In November 2019, after nearly 7 years in the making, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) celebrated the grand opening of the 173-unit Gilliam Place. The Viridiant team is proud to work with APAH and KGD Architecture through the EarthCraft certification process. The project team pursued EarthCraft Platinum. Efficient features include:
- Continuous exterior insulation
- Locating duct work in conditioned space
- HVAC equipment: 15 SEER, 8.5 HSPF
- DOAS mechanical ventilation
- EnergyStar appliances
APAH President and CEO Nina Janopaul said, “Gilliam Place is APAH’s most ambitious property yet, and we are thrilled with the result. In addition to providing 173 new affordable homes for our neighbors who need it most, the commercial and civic space on the ground floor means that people from throughout the community can benefit. Whether they come here to worship at the church, to learn new skills at La Cocina, or participate in an APAH program – Gilliam Place will be a gathering place for the entire neighborhood.”
The $71 million mixed-use project features nearly 9,000 sq. ft. of commercial and civic space, 173 affordable apartments and a new home for Arlington Presbyterian Church and La Cocina café and bilingual culinary training center.
The complex includes 15 accessible units to meet the needs of persons with disabilities is rated EarthCraft Multifamily Platinum for its environmental and energy efficiencies.
“Virginia’s affordable housing challenge is simply too important and too complex, to tackle it with the same old solutions,” said Susan Dewey, Executive Director of Virginia Housing Development Authority. “Fresh approaches, like those that turned a bold vision for Gilliam Place into a true home for Arlington’s working families, are crucial to improving quality of life and making opportunity and prosperity accessible to all.”