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Capitol Yards

Located just over the Tower Bridge from downtown Sacramento, The Capitol Yards is a market rate apartment development that is designed to inspire community in an urban setting, embracing the concept of ‘together alone’ with a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces and unit configurations. There are two building types in two phases: phase 1 consists of courtyard buildings that include 270 studio, one and two bedroom and penthouse units; and phase 2, our Tower Bridge Gateway building, four stories tall with structured parking that includes live/work, studio, one and two bedroom and penthouse units. Combined, both phases will build out to 350 units. The courtyard buildings are under construction. Each pair of buildings is arranged on the site to create pedestrian courtyards with facing porches and front doors, site furnishings and amenities such as barbeques, fountains, pool, spa and a stage. Spaces can accommodate individuals or groups and are themed with varying plant palettes. The courtyard buildings have tuck-under, garage parking, dramatically reducing the amount of paved surface on the site. The dwelling units wrap around the parking on the ground floor on three sides of the buildings. These end wraps narrow the aperture of alley entrances, creating building frontages at the street and providing a neighborhood context that is not interrupted by massive parking areas or excessive driveways

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The Arbors

The Arbors at Oak Park is a senior, mixed-use project in Sacramento on a prominent corner with in the Oak Park neighborhood. This mixed-use redevelopment project is an important and highly visible component of the continuing revitalization of Oak Park, Sacramento’s first “street car suburb.”  It contains 56 one bedroom units of affordable, senior housing with ground floor retail. To mark the re-connection of the site to the community, the project features active, pedestrian oriented retail shops that focus on a “living room” at the courtyard the corner of MLK and Broadway.  The streets are lined with landscaping providing a comfortable and welcoming pedestrian environment. Designed to improve the sense of safety, the project activates the street frontage with ground floor retail. By providing over thirty units with windows and balconies that front directly on the street, much needed life is given to the neighborhood. The building is designed to maximize comfort and health for the senior occupants.  Features such as south facing sunshades, natural day lighting, flow through ventilation and ample community spaces, make the project both comfortable and energy efficient.

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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.

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McKinley Village Clubhouse

2017 Gold Winner – NAHB’s Best in American Living Awards McKinley Village is an urban village in the core of Sacramento that combines the qualities of the city’s most successful urban neighborhoods with design features that give this neighborhood distinctive character. The 4,200 sf recreation center for a community of 328 homes serves as the community’s civic center; offering a pool, community gathering space, and an area for retail use such as a cafe, restaurant, or yoga studio. Bikeways and walkways stitch together the neighborhood and connect McKinley Village, McKinley Park, Midtown, Sutter’s Landing Park and the American River Parkway. The design of the Recreation Center enhances the character of East Sacramento, with distinguishing neighborhoods like McKinley Park, Meister Terrace and East Portal Park. As the neighborhood’s community facility, the building was designed with sweeping roof forms and deep overhands that define and engage outdoor spaces while also shading large expanses of glass. The building’s design is enriched by details such as brick patterning, expressive structure, and interconnection to the site. Natural Ventilation The McKinley Recreation Center is a 4,200 sf clubhouse with a 34’ tall passive downdraft cooling tower. The tower takes advantage of the prevailing winds, plus the higher relative density of cold air to create passive cooling at a tiny fraction of the cost of traditional mechanical cooling. Air enters the top of the tower where evaporation from a wet medium cools the air. The heavy cold air then naturally falls down the tower into the space below. The building’s control systems regulate the tower intake. Hot air is exhausted through motorized windows at the top of monitors on the north and down wind side of the building. The resulting system is very simple to operate and maintain because it relies on natural movement of hot and cold air rather than energy intensive compression cooling of the space. It also allows the building to be open to the outdoors during many of the warmer months.

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Lowden Lane Apartments Under Construction

Construction is underway at the new Lowden Lane Apartments in Redding, California. Affordable Housing Development Corporation (AHDC) and Central Valley Coalition for Affordable Housing (CVCAH) are behind this 4.3-acre project at 2775 Lowden Lane. The first phase of the project includes 61 units of low-income, affordable housing that is aimed at serving qualifying seniors 62+ who earn 30-60% of the area median income. Lowden Lane is located in the southeast quadrant of Redding and boasts close proximity to many service amenities including transit, supermarkets, and pharmacies that will serve future residents and their daily needs. The architectural intent of Lowden Lane is to compliment the design elements of the surrounding neighborhood and the natural elements of the site. The buildings are thoughtfully arranged so that as much of the existing site trees can be preserved, creating a “village in the woods” feel. The community includes a fitness facility and other gathering spaces, including a sewing room that overlooks the surrounding foliage. Completion of the project is anticipated to be Summer of 2023.

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New Associates

Lisa Halpin Dominic Mogavero Toffee Kittisathanon We are excited to announce the promotion of new Associates. These individuals provide invaluable contributions and distinguish themselves through their demonstrated leadership and commitment to the firm. We are beyond honored to be a part of their continued architectural journey. A talented Architect and mentor, Lisa Halpin stands out for her thoughtful design and organized project management. She demonstrates leadership with her involvement and growth of the internship program, as well as her ongoing contribution towards the refinement of internal processes. Dominic Mogavero is the firm’s Director of Development Services who approaches projects with an unwavering dedication towards managing cohesive collaboration among stakeholders and is laser focused on the success our clients. His continuous pursuit of strategic operational improvement makes him an invaluable asset. Toffee Kittisathanon is a Senior Designer with a focus on competitions, RFPs, and RFQs. A leader in interpersonal communication, she elevates the firm with her mastery of consultant and agency coordination as well as her keen eye for cultivating brand identity.

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Honoring the Life of Michael Notestine

We are sad to announce the recent passing of our dear partner of more than 30 years, Michael Notestine. Mike was a native of Northern California. He served in the Air Force guarding ICBM silos in North Dakota where he met the love of his life, Kathy Moen. After military service, marriage to Kathy, and Planning School, Mike spent several years at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA). In the late 1980s, Mike went into private planning practice. Shortly thereafter, he sought out help with the urban design element for a Master Plan for Downtown Roseville. This endeavor led to the formation of a partnership with Craig Stradley and David Mogavero in 1990. For over 25 years, Mike provided planning services to many Northern California communities. His work shaped places throughout the region including Bakersfield, Visalia, Chico, Willits, Grass Valley, Locke, Redding, San Rafael, Woodland, Yuba City, in Sacramento for Central City Urban Design, the R Street Corridor, Oak Park, Fair Oaks and Antelope/North Sacramento. This work was nearly always for redevelopment of existing neighborhoods, downtowns, and broader existing communities and often involved large, charette-style community engagements. Mike was also an avid participant in the well-being of his community. This was most significantly manifested with his tenure for 21 years on the Sacramento City Planning Commission where he gained the respect of staff, elected officials, his Commissioner peers, and the real estate community for his balanced and thoughtful leadership. Perhaps most importantly, Mike was the emotional mainstay of our practice and many community-wide debates for all those years. Mike was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010. With Kathy by his side, he fought it bravely – ultimately extending his life many years longer than his initial prognosis. Calm, wise, and always kind and caring for all of us. He inspired us all to be our best selves. We love him and will miss him dearly. Kathy and her family will be holding a celebration of Mike’s life in late February. If you are interested in attending, please send us an email architects@mogaveroarchitects.com. We are eager to celebrate Mike’s impact with the people who knew and loved him.

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Renner Johnston mentors ULI Sacramento Young Leaders Group

Principal Renner Johnston was one of the featured mentors at the recently concluded ULI Sacramento Young Leaders Group (YLG) Forum. The YLG Forums feature groups of 10-15 young professionals from different niches of the real estate planning and development field who meet monthly January through June with a group mentor to share and learn about land use, real estate development, and our local community. The mission of the YLG is to increase the involvement and influence of young real estate professionals in the Sacramento region and to develop programs and opportunities for the industry’s future leaders. Open to members age 35 and under, this is a great program to develop skills and build relationships.

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West Apartments is well underway

The West Apartments complex is under construction in West Sacramento’s Bridge District, on the Sacramento River. The five-story, mixed-use complex has 287 residences and takes full advantage of the significant views overlooking the river, Tower Bridge, Sutter Health Park, and Downtown Sacramento. Ground floor retail on Riverfront Street provides 8,000 square feet of active street frontage facing the Rivercats Baseball Stadium. Check out the drone footage of the construction project from a recent Sacramento Bee article here.

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Mogavero Architects Welcomes New Leadership

Mogavero Architects is thrilled to announce the expansion of ourleadership team. Cesar Medina, AIA and Cecilia Chouhy, Associate AIA are new Owner/Principals. For more than 15 years, Cesar and Ceciliahave each earned the respect and admiration of their colleagues bydemonstrating extraordinary leadership and excellent design. Theirculturally and geographically diverse perspectives enrich the practice.They represent the beginning of our next generation of leadership andwe can’t wait to see where they take us! Here’s a bit more about Cesar and Cecilia: Cesar A. Medina, AIAPrincipalAfter 15 years with Mogavero Architects, Cesar has been elevated toPrincipal. With over 25 years of combined experience in residentialarchitecture and design, Cesar has delivered exceptional housingprojects throughout Northern California, including student housing atUC Davis, Sacramento State, and University of the Pacific. Originallyfrom Mexico, Cesar has a high design sensibility that mergesinnovation, functionality, and empathy for the residents who callMogavero projects “home.” A few of Cesar’s most meaningful projects:City View at Van NessCapitol YardsUC Davis Tercero 4 Student HousingWEST Apartments Cecilia Chouhy, Associate AIAPrincipalCecilia Chouhy was promoted to “Principal” at Mogavero Architects.With over 15 years of experience in affordable and mixed-useresidential architecture, Cecilia is focused on design excellence,bringing new ideas and fresh perspectives to the firm’s housingprojects. Originally from Uruguay, she has become an integral part ofMogavero’s leadership, where she mentors junior staff and overseesthe Project Management Forum and the Building Information Modeling(BIM) Committees. A few of Cecilia’s notable projects:Mogavero Architects Office BuildingLavender CourtyardNorth Creek Crossing at Meriam ParkMaple Park