Submitted by Gerald A. Martin, Ltd

Designed to achieve LEED platinum, this Albuquerque complex adds 66 units of affordable housing to aid low- and middle-income families. It’s the first such project in the nation to receive funding for carbon offsets. The U-shaped complex features a gull-wing roof to collect rainwater that is dispersed to an enclosed courtyard via a 5,000 gallon underground cistern. Each unit includes oversized windows and private balconies, providing amenities that contribute to quality of life for residents. Recycled materials were used throughout, and every unit has Energy Star appliances. A bold color scheme, native landscaping and community garden plots engender pride in residents and the surrounding neighborhood. Additionally, the $12.5-million project contributes to ongoing rejuvenation of the downtown area and redevelops a brownfield site.

Owner/Developers: Silver Gardens I, LLC; Romero Rose, LLC; Supportive Housing Coalition of NM
Architect: Claudio Vigil Architect; Oz Architects
General Contractor: Gerald A. Martin, Ltd.