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Maple Park

Tucked away in rural Live Oak in Sutter County, and a few blocks from the main avenue, were 30 wartime-era affordable housing units that were falling apart and slowly becoming abandoned. It was determined that rehabilitation was unfeasible and the site was transformed, providing 56 units of low income family housing in 3 story buildings. The property is surrounded by a pedestrian friendly loop road and complemented by a central open space and community building. An agricultural vernacular is expressed in the buildings with expansive shed roofs, citrus accent colors and a playful mix of siding patterns. Garden areas and courtyards allow residents to grow their own food, socialize and build community. The project consists of 2, 3, and 4 bedroom units with a central community building that contains a daycare facility for preschoolers. Each unit has storage, a private patio or balcony, and a washer/dryer.  The buildings face narrow, pedestrian friendly streets and create park-like courts of various sizes.  Parking is tucked under the buildings and does not dominate the site. Given the lack of municipal storm drainage, all runoff is retained and allowed to infiltrate the site, and numerous green features are incorporated into the design: energy performance 26-30% above T24; Green Point Rated 118pts.; low VOC materials and finishes; high thermal mass design; variable speed HVAC fans; ceiling fans; energy star appliances; low E dual pane operable windows and shades; construction/demolition waste reduction; efficient lighting; materials with recycled content; water conserving fixtures; a community garden;  and water conserving landscape. The project is designed to accommodate future solar hot water and photovoltaic systems which will make it a Net Zero community. Designed to create a centrally located community space the site includes a new community building as the focal point, with a portion of the building dedicated to day care for up to 20 pre-school aged children who participate in the local Head Start Program.  Adult education classes for project residents are held in the adjacent, larger rooms.  Outdoor open spaces are located near existing trees and have become small courts that subdivide the site into smaller communities.  Gum Street, which previously was a dead end, has been extended through the site to create a stronger connection with the surrounding neighborhood. The private, narrow driveway-like loop slows cars and creates a safe pedestrian oriented space. All unit entries are visible from the street and create focal points for informal interaction and gathering.


Cecilia Chouhy Promoted to Associate at Mogavero Architects

Mogavero Architects is pleased to announce that Cecilia Chouhy has been promoted to Associate at our Sacramento offices. Cecilia has been an integral member of the Mogavero Architects staff for over fifteen years, and her strong creativity and understanding of construction and building systems brings a high level of quality during all phases of design. We recognize her commitment to design excellence, dedication to client service, and mentorship. Cecilia was chosen for this promotion because she exemplifies professionalism, displays technical and design expertise, and constantly distinguishes herself as a key contributor to many of our projects. Each project that she has touched has been elevated substantially as a result of her unique contributions. During her tenure, she has contributed to many of the firm’s most heralded projects including Maple Park in Live Oak, UC Davis Tercero Student Housing, the Lohse Apartments on Vernon Street in Roseville, and (of course) the Mogavero Architects offices at 1331 T Street in Sacramento. Cecilia attended the School of Architecture and Urbanism, University of the Republic, Uruguay where she attained her Bachelor in Architecture degree. As a student, she earned an international architectural masterworks tour where she visited 27 countries on four continents within a 9-month period. After working for several years in Uruguay, she began her career at Mogavero Architects in 2004 as a designer. She has worked diligently and became a Project Manager and, now, an Associate. Over the years she has earned the respect and trust of our clients and her colleagues. Please join us in congratulating Cecilia on her promotion!


Maple Park Senior Apartments (Phase II): Grand Opening

“LIVE OAK, CALIFORNIA— On June 22, 2016 Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), Regional Housing Authority of Sutter and Nevada Counties, and the City of Live Oak held a dedication ceremony for Maple Park Senior Apartments.” Click here to read more about Maple Park Senior Apartments on CHIP’s website. The dedication ceremony was a wonderful event with a focus on support to community and residents. Many senior residents were in attendance. The ceremony was held next to the courtyard with Ribbon Cutting at the front of the building. Many positive comments about the colors and integration into the community. Click here to read more about the celebration on CHIP’s website. Maple Park Phase II is a key component to the overall vision of renewed affordable housing for Live Oak. This completes a dynamic family development with a new senior housing component. Many families in Live Oak are tight knit and stay together. When the original housing was demolished there were some seniors who wanted to relocate back but had to wait until Phase II was completed. Now grandparents will be able to connect with grandchildren and stay active in a safe walkable neighborhood. Click here to select from Mogavero Architects’ Maple Park Staff Blogs.  


New Senior Housing For Live Oak

Bright bold colors return to liven up Live Oaks Maple Park neighborhood. We are pleased to have this phase of the project coming to an end with construction as this completes the entire site as a whole. The three story building is similar to phase one, bringing forth a dynamic all of its own, yet remaining complementary. As with phase one the contrastive siding patterns and striking bold colors gives the building a sense of individual identity and character.  The team, Regional Housing Authority of Sutter and Nevada Counties, Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) and general contractor Sunseri has been a pleasure to work with and provided excellent, results and attention to detail. Read more about Maple Park Makes Rapid Progress by clicking the title.


Mogavero Honored with Gold Nugget Award at Pacific Coast Builders Conference

Judges for the 2014 Gold Nugget Awards have named Mogavero Notestine Associatesas an Award of Merit winner in its annual competition, which honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally. Mogavero Notestine Associates earned its Merit honors for Maple Park, which was honored for Best Affordable Project 30 to 60 du/acre. Awards were announced on June 26 as a feature highlight of PCBC®, the nation’s largest regional conference and trade show for the real estate and development field. Maple Park is a pedestrian-focused safe haven for families and kids who can freely run and play. Cars are tucked away behind and underneath the buildings. The main road is a narrow one-way loop road that helps to slow traffic and keep the neighborhood quiet and calm. This project, now the tallest building in rural Live Oak, holds a unique urban presence just a few blocks from the downtown area, and is instrumental in improving access to affordable housing for families. While a true honor, these awards are just icing on the cake when compared with the satisfaction of seeing the kids enjoy the play structure in the beautiful, safe neighborhood our team was able to create. We are grateful to our clients, the Regional Housing Authority of Sutter and Nevada Counties, for their commitment to the community and incredible support for this project. To find out more information on PCBC, Gold Nugget Awards, please visit their website by clicking on the link below. -Morgan Palilla


Mogavero Recognized for Innovative Work on Residential Multi-Family Project, Maple Park

Mogavero Notestine Associates is honored to announce receiving the very prestigious “AIACV Honor Award 2013 for a significant Work of Architecture” pertaining to our affordable residential multi-family project called Maple Park in Live Oak, California. We were very grateful to be a part of the 2013 AIACC Residential Design Awards put on by the American Institute of Architects Central Valley Chapter. The AIA California Council’s Residential Design Awards Program recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievements in residential architecture and design from firms and architects all over California. “We are very proud of our Maple Park project and love seeing it gain positive recognition like this” said Architect and Project Manager, Sam Kingore. “It is not common for a rural affordable housing project with a modest budget to ever get recognition.  Here we were recognized for quality design, sensitivity to context and strength in creating a development that builds community.” Maple Park is tucked away in rural Live Oak, only a few blocks from the main avenue. Prior to renovation, these were  30 wartime-era affordable housing units that were falling apart and slowing being abandoned. The site was transformed, providing 56 units of low income family housing in 3 story buildings.  Achieving lofty sustainability goals it will be Net Zero with the addition of solar PV and HW systems. Please check out the link below to find out who else is buzzing about Maple Park! *Award photos provided by AIA Central Valley Chapter.


Let’s celebrate! Maple Park opens in Live Oak, California!

Last week, MNA Project Manager Sam Kingore joined members of the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) along with members of the Consolidated Area Housing Authority of Sutter County to celebrate the grand opening of Maple Park, the new affordable housing development in the city of Live Oak...


Maple Park Project Completed

Since the mid 1980’s there hasn’t been an affordable housing project built in the city of Live Oak; on February 11, 2013, a notice of completion was signed making 56 family units available to the local community...


Maple Park Makes Rapid Progress

Our Maple Park project in Live Oak continues to make rapid progress, with an anticipated January, 2013 delivery date....


Maple Park Project Makes Progress

Our Maple Park project in Live Oak makes excellent progress, meeting schedules while overcoming typical construction period challenges...