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2007 Award of Excellence: Affordable Housing Built Responsibly

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Project architect Daniel Simons speaks about the need for greening our buildings.

Citizens Housing secured a great honor from the Home Depot Foundation this year: Folsom + Dore Supportive Apartments was given the Foundation’s 2007 Award of Excellence for Affordable Housing Built Responsibly—and a $75,000 prize. The award was presented in November at the opening session of the USGBC’s GreenBuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago. In front of 25,000 people—including five DB+Pers (David Baker, Peter MacKenzie, Kevin Wilcock, Daniel Simons, and Sara Mae Martens) and former President Bill Clinton—they screened this documentary video about the project and handed over the award to Citizens Housing president Jim Buckley.

Folsom + Dore is a 98-unit building in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco that features on-site supportive services to assist the extremely diverse population: Units are divided between formerly homeless residents; those with HIV/AIDS, physical or developmental disabilities and other below-market-rate tenants. The building is the first LEED Silver certified new construction in Northern California, and one whose success could pave the way for more sustainable affordable housing developments.

As architect Daniel Simons—who guided the project through the design, construction and LEED certification process—says, "It’s just really wonderful to be able to point to a building that we did that was on budget, that wasn’t more expensive than any other project that we did, and say, ‘This is a LEED Silver affordable housing building.’ And if you don’t have that example, people just don’t think it’s possible. But we can take them there. We can show them the building." www.dbarchitect.com/FolsomDore