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Brookfield School is a private K-8 school, best known for strong academics, personalized student attention, and fostering a strong sense of community among students and their families. Brookfield’s mission is for students to master a core curriculum and excel at higher levels of education. Mogavero Architects created a site and building master plan that separates grade levels while demonstrating sustainable site development and building design practices, fostering student stewardship and a ‘green’ education with the goal of becoming a ‘net zero’ facility. Classroom facilities include computer labs, an art and music room, and ancillary and support spaces. The site plan includes intimate and large spaces, a courtyard for school ‘community events’, a regulation soccer field and an outdoor active play area. Very large, existing, heritage trees on site were preserved and incorporated into outdoor ‘rooms’ that serve dual purposes for playing and teaching. Site circulation is balanced, with efficient parking and safe student drop off areas, coupled with sidewalks that are separated from the street as well as bike parking within the secure site.
CSUS Ramona Village
Our firm was chosen to help California State University Sacramento create a master plan for a faculty and staff housing village southeast of the main campus in an emerging enterprise zone for clean tech and green companies. The proposed 25-acre, mixed-use neighborhood will be within walking distance of the campus and provide a mix of residential, retail and commercial uses in what will be a lively pedestrian-oriented environment. This new community will provide CSUS with additional drawing power for recruitment of faculty and staff who may view the region’s housing prices as a deterrent in their decision to relocate to Sacramento. The master planning process coordinated the improvement of nearby infrastructure as well as development of an ‘innovation center’ surrounding the site. With careful attention to circulation patterns, the village is composed of intimate lanes with small neighborhood parks that direct users to a mixed use village main street. Park and recreation spaces within the site will create a sense of community for residents. A major retail district on the eastern edge of the development will provide a barrier for housing from a heavily traveled, adjacent street. The project’s marketing gateway will respond to the existing Granite Regional Park and offices as well as the Power Inn light rail station which lie east, and directly adjacent, to the site.
CSUS Dining Commons
Mogavero Architects developed a master plan and completed the first phase of construction documentation and administration for the renovation of the CSU Sacramento Dining Commons. Originally built forty years ago, the building was in dire need of a refresh. The first phase included the renovation of the large dining room and provided accessibility upgrades. The second phase included the renovation of the food service areas, an update to the building circulation, mechanical updates, rebranding and signage. The ceiling and lighting systems were completely replaced with new suspended acoustic clouds that float between existing wood beams. Daylight harvesting strategies were used with dimmable pendant light fixtures in conjunction with lighting control systems. Additional thermal insulation, ceiling fans and a recessed movie screen complete the ceiling renovation. All furnishings were replaced, providing floor level and elevated seating dining areas as well as new fixed booth and banquette seating arrangements. A soft seating area was also developed at the center of the dining room to provide for a more casual setting while making good use of natural light provided by an existing monitor skylight. The existing concrete block walls just above fixed seating areas were covered with acoustical panels that feature custom silkscreen images that portray life on campus. The flooring was stripped and refinished with a new concrete topping that was ground, stained and polished using a pattern that reflects the existing exposed beams above. Ecologically sensitive techniques were combined with products that kept green principals in mind throughout the project. Careful attention to construction systems, techniques and scheduling was required to be constructed during a short two month summer break while the kitchen continued to provide meals for summer conferencing.
UC Davis Segundo Student Housing
Our concept for developing a community to house students in an enhanced academic and social environment was realized through the careful siting of the buildings relative to existing buildings as well as the site in context with its surroundings as a gateway to the Davis campus at large. Pedestrian circulation and common spaces in and out of doors provide opportunities for academic and social interaction as well as the opportunity to develop a corner of the UC Davis campus that had previously lacked identity. Throughout the development of the program for the 92,000 square foot structure, our firm worked closely with a design committee as well as student housing staff to ensure that the project responded to the ever-evolving culture of University student housing. Central to the mission of student-oriented residences is the importance of community, therefore, the project was designed to embrace community at all levels: from the relationship between two roommates to student interaction with the campus as a whole by means of a central plaza, to the way the building relates to its neighbors. Using natural light and air, modified by individual controls, the residence spaces in Segundo provide pleasant, healthy environments in which to live and study. The Segundo student housing project also addresses the social context of the space, maximizing the possibility for students to have choices about personal connection and privacy. The use of operable windows and shades for student residents in their rooms and common areas provide an important level of personalized comfort for residents and visitors alike.
UC Davis Cuarto Dining Commons
Mogavero was the architect for the Design Build Team with Valley Commercial Contractors to complete bridging documents for this extensive renovation, including the conversion of the dining commons from a traditional cafeteria style facility to contemporary, themed platform dining established in the Segundo and Tercero dining commons. The dining commons embraces an open “public market” design with final food preparation viewable to patrons, and includes five food distribution areas: a granary and bakery, a grill for specialty hot foods, a pizza and pasta station, a soup and salad bar, and a market station for self serve and bistro-style entrees. The first floor has an open feeling, with daylight enlivening the the main dining area through a large curved light well which penetrates the second floor, combined with the curved path through the various food counters, creating a contemporary vibe and smooth flow throughout the commons. The second floor has traditional restaurant seating, with banquettes, separate, skylit quiet rooms, and lounge-style seating along with larger tables that allow for more intimate dining experiences. A balcony on the second floor allows for al fresco dining. Cuarto Commons has become a campus focal point, showcasing sustainable design and food service operations that will be implemented at other campus locations.
1200 Park Avenue
On a redeveloped brownfield site along a busy commercial corridor, 1200 Park Avenue provides affordable senior housing as an integral part of Chico’s revitalization strategy. Covering an entire city block, the architectural design presents an urban, three-story face to the Avenue and a two-story residential scaled facade to the single-family residential street behind. Heritage trees were preserved throughout the site. The project includes 107-units in 2- and 3-story apartment buildings on 1.46 acres. One-and two-bedroom units range from 560 to 800 square feet with a total project square footage of 89,000 square feet. The complex incorporates numerous common areas allowing residents to interact, thereby creating a community and diminishing the likelihood of isolation for residents. Exceeding Title 24 by 20%, each unit has its own balcony or porch with highly transparent common living spaces and kitchens, while offices enliven the street level. Covered walkways and pergolas provide outdoor space for resident interaction and shaded outdoor activities. Operable windows wrap the project to allow for natural ventilation and surveillance, providing defensible space and eyes on the street.
Cesar Chavez Plaza
Cesar Chavez Plaza is a 53-unit affordable apartment project located in Davis, serving a low-income and disabled population. It has sustainable design features including night ventilation, roof mounted solar panels, and storm water retention. It was important that each tenant have their own personal space, therefore the outdoor environment and exterior decks are visually expressive and play an important role in the overall design of the project. Careful site planning and detailing of the outdoor spaces contribute to a cohesive community. The animated massing of the community building aids in nighttime ventilation, helping the project beat California energy standards by over 15 percent.
Yuba City Senior Housing
Situated at the end of an aging downtown main street, this 28-unit senior housing complex serves as a link between an urban environment and a residential neighborhood. The complex provides an urban edge to the street, but is set back with front entry porches that respond to adjacent lower density residential neighbors and provide defensible space. Corner ‘sentry’ forms create a sense of arrival and imply security through surveillance. The two-story buildings are composed of 26 one-bedroom flats with two-bedroom flats located at each corner. Each unit is equipped with an emergency call system and full handicap accessibility from an interior courtyard via an elevator and second floor walkways. Common space includes a recreation room, kitchen, storage, and laundry facilities. The humanistic design of the semi-private porches and walkways encourage interaction with street activity and community while providing eyes on the street. The semi-private interior courtyard provides lawn and hardscape for outdoor community gatherings. Each apartment has a porch to provide a semi-private territory so that residents can create their own community. To achieve the relatively high density (36 units per acre) and still allow adequate open space, one building is built over a portion of the on-site parking spaces. This parking area is protected by a security gate and has elevator access. The project used HUD HOME and City funding assistance.
Carrington Circle was an existing, affordable housing project that had been purchased by a non-profit housing developer with the intent of rehabilitating the 78-unit complex that had fallen into a serious state of disrepair. Crime and gang related activities were serious problems at the site, and our design work sought to make the units and site more comfortable and safe from multiple vantage points. Our plans called for combining upstairs and downstairs apartments to create townhomes and four bedroom units that better addressed the needs of the residents. Our firm also proposed site improvements including traffic calming devices in addition to site and landscape amenities that allowed for more ‘eyes on the street’, while encouraging residents to linger outside and passively observe outdoor activities, which became more positive after the improvements were implemented. The project is located on 2.79 acres and consisted of the renovation of 43,800 sq. ft. of dwelling space and and added approximately 2,000 sq. ft. of common area space. By eliminating and enlarging units, the need for parking was reduced, allowing for the creation of a new outdoor community green space which included playgrounds adjacent to a new community building.
Rochdale Grange is a 44 unit, neighborhood friendly, multi-family complex that is designed to emulate a traditional craftsman style home in historic Woodland. The project consists of 8, two-story buildings and a separate community building with a second level manager’s unit. Unlike typical garden style apartments that often create an isolated community, Rochdale Grange addresses its neighbors by having a street presence. The project was designed with the pedestrian in mind: nicely detailed front porches engage the street to help minimize the scale of the project to a personal level and interior site streets are frequently crossed with accented pedestrian walks to serve as visual cues to motorists that they are sharing streets with pedestrians. Rochdale Grange not only has a positive impact on the neighborhood, but the project is designed in a manner to minimize environmental impact and maximize human comfort. Building features such as large windows with high head height allow light to penetrate to the backs of units. Balconies provide an exterior connection and enhance passive site security. Energy saving strategies such as dual zone air conditioning, natural day lighting, and high density insulation helped to out perform Title 24 requirements by over 30%. Additionally, a 45kW photo voltaic system further reduces the new energy consumption of the complex. Environmentally friendly materials such as bamboo flooring, recycled insulation, and formaldehyde free casework were utilized throughout the project.