Projects / Multifamily      Falmouth, Maine

Blackstone Senior Living

Context

Avesta Housing owned a set of 20 rental apartments originally built in the 1970s in Falmouth, Maine and designed for low-income elderly persons or individuals with disability. All the units qualify for Section 8 rental assistance and are occupied.

The existing apartments were worn and needed a complicated matrix of renovations, including new cabinetry, flooring, sinks, trim, and toilets. In addition, Avesta Housing had the opportunity to build 19 new apartments on site to help address the high demand for senior housing in Falmouth. The construction needed to create better accessibility, community areas, and a design that would fit into the context of Falmouth village.

Response

Residents needed to sleep in their beds every night throughout the renovation project, and that required minimal disruption to the site while replacing cabinets, flooring, and bath fixtures. We knew we’d need to upgrade ventilation systems and insulation in each unit and increase water conservation with new low-flow fixtures.

The new building was designed as a stealth “Passive House”— meeting the highest energy efficiency goals on the planet without going through a complex Certification process on a project that had to be completed within 10 months for $165 per square foot.

We’re part of a well-coordinated local team that includes the landscape architects Carroll & Associates, civil engineers Ransom Consulting, structural engineers Becker Engineering, mechanical engineers Ripcord Engineering, and electrical engineers Swift Current Engineering. The plans call for high-quality, durable, and affordable construction materials that will give the renovations and new construction longevity and meet accessibility standards today and tomorrow.

Specs

  • Year Completed

  • Cost

    $$$$$
  • Gross Floor Area

    15000 sq ft
  • Units

    39
  • Partners

    Great Falls Construction
    Carroll Associates Landscape Architects
    Ransom Consulting
    Becker Structural Engineers
    Ripcord Engineering
    Swiftcurrent Engineering

Sustainability Achievements

Site

  • Sustainable landscape
  • Edible landscape
  • Native plantings
  • Renovation required minimal site disturbance
  • Bike racks onsite
  • Reused materials from the site
  • Ecological Stormwater Management
  • Resilient landscape design

Materials

  • Uses recycled or reclaimed materials
  • Uses locally-sourced materials
  • Designed for durability
  • Designed for low maintenance
  • Low global warming potential insulation

Wellness

  • Optimized for daylighting
  • Visual connection to the outdoors
  • Low-VOC finishes

Water

  • Low-flow fixtures
  • Designed to maintain natural drainage patterns
  • Landscaping requires little water

Energy

  • Fossil fuel-free building
  • Uses renewable energy systems
  • Uses passive design strategies
  • R-4 windows
  • R-30 walls
  • R-40 roof
  • R-15 slab
  • Super-insulated