This study for a new multifamily residential and commercial building in Middletown, CT proposes a development in a historic university town that can transform how older Americans downsize as they enter retirement. The site encourages residents to take advantage of a walkable community with strong connections to university programs. The result is a more vibrant lifestyle with community roots than the car-centric suburban alternative. The building contemplates how ordinary amenities can become sustainable features such as a permeable parking lot that can convert to a weekend outdoor market and common roof garden for residents both of which help with storm water management.
The project is approximately 176,000 sf with 140 units and ground floor commercial space and includes 165 total parking spaces partly shared by the town.