The site was designed to begin the process of creating a new downtown for South Portland’s West End neighborhood, with numerous streetscape improvements including new street lights, street trees, a new bus stop, on-street car parking, and comfortable and safe pedestrian movement.
The 64-apartment mixed-use development utilizes a truss roof system in order to create a “solar mountain” roof, angled for maximum solar gain while also adding variation at the roof line. Because this project would essentially be setting the precedent of what a downtown building should be in the West End, we wanted to be sure we were creating an active street level that engages with the street/sidewalk and scaling the building appropriately to promote densification and activity in the neighborhood, rather than the sprawl that exists. Fitting in the parking requirements on-site was a challenge, as well as designing with a “kink” in the property line and planning for a potential Phase 2 project on the other portion of the site. We were able to incorporate the required parking by having several spaces tucked underneath the Upper Level’s overhangs and landing columns appropriately to fit parking spaces.