This is Affordable Housing
Residents are officially moved into Fall River and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome. We started this project with the Longmont Housing Authority in 2014, shortly after completing Spring Creek – Fall River’s neighboring senior housing development. We had the advantage of being able to talk to residents of Spring Creek about which features they especially love about their home. We funneled their feedback into Fall River while exemplifying that affordable housing can be beautiful, functional, and awesome!
During one of our final walkthroughs, WORKSHOP8’s interior rock star, Chelsea Semelka, overheard an excited resident exclaiming “I cannot believe I get to live here!” That was quite the cherished reward after nearly 4 years of hard work, trials, tribulations, and successes.
Fall River incorporates sixty units, offering 3 unit types and 2 color schemes for residents to choose from. Fifty-six of the units were constructed to be convertible ADA units.
UNIT SCHEME 1
Amenities of the units include individually-controlled radiant-floor heating, air-conditioning, 9′ ceilings with large storage closets, ceiling fans in the living rooms and bedrooms, high-performance windows, Energy Star appliances, full bathrooms with walk-in showers, and juliet balconies.
UNIT SCHEME 2
CUSTOM INTERIOR ARTWORK
Our goal at W8 is to fully integrate the architecture and interiors with art and signage design so that the building can have cohesive design elements.
The beautiful nature imagery was provided by Marc Littmann Photography.
“FALLING LEAVES” CUSTOM STAIR ART
This active stair incorporates a 36-foot mobile suspended from the ceiling down the center of the open staircase. The mobile consists of 280 leaf-shaped acrylic panels with custom graphic overlays – representing falling leaves – which compliments the theme of the building. The colors of the leaves change at each level to accomodate the accent wall color of each floor.
The design of this piece was led by Brandy LeMae, Ivan Patino, and our intern at the time – Charlie Willerton-McKee – who helped create the color pallet. We teamed up with Duraplaque for the fabrication and installation.
RESIDENTIAL COMMON AREAS
The common areas are always a great location to go bold. Vibrant colors and large art pieces can especially liven up space. We had a lot of fun making the FF&E selections for this project.
Fall River is built to Enterprise Green Communities criteria, implementing efficiencies such as passive solar design, durable and sustainable materials, innovative stormwater management techniques, and native landscaping.
It was a snowy day when our photographer, Dane Cronin, headed out to the site. We’ll be sharing exterior shots once he heads back in the spring.
Thanks for reading!
Marcel van Garderen | Vice President
18 March 2020