Tassafaronga Village

Oakland CA | Completed 

2010

Exterior view of Tassafaronga Village in East Oakland, CA. #

The anchoring apartment building as seen from the Village Square. 

Image Credit
Brian Rose
California’s first LEED-ND Gold Plan, Tassafaronga Village brings a new neighborhood of diverse affordable housing options to an underserved Oakland area, while repairing the deteriorated street grid. The 7.5-acre affordable community earned an AIA COTE Top 10 Award, exemplifying the integration of design excellence with environmental performance.

The 7.5-acre brownfield infill site—previously home to decrepit housing, an abandoned factory, and unused train tracks—was an unhealthy, perilous environment. The site spans an industrial-residential divide and particular care was taken with the scale and transitions at the edges.

In collaboration with the Oakland Housing Authority, we created a new village—a vibrant community made up of 60 affordable family rental apartments, 77 affordable rental townhouses, and 20 supportive apartments with an in-house clinic space, as well as 22 integrated Habitat for Humanity townhouses for first-time home-owners.

New landscaped paths and traffic-calmed roadways connect new housing to the previously isolated school, library, and community center. The renewed housing attracted Acta Non Verba, a community farm that engages with the kids from the housing and larger area.

In an article entitled “Design as Balm for a Community’s Soul,” New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman cited Tassafaronga Village as an example of the “multiplier effect of good design.”


Recognition


Awards
AIA COTE Top 10 Award
AIA Committee on the Environment
2012 Nathaniel A. Owings Award Entry of Note
California Architectural Foundation
Builder’s Choice Grand Award-Best Green/Sustainable Community
Builder Magazine
MHN Excellence Award—Best New Development/Low-Income
Multi-Housing News
Growing Smarter Together Award
Association of Bay Area Governments
Excellence in Architecture—Citation Award
AIA San Francisco
ULI Awards for Excellence Finalist
Urban Land Institute
Real Estate Deals of the Year—Affordable Housing (Outside San Francisco)
San Francisco Business Times
AIA Housing Award
American Institute of Architects
Gold Nugget Award of Merit—Best Green Sustainable Community of the Year
Pacific Coast Builders Conference
Gold Nugget Award of Merit—Best Infill, Re-Development or Rehab Site Plan
Pacific Coast Builders Conference

Team


Client
Oakland Housing Authority
Development Consultant
Equity Community Builders
Architect
David Baker Architects
Landscape Architect
PGA Design
Structural Engineer
OLMM Consulting Engineers
Electrical Engineer
FW Associates
Lighting Designer
Horton Lees Brogden
Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer
Guttmann + Blaevoet
Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer
SJ Engineers
Contractor
Cahill Contractors
Civil Engineer
Sandis

Project Details


Project Number
20517

Address

930 84th Avenue
Oakland, CA
United States



Status
Completed
2010

Number of Units
Studio
7
1 Bedroom
16
2 Bedroom
34
3 Bedroom
23
Townhouse
77

Total 80

Density Ratios
Project
223,032 sf
Acres
7.50

Parking
Parking Spots
230
Parking Type
Garage and surface

Construction
Type V
Type I

Certifications
LEED for Homes Platinum
LEED for Neighborhood Development Gold

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