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Crest Apartments has transformed an existing open site in suburban Los Angeles into a 64-apartment complex for formerly homeless veterans. Located on a busy thoroughfare near two freeways, the project provides easy connections to public transportation and area resources.
Designed by architect Michael Maltzan, for repeat-client Skid Row Housing Trust, the project is LEED Platinum Certified. Morley teams integrated sustainable features such as permeable pavers, filtering rainwater into two bioswales below the parking area. Drought resistant trees and native vegetation were used extensively. Units are equipped with Energy Star-rated refrigerators and range hoods, bio-based marmoleum composition floors, high efficiency bathroom fixtures, and tile made from recycled content. Highly efficient ductless HVAC units for heating/cooling were utilized. Solar thermal panels on the roof provide more than 50% of the heated water needs. Paint, grout, mortar, and construction adhesives used throughout the building are zero or minimal VOC products.
Skid Row Housing Trust
Michael Maltzan Architects
- AIA|LA Residential Design Award, Merit
- AIA|LA Residential Design Award, Honor Award
- Best Affordable Housing Community, PCBC Gold Nugget
- LABC Architectural Award-Housing