Designers of the Kent Avenue Apartments wanted to stress sustainability for every element of the elderly affordable-housing complex.
The key challenge was keeping it economical for the developer while achieving LEED certification.
A total precast concrete structure, consisting of wall panels, hollowcore planks, and other elements, provided the most affordable option for coordinating all of the building elements. The precast concrete contributed by using materials efficiently, reducing construction waste, site disturbances, and noise and producing a building that is energy and resource efficient.
Highly durable, long-lasting precast concrete building systems return greater savings than other construction materials due to reduced floor-to-floor heights, reduced site time, rapid installation and a longer life spans.
The panels erected on the front of the structure were a combination of brick-face and sandblast and produced an aesthetically pleasing upscale-looking facade.