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  4. United States
  5. El Dorado
  6. 2012
  7. Echo Ridge Duplexes / El Dorado Inc

Echo Ridge Duplexes / El Dorado Inc

  • 02:00 - 22 October, 2012
Echo Ridge Duplexes / El Dorado Inc
Echo Ridge Duplexes / El Dorado Inc, © Mike Sinclair
© Mike Sinclair

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Topeka, Kansas, Estados Unidos
  • General Contractor

    Kelley Construction
  • Project Year

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From the architect. Recently, the Topeka Housing Authority received one of twelve HUD grants given nationally to incentivize innovative, sustainable design and construction within the low-income housing sector. The architect for this project was challenged to offer new insights for the duplex typology, executed at the HUD-regulated budget constraints. Additionally, as part of the HUD grant, the architect was required to meet every item outlined by the Enterprise Green Communities Checklist.

© Mike Sinclair
© Mike Sinclair

The typical duplex typologies were re-configured to provide natural cross ventilation for all major rooms of each unit. Designed with a focus on single mothers, the new configuration of duplexes creates a protected and easily supervised communal space for small children. The new duplexes also gain energy efficiency through the use of highly insulated envelope construction, fully ventilated rain screen systems, and a shared ground source heat pump system. Storm water management is achieved through planted rooftops and pervious concrete sidewalk paving. Materials containing recycled content were specified throughout the design.

© Mike Sinclair
© Mike Sinclair

The result, built for just $115 per square foot, is an energetic and optimistic re-thinking of a low-income housing typology that promotes sustainable living and a strong sense of community.


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FRM · October 22, 2012

That would be $38/m2, and yes, that is very economical. I doubt they could have built that cheaply - but if they did kudos!

Philip · October 22, 2012

is the construction cost correct at $115/ft2 would be $1,200/m2 is that supposed to be economical????????????????????


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