Gloria Casarez Residence Philadelphia PA Gloria Casarez Residence Philadelphia PA
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Project TypeSupportive Housing
Total Units30
Completed2019

Gloria Casarez Residence

Philadelphia PA

This four-story residential building is the first of a two-phase development in the Ludlow neighborhood of North Philadelphia. As one of only a handful of its type, and the first in Pennsylvania, this thirty-unit LGBTQ-friendly building serves young adults, ages 18 to 24, who are formerly homeless or at risk of homelessness, and helps meet a critical city-wide need for at-risk youth aging out of foster care.

Gloria Casarez Residence rests on a 0.65-acre site near North Philadelphia Health System. The building is adjacent to a cluster of single-family rowhomes, just south of Temple University’s campus. The property is only one block from the Girard Avenue commercial corridor and a short walk from the Broad Street “Orange” line, with SEPTA bus routes and trolley line stops less than a block away. 

The exterior is finished with extruded aluminum siding, masonry, and a panelized rainscreen, as well as a white EPDM membrane on the roof to help reduce heat gain. Energy efficient aluminum storefront windows are used on the ground floor, with single-hung and casement fiberglass windows above. Energy efficient appliances, light fixtures, and equipment were used wherever possible, with low-flow plumbing fixtures to conserve water. The building has been designed to achieve/meet LEED NC v2009 certification, the 2015 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, Energy Star MultiFamily High Rise standards, and the selection criteria of a HERS 50 rating.

The building contains approximately 37,000 gross square feet of area across four floors.  There are thirty rental apartments total, all one-bedroom units ranging from 560 net square feet to 585 net square feet, with an average size of 562 net square feet. An ample amount of common space has been provided for social, wellness, educational, and recreational activities. The Management Office, Residential Services Suite with computer area, Mailroom, Laundry Room, Exercise Room, Maintenance Storage, and Bike Storage room are located at the ground level. A large Community Room with a kitchenette is located on the first floor, with access to a patio and courtyard that are shared by residents of the development and the larger community. A south facing roof deck is provided at the fourth floor.

Each apartment includes a living area, a full-size eat-in kitchen, a bedroom, a bathroom, bedroom closet, coat closet, and linen or utility shelving. Large operable windows provide ventilation and natural light in the living and sleeping areas. Heating and cooling in each apartment is provided by individual electric “mini-split” heat pump systems with condensing units located on the roof or at grade (for some ground floor spaces).  Hot water is provided by a pair of centralized, high-efficiency gas water heaters. Appliances, HVAC equipment, and light fixtures are Energy Star labeled.  

Four of the units will be accessible, with a lowered counter and sink with open knee-space in the kitchens, a full-size roll-in shower with grab bars, a wheelchair-accessible wall mounted skirt, and a higher toilet with grab bars. Two apartments will be equipped with devices for hearing and visually impaired residents.  All apartments and common areas in the building and the outdoor amenity spaces will be fully accessible to friends, family, and staff.

About

Gloria Casarez Residence

Project TypeSupportive Housing
Total Units30
Completed2019
LocationPhiladelphia PA

This four-story residential building is the first of a two-phase development in the Ludlow neighborhood of North Philadelphia. As one of only a handful of its type, and the first in Pennsylvania, this thirty-unit LGBTQ-friendly building serves young adults, ages 18 to 24, who are formerly homeless or at risk of homelessness, and helps meet a critical city-wide need for at-risk youth aging out of foster care.

Gloria Casarez Residence rests on a 0.65-acre site near North Philadelphia Health System. The building is adjacent to a cluster of single-family rowhomes, just south of Temple University’s campus. The property is only one block from the Girard Avenue commercial corridor and a short walk from the Broad Street “Orange” line, with SEPTA bus routes and trolley line stops less than a block away. 

The exterior is finished with extruded aluminum siding, masonry, and a panelized rainscreen, as well as a white EPDM membrane on the roof to help reduce heat gain. Energy efficient aluminum storefront windows are used on the ground floor, with single-hung and casement fiberglass windows above. Energy efficient appliances, light fixtures, and equipment were used wherever possible, with low-flow plumbing fixtures to conserve water. The building has been designed to achieve/meet LEED NC v2009 certification, the 2015 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, Energy Star MultiFamily High Rise standards, and the selection criteria of a HERS 50 rating.

The building contains approximately 37,000 gross square feet of area across four floors.  There are thirty rental apartments total, all one-bedroom units ranging from 560 net square feet to 585 net square feet, with an average size of 562 net square feet. An ample amount of common space has been provided for social, wellness, educational, and recreational activities. The Management Office, Residential Services Suite with computer area, Mailroom, Laundry Room, Exercise Room, Maintenance Storage, and Bike Storage room are located at the ground level. A large Community Room with a kitchenette is located on the first floor, with access to a patio and courtyard that are shared by residents of the development and the larger community. A south facing roof deck is provided at the fourth floor.

Each apartment includes a living area, a full-size eat-in kitchen, a bedroom, a bathroom, bedroom closet, coat closet, and linen or utility shelving. Large operable windows provide ventilation and natural light in the living and sleeping areas. Heating and cooling in each apartment is provided by individual electric “mini-split” heat pump systems with condensing units located on the roof or at grade (for some ground floor spaces).  Hot water is provided by a pair of centralized, high-efficiency gas water heaters. Appliances, HVAC equipment, and light fixtures are Energy Star labeled.  

Four of the units will be accessible, with a lowered counter and sink with open knee-space in the kitchens, a full-size roll-in shower with grab bars, a wheelchair-accessible wall mounted skirt, and a higher toilet with grab bars. Two apartments will be equipped with devices for hearing and visually impaired residents.  All apartments and common areas in the building and the outdoor amenity spaces will be fully accessible to friends, family, and staff.

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Photography © Kendon Photography