TFMoran Provides Design Services
Northampton, MA – The Christopher Heights new assisted living facility is Cutler Associates’ sixth project for this long-standing client. Over the years, a prototype has been developed that serves Christopher Heights’ affordable approach utilizing Mass. low-income housing credits. The result is a highly functional, service-rich building that includes 43 apartments for low- to moderate-income seniors.
Cutler services included finding the project land and making the owner introduction to Mass. Development. In order to maximize the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing building performance while fixing and controlling costs early, Cutler coordinated the building systems through detailed scope control and design-build delivery.
TFMoran Structural Engineers of Bedford, N.H. provided structural design services.
Construction officially started mid November 2014. This 12-month project will meet LEED for Homes Silver for energy efficiency. Cutler’s latest improvement to the AL prototype is the use of pre-insulated metal stud panels that results in a building envelope well above code requirements.
Together with SMOOK Architecture and Urban Design, the project team collaborated to design a building that includes a myriad of green features such as rain water harvesting, green landscaping, a project durability analysis, and white roof.