Woodcrest Retirement Residence is an adaptive reuse of a 1960s infirmary building into 59 affordable senior apartments. LGA executed the construction drawings for the project.
The biggest challenge to this transformation was creating enough space for the units. Bays added to the dated façade opened up the units, increased views, maximized daylight, and improved the appearance of the exterior. The original chapel was converted into public space, giving residents a craft room, library, exercise room, laundry, and community room. An old pedestrian bridge was converted into a greenhouse and outdoor terrace.
Sustainable design features include reuse of the existing shell, recycled construction waste, large windows for enhanced daylight and views, heat recovery, energy efficient lighting, low VOC finishes, and low emitting materials. A heat pump loop maximizes energy performance and fresh air is brought into the building through a heat recovery unit. Woodcrest was awarded a LEED Gold certification under the LEED for Homes Pilot Program.
Winner HOME Awards Program through HUD 2011