RDL Architects, Inc.
The Community Builders
[Sota] has proactively contributed to a collaborative construction process.
— Nick Wai-Poi
Contract Amount: $10.6m
Size: 68,000 s.f.
Type: New Construction
When completed in 2017, Hillcrest Senior Residences will be a mixed-income four-story apartment building in the Brentwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh providing affordable housing for local senior residents. Adding singularity to this already exciting project, Hillcrest will be one of the largest certified Passive House projects completed in the country to date. Beautiful and comfortable, Hillcrest will offer 54 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom units, eight of which will be handicap-accessible and two of which will serve the hearing/vision impaired. It will feature many amenities to give the residence a community feel, like a garden area, a computer and library room, a fitness room, an outdoor terrace space, a private room for health services, and a laundry room.
Every effort is made to improve the building's functionality and environment. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing penetrations have been carefully orchestrated and sealed to prevent any air leakage, which maximzies the already high-efficiency systems' full potential. With an ultra-tight building envelope and triple-pane, thermally broken, high-efficiency windows (and many other sustainable features too numerous to count), Hillcrest is designed with both the residents and the owner in mind, creating a more healthful environment for seniors and low operating costs for the owner.