Two building programs are served at Intervale Green and the Louis Nine House. Intervale Green is a mixed-use, seven-story, 128-unit residential apartment building for low to moderate-income families with commercial storefronts on the ground floor. The Louis Nine House is a four-story, 46-unit supportive housing building for young adults emerging from the foster care system. Both buildings take advantage of green technology to bolster the project’s sustainability: the building envelopes are designed to reduce heat loss and air leakage; energy efficient appliances and mechanical equipment are employed throughout; green roofs reduce the urban “heat island” effect. Working closely with the non-profit client, ESKW facilitated a design-build roof garden at the Louis Nine House by students from The Design Workshop at Parsons The New School for Design. Intervale Green achieved an Energy Star rating, the largest affordable housing building in the country to do so at the time of the award.
The Intervale Green and Louis Nine House project was honored the John C. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing by the Boston Society of Architects and AIANY in 2009. It also was a recipient of a Design Award from the Society of American Registered Architects’ Pennsylvania Council in 2011.