Echo Ridge Duplexes / El Dorado Inc

Echo Ridge Duplexes / El Dorado Inc

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  • Architects: El Dorado: El Dorado Inc
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Mike Sinclair 
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Dow Building Solutions, Sherwin-Williams, American Standard, BioBased Insulation, Carlisle SynTec, CertainTeed, FHP, GE Lighting, InSinkErator, LiveRoof, Masonite, Simonton Windows

Text description provided by the architects. 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.

Echo Ridge Duplexes / El Dorado Inc - Facade
© 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.

Echo Ridge Duplexes / El Dorado Inc - Facade, Windows, Courtyard
© 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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Cite: "Echo Ridge Duplexes / El Dorado Inc" 22 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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