NHA Campus Redevelopment
Milwaukie, Ore.
Best Project

Owner: Northwest Housing Alternatives
Lead Design Firm: MWA Architects
General Contractor: O’Neill Walsh Community Builders (OWCB)
Civil Engineer: KPFF
MEP Engineer: MKE and Associates Inc.
Structural Engineer: James G. Pierson Inc.
Landscape Architect: 2.ink Studio

The need to work within a sprawling, disjointed collection of properties helped Northwest Housing Alternatives fully appreciate how to create a community atmosphere at its Milwaukie, Ore., campus. The new home for NHA also allowed the group to consider a range of factors in providing affordable housing in Oregon and the only family shelter in Clackamas County.

Sustainability was paramount in designing the five-building, 50,000-sq-ft campus, including an 11,000-sq-ft development and management office designed to Passive House standards. The goal was to achieve net-zero-energy use in the eight-unit, 8,400-sq-ft family shelter and in the 20 affordable-housing units that range from one to three bedrooms. The campus sits on a 1.7-acre site that includes a community room, resident services, property management, parking, an outdoor terrace and a playground.

The operations center occupies a sloping site in a light-filled, split-level building, the first net-zero structure in Milwaukie. The high-performance envelope maximizes efficiency and insulation. When the sun shines through the triple-glazed windows, daylight-responsive lighting reduces energy needs. A roof-mounted solar array provides more than 38 KW of energy, while passive and active ventilation ensure constant fresh air flow. The connective design fosters community and efficient systems, and plug-load efficiency decreases energy consumption.

Affordable housing units occupy the perimeter of the site, enclosing the courtyard to create an intimate campus community.

Back to ENR Northwest's 2020 Regional Best Projects