Scattered Site Prototype Units, Phases i-iv
Location: Multiple locations throughout Baltimore, MD
Client: Housing Authority of Baltimore City
Contractor: Modutech Builders
Size: 23 houses
As part of an effort to provide accessible public housing throughout the City, the design build partnership of Modutech Builders, K.Lechleiter Architect and Colbert Matz Rosenfelt, civil engineers, developed a prototypical single family residence, which was accessible per UFAS (Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards) and ADAAG (2010 ADA) requirements. Located on vacant lots throughout different neighborhoods of Baltimore City, the design creates a simple form taking its cues from existing homes; including porches, double-hung windows and siding without any apparent visual cues on the exterior regarding a fully accessible unit. Designed as a panelized system, the project can be enclosed, under roof and weathertight after the slab is poured within four days minimizing exposure to the elements and potential damage.
The final phase of the design and build out of 23 accessible public housing units throughout the City included 3 homes located on the site of a former elementary school, which provided an opportunity to create a dialog between the homes while relating to the existing neighborhood. The larger 2-story home is sited along the intersecting street to the south adjacent to larger homes in the neighborhood while the smaller units are located to the north where single story homes are typical.
Phase 1 and 2 consisted of 14 units; 3BR and 4BR. Phase 3 explored the typology of duplex with in the same vocabulary; hase 4 consisted of 3 and 4 bedroom units with 2 baths and expand upon the typology developed in the first 3 phases.