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Gish Apartments

Gish Apartments

Photographer: Bernard André Photography

Gish Apartments

Photographer: Bernard André Photography

Gish Apartments

Photographer: Bernard André Photography

Gish Apartments

Photographer: Bernard André Photography

Gish Apartments

Photographer: Bernard André Photography

Gish Apartments

Photographer: Bernard André Photography

Gish Apartments

Photographer: Bernard André Photography

Gish Apartments

Photographer: Bernard André Photography

Gish Apartments

Photographer: Bernard André Photography

Gish Apartments
Gish Apartments
Architect
The Office of Jerome King
Engineers/Specialists
First Community Housing, Branagh Construction Inc, Cottong and Taniguchi, Charles Davidson
Further Specialists
Vertech Engineering
Location
The Americas - USA - san Jose
Climate Zone
temperate
Design status
build
Date of completion
2005
Type
Mixed use
Site area (m²)
1685
Footprint (m²)
1572
GFA (m²)
6986
NFA (m²)
6637
NFA/GFA
0.95
Density
4.146
Gross Volume (GV) (m³)
15296
Building Costs
14515645 USD
Building Costs / m² GFA
2077.819
Building Costs / m² NFA
2187.079
Building Costs / m³ GV
948.983
Cooling / Heating-System

high efficiency central boilers, water source heat pumps

Use of renewable ressources - low tech
natural cross ventilation
Use of renewable ressources - high tech
photovoltaics, heating pump, energy recuperation
Renewable, recycled, recyclable and innovative materials

Advanced framing techniques, Non-solar cooling loads, High performance windows and doors,  Energy star rated equipment;

Key Sustainability aspects
solar building integration, vernacular building strategies, public spaces, accessability for disabled, renewable building materials, recycling and reuse, ecological building materials, innovative bulding materials, integrated planning process, participation of users in planning process, low cost design, use of innovative design tools
Social and ethical responsibility

Gish Apartments is a 35-unit transit-oriented family apartment complex that provides quality affordable housing for households earning 35%–50% of the area median income. Over a third of the apartments are for residents with developmental disabilities. The complex is a model for the State of California's Multifamily Housing Program for mainstreaming special needs populations. Residents can access a computer center and are provided with services tailored to support low-income families, such as financial literacy training, computer training, and after-school programs

Ressource efficiency and environmental impact

An enhanced quality of life for the residents was a design imperative. A facility-wide smoking ban ; low-emission furniture, paints, and adhesives; noise pollution from the street and light-rail were all addressed. Energy efficiency was critical and became the cohesive factor in the design: 2x6 exterior stud walls allow for extra insulation; heat gain is minimized through smaller southerly windows; hallway configurations boost natural daylight and ventilation. Gish is the only affordable housing development in the USA to receive both LEED for Homes & LEED NC Gold certification.

Economic lifecycle perfomance

As a long-term owner of affordable housing developments, First Community Housing finds that installing green features makes good business sense. For example, the organization hires a commissioning agent on all projects, and the resulting corrections to the designs and resulting operational savings offset the cost. Green materials also make sense. For example, linoleum flooring costs more up front than vinyl, but the durability and health benefits of linoleum make it the obvious choice. Linoleum has a payback of roughly 5 years or a return on investment (ROI) of approximately 20%.

Contextual performance and impact

Rather than seeking an outdoor balcony exemption, the design team took advantage of the mild local climate by creating protective balconies that deflect street noise and allow natural ventilation and sunshine. The result; apartments are quiet and balconies catch fresh breezes. This solution also becomes a major architectural feature that expresses its transit-oriented location.