Z. J. Loussac Community Building
"The development team envisioned a community building that establishes a design statement in applying appropriate design, technology and aesthetics, while functionally serving the needs of residents and property managers of the new neighborhood."
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Client: Cook Inlet Housing Authority
Architects: kpb architects and Olberding White Architects, LLC
Contractor: F-E Contracting, Inc.
Civil, Mechanical and Electical Engineer: Coffman Engineers
Structural Engineer: Schneider + Associates
The Z. J. Loussac Community Building is the public anchor of a 120-unit, 31 building rental housing development, called Loussac Place, in Anchorage. The project is a full redevelopment of 7.8 acres of land owned by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. It was previously developed as a 60-unit voucher supported public housing project.
The community building serves the residents of the development providing activity, special event, gathering and social service outreach spaces year around.
The project team did not seek LEED certification for the building. Instead, it focused all availbale resources to create a holistically designed, "green" building.
The site plan for the development and the building features that take advantage of the building location are the passive solar elements of the building. Access to views, air and light are standard features of the design with appropriate fenestration, daylighting and operable windows.
The thermal envelope is an exterior insulation system allowing the wall cavities to become functional spaces for the activity room.
Occupancy and daylight sensors are part of the lighting scheme that also heavily relies on LED fixtures for the dark periods.
A solar hot water system is used to supplement the domestic hot water supply when insolation is available.
All activity spaces occupied by the year-around Camp Fire program, as well as the common spaces, include in-floor radiant heating. The spaces where radiant heat was not a functional priority (offices, meeting rooms) hot water baseboards are provided for cost savings.
The flat roofs have reflective thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing membranes, while the lobby space features a proprietary, semi-intensive, sloping green roof design over insulated metal panels with visible structural support.
The building is Five Star+ energy rated.