Within the city limits of Columbus, Indiana, a vacant brownfield site has been redeveloped with vibrant new community-oriented housing. Vacant since 2003, the former Golden Castings Foundry site underwent extensive environmental remediation to prepare the site for a second life. RDL Architects’ urban design created a new streetscape integrating the project with the existing residential neighborhood, and developed pedestrian-friendly outdoor rooms at the interior of the site. Careful brick detailing, colorful awnings, porches, and varied roof lines animate the facades, creating a contemporary frontage that respects the scale and proportion of surrounding buildings.
Gateway Apartments consists of 60 affordable apartments in nine buildings, and a clubhouse. The three-story walk-up buildings range in size from four to ten apartments each, and contain a mix of two- and three bedroom units. Efficient floor plans create units with a spacious and modern feel and access to private outdoor decks and patios. Five fully-accessible apartments are included to accommodate mobility-impaired residents, with others easily adaptable.
As an anchor in the Gateway Community, the light-filled, 1,965 square foot clubhouse provides a fresh and familiar space for residents to access wonderful amenities, including a computer center and large gathering space, complete with a kitchenette for entertaining. Floor finishes place emphasis on tonal texture while walls are dressed with saturated colors to energize the environment. Furniture pieces blend modern and traditional lines, while fabric and art selections create an additional layer of warmth and texture sure to make anyone feel at home.
Gateway Apartments integrated sustainable design features throughout, awarded Gold-level certification under the National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS). This certification recognizes a host of green building practices that contribute to a sustainable site, resource-efficient construction, a healthier interior environment, and significant reductions in water and energy use. The units achieved average HERS ratings of 54, meaning energy use is reduced by 46% compared to typical new home construction.
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