AHDVS/Carlson was selected to provide finance & design/build services for the Waters Edge public housing redevelopment, a combination of 68 single-family homes and duplexes ranging in size from 1,200 to 2,000 square feet. This community was sponsored and developed by the Housing Authority of Joliet utilizing the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC) in an effort to revitalize and replace its housing inventory that dated back to the early 1950’s.
The homes were designed based upon ease of maintainability and interoperability of building components utilizing similar mechanical units, windows, doors and other materials that can be replace universally on any home as well as all State, Federal, H.U.D. and A.D.A guidelines were followed and balanced the look and feel of a neo-traditional community.
Carlson also constructed the site infrastructure including mass grading, storm water management areas, wet and dry utilities, on site roadways, sidewalks, street lighting, extensive environmental remediation and the reconstruction of the offsite arterial roadway. Demolition and site reclamation of 170 public housing units was also was also a part of this project.
A 3,200 square foot clubhouse, management office, and adjacent central community recreation area were constructed for use by the residents of the community. This facility was designed to architecturally fit into the community while maintaining a high level of security and long term institutional durability. The project had a goal of utilizing localized minority sub-contractors and trades personnel for 10% of the total project. This became a significant challenge when considering the fast paced project schedule requirements and lack of qualified participants meeting the requirements. Carlson partnered with the housing authority to develop an outreach and technical training program to develop the skills required to fulfill the obligations of the contract.