The Springs Apartments is an affordable, residential-housing project, constructed of durable materials using innovative sustainable design principles. One of the goals was that the project not look like “affordable” housing. Another goal for the 33,000 sf development was to achieve LEED Gold. As the project design developed, it became clear that the project was very close to Platinum and the team determined to take extra measure to achieve the top certifications. The Springs did indeed achieve Platinum.
The development team worked closely with McCall’s Community Development Director, Planner, Engineer and others to ensure the Planned Unit Development met all city guidelines and requirements. The project received unanimous approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission, Parks Advisory Board and the City Council.
The complex, which consists of one- and two-story structures, has three residential buildings that contain a total of 36 living units (four studio apartments; 8, one-bedroom apartments; 18, two-bedroom apartments; and 6, three-bedroom apartments). A variety of colors provides interest and the buildings relate to surrounding land uses in scale. The units are clustered to avoid wetland areas and to create community open space. An additional community building has an office, exercise room, laundry, gathering space and accessible rest rooms.
Sustainable Design Notes
Designed using LEED for Homes rating system and NAHB Green Building Program guidelines
Durable and sustainable building materials, including Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) which were utilized for the walls and roofs for enhanced insulation value and air tightness
Fiber cement siding, soffit, fascia and trim with integral color were specified for long life and durability
Energy Star and low water appliances
Solar powered LED lights installed in common areas
Pedestrian/bike pathway allows access to commercial areas and schools
Covered bike racks and bus shelter
Outdoor common space with trellis, playground, benches, tables and barbecues
Access to playground and community building without encountering cars
Community building and playground open to the public and the neighborhood
Reduced water pollution potential with oil/sand separators and on-site bio-filtration
Idaho Smart Growth—Grow Smart Award—Residential