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Douglas Meadows
Location:SE 127th Avenue Portland, Oregon
Building Type: Affordable housing
Construction Type: New construction
Area: 15,998 ft2
Project Scope: 2 stories (8- 3 & 4 bedroom units)
Project Cost: ~$150,000 unit
Completion Date: March 2003
Ratings & Awards: NAHB Green Multi-Family Project of the Year 2004

Douglas Meadows represents one of the first efforts in the City to fully incorporate green building techniques into a small affordable housing project. In doing so, Human Solutions, a non-profit, low-income developer, created a unique project that illustrates how green building advances can provide benefits to people of all income levels.

Made up of large three- and four-bedroom apartments, the project goes beyond traditional affordable housing projects in two distinct ways. First, an explicit emphasis was placed on creating a family and community environment. Through progressive landscape design and atypical amenities, the design promotes a connection between residents and their environment.  Second, the project aims to use a variety of green features to redefine how long-term affordability can be achieved. Douglas Meadows goes beyond Portland’s standard green affordable housing criteria by developing “sustainable housing” that fully optimizes site characteristics, stresses energy efficiency, and limits both short-term and long-term environmental impacts. The project illustrates not only a range of strategies for reducing development’s impact on the natural environment, but also demonstrates how green technologies can provide practical, economic benefits to tenants and owners.
Project Highlights:
  • Strive to build upon and exceed pre-established sustainability criteria
  • Emphasize community and promotes sustainable food systems
  • Stress public transportation connections to a range of uses
  • Life-cycle approach to energy-efficiency and long-term affordability
  • Passive solar design, increased energy-efficiency, and alternative materials
  • Collaboration and coordination at all stages of the development