Multifamily

 St. Rita’s Square

Crafting a Sicilian Piazza in Milwaukee

Thin cast stone veneer saves time and money, while conveying Italian influence. St. Rita’s Church was built in 1939 in Milwaukee’s Lower East Side and for years served as the heart of the Italian American community there. Two years ago, Capri Senior Communities set out to replace the beloved St. Rita’s, which had fallen into disrepair, and several unused buildings in the area with a six-story, senior-care campus that would include a church. The name of the project was St. Rita Square. Designed by AG Architecture, the new senior living community incorporates architectural influences from the original St. Rita’s and Our Lady of Pompeii Church, another beloved religious

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Americh’s Freestanding Collection Sawyer

This is the Life

A classically-shaped roll-top soaker tub, the domestically crafted Sawyer is available in Hammered Nickel, Smooth Nickel, Living Brass or a plain white exterior. Part of Americh’s Freestanding Collection, the Hammered Copper and Hammered Nickel tubs offer optional decorative towel rings in copper or nickel finish.

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The Mother Arnetta Crawford Housing Bronx, N.Y.

Bronx Housing Project Gets Custom Clean Look

Low-income families and people with special needs can take advantage of the specially constructed units in New York City. The $27 million, 78,000-sq.-ft. building opened in May 2015. Designed to LEED Silver standards, the building has 84 rental units and 21 parking spaces. The Mother Arnetta Crawford Housing project in the Bronx, N.Y., would have an entirely different look if it followed the original plans for a brick and block structure. Research brought the construction team to a new material and appearance. Rella Fogliano and Joseph Breda, president and principal of Pelham, N.Y.-based Macquesten Development, respectively, thought this low-income housing building could be much more to the

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Past to Present

Historic motorcycle factory converted into affordable housing features high-performance windows with insulating spacers. Originally built in 1890, the building is famously known as the Indian Motorcycle’s former manufacturing mill facility. The company is credited with producing one of the first motorized bikes, and is considered to be the premier manufacturer of motorcycles in the racing industry. The vehicles also provided agile transportation to U.S. troops in World Wars I and II. They were distributed nationwide until the 1950s, and in 2011, the brand was reintroduced.The Mason Square Apartments II at Indian Motorcycle project, located in the McKnight National Historic District of

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OTTO Brewerytown, Philadelphia, Pa.

Unique Façade Created for Philadelphia Condos

Architects, like ISA Architects on the OTTO Brewerytown, are getting very creative with using multiple metal wall panel profiles on their projects, along with combining a variety of colors, panel orientation, and both solid and perforated panels. OTTO Brewerytown is a two-building, two-phase project, with a total of 52 high-end, high-tech condo units. It is located in a rapidly developing neighborhood, just five minutes to Philadelphia’s Center City. Phase one was completed last year, which consisted of 20 units, and in February of this year, ground was broken on phase two, for 32 more units.

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Alan Apartments, Mesa, Ariz.

Modern Metal-Clad Apartments Are Bright Standout

Building authorities initially took a dim view of the project’s proposed sharp angles and mixed materials, which stood in high contrast to the surrounding beige stucco. The 17-unit, townhome-style Alan Apartments project in Mesa, Ariz., quickly leased out, once construction was completed in late 2018—but it took some doing to get its unique exterior past city planners.  “This project was made to stand out, and not look like all the boring beige houses around it—on purpose it doesn’t look like anything in the area,” says architect Tim Boyle, principal of Tim Boyle Design. “It was rejected by city staff five times because of how it looks, but we s

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Hawaii Tackles Affordable Housing with HVAC Solution at Kapiolani Residence

With affordable housing availability a problem in Hawaii, the state is incentivizing developers to tackle the issue. Hawaii’s cost of electricity for the residential sector is the highest in the nation—currently 2.5 times the national average—so it can be heavy burden on households that are already struggling.When developer Timothy Yi, President of Samkoo Pacific & Samkoo Hawaii, set out to build the 45-story Kapiolani Residence in Honolulu, Hawaii, he wanted to provide an affordable housing option with enhanced functionality and modern design. And part of its affordability had to be keeping utility costs low for residents as well.

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Street Savvy

Winner of a Bronze award in BIA’s residential category, the Unhistoric Townhouse in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan is a five-story townhouse, built for a family of four. System Architects embraced the street as a central theme of the project, to create a façade that engaged with the rhythms of the neighborhood.

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Side-by-Side Comparison in Efficiency

Minnesota is hitting new heights when it comes to green energy standards. The state’s first-ever Passive House multifamily development, Hook & Ladder Apartments, opened October 2019 in northeast Minneapolis. It is set to prove just how much of a difference Passive House construction can make in operations cost and occupant comfort compared to buildings designed to conventional energy codes.To create a real-time project demo, lhb Architects designed the complex as a side-by-side experiment with two adjacent, nearly identical apartment buildings. One set of the look alike apartment buildings is built to state energy code specifications, the other to the Passive House Institute U.S. (

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Winter-Proof Walls

Winters in Traverse City can be brutal, so when planning its proposed four-story, 47,000-sq.-ft. Trailside45 apartment building in the northern Michigan town, owner, developer, contractor and operator, Westwind Construction, knew it needed a durable, energy-efficient exterior wall system that would also be attractive and easy to maintain. At first, the company tried life-sized samples of a stenciled brick design for the exterior wall. That didn’t achieve the look the design team wanted, so it explored other options.“We envisioned a modern, contemporary design and wanted a versatile exterior appearance, using as many textures as possible to provide exterior character,” said

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