Delaware Place Receives Green Certification
There is a new senior residential housing development in Delaware, Ohio that has meant big changes to the City of Delaware, positive and exciting changes. Riverside Landing at Delaware Place Apartments celebrated its ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this year officially opening 69 new units of affordable housing. The project was funded in part through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program administered by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA). Our team collaborated with the Miller Valentine Group who developed, constructed and now manages the apartments.
Only being open a few months, this project has already positively affected the landscape of the southern entry to the City of Delaware. For years the project site was home to the Delaware Hotel and as the hotel fell into to disrepair, it no longer served would-be travelers. The City of Delaware’s vision was to transform the site into something productive for the community and that the City of Delaware could be proud of.
Through a competitive selection process, the City selected Miller Valentine Group as the developer that would bring the vision to fruition. M+A Architects joined Miller Valentine as the architect for the project and collaborated closely with Kleingers & Associates (Civil Engineer), and the EDGE Group (Landscape Architect) for the overall design of the site.
With the project completed, the view from US-23 and from the City’s south entrance has transformed from a view of opportunity to become one of pride for residents. However, even after reaching the major milestone of completing the project, the Miller Valentine Group and M+A Architects were awarded an additional accomplishment – both company’s first Enterprise Green Communities Project Certification.
Enterprise Green Communities is a project certification that marks the best in sustainable affordable housing. Created by Enterprise Community Partners, “The Green Communities Criteria provides a clear, cost-effective framework that enables affordable housing developers to deliver the significant health, economic and environmental benefits of green construction to low-income families regardless of housing type or location.” Some of the features that were incorporated as part of using the green certification were:
- EnergyStar Version 3 Certification for the entire project
- Highly insulated building envelope with EnergyStar window
- Low-VOC paints and finishes used throughout
- Landscaping installed with native plant species
- Low-flow plumbing fixtures
- Low-energy lighting
- The use of environmental preferable flooring certified by FloorScore
Projects similar to Delaware Place will surely serve as a model for future development in both Delaware, OH and around the country to help transform the way we think about affordable housing. Congratulations to Miller Valentine Group on this great accomplishment!
M+A Looking to Hire for Several Positions
Are you a team player who works well in a collaborative environment? Do you have experience drawing and detailing using Revit software? If you answered yes to both of these questions and have more than 5 years of experience as an architectural project manager, you should consider applying for our open positions today!
We are currently looking to hire a Senior Project Manager with at least 10 years of experience and who has strong leadership and communication skills.
We are also in need of good Project Managers with at least 5 years of experience who have strong architectural management skills.
Our interior design department is looking to hire a Project Manager who has a strong background in interior architecture and who has experience with client management and communication.
If any of these sound like you don’t delay in going to our Careers page on our website to learn more about these positions and to whom to send your resume.
Construction on The Heights at Worthington Place Moving Along
Construction continues on the new mixed-use development along side the Shops at Worthington Place. These two new 4-story buildings include more than 200 apartments, ample covered parking, office and retail space. Called The Heights at Worthington Place, amenities will include a private courtyard for residents, a rooftop terrace and pool deck.
To follow their progress go here for a construction cam. Below are renderings of what the project will look like when finished in Fall 2014.
For more information about The Heights at Worthington Place and leasing go to: www.liveworthingtonplace.com
Join us for our panel discussion during DesignColumbus 2014!
DesignColumbus is Columbus’s premier annual Sustainable Building Education Day and its right around the corner on April 28th! M+A is both honored and excited to be presenting our recently completed Bob Evans Farms Corporate Headquarters project for Session 201’s panel discussion - Simplifying LEED for a Corporate Campus. The owner, engineers, the builder, LEED Administrator and our design team will be discussing and answering questions regarding the recently completed project in New Albany. Topics will include: integrating corporate sustainability into a brand, corporate headquarters design, efficient LEED documentation on a corporate campus, how to optimize energy performance with an integrated building shell and building system design and construction efficiency on a campus project.
The 40-acre headquarters campus is composed of the main building, a training facility and a shipping building. Over 201,000 SF of building space is in pursuit of LEED certification via the new LEED Campus certification system which streamlines the process of certifying multiple buildings that share a site and multiple credit requirements.
We want to answer your questions!!
Join in the discussion, ask questions, tell us what you want to know prior to and during the event with live tweeting using #DesignColumbusBE.
April 28, 2014
Session 201 at 9:30am
333 W Broad St.
To register and for more information regarding Design Columbus visit http://designcolumbus.org/register/
The Ordinary Can Be Extraordinary
There are 100 different decorative fixtures for every 2×4 Parabolic or Recessed Can Light, which is ironic considering that on the typical project there are 100 of the later for every one of the former. Like many, as a young lighting designer I ignored standard lighting to focus my attention on finding the extraordinary fixtures that would provide the punch I so desperately wanted. As I grew as a designer I came to realize a few things about the so called “ordinary” fixtures that populated our projects:
1. Less extraordinary doesn’t have to mean something is less extraordinary.
2. By embracing the vernacular I could do more with less
3. Ignoring the vernacular is the same as ignoring an opportunity.
Examining the ideas behind these points,
I like to think of the first point as “less is more.” Eliminate special fixtures from every part of the project that doesn’t benefit from it being there. Overdoing it is a common mistake. A designer finds a fixture they love and proceeds to populate a project with the fixture as much as possible. The result however, is the fixture stops being special and becomes ordinary. If you accept the vernacular you can cull the herd, and the extraordinary fixtures that remain can benefit from the emphasis. Some of my favorite projects with which we “pruned” include the Shops at Worthington Place in Worthington, Ohio and the Bob Evans Farms Corporate Headquarters in New Albany, Ohio.
At Shops at Worthington Place, it would have been easy to overpopulate the project with the large custom chandeliers we selected. Instead, we cut the number of decorative chandeliers and added cove lighting. The fewer fixtures combined with the cove lighting emphasized the importance of the decorative fixtures without diminishing their uniqueness.
In the Café at the Bob Evans Corporate Headquarters, we embraced simple vernacular lighting and then created special places using decorative light fixtures to define seating groups. Unlike the first project where the vernacular fixtures disappeared, the fixtures were used to reinforce the concept of the space and the chandeliers at the seating groups were allowed to shine.
Point two is about achieving “more with less,” which may seem contrary to my first point, but is one of my favorite things about a project that successfully embraces the vernacular. It costs less, but appears to be worth more. The lighting design for the Shops at Worthington Place was less than 6% of the project budget.
With regards to my third point, simply put, the vernacular is vernacular because it is common and when something is common the assumption is that no effort is required. Unfortunately it often shows, as alignments are ignored or the wrong fixture type is selected. All parts of a design, even the ordinary require attention. Using standard fixtures to create alignments or architectural emphasis is an inexpensive way of improving upon what is already extraordinary about a project.
The main lobby space of the Bob Evan’s Corporate Headquarters with its wood ceiling, large back lit letters and double height space already had a lot going on architecturally. We could have easily added another layer of extraordinary with decorative chandeliers or used can lights in the wood ceiling. Instead a track was located on one side of the space and a variety of track heads used to provide either general illumination or emphasize certain aspects of the space. Another fixture was used above the track to graze the ceiling. The end result is a lighting design that is both present, but also not.