREVENTION, AND THE
COMMUNITY GARDEN FOR PRODUCING ON SITE FOOD.
THERE’S A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS THAT WENT INTO THAT,
BUT BRENDAN IS GOING TO TALK BRIEFLY FOR US ABOUT OUR
SOLAR SYSTEM.>>THANKS DAVIS.
SO BETWEEN THE GREEN CLT CONSTRUCTION AND OTHER ENERGY
INITIATIVES WE PLAN TO HAVE NILES UNION ENERGY STAR
CERTIFIED AND IT TO HELP US GET THERE WE’LL ENTER INTO AN
ENERGY SERVICE PROVIDER CONTRACT.
TO AND THEY WE IDENTIFIED A LOCAL ENERGY SERVICE
PROVIDER, AMAERSCO, LOCATED IN MASSACHUSETTS, WORKING
WITH HOUSING AUTHORITIES, THE 15 YEAR ENERGY PROVIDER
SERVICE CONTRACT THAT WE HOPE TO ENTER INTO WILL PROVIDE NO
UP FRONT COST TO NILES UNION, 9000 SQUARE FEET OF SOLAR
SPACE AND HVAC SYSTEM, THEY GUARANTEE ANNUAL SAVES OF
40 PERCENT, THAT 40 PERCENT IS SOMETHING CONSISTENT WITH
OTHER ENERGY SERVICE PROVIDER CONTRACTS DONE WITH AMARESCO
AND OTHER HOUSING AUTHORITIES.
IN TERMS OF FINANCING, WE WANTED TO FOCUS ON MAKING
FUNDING SOURCES BOTH GROUND AND REALITY ACTIONABLE.
TO THAT END, ASIDE FROM I WOULD TECH WE USED TO USE
LOANS OVER GRANTS. GRANTS OF ISSUES AROUND
APPLICATION UNCERTAINTY AND TIMING.
LOANS, AS LONG AS WE MEET THE 20 CAPITAL FOR LENDERS, WE CAN
BASICALLY SECURE FUNDING. OUR INITIAL UP FRONT COSTS
WILL BE COVERED BY A BRIDGE LOAN FROM THE FEDERAL HOME
LOAN BANK OF BOSTON AND ONCE THE REST OF THE FINANCING IS
LINED UP WE FINANCE OUT THE BRIDGE LOAN AND ANY ACCRUED
INTEREST. ONE OF THE CHALLENGES WE RUN
INTO WAS 9 PERCENT LITEC, ALLOCATED ON STATE POPULATION
AND FOR A PROJECT OF THIS SIZE IN A STATE LIKE NEW
HAMPSHIRE WE REALIZED THAT THOSE TAX CREDITS WEREN’T
FEASIBLE. ALSO THE 9 PERCENT DOES COME
WITH ITS OWN ISSUES ON TIMING AND COMPETITION FOR AN
ALLOTMENT. WE DECIDED TO USE 4 PERCENT
WHICH IS NOT COMPETITIVE AND NOT STUDENT CAPS OR ALLOTMENT
ISSUES. IT ALSO UNLOCKS TAXES AND
BORROWING WHICH WE HOPE TO USE FOR THIS PROJECT.
WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN SYNDICATE $5.7 MILLION,
4 PERCENT TAX CREDITS PRICED TO 89 CENTS PER DOLLAR, THAT
PRICING HAS BEEN VETTED BY A NATIONAL TAX CREDIT
SYNDICATOR AND NOVA GLOTTIC THAT WORKS IN THE AFFORDABLE
HOUSING SPACE. OTHER SOURCES OF FINANCING
INCLUDING $16.5 MILLION IN BONDING, SIMILARLY BEEN
VETTED BY AN INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT BANK.
I’M HAPPY TO TALK MORE ABOUT OUR FUNDING SOURCES MORE
DURING THE Q & A SESSION BUT THE TAKEAWAY, THEY ARE
GROUNDED IN REALITY AND ACTIONABLE.
CONSTRUCTION EXPENSES. 21 THE DECISION TO USE MODULAR
CLT DESIGN AND INCREASED DENSITY ALLOWED FINANCIAL
FLEXIBILITY TO INNOVATE ACROSS THE PROJECT ALLOWING
THINGS LIKE ADDING A POOL FOR JOINT PRESENTLY SENIOR
COMPETITORS, HEATED SIDEWALKS FOR EASIER SNOW REMOVAL.
AS WELL THE SPEED AND PHASING OF THE PROJECT MEANS THAT WE
ARE AT ONE YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION TIMING AND ONE
YEAR OF CAPITALIZED INTEREST ON THAT FINANCING.
CONSTRUCTION OPERATING COSTS ARE SIMILARLY REALISTIC FOR
BOTH WE CREATED PEER SETS OF NINE SITE BUILT PROJECTS
AROUND NEW HAMPSHIRE. WE FOUND AN AVERAGE
CONSTRUCTION OPERATING COST PER UNIT ACROSS THE PEER SET
AND SCALED THAT UP TO 213 UNITS.
THEN WE ADJUSTED FOR THINGS LIKE THE MODULAR SAVINGS AND
POOL AND HEATED SIDEWALKS AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE
IMPROVEMENTS. OPERATIONALLY, WE HAVE 213
UNITS, 212 FOR UNITS, ONE FOR STAFF, BETWEEN THE TOWERS AND
NILES PARK, WE WILL RELOCATE AND REQUALIFY 196 HAPPEN
CONTRACTS ON A UNIT PER UNIT BASIS, SEPARATELY QUALIFY THE
RESIDUAL UNITS FOR HAPPEN, THIS MAKES IT 100 PERCENT
HAPPEN QUALIFIED AND KEEP RENTS AFFORDABLE FOR RENTS
WITH VOUCHERS. THE RENT STRUCTURE IS
DESIGNED ACROSS THE RENT SPECTRUM TO MAINTAIN
COMPLIANCE WITH THE LITEC 06-40 TEST, THE RESIDUAL
UNITS, TIED TO WHAT THE AVERAGE RENT IS FOR ONE AND
TWO BEDROOM APARTMENTS IN 22 DOVER.
OVERALL NILES UNION IS DESIGNED TO BE FINANCIALLY
SELF SUSTAINING AND 100 PERCENT FISCALLY VIABLE
OPTION FOR THE DHA IF THEY DECIDED TO RUN WITH IT.
>>AS WE ALL GOT TO EXPERIENCE EARLIER, ALAN IS A
FANTASTIC STORY TELLER. WHEN WE VISITED DOVER LAST
MONTH, HE TOLD A STORY WHICH — HE TALKED ABOUT HOW THE
RESIDENTS RIGHT NOW SIMPLY DON’T HAVE ANY WAY OR REALLY
MUCH OF ANYTHING TO SOCIALIZE AND CONNECT DOVER, AND WHAT
THEY WOULD DO IN ORDER TO GET THAT COMMUNITY WAS JUST SIT
ON THE CURB AND SMOKE CIGARETTES TOGETHER.
THEY DIDN’T HAVE ANYWHERE TO DO THAT AND DIDN’T HAVE MUCH
ELSE IT TO DO AT THEIR HOME RIGHT NOW.
AND WITH OUR PROJECT, WE FEEL LIKE OUR RESIDENTS WILL HAVE
A LOT MORE OPTIONS THAN THAT NOW.
IT’S BOTH THINGS BIG AND SMALL THAT MAKE NILES UNION
FEEL LIKE HOME, THAT MAKE IT AN INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY IN
AFFORDABLE HOUSING. IT’S BIG THINGS LIKE TRANSIT,
LIKE HAVING A TRANSIT LINE, WITH COVERED DROPOFF AND
PICKUP, THAT CAN TAKE OUR RESIDENTS WHERE THEY WANT TO
GO AND GIVING THEM ACCESS TO THE CITY.
BUT IT’S ALSO LITTLE THINGS. IT’S PERSONALIZED GARDENS AND
BALCONIES, IT’S, YOU KNOW, PUTTING A BLOW UP SANTA ON
YOUR BALCONY OR MENORAH OUT DURING THE HOLIDAYS.
IT’S HEATED SIDEWALKS SO THAT ON A DAY LIKE THIS, YOU FEEL
LIKE YOU CAN STILL GO AND SAY 23 HEY TO YOUR FRIEND DOWN THE
WAY. IT’S EVEN, YOU KNOW, HAVING A
PLACE WHERE YOUR GRANDKIDS WOULD WANT IT TO COME AND
HAVE A SNOWBALL FIGHT. IT’S SMALL THINGS.
BUT IT’S THINGS LIKE THAT THAT MAKE IT FEEL LIKE HOME.
IT’S THINGS LIKE THAT THAT MAKE THIS ABOUT PEOPLE FIRST.
WITH NILES UNION, WE SAW AND WE BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE GIVEN
OUR RESIDENTS GREATER ACCESS TO THE CITY OF DOVER.
WE HAVE GIVEN THEM OPPORTUNITY ITS FOR GREATER
CONTACT WITH THEIR NEIGHBOR, AND WE’VE HELPED THEM
ESTABLISH A MORE SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE AND HIGHER QUALITY
OF LIFE. THANK YOU.
>>[APPLAUSE]>>I FOUND YOUR SELECTION OF
THE WINTER SCENE VERY APPROPRIATE FOR THE TEAM FROM
THE SOUTH!>>THE CONSTRUCTION, THEN,
IT’S ALL — YOU GOT PARTITIONED WALLS,
CROSS-LAMINATED TIMBER AS WELL?
OR IS IT A MIX OF STICK CONSTRUCTION AND
CROSS-LAMINATED?>>IT IS PRIMARILY ALL CLT.
THERE’S LIKE TWO PARTITION WALLS WITHIN THE UNITS
THEMSELVES WHICH WOULD BE STICK THAT CAN BE
PREFABRICATED, BUT THE BUILDINGS THEMSELVES WOULD
BE, YOU KNOW, LOBBIES AND SPACES WOULD BE MASS TIMBER,
BUT EVERYTHING ELSE WILL BE PREFABRICATED, AND CORES AND
THINGS OF THAT WOULD BE MASS TIMBER THAT WOULD BE DONE ON
SITE. 24>>SENSE YOU’RE THE ONLY TEAM
THAT’S ACTUALLY TALKED ABOUT UNIVERSAL DESIGN, I HAVE TO
ASK YOU ABOUT YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES AGENT OR MIGHT I SUGGEST FAIR
HOUSING AND ACCESSIBILITY. IN RELATION TO UNIVERSAL OR
INCLUSIVE DESIGN WHAT’S YOUR UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THAT?
I JUST WANT TO UNDERSTAND BETTER WHAT YOU SEE TO BE
DIFFERENT ABOUT THOSE THINGS, THAT’S IMPORTANT.
>>I DON’T KNOW THAT ANYTHING IS PARTICULARLY DIFFERENT
ABOUT MEETING ADA OR MEETING UNIVERSAL DESIGN STANDARDS
WITHIN THE UNITS THEMSELVES. WITHIN FAIR HOUSING,, EXCEPT
THAT 100 PERCENT WOULD BE ADA OR ADA-ACCESSIBLE.
>>WHEN YOU SAY THAT, WHAT DO YOU MEAN?
CAN YOU CLARIFY THAT FOR ME?>>I THINK THAT DESIGN FOR
SENIORS, I THINK IT’S ALMOST A REQUIREMENT TO DESIGN TO
ADA AND HAVE CLEAR FLOOR SPACE, TO HAVE GRAB BARS, TO
HAVE CURBLESS SHOWERS.>>SO IS YOUR ASSUMPTION THAT
EVERYBODY HAS A NEED FOR WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY?
>>NO, MA’AM, NOT NECESSARILY.
IT GOES BEYOND WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY, BUT WE’VE
DESIGNED TO — AGAIN, IT’S THINGS LIKE CABINET PULLS,
NOT HAVING TO TWIST IT. THAT’S NOT A WHEELCHAIR
ISSUE.>>NO, RIGHT.
OKAY. THANK YOU.
>>THE TOTAL CONDUCTED SQUARE FOOTAGE, YOUR TOTAL PROGRAM?
>>I’M SORRY? 25>>TOTAL PROGRAM SQUARE
FOOTAGE, DO YOU KNOW, HAVE A CALCULATION?
>>IT’S ABOUT 100,000 SQUARE FEET.
>>SO TELL ME ABOUT THE HEATED SIDEWALKS.
I ALWAYS DREAMED THESE THINGS WOULD BE EVERYWHERE IN NEW
HAMPSHIRE, AND THEY’RE NOT.>>SO THE HEATED SIDEWALKS
RUN FROM THE LOBBY ENTRY, EACH RESIDENTIAL BUILDING,
ALONG UNION STREET, TO THE COMMUNITY BUILDING.
SO THAT YOU CAN CIRCULATE AROUND THIS SITE AND ACCESS
ALL THE AMENITIES, EVEN IN THE WINTER.
>>AND WOULD THAT BE — WOULD THE ENERGY THAT’S USED TO
HEAT THE SIDEWALKS, DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT KIND OF
LOAD THAT’S GOING TO REQUIRE, AND WOULD THAT BE A PART OF
AMARESCO’S RESPONSIBILITY WITH THEIR CONTRACT, OR WOULD
THAT BE KEPT SEPARATE?>>SO AMARESCO IS PROVIDING
US WITH SOLAR PANELED ROOFS AND ENERGY EFFICIENT HVAC
SYSTEM. WOULD THE PROJECT BE
100 PERCENT SOLAR POWERED, NO, IT WOULD STILL BE
CONNECTED TO THE GRID, AND SO, YOU KNOW, WE WOULD HAVE
THOSE SAVINGS TO THE EXTENT THAT THE SOLAR PANELS ARE
PROVIDING UNITS WITH ELECTRICITY, BUT TO THE
EXTENT THAT IT SNOWS OUTSIDE WE NEED TO ACTIVATE THE
HEATED SIDEWALKS TO MELT THE SNOW.
THAT’S SOMETHING WE WOULD HAVE ACCESS TO THE GRID FOR.
>>I ALSO NOTICED THAT YOU HAD — HOW MUCH OF THE AREA
IS PERMEABLE PAVEMENT VERSUS 26 IMPERVIOUS.
>>IT’S ABOUT 40 PERCENT IMPERVIOUS.
>>AND THEN THE REST IS PERVIOUS PAVEMENT?
>>THAT INCLUDES THE PERMEABLE PAVERS THAT’S
CALCULATED AT 50 PERCENT FOR THAT AREA.
>>GOT IT. WOULD THE HEATED SIDEWALKS
ALSO BE PERMEABLE.>>THOSE ARE CALCULATED AS
IMPERVIOUS.>>AND WHO WILL MAINTAIN ALL
OF THAT? IS THAT SOMETHING THAT IS PUT
IN? BECAUSE MAINTAINING PERVIOUS
PAVEMENT IS DIFFERENT THAN OTHER KIND OF PAVEMENT.
>>RIGHT. SO WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE SURE
THAT WE HAVE A PLASTIC OR RUBBER BLADE ON ALL OF OUR
SNOW REMOVAL OR ROTARY BRUSH TO DO THAT. IT’S A LITTLE
BIT DIFFERENT, YEAH, BUT WE’VE THOUGHT ABOUT THAT TO
MAKE IT COMPLIANT TO SNOW REMOVAL.
>>OKAY, GREAT.>>IF I COULD ADD A
COMPLIMENT FOR YOUR GRAPHICS.>>THANK YOU.
>>THANK YOU.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>I’M SORRY. I WAS WARMING UP.
ANY OF YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO BE ARCHITECT?
YOU NEVER WANT TO WORK FOR THE FEES THAT YOU’VE GOT
SLATED IN THIS PROFORMA. LIKE THE MONEY GUY PROBABLY
DID THAT PART TO YOU. THEY ALWAYS DO.
BUT ON A TOTALLY DIFFERENT NOTE, WHAT I DID APPRECIATE
ABOUT THIS GAME WAS THE WAY 27 IT WORKED AT SO MANY
DIFFERENT LEVELS, AND STARTING WITH YOUR BEGINNING
PIECE ABOUT CONNECTING TO THE TOWN, BECAUSE SO MANY OF
THESE KINDS OF PLACES ARE ISOLATED, AND THIS
LONELINESS, ISOLATED, YOU KNOW, BLAH BLAH, I MEAN, NOT
FOR A MINUTE I DO BELIEVE BECAUSE YOU’RE OLDER YOU NEED
SOCIALIZATION. SOME OF US JUST LIKE TO BE BY
OURSELVES. BUT I DO BELIEVE THE NOTION
OF CHOICE IS THE PRIME ONE. SO I THOUGHT YOUR APPROACH TO
THIS DESIGN SCHEME AND BUILDING SCHEME AND FINANCING
SCHEME, SAVE FOR THE ARCHITECTS’ FEES, WERE VERY
CONSISTENT AND VERY THOROUGH ON MANY LEVELS.
I THOUGHT THE BUILDINGS DEAL WITH MAKING A NEIGHBORHOOD,
YET THEY CONNECTED YOU TO THE LANDSCAPE AND TO THE NATURAL
ENVIRONMENT. AND VERY SIMPLY DONE.
AND THE NOTION OF YOUR COMMUNITY BUILDING I THOUGHT
WAS VERY CLEVERLY DONE. FOR THOSE OF US THAT AREN’T
— IT WOULD BE EASY TO DO IT. NICELY DONE.
>>THANK YOU FOR YOUR FEEDBACK.
>>I WILL ADD YOU CAN ACTUALLY JUICE UP YOUR
PROFORMA BY PUTTING THE ARCHITECT’S FEES ON BACK AND
AT RISK. IT COULD BE WORSE.
>>WE’LL TALK LATER!>>ONE THING ABOUT THAT, IF
AS AN ARCHITECT YOU SEE YOURSELF ALSO AS THE
DEVELOPER HERE, YOU GET MORE MONEY OUT OF T SO I THINK WE
WERE OKAY WITH A BIT LOWER 28 FEE FOR WHAT WE WERE DOING
FOR DOVER HERE.>>HE HAD YOUR ANSWER FOR
YOU, THOUGH.>>HE HAD THE ANSWER.
>>MODULAR.>>THANK YOU.
>>[APPLAUSE]>>
>>HELLO AGAIN. SO NOW THAT WE’VE HEARD FOUR
OUTSTANDING STUDENT PRESENTATIONS, WE ARE GOING
TO TAKE A BREAK, AND ALLOW THE JURORS TO GO AND
DELIBERATE. WE SHOULD COME BACK HERE,
RECONVENE, RIGHT AROUND 4:00, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE.
IF YOU NEED TO LEAVE THE BUILDING, AGAIN, THERE ARE A
TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS, HUD STAFF, OUTSIDE TO GREET YOU,
AND THEY CAN DIRECT YOU, WHERE YOU NEED TO GO, AS WELL
AS THE BATHROOMS, THE URBAN CAFE ON THE THIRD FLOOR.
SO I WILL LET YOU GUYS HAVE IT.
IF YOU STAY IN THIS ROOM, AND BROOKE MONDALE, WE’RE GOING
TO BE AIRING A DOCUMENTARY ON THE EVOLUTION OF PUBLIC
HOUSING, SO IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VIEWING THAT
HERE, MAY HERE. IF YOU ARE JOINING US FROM
THE WEBCAST, PLEASE COME BACK AROUND 4:00, AND WE WILL SEE
YOU THEN. TAKE CARE.
>>WE HAVE A SPECIAL GUEST, TOO.
SO STAY TUNED FOR THAT. GOOD AFTERNOON.
WITHIN THE OFFICE OF POLICY, DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH HERE AT
HUD. ON BEHALF OF PD&R I WANT TO SAY
HOW IMPRESSED WE ALL ARE WITH THE PRESENTATIONS TODAY.
IT IS CLEAR THAT WE HAVE A GROUP OF SMART AND CREATIVE STUDENTS,
AND THAT IS WHAT MAKES THIS COMPETITION SO GREAT.
SO THANK YOU ALL. WE BEGAN THIS PROGRAM WITH TWO
GOALS IN MIND. FIRST, TO GROOM YOUNG
PROFESSIONALS INTO PRACTICERS WHO APPLY INNOVATIVE SOLUTION TO
REAL WORLD CHALLENGES. AND A SECOND GOAL IS THAT WE
WANTED TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANT OF MULTI-DISCIPLINARY
APPROACHES TO SOLVING PROBLEMS IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
SO KEEPING WITH THESE GOALS, LET HE THANK ALL THE STUDENTS AND
THEIR FACULTY ADVISORS FOR ALL THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION
THAT WAS INVOLVED IN DEVELOPING THESE SITE PLANS.
AND WE ARE REALLY GOOD SITE PLANS.
THANK Y’ALL. AND TO OUR PARTNERS AT THE DOVER
HOUSING AUTHORITY, WE HOPE THAT SOME OF THESE WINNING IDEAS CAN
BE INCORPORATED. [APPLAUSE] 2
>>YES, YES. THANK YOU.
GREAT. WE HOPE THAT SOME OF THESE
WINNING IDEAS CAN BE INCORPORATED INTO EXISTING SITE
PLANS. SO THANK YOU MUCH AGAIN.
TO THE STUDENTS. WHERE ARE THE STUDENTS HERE?
WHERE HE THEY? GREAT!
HEY! HOW ARE Y’ALL!
[APPLAUSE]>>YEAH.
SO THIS IS REALLY A TESTAMENT OF THE HARD THAT YOU HAVE ALL DONE.
I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE TEAM. THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND,
COLLEGE PARK. THE UNIVERSITY OF
DENVER-COLORADO — OR THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO-DENVER,
I’M SORRY. THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT
AUSTIN. AND WE HAVE THE PRATT INSTITUTE.
THIS IS GREAT WORK. REALLY GOOD WORK.
FACULTY ADVISORS, WHERE YOU Y’ALL?
THANKS SO MUCH. WE KNOW THAT IT TAKES A LOT OF
TIME AND EFFORT TO WORK WITH STUDENTS, SO WE WANT TO THANK
YOU, AS WELL. AND TO THE JURORS, WE WANT IT
THANK YOU, AS WELL. [APPLAUSE]
>>SO NOW I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE OUR SENIOR POLICY
ADVISOR IN THE OFFICE OF POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH,
MR. CHRIS BJORN, WHO WILL ANNOUNCE TODAY HE’S RUNNER-UP
AND WINNER OF THE 2018 INNOVATION AND AFFORDABLE
HOUSING STUDENT AWARD AND PLANNING AWARD. 3
A FEW WORDS ABOUT CHRIS, RIGHT? SO CHRIS SERVES AS THE POLICY
ADVISOR TO THE SECRETARY ON BEHALF OF THE OFFICE OF POLICY
DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH. HE BRINGS TO HUD A UNIQUE SET OF
SKILLS AS AN INFANTRY OFFICER IN THE U.S. MARINE CORPS, AS WELL
AS HIS LEADERSHIP IN DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGIES FOR EMERGING
COMPANIES. HE CAME TO PDR PD&R IN JUNE OF
LAST YEAR TO TACKLE MANY TOPICS OF INTEREST TO THE SECRETARY,
MYSELF, AND THE CAREER STAFF IN THE BUILDING.
ONE THING I CAN SAY ABOUT CHRIS, WHEN I NEED TO GET SOMETHING
DONE, AND I CAN’T QUITE GET IF DONE, I GO TO CHRIS.
HE HELPS ME GET IT DONE. IT’S MY PLEASURE TO WORK WITH
HIM AND TO INTRODUCE HIM TO YOU. PLEASE HELP ME IN WELCOMING
CHRIS BJORN TO THE STAGE. [APPLAUSE]
>>GOOD AVERAGE, EVERYBODY. WELCOME BACK.
THANKS FOR BEING HERE. THIS REALLY HAS BEEN A GREAT
EXPERIENCE FOR ME. WHEN I GOT HER I HEARD ABOUT
LAST YEAR’S COMPETITION, AND I WAS REALLY HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO
BE INVOLVED IN THIS YEAR’S COMPETITION FROM THE BEGINNING
AND SEE IT GET PLANNED AND NOW SEE IT COME TO FRUITION.
AS HE SAID, I’M SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR TO THE SECRETARY.
I GOT TO MEET THE SECRETARY DURING HIS PRESIDENTIAL
CAMPAIGN, AND HAVE REALLY ENJOYED WORKING WITH HIM IN
HELPING HIM TO BRING TO FRUITION SOME OF HIS POLICY IDEAS.
SO ON BEHALF OF HIM, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR
PARTICIPATING IN THE EVENT. I HAVE BEEN VERY IMPRESSED WITH 4
THE PRESENTATIONS WITH THE BOARDS, WITH JUST THE
INTERACTIONS BETWEEN THE STUDENTS AND THE TEAMS, AND THE
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS THAT THE STUDENTS PROVIDED DURING THE
COMPETITION HERE. IT’S BEEN VERY IMPRESSIVE.
ALL THE TEAMS WERE INDEED SMART AND PROVIDED VERY GOOD IDEAS AND
CONCEPTS FOR SOLVING THE PROBLEMS AND I HAVE A JOB TODAY.
BEFORE I DO THAT, I WANT TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO REFLECT A LITTLE
BIT ON THE JOURNEY THAT YOU ALL HAD, THE FOLKS IN THE BACK, THE
STUDENTS. COULD YOU RAISE YOUR HANDS ONE
MORE TIME? THIS IS FOR YOU.
THIS IS REALLY WHO I AM TALKING TO HERE.
BUT I WOULD LIKE TO JUST REFLECT FOR A FEW MINUTES ON THE JOURNEY
THAT YOU HAVE BEEN ON. I’M GOING START WITH THE
DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPETITION. I HOPE MY HUD COLLEAGUES WILL
BEAR WITH ME FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES BECAUSE I AM GOING TO
POKE A LITTLE FUN AT OUR BUREAUCRACY.
SO YOU REMEMBER THIS THING. AND IT SAYS ABOUT THE
COMPETITION THAT THE FIFTH ANNUAL HUD INNOVATION AND
AFFORDABLE HOUSING STUDENT DESIGN AND PLANNING COMPETITION
CHALLENGES MULTI-DISCIPLINARY GRADUATE STUDENT TEAMS TO
RESPOND TO AN EXISTING AFFORDABLE HOUSING DESIGN AND
PLANNING ISSUE. GOES ON TO SAY THE NEED FOR
QUALITY AFFORDABLE HOUSING HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER.
AT ITS BEST, HOUSING CAN HELP STRENGTHEN THE SOCIAL AND
PHYSICAL FABRIC OF COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBORHOOD. 5
IT WINDS UP WITH THE UNIQUE FOCUS OF THE COMPETITION IS THAT
WINNING SOLUTIONS WILL DEMONSTRATE THE
INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAMS UNDERSTANDING OF COMMUNITY,
POPULATION SERVED, HOUSING AFFORDABILITY, AND THE
DEVELOPMENT PROCESS, INCLUDING DESIGN AND FINANCE.
OKAY. THAT’S WHAT IT KNOWN AS
BUREAUCRATEES AND HERE AT HUD, WITHIN PDR IT’S A PARTICULAR
DIALOGUE OF BUREAUCRATS I CALL ACADEMIC BUREAUCRATEES.
AND THERE’S NOTHING LONG WITH IT.
IF YOU RUN AN ORGANIZATION AS BIG AND COMPLEX THE HOUSING AND
URBAN DEVELOPMENT YOU HAVE TO BE PEOPLE WHO CAN BRING RIGOR, AND
YOU HAVE TO HAVE A COMPETENT BUREAUCRACY OR YOU WILL WASTE A
LOT OF TIME AND MONEY AND YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET THE THINGS
DONE THAT YOU WANT TO GET DONE. BUT IT’S NOT POETRY.
THAT’S DRY LANGUAGE, AND TO MY MIND IT’S A BIT LIKE THE VERBAL
EQUIVALENT OF A RICE CAKE. YOU KIND OF KNOW IT’S A THING,
AND I THINK EVERYONE HAS HAD ONE.
THEY ARE AROUND, THEY ARE CRUNCHY AND FLAT AND THEY TASTE
LIKE SOMETHING, BUT AFTER YOU HAVE HAD ONE YOU ARE LIKE, WHAT
WAS THAT? AND DID I ACTUALLY EAT ANYTHING?
AND AFTER YOU THINK ABOUT IT FOR A SECOND, NO, ACTUALLY I’M STILL
HUNGRY. SO THAT BUREAUCRATEES IS WHAT
GOT YOU STARTED, THOUGH, RIGHT? THAT’S WHAT GOT YOU STARTED BACK
AT THE SCHOOLS AND GOT YOUR PROJECTS INITIATED AND GOT YOU
TO THE FIRST BASE AND THE FINAL FOUR. 6
THEN YOU TOOK THAT LANGUAGE AND PLANS DEVELOPED BASED ON THAT
LANGUAGE TO DOVER. AND I SUSPECT THAT’S WHERE
THINGS REALLY STARTED TO COME TOGETHER, RIGHT?
THAT’S WHERE YOU MET, YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET SOME OF
THE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND WHO ARE BEHIND THIS PROJECT.
AND HERE I’VE REALLY GOT TO STOP AND ONCE AGAIN THANK ALLEN AND
ALL THE FOLKS TO HELP MAKE THE COMPETITION SUCH A SUCCESS THIS
YEAR. THE SITE VISIT IS THE MOST
IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF THE COMPETITION.
SO THANK YOU, ALAN. [APPLAUSE]
SO YOU GOT TO VISIT THE SITE. YOU MET THE HOUSING AUTHORITY
STAFF, CITY LEADERS, DEVELOPERS, BUILDERS.
YOU GOT TO EXPERIENCE THE WEATHER.
AND MOST IMPORTANT, YOU GOT TO SEE FOR YOURSELVES HOW THE
WORK — HOW YOUR WORK WOULD IMPACT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE
WHO WOULD COME TO LIVE THERE. ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT ULTIMATELY
WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ARE REAL LIVE INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE,
EACH WITH A HISTORY BEHIND THEM AND HOPES IN FRONT OF THEM.
BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT WILL ENABLE YOU TO TAKE THE CONCEPTS, THE
SCHOOLS, THE SKILLS THAT YOU ARE LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM AND
TURN OUR BUREAUCRATEES, OUR NECESSARILY BUREAUCRATIC
DESCRIPTION OF THINGS, TURN THAT INTO POETRY.
THAT WILL HE ABLE YOU TO TURN DRAWINGS AND FINANCIAL ANALYSIS
INTO COMMUNITY, AND THAT IS SO VITAL TODAY BECAUSE IF WE DON’T
DESIGN WITH THE GOAL OF COMMUNITY IN MIND, WITH WHAT ALL 7
THAT MEANS IN TERMS OF CONNECTEDNESS AND SERVICES, ALL
THE THINGS YOU DESCRIBED IN YOUR PROPOSALS, IF WE DON’T START
WITH THAT IN MIND AND KEEP THAT IN MIND THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS,
IT WON’T BE THERE IN THE END. OR WHAT COMMUNITY DOES DEVELOP
THERE WON’T BE ABLE TO FLOURISH. SO I WILL CLOSE WITH THIS: IT
OCCURS TO ME, ESPECIALLY AFTER HEARING YOUR PROPOSALS, IT
OCCURS TO ME THAT DEVELOPING PROPERTIES IS A JOB, WHILE
CREATING COMMUNITIES IS A CALLING.
AND WHO IS TO ANSWER THAT CALL? I HOPE YOU WILL REMEMBER TO STAY
IN TOUCH WITH THE PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES YOUR WORK WILL AFFECT.
I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY WHO MADE TODAY POSSIBLE, STARTING
WITH THE OFFICE OF POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH FOLKS
WHO PUT THE DAY TOGETHER. THANK YOU FOR CREATING AND
CONTINUING TO HOST THIS COMPETITION.
THIS YEAR’S THEME WAS VERY CHALLENGING, PROBABLY THE MOST
CHALLENGING WE’VE HAD SO FAR. BUT THE STUDENTS ROSE TO THE
CHALLENGE AND I THINK NEXT YEAR WE CAN MAKE IT EVEN MORE
CHALLENGING. I WOULD HIKE TO THANK OUR
PARTNERS, THE FOLKS AT WHITTIER FALLS FOR WELCOMING OUR STUDENTS
AND WORKING WITH THE STUDENTS DURING THE SITE VISIT.
AND I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO STEPPED A SINCERE THANKS TO THE MEMBERS
OF THE JURY. WE HAVE SCOTT BALL, PRINCIPAL AT
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT, VALLEY FLETCHER, DIRECTOR OF THE HUMAN
CENTER FOR DESIGN, CLAYTON MITCHELL, LECTURER IN THE
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE ENVIRONMENT AT 8
UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND JOHN TORTE, PRESIDENT OF TORT,
GALLUS AND PARTNERS, AND YOUR HEAD JUROR, KEN OGDEN.
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR TAKING TIME FROM YOUR VERY BUSY
SCHEDULES TO BE HERE TODAY AND TO JUDGE THIS COMPETITION.
FINALLY, I, TOO, WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ALL THE STARS OF THE
COMPETITION. THE STUDENT TEAMS FROM THE
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PART, PRATT INSTITUTE,
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS-AUSTIN AND THE UNIVERSITY OF
COLORADO-DENVER. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR
IDEAS, FOR YOUR ENTHUSIASM, FOR YOUR ENERGY.
LET’S KEEP THIS THING GOING. BUT NOW IT’S TIME TO MOVE TO THE
AWARDS CEREMONY. AND THE MOMENT THAT WE HAVE ALL
BEEN WAITING FOR. SO AS ALL OF YOU KNOW, YOU SAW
THE JUDGES COME IN AFTER THEIR VERY LENGTHY DELIBERATIONS.
YOU KNOW DECISIONS WERE MADE JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO.
I DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE. SO I WOULD LIKE TO ASK FOR THE
FIRST ENVELOPE. REALLY THE NAME OF THE
RUNNER-UP. LET’S MAKE SURE WE GET THIS
RIGHT, KEN. WE DON’T WANT TO PULL A STEVE
HARVEY. [LAUGHTER]
>>ALL RIGHT. THE RUNNER-UP.
I ALMOST DID IT. ALMOST.
THE RUNNER-UP, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT DENVER.
[APPLAUSE] COME ON UP.
[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] 9
AND NOW FOR THE FIRST-PLACE WINNER.
IT SAYS FIRST PLACE LIKE FOUR TIMES ON HERE.
I CAN’T SCREW THIS UP. EVEN I COULDN’T MESS THIS ONE
UP. FIRST PLACE, UNIVERSITY OF
MARYLAND. [APPLAUSE]
>>THE HARDWARE. [APPLAUSE]
>>ALL RIGHT. ONCE AGAIN, CONGRATS TO ALL THE
STUDENTS FOR THEIR EFFORTS. FOR THE FIRST PLACE AND
RUNNER-UP. SO NOW I WOULD LIKE TO
ACKNOWLEDGE THE HARD WORK OF THE TWO REMAINING FINALIST TEAMS
THAT THEY PUT INTO THIS EFFORT. I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE YOU
TODAY ON YOUR OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
SO PLEASE COME FORWARD. [APPLAUSE]
[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]
>>ALL RIGHT. ANOTHER ROUND.
APPLAUSE FOR ALL OUR TEAMS. [APPLAUSE]
SO THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL OUR PARTNERS, FOR ALL THE HARD WORK
AND FOR EVERYBODY WHO PLAYED A PART IN MAKING THE EVENT SO
SUCCESSFUL TODAY. WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR
EFFORTS. LET’S KEEP THIS GOING.
LET’S KEEP THE ENTHUSIASM MOVING FORWARD AND CONTINUE TO WORK
INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO REAL CHALLENGES.
STAY TUNED TO THE HUDUSER.GOV WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION ON NEXT
YEAR’S COMPETITION. THANK Y’ALL, AND THAT CONCLUDES
TODAY’S EVENT.

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