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Rosa Gardens in Palm Springs, California by Brooks & Scarpa

 
February 14th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Brooks & Scarpa

Rosa Gardens is a 57-unit affordable apartment building consisting of 2 and 3-bedroom family units with a common laundry room, community room and other family amenities on 4.75 acres of previously developed land.  The project has been certified under LEED for Homes with a  “GOLD” rating.

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  • Architects: Brooks & Scarpa
  • Project: Rosa Gardens
  • Location: Palm Springs, California
  • Client: Coachella Valley Housing Coalition
  • Total Square Footage: 85,184 SF
  • Total Cost: $12.5 million
  • Completed: 2011
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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  • Project Team: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Lead Designer, Angela Brooks, AIA, Omar Barcena, Mark Buckland, Brad Buter, Silke Clemens, Emily Hodgdon, Ching Luk, Gwynne Pugh, Sri Sumantri – Project Design Team
  • Landscape: PEG Office of Landscape + Architecture
  • Engineering: Weidlinger Associates –  Structural Engineering, Storms & Lowe – Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing, Lashober & Sovich – Kitchen Consultant, Barbara Hall – Civil Engineering, IRC – Roofing
  • Acoustics: Veneklasen Associates
  • LEED: Ted Bardacke, Global Green
  • General Contractor: Brown Construction
  • Photography: John Edward Linden
  • Program: 57-unit affordable apartment building of 2- and 3-bedroom family units, Common courtyard, Patios and balconies, 124-space parking, Bike racks, Community room, Common laundry room, Dishwashers in all units, Common mailbox areas, Refuse and recycling center, Swimming Pool, Basketball Court

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Rosa Gardens distinguishes itself from most conventionally developed projects in that it incorporates energy efficient measures that exceed standard practice, optimize building performance, and ensure reduced energy use during all phases of construction and occupancy. The planning and design of the project emerged from close consideration and employment of passive solar design strategies. These strategies include: locating and orienting the building to control solar cooling loads; shaping and orienting the building for exposure to prevailing winds; shaping the building to induce buoyancy for natural ventilation; designing windows to maximize day lighting; shading south facing windows and minimizing west-facing glazing; designing windows to maximize natural ventilation; shaping and planning the interior to enhance daylight and natural air flow distribution. While California has the most stringent energy efficient requirements in the USA, Rosa Gardens incorporates numerous sustainable features that exceed state mandated Title 24 energy measures by more than 30%.

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The building is loaded with energy-saving and environmentally benign or “sustainable” devices. Materials conservation and recycling were employed during construction by requiring all waste to be hauled to a transfer station for recycling. The overall project achieved more than a 75% recycling rate. Specifying carpet with a high-recycled content, insulation made from recycled newspapers, and all-natural linoleum flooring also emphasized resource conservation. The project also uses compact fluorescent lighting throughout the building, insulation made from recycled material and double-pane windows. Each apartment will be equipped with water-saving dual flush toilets and many other energy conserving devices.

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The building also includes other environmentally friendly materials including a building skin partially clad with recycled aluminum cans formed into building blocks.  This required state approval to work with a local recycle center to fabricate and obtain the custom pressed blocks.  In addition, the project is designed to incorporate a rooftop hydronic solar panel heating system, which will be implemented in a second phase to minimize the client’s initial costs.

Image Courtesy John Edward Linden

Image Courtesy John Edward Linden

Image Courtesy John Edward Linden

Image Courtesy John Edward Linden

Image Courtesy John Edward Linden

Image Courtesy John Edward Linden

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One Response to “Rosa Gardens in Palm Springs, California by Brooks & Scarpa”

  1. desertbean says:

    Rosa garden apartments in Palm Springs, ca are by far the worst ever and made cheaply. These apartments are built with the cheapest material and the walls are thin (if you get my drift). Management is rude, racist, and gives out violations to tenants for false accusations. You are not allowed pets, yet there are rats as large as cats! Maintenance can enter your apt without notifying you. Closet doors fall off the henges all the time, they used flat paint on all the walls so it is easily to make marks. The children can not play outdoors without someone complaining, ride anything with wheels, nor can they run freely or risk a violation. The police department is here often due criminal activities. These apts are located in the worst part of town; gang infested. They tell you to call security before calling the local police if there is a problem, but when you call security never show up, and they are outside supposively patroling. They also offer your children to attend a kids program located at the front office, lets just say it is a joke and staff are ghetto. I would never reccommend an enemy to live at Rosa Garden apartments with this management team!Living at those apts was the worst experience my family endured and would never go back there.

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