This new school replaces the 1950s era elementary school. The new K-8 configuration helps ease overcrowding at Wheatland Middle School. Classrooms are arranged on two floors, with the younger grades on the first floor. The kindergarten classrooms are paired to share a common area for teacher storage and student bathrooms. Flexible learning spaces, furniture solutions and building-wide WiFi support continually evolving teaching practices. The project, registered for LEED Silver certification, was partly funded by federal grants.
Award: American School & University 2015 Architectural Portfolio, Outstanding Design Combined Level School
Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography
“We knew we wanted a different type of residential housing that was higher density but wasn’t a typical apartment building. RLPS took that idea and development the hybrid homes.”
Linford Good, Vice President of Planning Marketing
This new neighborhood of hybrid homes™ was developed in three phases of two buildings each. Phase I included 25 residences and earned LEED Gold Certification. Phases 2 and 3 were designed to the same standards but were not registered for formal recognition. Each building includes up to 13 individual residences, a hearth room on each floor, ground floor community room and service areas.
Hybrid Homes™ Combine the Best Features of Apartments and Cottage Homes
The hybrid homes™ provide a new seniors’ housing option, blending the benefits of both cottage and apartment living to provide an intentional community that can be tailored to special interests, educational development or economic need. Multiple exposures, sheltered parking, outdoor living and an absence of corridors are among the cottage-like benefits. Apartment-like features include indoor access to common and service areas and opportunities for social connections in a multi-story building which requires less site area. Hybrid homes foster a sense of community between occupants of up to 13 homes per household with shared living areas including a hearth room on each floor, community room and service areas.
Sustainable Design Features
The hybrid homes™ provide a more compact footprint than traditional patio homes to preserve open space. Under-building resident parking reduces surface parking lots and the associated heat island effects. A geothermal mechanical system, high performance windows and increased insulation are projected to help the project achieve 48.6% higher efficiency than ASHRAE base models. Ultra low-flow fixtures and rainwater harvesting for non-potable uses will be used to increase water efficiency. A legacy stormwater management initiative is restoring campus stream channels and adjacent floodplains to historical elevations and locations to ultimately improve groundwater filtration and recharge.
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Awards: Citation Award for AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review, Honorable Mention Award – Design Environments for Aging, NAHB Best of 50+ Housing Council – Gold Achievement Award / Innovation Award, LEED Gold Certification
Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography
This LEED Silver Certified apartment building and clubhouse project is positioned on a hillside with views of Pittsburgh and the Oakmont Country Club. The clubhouse provides varied dining options including a bistro with display kitchen, formal dining with terrace seating, hearthside dining and a lounge area. The apartment building includes a fitness room, creative arts studio and multi-purpose rooms. This LEED Silver Certified apartment building and clubhouse project is positioned on a hillside with views of Pittsburgh and the Oakmont Country Club. The clubhouse provides varied dining options including a bistro with display kitchen, formal dining with terrace seating, hearthside dining and a lounge area. The apartment building includes a fitness room, creative arts studio and multi-purpose rooms.
Awards: LEED for Homes Silver Certification
Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography
Master planning resulted in the expansion of this 55+ rental community including 78 one and two-bedroom apartments, ranging from 826 up to 1,179 square feet. The new apartments provide larger living spaces, introduce open kitchens with breakfast bars and offer screened-in porches and balconies. Expanded community areas include a new Parisian-style bistro offering tableside service and patio seating, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a large auditorium for musical performances, speaker presentations, parties and other functions. Also featured are a specially designed art studio and an expanded chapel to accommodate a variety of denominations.
Awards: LEED for Homes Gold Certification