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Grand Opening for Sierra Village

Self Help Enterprises held a ribbon cutting ceremony last week for the completion and Grand Opening of Sierra Village Apartments, our Net Zero Energy project in Dinuba. The new affordable rental community includes 44 affordable housing units consisting of one-, two- and three-bedroom units, with a 3,027 sq. ft. community building, playground, and open space for residents. Sierra Village was financed through a combination of HOME funds, Cap and Trade Funds from the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program, and low-income housing tax credits. A highly energy-efficient and transit-friendly project, Sierra Village incorporates sustainable features including solar PV and water conservation measures, and vanpool services for future residents of the farmworker community. The project’s solar panel system will offset the power used in the common areas and residential loads, making Sierra Village a virtual Zero Net Energy project. For more on the Grand Opening and this project visit https://www.selfhelpenterprises.org/blog/sierra-village-apartments-grand-opening/

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University of the Pacific Calaveras Hall Opens

Our project at the University of the Pacific, Calaveras Hall is officially open! The 158,000 square foot student housing project for second year and upper division students officially opened with a ribbon cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony on August 9th. Mogavero Architects’ Principal Craig Stradley, along with Architect Cesar Medina and Designer Cecilia Chouhy were present for the Ceremony and grabbed a few shots of the completed project. The latest student housing project on the UOP Campus houses 381 students in 141 apartments in two 4-story buildings, connected with a skywalk between them on each floor. Indoor common spaces and amenities include a community kitchen, gaming area, cardio room, study areas, indoor laundry facilities and indoor bicycle storage. A swimming pool, fire pit, lawn and stage areas are available for socializing and gathering outdoors. For more information on UOP’s Calaveras Hall, check out the project page and this video shared by UOP showing the construction progress.

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Mogavero Architects Recognized as a Bike Friendly Business

We are now a League of American Bicyclists recognized Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB)! Today Mogavero Architects joins a cutting-edge group of 1,250 businesses, government agencies, and companies across in the United States that are transforming the way we commute to the workplace. Bicycle friendly businesses are recognized for their incentives, programming, and amenities that enable and inspire more people to ride bikes. As a bicycle-friendly city, Sacramento offers many events, advocacy programs, and infrastructure improvements that support and encourage the area’s bicycling community. Conveniently located in the central city, our employees participate in local events such as “May is Bike Month,” and the American River Parkway Foundation’s Ride the Parkway. We also provide incentives for people who opt not to drive to work and facilities, like a shower and changing area, that support bicycle commuting. One of our employees, Alix Ogilvie, a board member for the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) and regular rider is pleased with the recognition: “As a daily bike commuter, it’s great to work for a company that values, supports, and encourages its employees to use alternative transportation. It’s encouraging to see momentum and infrastructure investments building at personal, local, and national levels. One revolution at a time, we can make America pedal again.” Principal Craig Stradley echoes the commitment to supporting our bicycle commuters: “We do everything we can to promote and utilize human power. Not only do we provide a safe, secure area for bicycle parking for our employees and guests, we participate in our local Bike Month events each year and facilitate access for our employees to mobile bicycle repair and tune up service.” Learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Business program at bikeleague.org/business. View a full list of Bicycle Friendly Businesses across the US: https://bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/BFB_Full_List_through_Summer_2018.pdf Bicycle Friendly Business and BFB are Service Marks of the League of American Bicyclists; used with permission.

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New Life to Old Marshall School

The historic Old Marshall School in Sacramento will see revitalization thanks to a development partnership between Mogavero Architects and Bardis Homes. Although the project is in its early stages, the Bardis Mogavero team has plans to redevelop the historic property, providing two new structures with housing and a community resource facility in the heart of Midtown Sacramento. “It is an honor to work on the redevelopment of this very important community asset,” remarks David Mogavero. “Developing a project that is sensitive to the character of this wonderful neighborhood, while being economically feasible and emphasizing the inherently sustainable lifestyle of dense urban living will be a fun challenge for the Bardis Mogavero partnership.” Read more about the Old Marshall School redevelopment project in this article in the Sacramento News and Review.

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Schaffer’s Mill Receives State Funding / Featured on Lake Tahoe News

Meadow View Place near Schaffer’s Mill, a new affordable housing community to be built near Truckee, was featured on the Lake Tahoe TV News over the weekend. This project is one of many similar affordable housing projects Mogavero Architects has designed for developer, Neighborhood Partners, LLC. The Schaffer’s Mill workforce housing project would consist of a 56-unit apartment housing complex in the Schaffer’s Mill subdivision through funding from the State of California Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC). The AHSC program’s purpose is to help fund projects that support affordable housing and infrastructure programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, two main concerns of the Lake Tahoe community. The funding will also allow the Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit (TTART) to invest in four electric-powered buses to help expand transit services for area’s routes, including the necessary electric vehicle charging stations and maintenance infrastructure. Meadow View Place will include 14 one-bedroom units, 28 two-bedroom units and 14 three-bedroom units, a community building with common areas, an outdoor patio and a small playground for children. The buildings will have rooftop solar panels to achieve zero-net-energy usage and help fulfill the projects commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read more information about the workforce housing project recently posted by the County of Placer.      

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EPIC System Construction Begins for Lindsay Project

Construction of an EPIC System (Environmental Passive Integrated Conveyance) on our project in Lindsay began earlier this week. The EPIC system is a water management tool that captures greywater from indoor use and storm water drainage, and then provides passive filtration to reuse the water for landscape irrigation. Palm Terrace is a housing project with Self-Help Enterprises with 50 affordable unit and a community building in Lindsay, CA. In addition to the EPIC system, the extensive energy conservation measures and solar arrays on each building will make Palm Terrace Zero Net Energy. This is the second greywater recycling system Mogavero Architects has put in place for multifamily housing.

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Specialized Parking Requirements

Confused about Specialized Parking Requirements in the California Building Codes? Parking Code Explained With many specialized parking space requirements for accessibility, electric vehicle charging stations, and bicycles, hosting a “Mogavero University” session is one way we can keep our architects and designers up to date on the latest requirements. Jay Hyde, Associate Architect and our in-house building code expert recently conducted a class for our staff about the types of required parking spaces and how to determine the number of spaces for our projects. Jay explained how to calculate Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and requirements, as well as clean air vehicle spaces and bicycle parking requirements in the California Code. He used examples of affordable housing parking, as a number of our current projects fall into the affordable housing category. Jay breaks it down for us in a step by step presentation you can download here: Specialized Parking Requirements.pdf  

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Sacramento ARCHICAD User Group

Please join Mogavero Architects as we kick off the official Sacramento Area ARCHICAD User Group! The cost is free and the group will meet quarterly beginning June 20, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at our offices in Sacramento. Connect with other ARCHICAD users as we examine best practices for utilizing this platform to create and manage building projects of all types. You’ll discover technical tips and tricks as well as ideas for how to use this powerful tool to provide new service offerings. Tom Simmons from ArchVista Consulting will be on hand to introduce and present ARCHICAD 22. Mogavero Architects has been using ARCHICAD to support a sustainable approach to designing and building for over a decade. Our firm specializes in urban infill development and through management of BIM in ARCHICAD, has the capacity to win and take the lead on large scale projects – whether they be new construction or renovation. WHEN: June 20, 2018 6:00 – 6:20 – Wine & Cheese Welcome 6:20 – 7:00 – Presentation 7:00 – 8:00 – ARCHICAD Q&A WHERE: Mogavero Architects 2012 K Street Sacramento, CA 95811

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Mogavero Bicycle Commuters Take a Top Spot

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” – JFK Our staff took both the Top Trip and Top Mile Replacers for Sacramento Micro Employers for 2018’s May is Bike Month. With 521 trips and 1,357 miles logged during the month of May, our staff commuted to work and ran errands, replacing trips in a vehicle with riding their bicycles. Many of our bike commuters agree that riding is not only good for your health, it provides a sense of freedom from traffic and the obligation of driving a car. Sahar, our staff’s top trip replacer, whose own pedaling accounted for a quarter of our total trips says “As a busy mom, without time for the gym, biking everywhere is my workout. It’s a great habit to teach my three-year old son, who loves being on the bike with me.” To reward ourselves after all those miles, our staff arranged for velofix, a mobile bike shop to visit our office to provide some TLC to our bikes. Jack, our mechanic took care of us with some minor repairs and tune-ups. Pictured with Jack at velofix, Dominic is also a daily bike commuter. “Biking is the most invigorating way to start my day. Our method of transportation is the single most important decision we can make when it comes to our carbon footprint. I bike to impact the world less. Besides, commuting in a car can be mindless, soul sucking and boring… biking is the exact opposite!”  

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PCBC Honors West Gateway Place

Judges for the PCBC’s Gold Nugget Awards have selected West Gateway Place, Mogavero Architects’ affordable housing community project in West Sacramento, as a finalist for their 2018 Awards. The Gold Nugget “Merit Award” for the 30-60 units per density/acre Affordable Housing category will be announced at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC)’s Gold Nugget dinner in June. Last year, Mogavero Architects won Gold Nugget Awards for two projects, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op and the CSU Sacramento Dining Commons Servery.