cook inlet housing authority creek view plaza

"senior living with connectivity to community amenities" 



Client: Cook Inlet Housing Authority

Architects: KPB Architects

Civil Engineers: EBSC Engineering, LLC

Structural Engineer: Reid Middleton, Inc.

Mechanical Engineers: RSA Engineering, Inc

Electrical Engineers: RSA Engineering, Inc.


This mixed-use project is located on a former deteriorated property that has been redeveloped for a sustainable senior housing project. The planning and site design itself employs passive design techniques that take advantage of the site features for the target market; seniors. The site infrastructure fits in the overarching development plan by allowing access to goods and services on the nearby parcels. Multi-modal streets, sidewalk/trail systems for pedestrians and bikes and access to transit are all incorporated into the plan to create a livable senior neighborhood. 49 units of compact, efficient and elegant senior housing are paired with 6,600 sf of retail within two structures.

The efficiency and simplicity of the units is carried into the building systems as well. The buildings are designed to be state of the art efficient structures, that offer return of investment for the operator/manager of the project. A super-efficient envelope protects the interior spaces that are serviced by efficient building systems that employ large solar PV arrays and heat pumps using ground source from deep wells.

While providing efficient units, the design still conveys a feeling of spaciousness in both the common and private spaces by varying the ceiling heights and organizing around natural light and exterior views. The project is primly located near the Chugach Range, a truly spectacular natural feature with splendid views, and next to a newly restored section of Chester Creek, an anadromous fish stream.